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Honors planned for Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association president

Angela Sanfilippo, president of the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association, will be the guest of honor at the Sea to Supper Celebration at 6 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Mile Marker One Restaurant & Bar, 75 Essex St., in the Cape Ann Marina Resort.,, Proceeds benefit nonprofit Fishing Partnership Support Services, which Sanfilippo helped found in the late ’90s, and on whose board of directors she has served ever since. Fishing Partnership Support Services helps commercial fishermen and their families through a variety of free services — from safety trainings, to health coverage enrollment assistance, to disaster relief support.,, While honoring Sanfilippo, the Sea to Supper Celebration will also highlight the contributions commercial fishermen have made to coastal communities and to the health of seafood consumers, according to J.J. Bartlett, president of Fishing Partnership Support Services. Tickets are available with links in the article 16:38

Tragedy at sea spurs a father to act – John Gurney implores fishermen to prepare for the worst.

It’s said the most unspeakable grief is that of a parent losing a child. John Gurney has been dealing with that grief since last June, when his son Luke, a well-liked Island conch fisherman with a wife and two young sons, drowned in a tragic accident when he was ensnared by a trawl line and swept overboard. Last week, Mr. Gurney spoke to The Times about the 11 months that have passed since that horrible day. In a conversation punctuated with an occasional laugh and silences of abject sorrow, Mr. Gurney, a gregarious man who looks younger than his 73 years, talked about his love for his son, who was also his business partner and one of his closest friends. He talked about Luke’s love for his work, for his family and his friends. He reminisced about the hundreds of people who spoke to him at Luke’s celebration of life at the Portuguese-American Club, where he heard about the many good deeds his son had quietly done over the years, expecting nothing in return. Click here to read the story 18:42

Safety training offered to fishermen next week in Gloucester

Fishing Partnership Support Services will conduct the last of its spring series of safety trainings for commercial fishermen next week in Gloucester. Safety and Survival at Sea is scheduled for Thursday, May 18, at the Gloucester Coast Guard Station, 17 Harbor Loop, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This free program will cover: · Man-overboard procedure· Firefighting and emergency communications · Flood and pump operations · Survival suits· Life raft deployment and boarding · Helicopter hoist procedures · Basic first aid For those fishermen who want to be certified as Drill Conductors, training will continue on Friday, May 19, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the same facility. click here for more detail 13:41

The Massachusetts fishing fleet confronts an opioid problem

A reputation for drug use has long followed the Massachusetts fishing fleet, whose fiercely independent crews often return to port flush with cash and ready to exhale after long and dangerous trips. Some fishermen link that reputation to a rugged cowboy culture; others to the pain medication taken by men and women whose bodies are battered by the job. But now, as opioid deaths rise relentlessly in Massachusetts, fishing captains from Cape Ann to Buzzards Bay are beginning to stock their boats with naloxone, a drug that reverses overdoses and is commonly sold under the trademark Narcan. click here to continue reading the story 09:46

Reality check – As they gear up for the season, Island fishermen receive two days of safety and survival training.

Don’t put the injured on the raft first, they can slow down the evacuation. Don’t stow survival suits below decks. Don’t leave port without a Nerf football. This was some of the wisdom imparted to a group of 35 commercial fishermen gathered at Coast Guard Station Menemsha on a gray, windy Thursday morning, where, appropriately, a storm front was bearing down on the Vineyard. It was day one of two training days for commercial fishermen — along with sailors, harbormasters, and shellfish constables — provided by Burlington-based Fishing Partnership Support Services (FPSS). The focus of the day one was safety and survival. Participants rotated among six training modules: man overboard procedure, firefighting and flares, survival suits, helicopter hoist operations, flooding and pump operations, first aid and CPR, and life raft equipment. seven images, click here to read the story 16:19

PARRI to offer Narcan training for fishermen

John Rosenthal, Co-founder and Chairman of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), Allie Hunter McDade, Executive Director of P.A.A.R.I., Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken and Police Chief John McCarthy are pleased to announce that the City of Gloucester, in conjunction with the Fishing Partnership Support Services, Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association and the Coast Guard, will offer CPR, first aid and nasal naloxone training to commercial fisherman on Friday, March 31. Approximately 40 fishermen will attending the CPR/first aid course, which will include a segment where they learn how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose, including how to administer nasal Narcan, which will then become another staple instrument included in their first aid kits. continue reading the story here 08:38

