Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser.
FRCOG banner

WRHSAC & FBI Host Symposium

Photo of comfort dog at active shooter trainingThe Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council (WRHSAC) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), hosted an informational symposium on active shooter incidents in March at the Deerfield Academy. More than 600 people from throughout western Massachusetts representing multiple disciplines including, law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services, hospitals, schools, colleges and businesses, attended the event. 
Read more »

FCCIP Requires Approved Shelters

Photo of white churchUsing a church to house overnight guests for an emergency, march or demonstration, or athletic or educational event? Read on! In the last few months, the Franklin County Cooperative Inspection Program has become aware that there are churches that have been using their facilities as temporary overnight shelters for various community events.  While these facilities are generally suitable to house a considerable number of overnight guests, they may or may not be considered safe. Read more »

FRCOG Council Okays Budget

dollar sign iconIn January 2016 the FRCOG Council endorsed the FRCOG’s FY2017 budget.  Budget highlights include:

  • 6.6% increase to health insurance, as voted by Hampshire Insurance Trust.
  • Payment of $150,000 to Other Post Employment Benefits.
  • 2% increase to staff wages.
  • Increase in Finance Department staffing to include a part-time Grant Fiscal Manager, using new revenues and with no financial impact to towns.
  • Minor increases to audit costs, staff training and development, and special project costs.
  • Capital expense of $11,000 to purchase a new server and associated software and equipment.

Learn more or see the budget »

Traffic Recorders Collect Data

car tire running over traffic counting stripTransportation Planning Staff are gearing up for the 2016 Traffic Counting season, getting supplies and requests in order.  The FRCOG has operated and maintained traffic counting equipment since 1991, primarily for the purpose of conducting state-requested counts required by our contract with MassDOT. The FRCOG operates automatic traffic recorders that have the ability to collect vehicle classification and speed data at most locations. The count season typically runs from May and October and citizens can make traffic count requests. Learn more »

Support Provided for Emergencies

aerial view of floodingNeed support during emergencies? Does your local emergency operations center sometimes get overwhelmed during large emergencies? Would you like someone with local knowledge to help you find resources in the area during an emergency? Could you benefit from knowing what conditions are like your neighboring towns during a disaster? The Franklin County multi-agency coordination center could be what you’re looking for! Learn more »

Other Stories

icon: calendar Calendar

icon: FB Facebook

icon: twitter Twitter

icon: website Website

icon: staff directory Staff Directory

icon: contact us Contact Us

Staff Spotlight

Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Dan Nietsche

Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Dan Nietsche has been at the FRCOG since January 2016, after serving as Operations Coordinator at MEMA. Dan coordinates regional emergency preparedness activities including the REPC, FCECS, and the Multi Agency Coordination Center planning group. He also works with fire departments on increasing collaboration. He is enjoying learning more about emergency management on the ground in his own region vs. at the state level. Dan has a Master’s in Emergency Management from the MA Maritime Academy, and lives in Greenfield with his wife and daughter.

Accountants Training

In March, FRCOG Town Accounting Program staff attended the annual education and training program at UMass-Amherst, sponsored by the MA Municipal Auditors and Accountants Association (MMAAA). The multi-day training offers four tracks of study depending on the level of experience of the accountant: from just getting started in the field to continuing education for experienced staff. FRCOG is committed to training staff, and budgets each year for the MMAAA school, which is the primary formal training program for municipal accountants in Massachusetts.
Find out more »

Update subscription preferences | Unsubscribe from this list
This message was sent to <<Email Address>>