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News Briefs: Grant for Richmond to help fire department; SBRSD superintendent to visit Monterey

The pumper truck will be primarily used as a first-due attack vehicle and will allow for rapid response to homes and brush fires in areas that the town’s current apparatus cannot access.

Richmond receives Assistance to Firefighters grant

Richmond — The town of Richmond has been awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant in the amount of $190,477 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to purchase a mini-pumper for the fire department. The pumper truck will be primarily used as a first-due attack vehicle and will allow for rapid response to homes and brush fires in areas that the town’s current apparatus cannot access such as steep driveways and areas with rough terrain. The vehicle will also be used to respond to motor vehicle accidents and medical calls.

This grant represents the fourth award that the town has received from the program in recent years. The town received $285,000 to assist in the purchase of a new fire truck in 2011, $45,200 in 2012 to purchase an air compressor station for filling air packs, and $88,572 in 2015 to purchase a dozen new air packs.

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Monterey to host discussion with new SBRSD superintendent

Monterey — In an effort to ensure that Monterey families and their role in the Southern Berkshire Regional School District are considered during school committee and district discussions, the Monterey Selectboard, will present a discussion with new SBRSD superintendent Beth Regulbuto in the Town Hall, 435 Main St., on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 6 p.m. The main topic is expected to be the status and future of the Monterey School.

According to Monterey Selectman Carol Edelman: “As outlined in the Regional district agreement, the town of Monterey owns the Monterey School building, and the SBRSD is responsible for maintenance. In recent years, upkeep has been minimal, at best, and the kindergarten program has been suspended for three years. Before we proceed with any further actions with this building, the Board and the residents need a dialogue with the school administration.”

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