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. — The Festival Latino of the Berkshires is celebrating its 25th anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The even will be held rain or shine, at Green Park (behind the Town Hall) and Saint James Place on Main Street in Great Barrington.
There will be Latin American folkloric dance companies and live music performances, language, dance, and cultural education activities, artisans, and a variety of Latin cuisine vendors. The Festival Latino of the Berkshires has been known for its high-quality performances and community spirit.
The event is free of charge, alcohol-free, and open to the public.
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