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    Forwarded from E-Mail
    Subject: Harry Carters comments on new Rutland Chief
    To: [email protected]


    Dear Mr. Carter:
    I am a 27 year veteran of the fire service, Albeit most of that time I spent
    as a vol. firefighter in a private fire department that raised all is funds
    to purchase everything that's right trucks gear radio etc.I have also spent
    the past 6 years serving as a Rutland City sub. I have served my county as a
    vice president of the mutual aid system and vice president of the Rutland
    County fire fighters. While I strongly disagree with the Rutland City
    politics of reduction in fire fighters I do think that you have not gotten
    all your facts straight. First of all while chief Shelly came to Rutland with
    a long line of great credentials he lacked (In my option) the ability to take
    his years of fire training use them in a more rural inviorment.Yes that's
    right rural. Big city block houses and large buildings. Please do not
    misinterpret that. Standard fire tactics must stay in place but that does not
    mean every fire is the same and must be attached the same each time. You
    mentioned That the moral has dropped with the retirement of chief Shelly,
    Quit the contrary it has not What the men are upset about is the staffing.
    While Chief Lancour is an old time firefighter he is a fire fighters Chief. I
    do not agree with him on a lot of things and I do not on this subject. I
    served my vol. Department as a chief my self and I know he is getting his
    feet wet at the top. Again I do not condone what is going on here in Rutland
    but you would have to spend some time with this group to understand them.
    Also I do not want this to be miss interpreted as a knock on chief Shelly I
    have a lot of respect for him. lastly I look forward to reading your
    comments and think your right on the money with the staffing issues through
    out the country I only wanted to express some views on Our new Chief.


    Thanks for your time. By the way Rutland operates with a call force of some
    20 level one firefighters and a paid force of 27. If you look at there runs
    and the history of fires you would see they are covered. BUT I do believe
    strongly in appropriate staffing and that they could use two more on duty.


    Best regards Les Cyr

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