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State fire chiefs association opposes consolidation of area fire departments, command structure is needed

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
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I'm happy Ashland will take serious look at a Rights-Based Ordinance

To The Daily Sun,

I am excited to pursue an avenue that may stop Northern Pass and/or future projects like that from tearing up our town of Ashland. On Dec. 4, at the Ashland Board of Selectmen meeting, our selectmen voted unanimously to hold a workshop on Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. to educate the Selectboard and the town residents on a Rights-Based Ordinance. This ordinance may protect the town from companies like Eversource from ravaging our town. The ABOS further voted unanimously to engage and organization, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) to work with the Selectboard and a community group, to draft a Rights-Based Ordinance. I have volunteered to be the point person for the community action group, which we named Ashland residents for a Rights Based Ordinance.

I am looking for other like-minded Ashland town residents to help me as well. I urge anyone who is interested in learning more to attend the workshop on Dec. 16, from 1 to 4 p.m. The location will be announced shortly.

Arlene Stoppe


  • Written by Edward Engler
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