Maine Fire Chief will speak about Lac Me­gan­tic

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier

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.

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