Gloucester’s Angela Sanfilippo, A Fisherman’s Wife, named to Seafood Hall of Fame

angela sanfillipoAngela Sanfilippo has spent this week, just as she did last year, helping plan the annual foray by the city and its fishing community into Sunday’s fifth Boston Seafood Festival. This year, however, will be different. While the Gloucester contingent will be dishing out its wildly popular redfish soup, Sanfilippo will also be on the receiving end of a distinctive honor when she is ushered into the Boston Seafood Hall of Fame at the festival’s opening ceremony on the Boston Fish Pier. “I was surprised and pleased at the same time,” Sanfilippo said Wednesday. “I had no idea.”Citing her life’s work as an unwavering voice of the Gloucester and Massachusetts fishing communities, the Boston Fisheries Foundation said her induction is due to her role with the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association (GFWA) and the Fishing Partnership Support Services as a “tireless protector” of the oceans those communities rely upon. Read the story here 21:35

Fishing Partnership Support Services named Community Health Worker Program of the Year

fishing partnershio logoThe Fishing Partnership Support Services has been named Community Health Worker Program of the Year Award for 2016 by the Mass. Association of Community Health Workers, the statewide group announced Friday. The organization that started out as a health insurance provider in 1997 is today, since 2011, a comprehensive provider not only of health care through the Massachusetts Conductor, but a one-stop resource where highly skilled “navigators” walk fishing families, and even some who aren’t, through the often daunting and difficult task of dealing with bureaucracies of many kinds. Verna Kendall of New Bedford, office manager of the New Bedford partnership office, said that initial goal was a narrow but important one: “When we began the fishing families had no place to go for health care, so Jim (her husband) and the group started the health plan. Read the rest here 22:41

A lobsterman’s safety training kicks in

2272329-51890It was an unseasonably warm morning on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, when Sam Allen set out alone from Ipswich Bay on his 28-foot lobster boat, the Dawn Breaker. The temperature was in the low 60s, the sky was clear, the seas flat. A moderate wind was blowing from the southwest. “It was a gorgeous day,” recalled Allen, who is 39 and has been a fisherman all his life. Around 9 a.m., he was working off the southern tip of Plum Island, in a spot known as Emerson’s Pocket, roughly 250 yards from shore, when he confronted a typical problem in his line of work. One of his trawl lines, a long rope running from a surface buoy to 10 lobster traps on the ocean bottom, could not be reeled in. That meant at least one of the traps was stuck below. Read the story here 12:21

Connecticut: Free Safety and Survival Training by Fishing Partnership Support Services May 04, 2016

Fishing PartnershipThis hands-on training, provided at no cost to commercial fishermen, is sponsored by Fishing Partnership Support Services, and conducted by Coast Guard Certified Marine Safety Instructors. The one day program includes: on-board firefighting, flooding & pump operations, flares & EPIRBS, survival suits, life raft equipment, man overboard and helicopter hoist procedures. Lunch is provided courtesy of Ocean Marine Insurance Agency. This training is sponsored by Connecticut Sea Grant, UCONN at Avery Point and AMSEA and is supported by the U.S. Coast Guard, the Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership (MFP). Location: UCONN at Avery Point – 1084 Shennecossett Road, Groton, CT, 06340 Date: May 04, 2016 Time: 09:00am – 04:00pm Details, and registration form, click here 09:30

Safety Training for Commercial Fishermen in Montauk – 4/27/2016

Fishing-Partnership-e1399664524456.htmCommercial fishermen can take advantage of free safety training programs that will be offered next week at the Montauk Coast Guard Station. , a Massachusetts organization that supports the health and well-being of fishing families, will present a safety and survival training program on Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Coast Guard station on Star Island Road. On-board firefighting, man-overboard procedures, flooding and pump operations, flares and emergency positioning devices, survival suits, life raft equipment, helicopter hoist and rescue procedures, and first aid will be covered during the program. Read the rest here 16:22

New manual outlines steps for fishermen, communities to take in crisis

56f4bf85b3416.imageThe concept first began to crystallize in Angela Sanfilippo’s mind about four years ago, when the president of the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association realized she needed to start putting some things down on paper. Sanfilippo, both in her roles with fishing-based community groups and her own experience as a wife, daughter and sister of fishermen, had helped develop a series of protocols to help fishermen avoid calamities on the water and help the Gloucester fishing community deal with fishing tragedies when they occur. “I just thought that we should start putting these things in writing because we’re not going to be around forever,” Sanfilippo said. Thus was born the idea that burst into reality yesterday when the Fishing Partnership Support Services unveiled its RESCUES manual in an event at the U.S. Coast Guard’s Station Gloucester. Read the rest here  22:50

