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The MHA Annual Meeting has been cancelled.   

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MHA Mutual Aid – April 2020

By David Lane, MHA Secretary

The Mass Highway Association has made great strides reviving the Public Works Mutual Aid Program and developing processes which we can all use during an emergency or natural disaster. Five years ago, we successfully wrote, lobbied for, and received approval of State legislation which made it legal for us to aid other towns and cities, with our own municipal forces and equipment.

The latest efforts have been focused on recruiting mutual aid coordinators and designing a system where any municipality can contact their assigned County Mutual Aid Coordinator (CMAC) and request assistance. Mass Highway Association is providing training to the CMAC’s so that they know the proper information to obtain when help is requested and how best to locate and assign mutual aid assistance.  To organize and monitor assistance, both during and after an event, MHA has partnered with MassDOT and BETA Group to utilize the Mass DOT, GeoDOT software mapping system. We are very appreciative of the efforts from Tito Sanchez of BETA and Jose Simo of MassDOT who have been excellent partners in this development process and are allowing us to use the latest tools to keep our mutual aid system efficient and well run.

This year, MHA will be allocating a portion of the dues paid by all municipal memberships to fund the mutual aid program. This funding will provide for the equipment, training, education, and distribution of information, all of which is needed to make the program successful. Most importantly, on the 2020 dues form, we provided a space and asked each municipality to assign a person from their community to be the mutual aid contact. If you did not assign someone, or did not provide the up to date contact information, please email secretary David Lane, (dlane@danversma.gov) with the name and contact information so that we can keep the mutual aid mapping and database up to date.

The working committee is planning to have a tabletop, virtual mutual aid event at the beginning of May. Following this, each community will receive instructions on how to request aid and how to offer mutual aid assistance.

 

HB2317, An act providing fair and equitable line of duty death benefits for public employees.

You may see the Bill information here

Section 100A of Chapter 32 is hereby amended by striking subsection (c) in its entirety and replacing it with the following:

(c) The killed in the line of duty benefit shall be a 1-time payment of $300,000 to the family of a deceased public employee. As used in this section deceased public employee shall mean any public employee working for state or county government, a Massachusetts public higher education institution, a municipality, public school department, or public school district or public authority who, while in the performance of his/her duties and as a result of incident, accident or violence, was killed or sustained injuries which were the direct and proximate cause of his/her death.

Section 100A of Chapter 32 is further amended in subsection (d) by replacing each occurrence of the words “public safety employee” in this subsection with the words “public employee”

Section 16 of Chapter 15A is hereby amended by inserting after the word “corrections officer” the following words: – any public employee working for state or county government, a Massachusetts public higher education institution, a municipality, public school department, or public school district or public authority.