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Two dozen firefighters from three different departments were involved in fighting the blaze that began late Thursday night.
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The fire was in a garage on the Larabee property.
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Firefighters were on scene until 4 a.m. extinguishing the fire on Henderson Road in Williamstown.
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The cause of the late Thursday night structure fire is under investigation.
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Tankers from Clarksburg and Williamstown delivered water to the scene.

No Injuries in Overnight Blaze in Williamstown

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
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The primary point of attack for the fire was through a garage door at the front of the structure.
 
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Two dozen firefighters from three different departments worked through the night to extinguish a blaze in a garage and shop on Henderson Road.
 
No injuries were associated with the blaze at 551 Henderson Road, which was called in by owner Philip Larabee at 10:07 p.m., Fire Chief Craig Pedercini reported on Friday morning.
 
No one was in the structure when the fire started, Pedercini said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
 
Firefighters from Williamstown, Clarksburg and Pownal, Vt., worked on the fire until about 4 a.m., Pedercini said.
 
Fourteen call volunteer firefighters from Williamstown were on scene along with seven or eight firefighters from Pownal. Clarksburg sent a tanker to the scene and provided coverage at the Williamstown fire station until 2 a.m.
 
Williamstown Police and Northern Berkshire Emergency Medical Services also were on scene in a support role, but Pedercini reported that no first responders were injured.
 
"One of the hazards I was mostly concerned about was ice," Pedercini said. "The ground was wet and frozen. I was more concerned someone might rush too much and slip on the ice and get hurt.
 
"I cautioned everybody, and they did a great job."
 
Another concern was the presence of propane, acetylene and oxygen tanks inside the building, he said.
 
"We pulled some stuff out of there because it was easily accessible and got it out of the way," Pedercini said.
 
He credited the first firefighters on the scene with helping to prevent the blaze from getting out of hand
 
"One of my first officers arrived on scene and saw flames as they came up Brook Road," Pedercini said. "It was burning on the back side of the building. That was the initial area.
 
"The first two guys in did a great job knocking it down. They used a 2 1/2-inch line, which is a lot of water. They got it knocked down so it was manageable with a lot less water."
 
Among the responders from Williamstown were five Williams College students, including several who joined the service this year, Pedercini said.
 
"One of them was a little more seasoned," he said. "He's been around a few years. He was one of the first ones on the initial attack with one of my officers.
 
"The other ones learned a lot. I couldn't get them into any fire, but they were able to be of use grabbing tools, bringing things back and forth, and we had them on a handline."
 
Thursday's fire also marked the first time Williamstown's recently acquired tanker truck was used to fight a blaze. Pedercini said his officers estimated a little less than 5,000 gallons of water was used in the operation.

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SVMC Recognized for Excellence in Emergency Nursing

BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Kendall Emergency Department at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center has been selected as a recipient of the Emergency Nurses Association's 2024 Lantern Award for demonstrating excellence in leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research performance.
 
The Lantern Award showcases emergency department's (ED) accomplishments in incorporating evidence-based practice and innovation into emergency care. As part of the application, EDs are encouraged to share stories that highlight a commitment to patient care, in addition to the well-being of nursing staff. The award serves as a visible symbol of a commitment to quality, safety and a healthy work environment.
 
"Being on the front lines of patient care in our community comes with unique challenges and triumphs," said Pamela Duchene, chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services at SVMC. "For our ED team to be recognized among just 94 departments, nationwide, demonstrates the level of excellence and commitment that has been fostered here."
 
The Kendall Emergency Department at SVMC is also the first ED in Vermont to receive the award.
 
"This honor highlights the collaborative decision-making and shared governance within our ED," said Jill Maynard, director of emergency nursing at SVMC. "This leadership model is a key attribute of our success, giving our team the tools and support they need to provide skilled and compassionate care to our patients."
 
In addition to influencing care within the organization, SVMC emergency staff are empowered to be leaders beyond the health system, impacting nurses and other health-care providers throughout the state and country. In the last three years, SVMC's ED nurses have presented at local, regional and national conferences on topics including cultural humility, harm reduction, design considerations for emergency psychiatric care, and orientation strategies for new emergency registered nurses.
 
SVMC President and CEO Thomas A. Dee congratulated the ED team on receiving the 2024-2027 Lantern Award, and noted that this honor is all the more impressive for being earned during a multiphase renovation of the ED space, part of the VISION 2020: A Decade of Transformation capital campaign.
 
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