Driver Skills and Safety Training Event

Snow Plow Roadeo

2019 Drivers’ Skill Training (aka Snowplow Roadeo)

I wish to thank the MHA Board for supporting the Driver Skills Event as I think it was again a success and the continued support of sending teams to represent MHA at the national level in Colorado means a lot to the committee. We did see a lot of new cities and Towns participate this year which was very nice.

I also want to take the time to send a personal thanks to all the board members who took time out of their schedule to come judge the event. (We almost had a quorum for a meeting, president, 2nd vice president, secretary, treasurer, Barnstable county rep. and Worcester county rep) I wish to also thank to thank the other Cities and Towns and vendors who came out to help judge the event as well. West Stockbridge, Russell, Becket, Haz Compliance, Jack of all Blades, Barry Equipment and Ribco Supply. Also a special thanks to ATG trucks for sending judges and providing the trucks for the event, Schmidt equipment for sending judges and providing the loaders for the event, Becket, West Stockbridge, Granby for cones and supplies for the loader event and Baystate Roads Program for the advertising, registration and judges for the event.

This event would not be possible without all of the help of the judges. I wish to thank all of my judges for the comments they write on the scoring sheets as well , Scott I will buy you a new coffee and make it a deduction for running it over in the future, Jason you make me laugh, Mike I will give you scissors to cut up licenses and how no one knows your slogan makes me disappointed that they do not pay attention and Brenda and Kathryn we expect a shirt bedazzling class in the future they looked great and showed you put some time and effort into them (great style).

Truck event

1st Town of Burlington, Mike Desimone and Patrick Duran

2nd Town of Milford, Chris Butler and Jimmy Charzenski

3rd Town of Westminster, Alan Barret and James Grenier

Loader event

1st Town of Belmont, Nick Babcock

2nd Town of Westminster, Steven Arsenault

3rd Town of Southbridge, Phil Harding

 

Thank You All for all of your Help!!!!!

Sincerely,

Chris Bouchard, Chair

Driver Skills and Training Committee

2019 Driver Skills and Safety Event!

July 17, 2019 • 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Highway Association is pleased to announce the statewide 2019 Massachusetts Driver Skills and Safety Training Event. This event is designed to promote teamwork, safety awareness, and vehicle operating skills in a competitive, fun setting. This event is open to all cities and towns without having to pre-qualify at a county event. In addition to trucks, this training event will also include a wheel loader event.

First place winners qualify for the National Competition in Colorado!

Who Is Eligible?

Any employee of a highway or public works department of a city or town in Massachusetts who is in possession of a valid CDL license. A team consists of two (2) eligible registrants for trucks, and one (1) eligible registrant for loader. Registration is limited to no more than two (2) teams from each city or town.

Come Join Us For:

  • Valuable hands-on training exercises
  • A day of friendly competition
  • Awards & prizes
  • Lunch for participants, courtesy of the Mass Highway Association

https://www.umasstransportationcenter.org/assnfe/ev.asp?ID=4214

 

2018  – Driver Skills and Safety Training Event (aka Snowplow Roadeo)
Driver Skills and Safety Training Event (aka Snowplow Roadeo)

By Chris Bouchard, Chair

The MHA held its 2018 Driver Skills and Safety Training (Snowplow Roadeo) on July 19th, at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, under great weather at a great location. This year we had the single axle truck event and a wheel loader event for the competition. We invited all of the County Highway Associations to participate in the one event to make the event larger, more competitive and build comradery amongst all of the competitor’s. MHA and County Associations have some of the best  pre trip vehicle inspectors, loader operators and snowplow drivers. All the Cities and Towns should be proud as they have trained there operators well.

I would like to thank all the Teams and the Cities and Towns that you represent for your participation. Secondly the judges and the Cities and Towns that you work for and vendors that send judges also. I would like to thank our vendor sponsors as they help us in providing the loaders and trucks we use in the events.

We traveled to the Western Snow and Ice snowplow roadeo National Finals in Loveland Colorado on September 26th – September 28th  in which the teams participated in the snowplow roadeo and wheel loader events and took some of the workshops offered at the three day event. One difference this year at the National Finals was all brand new courses for all of the events. The teams finished very well and represented Massachusetts. We did find, as there has been talk of moving the National Finals to a new location, that the home for the finals will be in Loveland, Colorado going forward.

