Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid
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Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid Association grew out of this need and it has fine-tuned the mutual aid system in the Lakes Region until it has become a premier organization consisting of 35 communities, the Central NH Hazardous Materials Response Team, and two Water Extrication Teams.
What we offer…
The Association offers extensive training to all member agencies through its Training and Education Division. Also in place are: Central NH Haz-Mat Oversight Committee, Task Force Committee, EMS Committee, a Standardization Committee, and an Incident Management Team. These groups focus on specific topics and hone in on needs within the system, passing along their knowledge to all members.
As a group, the Association is much stronger than the individual departments on their own. The Association has access to knowledge, technologies, and connections that smaller departments wouldn't normally enjoy.
In addition, the Association has the following apparatus available for mutual aid:
- · 92 Engines • 12 ATVs
- · 6 Ladders • 7 Snowmobiles
- · 36 Forestry • 1 Generator Trailer
- · 17 Utilities • 1 Emergency Management Trailer
- · 7 Towers • 1 Special Ops Trailer
- · 15 Tankers • 1 Technical Rescue Trailer
- · 23 Rescues • 1 Decon Trailer
- · 37 Ambulances • 1 Dive Team/Truck
- · 25 Fire Boats • 2 Haz Mat Vehicles
- · 5 Cascade Trailers • 1 LRMFA Interoperability Field Ops Trailer
- · 1 MCI Trailer
The Association was formed in the early 1950s. By 1956, members understood the need for coordinated communication, in particular one central hub where all dispatches and communication were generated. The early Communications Center consisted of a forestry radio!
It now has entered the 21st century with state-of-the-art Computer Aided Dispatch consoles and a simulcast radio network. Our vision, under the direction of the Board of Directors and Chief Coordinator, is to expand our capabilities, while continuing to provide quality service to the ever-growing population in our 1,500 square mile service area.
The Communications Center is equipped with Orbicom touch-screen dispatching consoles that control ten transmit-and-receive radio sites. We provide fire and EMS alerting for 35 agencies and our system can easily be expanded to accommodate more agencies.
All systems are redundant and our Communication Specialists are trained to operate in support of a Multi-Agency Coordination Center and can operate off-site from our mobile command/communication unit.
The Center currently operates with Cross Current dispatching CAD software, which provides dispatching information, incident reporting, preplans, water supply sources, run cards, inventory information, and other fire and EMS modules.
The Communications Center is staffed by motivated, highly-trained, and skilled Communications Specialists. They have been trained to operate at emergency scenes as Incident Dispatchers as well as cross-trained with Concord Fire Alarm as part of our Operations Continuity Plan. Coverage is 24/7 with eight fulltime dispatch personnel and six part-time dispatch personnel.
Personnel participate in ongoing professional development. Many are members of local fire departments or have a background in fire fighting/EMS.
What we offer to members…
• Highly-trained personnel
• Director of Communication available 24/7
• 2 Communication Specialists on duty 24 hours per day
• Professional development program for Communication Specialist
• Ongoing CQI program
• Mobile Command Post
• Incident dispatchers available to assist with fireground communications support
• Training and Education Division
• Radio and Minitor programming
• Dispatch and incident reporting capabilities
• Run Card capabilities (i.e. hazards, water supply, auto aid, special calls)
• GIS mapping integration with CAD
• State-of-the-art CAD System
• Simulcasting from ten transmission towersFor a more complete early history of LRMFA, click here.