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            [post_content] => Building Healthy Workplaces: How to promote mental health in first responder organizations training is a series designed to help first responder leadership promote positive mental wellbeing within their organizations.

This virtual training, delivered in four, 2-hour, live, virtual sessions offers deep discussion and planning leadership can follow to build healthy workplace environments. The session will be held on the following dates and times. Registration is required, please complete the form at the bottom of this page to register. 
  • Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 10:00am to noon
  • Thursday, October 14, 2021  - 10:00am to noon
  • Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 10:00am to noon
  • Thursday, October 28, 2021 - 10:00am to noon

Attendance at all four sessions is recommended as each session builds on the last. This is an interactive training and access to audio and visual capabilities are required. Complete the form below to register.

Participation in the training is prioritized for first responder leadership in Western Massachusetts. Submitted registration will be reviewed to ensure participants are in a leadership role. Complete the form below to apply. The training is free. Class size is limited, so please submit your interest soon. The self-paced, online Introduction to Building Healthy Workplaces is a prerequisite for the virtual series. This introduction provides background and overview of common mental health topics and evidence-based information which the virtual session will explore more deeply. The introduction training is free.

Complete this form to apply for the leadership training.

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  • Saturday and Sunday, August 14 and 15, 2021, Lanesborough, MA
  • Thursday and Friday, September 9 and 10, 2021, Lanesborough, MA
  • Monday and Tuesday, October 4 and 5, 2021, Erving, MA and
  • Monday and Tuesday, October 25 and 26, Erving, MA
  All the sessions are full. Thank you for your interest in the training.  Two sessions of the Advanced Skills training will be held as follows:
  • Thursday, September 23, 2021, Lanesborough, MA and
  • Tuesday, November 16, 2021, Erving, MA
 You must have successfully completed Chainsaw Skills and Safety in order to register for this class. The option to register for the Advanced class will be included in your email confirmation when you sign up for the Basic Skills class. All questions can be directed to Raine Brown, Homeland Security Program Manager,, 413.774.3167 x138     [post_title] => Chainsaw Safety Training August through November 2021 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => chainsaw-safety-training-august-november-2021 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-09-09 13:35:30 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-09-09 17:35:30 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 ) [2] => stdClass Object ( [ID] => 7544 [post_author] => 13 [post_date] => 2021-07-14 10:37:06 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-07-14 14:37:06 [post_content] => The Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council is funding Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) Training at Easthampton Fire Department. Two sessions of this two-day training will be held. The first on Saturday and Sunday, September 18 and 19, 2021. The second on Saturday and Sunday, October 23 and 24th. 

The training is free. Lunch will be provided. OEMS credits are pending. Registration is required.

PHTLS is the premier pre-hospital trauma education developed in cooperation with the American College of Surgeons to promote critical thinking in addressing multi-system trauma and provide the latest evidence-based treatment practices. The program will strengthen the EMS providers’ assessment skills and techniques for managing patients in distress. The program is based on a pre-hospital trauma care philosophy, stressing the treatment of the multi-system trauma patient as a unique entity with specific needs and has shown to improve the quality of trauma care in all patients and also decrease mortality.

Two-Day Training: The training is a two-day, sixteen-hour program including working lunches. PHTLS is appropriate for EMTs, paramedics, nurses, physician assistants, physicians, and other prehospital providers.  The training will be held at Easthampton Fire Department, 32 Payson Ave., Easthampton, MA, Both sessions of the training are full. Please complete the form to be added to the waitlist. You will be notified if any openings become available.

Class size is limited, so register quickly.

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Upcoming Training and Exercises Date
Building Healthy Workplaces: How To Promote Mental Health in First Responder OrganizationsWhere: Virtual Training Thursday, October 7th, 2021 @ 10am to Noon
Chainsaw Safety Training August through November 2021Where: Lanesborough and Erving, MA Saturday, August 14th, 2021
Pre Hospital Life Support TrainingWhere: Easthampton Fire Department, 32 Payson Ave, Easthampton Saturday, September 18th, 2021 @ September and October 2021 Sessions