Stay­ing un­til De­cem­ber No an­swers

Stanstead Journal - - FO­RUM -

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.

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