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Selectboard is asking you to support GFD staffing as it is now

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To The Daily Sun,

Article 30 was amended by the fire chief at the Gilmanton deliberative session. The change he made is describing how the department is staffed. Specifically, with four full-time employees.

The Board of Selectmen is asking you to support the staffing as it is now. No one has been let go. Presently we have the chief, two full-time firefighters, and a group of dedicated part-time firefighter/EMT/Is. This will save the town $34,000 without compromising safety.

Your safety has always been a concern of selectmen. We spent months trying to convince the chief to staff all of Sunday's positions with a minimum of a firefighter/EMT/I, to no avail. In May we passed a policy that all staffing on Sunday would have to meet the minimum standard of Firefighter/EMT/I.

I want anyone to tell me how replacing a full-time position with part-time Firefighter/EMT's is compromising safety. I also want you to know that the county placed the Mutual Aid fire dispatch funding on the member towns. The approximately $32,000 is in your town taxes.

Vote "no" on Article 30.

Selectman Don Guarino

Gilmanton