Volunteer Spotlight: Peter Shedd

Name: Peter Shedd
Title: Fire Chief
Department: Bernardston Fire Department
Location: Bernardston, MA

Why are you an NVFC member?
Because the NVFC chair stopped by my station, sat down, and chatted with a few of my members and myself, and by time we got done, it was pretty clear that we were on the same page and were working towards the same goals. I have been on board ever since.

What is your occupation?
Manager at a concrete plant

Why are you a fire service volunteer?
My father pointed me towards public service in my early teens. I started as a police explorer, went on to become a part-time police officer, and soon after joined the fire department as well. 43 years later, I’m still at the fire department. My father was active in town finance and was a veteran and prisoner of war and always encouraged me to help those that need it. Guess it stuck.

What year did you join the fire or emergency services?

What are your memorable moments as a firefighter or EMS provider?
Mohawk Plastic fire, 1994. I was assistant chief at the time; large plastic manufacturing company that involved mutual aid from 34 departments. Active fire for nearly 24 hours, our pre-plan was done in the first two hours. Only one injury (minor), multiple explosions, and building collapsed.

What contributions have you (and your department) made in your community?
We lead whenever we can, we support when we can, and we help when we can. We are trying to stay the centrally-located service for what ever your emergency may be.

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