I don't have too many regrets in my life except for maybe one, not taking the firefighters civil service exam when I was younger. My love for radio and music has sort of always outshined my interest in firefighting and/or fire science, but it certainly was a close second.

After some convincing from then Lanesborough, now Pittsfield firefighter Devon Whalen, in April of 2017, I joined the Lanesborough Volunteer Fire Department. It was a great decision. I was able to learn the craft of firefighting, EMS, and support a community all in one.

Unfortunately, due to my wife's health issues at the time, I had to leave about a year and a half into it, but I look forward to returning one day! If you have ANY interest in this particular field and/or have the time, I highly recommend joining a volunteer fire department.

Did You Know That 65% Of The Country's Fire Departments Are Volunteer? And, Yes, They're Always Looking For Help/New Members!

Coming up this Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, YOU can check out the open house...


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Stacker ranked the most expensive climate disasters by the billions since 1980 by the total cost of all damages, adjusted for inflation, based on 2021 data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The list starts with Hurricane Sally, which caused $7.3 billion in damages in 2020, and ends with a devastating 2005 hurricane that caused $170 billion in damage and killed at least 1,833 people. Keep reading to discover the 50 of the most expensive climate disasters in recent decades in the U.S.

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