LACONIA — Fire Chief Ken Erickson yesterday announced that five firefighters have joined the department, four of them as the result of the decision of the City Council to accept a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency worth $642,000, which will pay their wages and benefits for two years.
The four firefighters include two veterans of the Henniker Fire Department, Gregory Aucoin and Brennan Lorden, both of Henniker. Aucoin, a graduate of Bob Jones University, is a level 2 firefighter and EMT-paramedic, who has served in Henniker for eight years. Lorden volunteered for the Salisbury Fire Department and interned with the Concord Fire Department before joining the Henniker department as a level 2 firefighter and EMT-intermediate.
Ray Bushey III of Raymond, also a level 2 firefighter and EMT-intermediate, earned his associates degree in fire science at Lakes Region Community College and served as a student firefighter with the Alton Fire Department.
The fourth firefighter, Nathan Mills, comes from Connecticut where he works with Bridgeport Emergency Medical Services as an EMT-paramedic. He has a bachelor's degree in fire science from the University of New Haven, graduated from the Connecticut Fire Academy Recruit School and served in the East Hartford Fire Department.
Trevor Greene of Sandwich, the fifth new member to join the department this month, will replace Bruce Barrett, who has retired as the "Most Senior Firefighter." Like Aucoin and Lorden, Greene also served with the Henniker Fire Department. A graduate in fire science from New England College, he is a level 2 firefighter and EMT-advanced.
Erickson the addition of the four firefighters marks the first increase in overall staffing since 2006 and brings the daily complement to nine officers and firefighters on duty 24 hours a day.