MHA Roadeo results

Single Axle Truck:

1st place – Town of Milford, Chris Butler and Jimmy Charzenski

2nd place – Town of Burlington, Patrick Duran and Mike Murphy

3rd place – Town of Salisbury, Chuck St. Cyr and Dave Vigneaux

 

Wheel Loader:

1st place – Town of Otis, Kyle Pettibone

2nd place – Town of Stoughton, Richard Jasmin

3rd place – Town of Shrewsbury, Chad Morin

 

National Roadeo results

 

Single Axle truck:

Town of Milford, Chris Butler and Jimmy Charzenski finished 7th out of 47 teams and it was a 5 way tie for 7th as well.

 

Wheel Loader:

Town of Otis, Kyle Pettibone finished 34th out of 48 teams

 

Motor Grader:

Town of Granby, Dave Desrosiers finished 17th out of 40 teams. Town of Becket,

Christopher Bouchard finished 12th out of 40 teams

These teams competed against the nation’s best snow and ice operators, great job and congratulations on your accomplishments.

 

Also congratulations to the other New England teams that travel to compete as well. Maine DOT team as they finished 3rd in the single axle truck, Exeter Rhode Island as they finished 4th in the single axle truck, Exeter Rhode Island finished 8th which was a 3 way tie in the loader event at the National Finals. Great job!

 

This event would not be possible without the help and support of the MHA Board of Directors and members. Over the winter, we will be working to take this event to an even higher level and will need your help to accomplish that task.  If you would like to help, send Chris or Dave an email or give us a call and we will put you to work.

 

 

 

2017

Written by Chris Bouchard and Dave Desrosiers – Co-chairmen

MHA held its Driver Skills and Safety Training (Snowplow Roadeo) on July 26th, 2017 at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area under great weather conditions at a great location. This year, the competition included the single axle truck event and a wheel loader event. We invited all county highway associations to participate in the one event to make the event larger, more competitive and build comradery among all the competitors. We set the courses up the same way as the national finals, and removed the written test. MHA and county associations have some of the best vehicle pretrip vehicle inspectors, loader operators and snowplow drivers; your cities and towns should be proud, as they have trained you well.

MHA Roadeo results Single Axle Truck:

1st place: Town of Milford, Chris Butler and Jimmy Charzenski
2nd place: Town of Shrewsbury, Chad Morin and Tim Beall
3rd place: Town of Dalton, Terren Vogal and Glen Davis

Wheel Loader: 1st place: Town of Shrewsbury, Chad Morin
2nd place: Town of Mendon, Paul Marvelle
3rd place: three-way tie – Town of Shrewsbury, Tim Beall; Town of Plainville, John Fernandes; and Town of Oxford, Josh Raymond

National Roadeo results:

Single Axle truck:

Town of Shrewsbury, Chris Butler and Jimmy Charzenski, finished 18th out of 45 teams Wheel Loader:
Town of Shrewsbury, Chad Morin finished 16th out of 61 teams

Motor Grader:
Town of Granby, Dave Desrosiers finished 24th out of 35 teams.
Town of Becket, Christopher Bouchard finished 1st out of 35 teams MHA

We would like to thank all the teams and the cities and towns that you represent for your participation, as well as the cities, towns and vendors that send judges. We would like to thank our vendor sponsors this year: Patriot Freightliner / Western Star and Schmidt Equipment. We traveled to the Western Snow and Ice Snowplow Roadeo National Finals in Loveland, Colorado on September 27th through 29th. The teams participated in the snowplow roadeo events and attended some of the workshops offered at the three-day event. One difference this year at the national finals was all new courses for all events. The teams representing Massachusetts finished very well. Future national finals will be held in Loveland, CO. These teams competed against the nation’s best snow and ice operators, great job and congratulations on your accomplishments. Also, congratulations to the Maine DOT team who finished 1st in the single axle truck event at the National Finals. Good job. This event would not be possible without the help and support of the MHA Board of Directors and members. Over the winter, we will be working to take this event to an even higher level and will need your help to accomplish that task. If you would like to help, send Chris or Dave an email or give us a call and we will put you to work.

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