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my lieutenants and from the town clerks. Even the mayor helps me out. That has made the job a lot easier,” said Mr. Fluet.
Hiring a new chief is proving to be a difficult task. “With the amount of education and training needed, less people are interested in becoming a fire chief. It’s the same with firefighters. They need to take over 325 hours of classroom training, plus extracurricular activities, plus homework, and this training is always done on weekends or nights. When you have a full time job and a young family, it’s hard to find the time,” explained Mr. Fluet.
The Stanstead fire department presently has twenty firefighters and five recruits who also respond to fire calls. “We feel fortunate in Stanstead that we have people who are still interested in being firefighters. Other municipalities are having a hard time and it may be an issue for us in future years,” said Mr. Fluet.
Mr. Fluet is fully qualified for the position of fire chief, however, working between 60 and 65 hours a week with his business doesn’t leave him enough time for the job. “The firechief does about fifteen hours a week on firefighting, about ten to fifteen hours a week on paperwork, and that’s not including fire calls. Then there is the side of prevention – we’re looking for external resources to help us with that.” over the next few years as Vermont tries to harvest as much local energy as it can from its own resources. It should be remembered that the James Bay project met with formidable opposi-
Mr. Fluet has agreed to remain as the interim fire chief until December 31st, 2012. “Hopefully before that date we will be able to sit down and see what can be worked out regarding hiring a new chief.” There is also the possibility that someone already on the squad will agree to go for the extra training needed to hold the position. “As long as they are more than halfway through the courses, they could be considered,” concluded Mr. Fluet. tion when it was launched in the early seventies by environmentalists from New England.
On the water war front, the American Embassy in Ottawa did not answer this newspaper’s request for a comment on the mayor’s threat to cut off the water. And as you can read elsewhere, our local M.P.’S questions in the House of Commons went unanswered yesterday at question period.