GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Great Barrington Fire Department has earned state approval to expand its emergency medical response and life-saving interventions.
"This new license allows us to bring a higher level of EMS care to medical calls including administering several life-saving medications," Great Barrington Fire Department (GBFD) Chief Charles Burger said in a press release.
The Great Barrington Fire Department responds to medical emergencies with its Ford Expedition vehicle, which is certified as a non-transport ambulance (unless no other ambulance is available). Fire department EMTs are the first responders in 75 percent of medical calls in Great Barrington and Housatonic.
The department is staffed with eight licensed EMTs, three of whom are full-time. At least one is on duty 16 hours per day, seven days per week.
Southern Berkshire Ambulance will continue to be the primary EMS transport service for Great Barrington. However, this license allows an agreement with Southern Berkshire Ambulance to cross-staff their ambulances with GBFD staff if they are short on personnel.
"The Great Barrington Fire Department is always looking for ways to better serve the community," said Chief Burger. "This is a very effective way for us to improve EMS service to the town. I thank Lt. Bona and our other EMTs for their dedication and work to make this happen."
Lt. Justin Bona, the Great Barrington Fire Department's emergency medical service coordinator, led the months-long process for ambulance service licensure from the state Department of Public Health.
"Lt. Bona did a great job of leading this effort on behalf of the GBFD," said Town Manager Mark Pruhenski. "This is an excellent step up for our region’s emergency response services."
Residents and visitors to the town are reminded to call 911 for any emergency. This is the most effective and efficient way to get the appropriate services when an emergency arises.
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.— Alicia Dulin has been named as Great Barrington's new treasurer/collector.
Before joining Great Barrington's Town Hall staff, Dulin served as town treasurer/collector in Sheffield for three years. From 2013-2018, she was assistant to Sheffield's town administrator, and she previously worked as an administrative assistant intern at the Pittsfield Police Department.
"I'm thrilled to welcome Alicia to our team here at Town Hall", said Town Manager Mark Pruhenski. "She brings a great deal of municipal experience with her and I'm confident that she'll do an excellent job leading her department in the coming years."
Dulin earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Westfield State College, and she is a graduate of Lee High School.
The arrest came as part of a joint investigation by the Great Barrington Police Department, Great Barrington Fire Department, and members of the State Police Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit assigned to the State Fire Marshal's office.
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