The Pioneer Valley Engineer

 President's Message 

April 2020

On Wednesday, March 4th, we held our business meeting, which was very well attended. When our current isolation period is over, I would enjoy seeing that trend continue. We are amending our budget to include funding for advertising, our online CE class and fund visits to area schools and power plants. We are canceling our April business meeting.

Our next business meeting will be held Wednesday, May 5th, at 5:00 p.m. Our education director, Chuck Dougherty, has temporarily suspended the first / thirds class for a period of 2 weeks. He will keep the students busy with consistent online material. Chuck will determine the return to class date and advise students and teachers.

Please take every precaution to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Wash your hands 30 seconds with warm water and soap, clean the things you touch with disinfectant wipes, control room keyboard, doorknobs, faucets, pumps, buttons, switches, handles, etc. Maintain 6 feet of social distancing. Try not to make unnecessary stops at convenience stores, etc. If staffing becomes a factor, consider locking out steam turbines, fans/pumps that make you a higher class plant and just focus on your base steam load that can be staffed, in most cases, by a 2nd class fireman. If personnel issues persist, you can call Chapter 4 at 413 592-6273. While we do not provide staffing, we do have an engineer/fireman database with over 200 names and contact information. We can get the word out that you are in need of temporary staffing.

Be safe, be healthy, be considerate,

Tim Flouton

NAPE Mass4
One Springfield St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
(413) 592-NAPE  
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