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Staying Fire Safe During the Holiday Season

General Holiday Safety

  • Be sure not to overload your circuits
  • Only use indoor lights indoors and outdoor lights outdoors. Look for the UL label. Check lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, as well as loose connections. Replace or repair any damaged light sets.
  • Turn off all lights on trees and decorations when you go to bed or leave the house. Unplug extension cords when not in use.
  • When putting up holiday decorations, always use the proper step stool or ladder to reach high places. Don’t stand on chairs, desks or other furniture.
  • Prepare your car for the winter by checking items such as the brakes, spark plugs, battery and tires. Check your owner’s manual for the recommended interval for a tune-up.

Christmas Tree Safety

  • Never use lighted candles near trees, boughs, curtains/drapes or with any potentially flammable item.
  • Stand your tree away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources. Make sure the tree does not block foot traffic or doorways.
  • Keep the stand filled with water so the tree does not dry out quickly.

Happy Holidays from the Fire and Emergency Services Association at Anna Maria College.
In case of an emergency, dial 9-1-1!

Written by Casey Lacasse, President of Fire and Emergency Services Association at Anna Maria College

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5 Things You Need to Know When Becoming an EMT


Five Things You Need to Know When Becoming an EMT

1. Nature of the Work

People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics. Incidents as varied as automobile accidents, heart attacks, slips and falls, childbirth, and gunshot wounds require immediate medical attention. EMTs and paramedics provide this vital service as they care for and transport the sick or injured to a medical facility.

The EMT-Basic represents the first response of the emergency medical system. An EMT trained at this level is prepared to care for patients at the scene of an accident and while transporting patients by ambulance to the hospital under the direction of more highly trained medical personnel. The EMT-Basic has the emergency skills to assess a patient’s condition and manage respiratory, cardiac, and trauma emergencies.

2. Training

At the EMT-Basic level, coursework emphasizes emergency skills, such as managing respiratory, trauma, and cardiac emergencies, and patient assessment. Formal courses are often combined with time in an emergency department or ambulance. The program provides instruction and practice in dealing with bleeding, fractures, airway obstruction, cardiac arrest, and emergency childbirth. Students learn how to use and maintain common emergency equipment, such as backboards, suction devices, splints, oxygen delivery systems, and stretchers.

3. Licensure

All 50 States require EMTs and Paramedics to be licensed, but the levels and titles vary from State to State.

4. Employment

EMT and Paramedics is the fastest growing field compared to all occupations in 2016. There are over 241,200 EMT jobs in the United States.

5. Earnings

Average salary in Massachusetts according to for an EMT is $42,000 as of May 3, 2016 


Enroll in our EMT class for Spring 2017 today!

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Dan Mulrooney Named Anna Maria Head Football Coach

Dan Mulrooney - Head CoachThe Anna Maria College Athletic Department has named Dan Mulrooney the Head Football Coach as announced by Athletic Director, Serge DeBari on Wednesday morning. Mulrooney joins the Anna Maria community following three years serving as the Defensive Coordinator at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

Over his three years coordinating the defense at WPI the team has grown immensely. Their defense became one of the top defenses in the Liberty League conference and in 2015 WPI had its best season in 23 years. In 2016, WPI reached new heights by having its first back to back winning season since 1995. They participated in an ECAC bowl game for only the third time in 126 years.

Mulrooney looks to bring a “new culture” to the Anna Maria football program as he has done for WPI. “I am an enthusiastic, dedicated, hard working coach who strives to develop student-athletes to reach their maximum potential...The team will only be as good as the culture that is created since day one.” This is the philosophy Mulrooney plans to lead the Anna Maria College football program under.

“He is a hardworking football coach with a great attitude looking for an opportunity to develop high character student-athletes on an off the field” said Athletic Director Serge DeBari, “I believe Mulrooney has a great deal of experience and knowledge to bring to the football program; I look forward to working with him in developing and growing the Anna Maria College football team.”

Mulrooney attended Boston College for his undergraduate degree and was a part of the Boston College football program as a safety and running back for four years. He finished his playing career with a two-year stint at Stony Brook University. He was the Seawolves leader in tackles in 2011 and was named Big South Defensive Newcomer of the Year. He was a standout player at Holy Cross High School in Waterbury, Conn. where he was all-state twice and won a pair of state championships.

Mulrooney earned a communication degree from Boston College and a Masters Degree in liberal arts from Stony Brook.

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Anna Maria College Shares Healing Power of Music Therapy with UMASS Memorial on December 8

UMASS Music Therapy Donation

Photo courtesy of T&G Staff/Christine Hochkeppel

On Thursday, December 8, several music therapy students paid a visit to the UMASS Memorial Center to donate children-sized instruments for their music therapy program. Read about the story in the Telegram & Gazette here

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Anna Maria College Launches Masters in Social Work Program

MSWAnna Maria College announced today the launch of a new Masters in Social Work program to provide an advanced level of study for community-minded students. The program will be accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is now accepting applications. Classes will start with the fall 2017 semester. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a full or part-time program that will run on week nights and weekends.

“Being the only provider of social work education in Central Massachusetts, Anna Maria College has had the honor of educating more than 1,000 social workers with a Bachelor in Social Work degree,” said President Mary Lou Retelle of Anna Maria College. “Our approach to social work is multidisciplinary, giving students broad exposure to social work topics and careers. We are extremely excited to move forward with the Council on Social Work Education to provide these students with an exemplary Masters in Social Work program.”

Social Work students will experience both traditional classroom courses as well as hands-on field internship placements to provide them with the knowledge and skills necessary to assist diverse populations and societal problems. Anna Maria College will assist students in selecting an appropriate and convenient field placements with an array of area organizations.

The need for social workers continues to increase according to government data. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the demand for social workers will grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.

The Masters in Social Work program will prepare students for Advanced Practice in an area of concentration. The program will have two concentrations; one in Advanced Practice with Clients and another in Advanced Administrative Practice. Students will be required to choose a concentration in their second year of study. Students with a Masters in Social Work find career opportunities at social service agencies, hospitals and treatment centers, nursing home, local, state and federal government, prisons and correctional activities, elementary and secondary schools and nonprofit organizations.

To learn more about Anna Maria College’s Masters in Social Work program visit Or call 508-849-3300.

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