Archive for April 2018

“SAVE THE DATE 2018 Hurricane Preparedness Webinar for Municipal and Public Safety Officials, Emergency Managers, and Public and Private Sector Stakeholders Engaged in Hurricane Preparedness”

“The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Weather Service, and the National Hurricane Center, is pleased to announce two offerings of the 2018 Hurricane Preparedness Webinar to assist emergency management and public safety partners in preparing for the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.


This 90 minute interactive presentation will focus on National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center decision support products and services and discuss state and federal hurricane planning and preparedness efforts. The target audience for this webinar includes local, state and federal emergency management and public safety officials across the Commonwealth.


This webinar will be offered twice.  Please save the date for one of the following offerings:



SESSION 1: TUESDAY, MAY 29, 1:00PM – 3:00PM  SESSION 2: WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 10:0AM – 12:00PM”


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Topics, agenda, and registration information to follow.


Region 3 HMCC Meeting Registration is Open!

Good Afternoon Everyone!

Registration is now open for the HMCC meeting on 12 June 2018 at the Haverhill Country Club! Below is the link to register.


We look forward to seeing you all!


Employment Opportunity -Regional EDS Contractor for Coalition

International Institute of Greater Lawrence

On behalf of:

Region 3A Northeast Public Health Coalition

The Northeast Public Health Coalition seeks to contract with a vendor to provide a Scope of Work (SOW) to the coalition’s partners. This SOW includes the following deliverables due by June 30, 2018. Total cost of this contract not to exceed $12,930. The vendor should have a background in Healthcare Emergency Preparedness and Emergency Dispensing Site planning.


The contractor will finalize the draft Tri-Town EDS plan at Masconomet Regional High School prior to the week of June 8, 2018 and workshop and/or table top exercise the updated plan with the respective Tri-Towns, validating its functionality the week of June 11, 2018. An After-Action Report and Improvement Plan will be developed based off the workshop/exercise results and provided to the Tri-Towns prior to June 30, 2018.

This work shall include:


This work shall include:

  1. Update the current draft Tri-Town regional EDS plan utilizing the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) EDS guidance document.
  2. Complete the operational portions of the tri-town EDS plan to include but not limited to; an updated facility flow layout, a diagramed aerial photo traffic plan.
  3. Continue to engage those departments/agencies having roles within the tri-town EDS plan and in addition begin to identify, if any, and engage departments/agencies that will need to have a role in the EDS plan.
  4. Provide an updated EDS plan to the Tri-Towns on or before the week of June 8, 2018.
  5. Once the tri-town EDS plan is updated, along with the three local health directors conduct a workshop and or table top exercise with identified local, regional, and state partners exercising the updated EDS plan on or before the week of June 11, 2018.
  6. Provide an After-Action Report and Improvement Plan based on the work shopped/exercised EDS plan on or before the week of June 25, 2018.
  7. Once the Tri-Town EDS plan is updated attend a 3A coalition meeting and present the updated plan to the coalition.
  8. Upon project completion develop a presentation that can be utilized by the local health directors to present the Tri-Town EDS plan to various stakeholders.
  9. Conduct conference calls/ in person meetings with the tri-towns on a regular basis as requested by the towns throughout the contract period.

10.) Provide meeting minutes after each check in to include task lists with deadlines each person will follow up on.


This position is open until filled.


Please reply with resume and proposal via email by to:


Bryan Campbell, 3A Planner

[email protected]


Amesbury Fire Department Responds to Fire at Nursing Home


Amesbury Fire Rescue Department
Kenneth E. Berkenbush, Chief
17 School Street
Amesbury, MA 01913

For Immediate Release

Friday, April 13, 2018

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: [email protected]

Amesbury Fire Department Responds to Fire at Nursing Home

AMESBURY — The extensive and pervasive fire and EMS mutual aid network in this region was on full display Friday morning as dozens of residents at the Merrimack Valley Health Center nursing home had to be relocated after a fire broke out at the facility.

Amesbury Fire Chief Kenneth E. Berkenbush is today praising the facility’s staff, firefighters from 11 departments in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, Amesbury Police, Atlantic Ambulance and Northeast Emergency Medical Services Massachusetts Region III for their immediate response to the fire.

The Amesbury Fire Department, along with 10 additional departments in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, responded to the Merrimack Valley Health Center nursing home this morning for a fire. (Courtesy Photo)

The Amesbury Fire Department, along with 10 additional departments in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, responded to the Merrimack Valley Health Center nursing home this morning for a fire. (Courtesy Photo)

At 9:39 a.m., the Amesbury Fire Department responded to a 911 call and fire alarm activation from 22 Maple St. The first arriving firefighters observed a moderate smoke condition on the first floor of the east side of the building. Amesbury Fire subsequently struck a box alarm, which calls in off-duty firefighters and initiates the mutual aid process.

Chief Berkenbush, working in close collaboration with health center staff and Northeast EMS Region 3 Executive Director Jonathan Brickett, initiated a shelter in place of all 105 residents, moving everyone to the west side of the building, which is separated from the east side by a fire wall and fire doors. A complete evacuation of the building would have been unsafe given the lack of mobility experience by many of the facility’s residents and the facility’s location at the top of a steep hill.

Firefighters subsequently struck a second and third alarm simultaneously in order to make mutual aid available to facilitate the shelter in place process and assist in firefighting efforts. Multiple ambulances were called to the scene as a precaution, and nearby hospitals were ordered to stand by. However, no injuries were reported.

A preliminary investigation revealed that a fan connected to the HVAC system on the first floor malfunctioned and began to burn insulation. The fire was extinguished using dry chemical fire extinguishers, and the building did not suffer any structural damage. Firefighters remained on scene after the flames were put down in order to ventilate the building.

Due to the loss of electrical power, firefighters used a special stretcher to bring one patient down two flights of stairs in order for them to make it to a dialysis appointment off-site.

Mutual aid was provided by fire departments in Salisbury, West Newbury, Merrimac and Newburyport from Massachusetts, as well as Kingston, East Kingston, Exeter, South Hampton, Seabrook and Brentwood from New Hampshire. Atlantic Ambulance also provided assistance.

“This was a smooth, well-coordinated response that would not have been possible without the highly cooperative effort by numerous departments and agencies,” Chief Berkenbush said. “The mutual aid network we share with all of our surrounding communities helped ensure that everyone remained calm and avoided injury during this incident and I want to thank them for their consistent support.”

The fire is under investigation by the Amesbury Fire Department and the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal’s Office.