To The Daily Sun,
The recent articles published in your paper regarding consolidation of fire departments has raised concern with our membership. The New Hampshire Association of Fire Chiefs (NHAFC) represents over 200 leaders of New Hampshire’s fire service, whether full-time, part-time, on-call or volunteer. The NHAFC firmly believes that fire service needs to have a robust and consistent command structure for the safety of our members and the communities we protect and serve.
The fire or police chief is the CEO of their respective organization. As chiefs, we are responsible for the life or death decisions that our personnel often called upon to make in an instant. However, unlike the much of the private sector, our organizations operate 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. While a small minority may feel that consolidating communities fire and/or police chiefs is a cost-saving measure, the reality is it places each community that the single fire/police chief oversees with a part-time CEO.
Chief Frank Fraitzl, president 2017-2018
N.H. Association of Fire Chiefs
- Written by Edward Engler
- Category: Letters
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