Published DateGILFORD — John "Jack" Lyman has thrown his hat into the race for the Board of Fire Engineers, almost guaranteeing that as of March they'll be at least one "truck guy" overseeing the fire department.
Lyman, who signed up yesterday, is running against Philip "Pat" LaBonte, who has previously served as a Fire Engineer.
As of Monday, incumbent Phil Brouillard said he wasn't sure if he was going to run for a seventh term.
In an brief telephone interview yesterday, Lyman said he doesn't know a lot about firefighting but he knows about management and heavy equipment. He said he was encouraged to run by Board of Fire Engineers Chair Bill Akerley.
"I am going to try and approach this thing objectively and see if I can lend a hand to the process," Lyman said yesterday.
Like LaBonte, Lyman has a long history in the trucking industry and, at least recently, the main issues surrounding the Gilford Fire Department have been those of equipment maintenance and needs.
Fire Chief Steve Carrier said Friday that while Engine 2 was being towed by a strap to Repair Services of New England in the Lake Shore Road area last Friday for a transmission fix, the drive shaft, which had been detached, engaged and spun around, causing some damage to an air line.
The extent of the damage is unknown.