Challenges of Women in the Fire Service

Thank you for a great discussion with a few of the phenomenal women of Fire and Emergency Services.

We found strength and inspiration. Thank you, President Amy Hanifan and Executive Director Kimberly Cox, for the invitation to participate.

I know you could have had anyone participate. I do not count the invitation, lightly.

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Getting the COVID Vaccine

New Haven, Ct. - 12/28/2020 - New Haven Fire Chief John Alston, Jr. is vaccinated for COVID-19 during a ceremony outside the New Haven Health Department marking the first phase of a four-part mass immunization campaign. "Let the healing begin," proclaimed Alston after receiving his shot from APRN Grace Grajales. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com
New Haven, Ct. – 12/28/2020 – New Haven Fire Chief John Alston, Jr. is vaccinated for COVID-19 during a ceremony outside the New Haven Health Department marking the first phase of a four-part mass immunization campaign. “Let the healing begin,” proclaimed Alston after receiving his shot from APRN Grace Grajales. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com (Mark Mirko/Mark Mirko)

https://www.courant.com/coronavirus/hc-news-coronavirus-new-haven-first-vaccines-20201228-wkdft3bnnfejzdkjgu2nncgori-story.html

Just before he rolled up his sleeve to get his COVID-19 vaccination Monday, New Haven Fire Chief John A. Alston Jr. acknowledged it was a historic moment. He not only became one of the first people vaccinated by the city’s Health Department, but — as person of color — he said he was showing people that it is safe.

“These are unprecedented times and the fire department has literally been the tip of the spear in fighting this virus,” Alston said. “This is the best possible tool we have to fight this and the only way that it works is if everyone gets vaccinated.”

It was an honor to get the vaccine from APRN Grace Grajales who has been the coordinator for the NHFD during these trying times.  Grace works around the clock to arrange testing, contact tracing, follow-up and return to work.

Calling The Mayday – R.I.T. Review

I want to thank the Connecticut Fire Department Instructors Association, for allowing me to present a brief portion on Calling the Mayday and the responsibilities of the Rapid Intervention Team or Rapid Intervention Crew.

This was done during one of our monthly membership meetings. It has been difficult, this year for us to meet together, due to the COVID19 Virus.

As always, thank you for the opportunity to share.

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