By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — After nearly four decades in the fire service, including three of them in Gilford, Jim Hayes is retiring as chief coordinator of the Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid Emergency Communication Center. Hayes will be succeeded by Jonathan Goldman of Sandown, who brings 22 years of experience in emergency communications to the position.
Since 1971, Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid has provided emergency communications 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for fire and emergency medical departments in 35 municipalities in five counties, covering an area the size of Rhode Island and housing more than 115,000 people. Hayes said that is 2016 the agency, where two dispatchers are on duty around the clock, dispatched emergency personnel to more than 26,000 incidents.
Goldman is steeped in emergency communications. He has worked for Boston MedFlight as well as the Pelham Police Department and Rockingham County Sheriff's Department and the Derry Fire Department, which provides fire and emergency medical dispatch services for five towns along with the Border Area Mutual Aid Group.
"I've worked with law enforcement, but fire and emergency medical services is my preferred discipline," he said.
Goldman currently serves as a commissioner on the New Hampshire Enhanced 911 Commission and as the emergency medical services captain with the Sandown Fire Department. He is also vice chairman of the Sandown Board of Selectmen. As there are no specific plans to expand the service area of Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid, Goldman said his highest priority will be to ensure that the agency keeps pace with the changes in communications technology.
Hayes noted that as a firefighter and fire chief he represented the customers of mutual aid while Goldman, with his background in communications, brings the perspective of a provider to the position. Moreover, with his appointment, the position of chief coordinator will become a full-time position.
Jonathan Goldman, left, will succeed Jim Hayes, right, as chief coordinator of the Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid Emergency Communication Center. (Michael Kitch/Laconia Daily Sun)
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