Maine Fire Chief will speak about Lac Megantic
School Auditorium, in Newport, Vermont, on Saturday October 24th at 7:00pm.”
Pellerin will be giving a talk about his career in the fire service, an introduction to his department, as well as his memories of the Lac Megantic incident. He will also talk about rail safety in small villages. Finally, Chief Pellerin will also highlight the importance of training, communication, mutual aid and planning in today's fire service.
event will take place at North Country Union High School (Auditorium)- located at 209 Veterans Ave, Newport VT (05855)- 15 minutes from Stanstead. Cross at Autoroute 55/ Interstate I-91, take I-91 South to Exit 27. This will put you onto 191. Continue down the hill, past Newport City Fire Department, to Route 5 . Make a right onto Route 5, and go through the traffic light onto Union St. Make a left by the rail car bridge onto Landing St, and then your first right onto Park Ave. Follow Park Ave around to the High School parking lot. This event is free to all NEIMA members, and $10.00 (Canadian or US) to all non members. This event is open to everyone.
Pellerin currently serves as Fire Chief/EMA Director for Rangeley Fire/Rescue Department in Rangeley, Maine. Rangeley is a community of 3300 nestled in the western Maine mountains that swells to over 30,000 in the summer and winter months for recreational sports. Chief Pellerin along with 25 Paid oncall firefighters provide response and rescue for 19 towns, townships, villages, and unorganized territories covering over 800 square miles. In July 2013, Chief Pellerin along with 7 other fire departments and 30 firefighters responded to call for mutual-aid from the village of Lac-Mégantic Quebec for a rail train derailment with explosions. Together they operated for over 30 continuous hours to help control this terrible rail disaster. In April 2014, Chief Pellerin testified at the Rail Safety & Transportation hearing before the U.S. Senate, Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) to help support funding for rail safety and disaster training in America.
brings over 35 years of experience working through the ranks of emergency management and the fire service. He has served as a career firefighter/ EMT since 1980, a fire officer since 1987, a hazardous materials technician since 1995 and in a Chief Officer capacity for over 20 years.