Ashland-Hopkinton Fire Services Collaborative
Working with diverse stakeholders in both communities, the Towns of Ashland and Hopkinton are working toward developing a comprehensive plan to create a joint fire and emergency response district. Grant funds are being used to create an original organizational framework, governance structure, operations manual, collective bargaining agreement and a unique financing model for the joint district. The goal for the Ashland-Hopkinton Fire Collaboration Working Group is to present the Group's work to their respective Town Meeting voters for approval in the spring of 2014. At that time, a final report and all original work emanating from the Working Group's two year long effort, will be available on this website.
Funding Amount: $175,000
Participating entities: Towns of Hopkinton (Lead) and Ashland
Ashland-Hopkington Fire Services Final Report
Franklin County Regional Dog Officer Control and Kennel
Animal control is a major issue for many small communities, especially those that lack trained and certified staff. Working with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, funding allowed the FRCOG to develop a regional dog kennel in a building donated by the Town of Montague. The director of the kennel is an employee of the sheriff’s office, and the program is supervised by a steering committee consisting of representatives from each participating community.
Funding Amount: $19,900
Participating entities: Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG); Greenfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Colrain, Conway, Deerfield, Erving, Gill, Heath, Montague, Warwick, and Whatley
Franklin County Regional Dog Officer Control and Kennel Final Report file size 2MB file size 11MB
NoFIRES- Northwestern Juvenile Fire Intervention Response, Education, and Safety Partnership
This project established a regional and multidisciplinary approach to reducing the incidents of juvenile fire setting and the enhancement of overall public safety. The program developed a regional referral, intervention and service model to provide a comprehensive response system to juvenile fire setting incidents and behavior for youths ages 5 to 17.
Funding amount: $47,000
Participating entities: Cities of Northampton (Lead), Springfield, Greenfield, and Easthampton; Towns of Chesterfield, Granby, Montague, and Ware
Northwestern District Anti-Crime Task Force Program
The task force was established to fill a void in investigative capabilities in the area comprising the Northwestern District relative to illegal narcotics, unlawful firearms offenses, gang related crimes, major crimes, human trafficking, and other organized criminal activities. The project will coordinate between all available law enforcement options, including federal agencies and federally run task forces, and will supplement and provide resources to investigations into illegal narcotics offenses, etc.
Funding Amount: $83,904
Participating entities: Franklin Regional Council of Governments (Lead); Cities of Greenfield and Northampton; Towns of Athol, Amherst, and Montague
Northwestern District Anti-Crime Task Force Final Report file size 1MB
Rutland Regional Animal Control
These rural communities used grant funds to develop a regional animal control program, including the build out of a regional facility and execution of an intermunicipal agreement.
Funded Amount: $83,904
Participating entities: Towns of Rutland (Lead), Princeton, and Barre
Southeast Fire Department Electronic Records and Permitting Collaborative
Hosted by the SRPEDD, this program provides online permitting capabilities to fire departments in Southeastern Massachusetts. Residents and businesses can now file for permits offered by fire departments, such as burning permits, through a secure online portal.
Funding amount: $76,800
Participating entities: Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (Lead); Cities of Taunton and Fall River; Towns of Seekonk, North Attleboro, Stow, Swansea, Somerset, Freetown, Dighton, and Westport