LACONIA — Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid is a regional fire and EMS dispatch center, dispatching professional fire, EMS, and all hazards emergency dispatching to 35 communities in and around the Lakes Region.
No-Shave November is a nonprofit organization devoted to growing cancer awareness and raising funds to support cancer prevention, research, and education. No-Shave November is a month-long fund-raising journey during which participants don’t shave in order to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness. No-Shave November is particularly fitting, as the concept revolves around not shaving or grooming the participants' hair, which many cancer patients lose, and would give anything to get their hair back.
Eight Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid employees have pledged $50 each to participate in No-Shave November. The funds will be donated to the NH Firefighter Cancer Support Network.
Cancer caused 70 percent of the line-of-duty deaths for career firefighters in 2016. There is little data regarding cancer among volunteer firefighters and the U.S. Fire Administrations firefighter fatality statistics do not include cancer related deaths. It is a stark reality that cancer risks are significantly increased for all firefighters.
Lt. Rob Frame proposed the idea to Chief Coordinator Jon Goldman in the beginning of November. Chief Goldman thought it was a great idea, and immediately made the announcement that members could participate. Participating this year are Chief Goldman, Deputy Coordinator John Beland, Lt. Rob Frame, Lt. Paul Steele, Lt. Kevin Nugent, Dispatcher Jeff Sheltry, and Dispatchers Erin Hannafin and Esther DiCarlo.
Laconia Barbershop “Polished and Proper” has offered to have a “shave off” on Nov. 30 to help the LRMFA staff members shave off their beards.