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New members in training at Tuftonboro FD


April 08, 2021
TUFTONBORO — Chief Adam Thompson updated the selectmen on new member related activities during the March 22 meeting.

Edwin Garrett and three other members who joined earlier have been outfitted with gear worn by previous members. The department has budgeted for five sets of turn out gear for 2021. The cost is estimated at $17,075. Thompson said the department currently has six new members, one of which is all set.

Training is ongoing. New members that have no fire or EMS training are getting signed up for Fire Figher I or EMT classes. A Fire Fighter I class put on by the New Hampshire Fire Academy is scheduled for later this spring at Central Station.

Department hose testing (17,480 feet of hose) and ladder testing by Fail Safe Testing was scheduled to take place on April 6. The chief explained that the testing and documentation satisfies NFPA standards and also counts for points when ISO calculates the town's insurance rating.

Thompson reported that he is following up with the state to complete the town's Emergency Operations Plan, which will be accomplished through Lakes Region Planning Commission. Most of the plan cost is covered by the state, with the remaining cost in the EMD 2021 budget. Included in the process is the formation of a group that will need to meet several times to go through the plan as it is updated. Representation should be made up of the following Tuftonboro residents: a Tuftonboro EMD, a Fire Department member, the Health/Code Officer, a Planning Board member, the Road Agent, two citizens/business owners, and someone from Tuftonboro Central School. Selectman Guy Pike volunteered to be the selectmen's representative.

In other business, radio upgrades are in process to improve communicaitons throughout the Ossipee Valley Mutual Aid Association area in conjunction with the Carroll County Sheriff's Office and the state.

The department worked in conjunction with the police and highway departments, along with the New Hampshire Electric Co-op on March 2, to clear trees and wires blocking roads due to strong winds.

So far this year, the department has responded to 112 calls for service and special details and completed 22 inspections.

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