Article 16


Shall the town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $45,071 for the purpose of funding and equipping a Full Time Deputy Fire Chief?  The amount raised equals the costs from July to December, 2007 after which the position, if approved, will be funded through the Fire Department operating budget. (Recommended by Selectmen) (Not Recommended by Budget Committee) (Majority Vote Required)

Status

Originator Board of Selectmen
Board of Selectmen 5-0-0 Recommended
Budget Committee 2-9-0 Not Recommended (Lavallee, Estevez, Doug Viger, Puddister, Lowe, Burton, Dennis Viger, Sherman, Farris - no)

Voter's Guide Explanation

Each department in Town is developing a chain of command and succession plan.  This is essential for a safety department that operates 24/7.  The Police Department has shown the advantages of this structure and this Article will establish a position to meet this goal.


Backup Data


  • Why Pelham needs: 

     ADDITIONAL STAFFING

    •      Increase firefighter safety

    •     NFPA guidelines  (2-in 2-out)

    •  Better response time for Fire and EMS calls

    •  Over 10% increase in calls over the last year

    •  50% of current fire dept. responses are being managed simultaneously

    •  Mutual Aid Commitments

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    Increasing population effects

    More new homes / Larger homes / Explosives (drilling and blasting) /Larger fire loads / Increasing student population / Lack of water supply / Motor vehicle accidents /

     Medical emergencies / Power outages / Increased quantity of propane storage tanks /

    Increased senior citizen housing

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     Then and Now

     

    1984

    PFD Staffs 2 fulltime

     EMT/Firefighters on shift.

     

    2007

    PFD Staffs 3 fulltime

     EMT/Firefighters on shift

    1984

    PFD Had 5 In-service engines

    2007

    PFD Has 1 In-service engine

    1972

    Number of homes 1,433

    2007

     Number of homes 3,527

    1972

     Number of responses 80

    2006

     Number of responses 1,341

    1970

    Population 5,408.

    2025

     Projected population 20,060

    1972

    Current station built.

    2007

    Current station unchanged.

     

 


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