Fishing Partnership Support Services mission is to keep fishermen safe

AR-151019530 fishing partnershipEighteen fishermen from around New England took to the seas of Hyannis Inner Harbor on Friday for free training put on by a nonprofit group called Fishing Partnership Support Services.  “You don’t want to be doing this stuff for the first time when you’re out on the water,” said the organization’s safety training coordinator Luis Catala, a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard. “This is a great chance for them to practice and learn.” Read the rest here 09:32

FREE! Fishing Partnership Support Services SAFETY & SURVIVAL TRAINING – Scituate, Ma. OCTOBER 1 & 2

fishing partnership trainingThis hands-on training, provided at no cost to commercial fishermen, is sponsored by Fishing Partnership Support Services, and conducted by Coast Guard Certified Marine Safety Instructors. The one day program includes: on-board firefighting, man-overboard procedures, flooding & pump operations, flares & EPIRBS, survival suits, life raft equipment, man overboard and helicopter hoist procedures and first aid. Lunch is provided courtesy of Ocean Marine Insurance Agency. The training is supported by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership (MFP). Read the rest here 11:19

Fishing Partnership Safety Training Plymouth MA, April 09, 2015

Fishing Partnership Support Services: Gloucester Safety and Survival training, May 7, Drill Conductor training May 8

training-day-adlobSafety Training Location: Coast Guard Station Gloucester – 17 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA, 01930 Time: 07:30am – 03:30pm Pre-registration for the training program is recommended. For more information or to register Click here  Gloucester Drill Conductor training Same as above. Time: 08:00am – 04:00pm For more information or to register Click here   19:43

Point Judith, RI Safety and Survival training – April 15, 2015

Fishing PartnershipThis hands-on training, provided at no cost to commercial fishermen, is sponsored by Fishing Partnership Support Services, and conducted by Coast Guard Certified Marine Safety Instructors. The one day program includes: on-board firefighting, man-overboard procedures, flooding & pump operations, flares & EPIRBS, survival suits, life raft equipment, man overboard and helicopter hoist procedures and first aid. Lunch is provided courtesy of Ocean Marine Insurance AgencyFor time, location, click here 10:49

Fishing Partnership Support Services – No-cost safety training for commericial fishermen April 9 and 10 in Plymouth

img-logo-fpssFishing Partnership Support Services will offer safety and survival training for commercial fishermen at no cost on Thursday, April 9, and drill conductor training on Friday, April 10, at the Plymouth Yacht Club, 34 Union St. Both programs will begin at 7:30 a.m. and conclude by mid-afternoon. A team of experienced marine safety instructors, all certified by the U.S. Coast Guard, will lead the multi-part programs. Read the rest here 08:48

Fishing Partnership Support Services – Hyannis Safety Training, October 23, 2014

img-logo-fpssFishing Partnership Support Services is offering two hands-on training sessions taught by Coast Guard-Certified Fishing Vessel Safety Instructors. These day-long trainings are FREE for commercial fishermen – and you’ll be learning from the best. Type: Safety Training Location: Cape Cod Maritime Museum – 135 South Street, Hyannis Port, MA, 02601 Date: October 23, 2014 Time: 07:30am – 03:00pm Event Registration Form is here  fishingpartnership.org 12:42

Fishing Partnership Support Services – Health insurance open enrollment begins November 15th

img-logo-fpssFeel free to contact us for assistance or if you have any questions about your health insurance You can reach us at (888) 282-8816 or visit our website – http://fishingpartnership.org/ 23:43

FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS AT THE 2014 WORKING WATERFRONT FESTIVAL

img-logo-fpssFishing Partnership Support Services will be on Steamship Pier all weekend. Stop by our booth to learn about all the services we bring to the fishing community, including help with health insurance, free safety training, mobile dental clinics, CPR/Ergonomics training, and more. Read the details here 14:01

Safety, and Survival Training, Gloucester May 15 – 16

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Fishing PartnershipFishing Partnership Support Services is offering two hands-on training sessions taught by Coast Guard-Certified Fishing Vessel Safety Instructors. These day-long trainings are FREE for commercial fishermen – and you’ll be learning from the best. Read more here  15:45

Free Safety and Survival Training for Fishermen – April 26, from 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM at the University of Massachusetts SMAST building , 706 Rodney French Blvd. in New Bedford

Free Safety and Survival Training for Fishermen

New Bedford – April 26, 2013

Burlington, MA – (For Immediate Release) —  On Friday, April 26, Fishing Partnership Support Services (FPSS) will provide free safety and survival training for commercial fishermen at the University of Massachusetts SMAST building , 706 Rodney French Blvd. in New Bedford from 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM.  The daylong training is conducted by US Coast Guard certified fishing vessel safety instructors. continued