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Page 18--JOURNAL OPINION--July 2, 2014 New fir00 chief in Orford by Cicely Richardson ORFORD--At its June meeting, the Orford Fire Department elected a new fire chief, Terry Straight. Arthur Dennis, who was first appointed as fire chief in 1990, is now the deputy chief. The fire department has been under fire from the selectboard over the past few years to improve communications and reporting. Then, the 2014 annual town meeting voted to reverse the way in which the fire chief will be selected, beginning next year. Since 1994, the fire department has elected its own fire chief with that election to be ratified by the selectboard. Beginning in 2015, the selectboard will have the authority to appoint the fire chief who in turn will appoint remaining firefighters. In an interview, Straight said he hopes to work closely with Dennis who knows the equipment inside and out and is an expert at running the pumper. He also said, "I'm trying my best to work with the selectboard." Straight said he has had more than 40 years of experience in various fire services, is certified, has been a fire chief, has written specs for trucks and has bought them, and knows budgets. He started in his teens as a volunteer corpsman, riding on the back of the fire truck in Smithfield, RI where his uncle was a full-time fireman. Moving to New Hamp- shire, he became a full-timer himself, a certified fire fighter and a nationally registered EMT. During 11 years living in South Carolina and working for "corporate America," Straight was a call fireman. Then he returned north, settling in Newbury and then Piermont before moving to Orford last year. While staying connected with firefighting, he runs two businesses, Terry's Home Repair and TJ's BBQ. Asked about his plans for the Orford Fire Department, Straight said he hopes to increase recogni- tion of the Orford Fire Department, raise its membership and improve training. The department is run by the volunteers, Straight said, adding that they have given him overwhelm- ing support. He said they had resumed regular training, and that last week's session, in which they tested and flushed hydrants around town, had gone very well. There now are 12 members on the roster, and, Straight said, he has four new names to put before the department at the next meeting. Further, he has heard from some past members who would like to rejoin. His goal, he said, is to have 20 members, recognizing that perhaps half would be available at any given time. Growing the department carries a cost, as each new member will have to be equipped with pagers, turnout gear that costs $2,000 to $2,500 apiece, and other safety gear--and there is nothing in the budget to cover that. "I' 11 have to be creative with the budget," he said, noting that grants may be available once people become more aware of the depart- ment. Right now, he is working with town administrator Sheri Clifford to buy a new laptop computer. Straight has been submitting monthly activities reports to the selectboard as well as call reports. He said he has produced new run cards to clarify mutual aid response, has been talking with all the neighboring towns' fire depart- ments, and has divided Orford into three zones. Zone one covers the northwest section of town from 25A north to Piermont and out Archertown and Indian Pond roads. Mutual aid for that section would come from Piermont and other departments to the north. Zone two runs from 25A south to Lyme and east to Baker Road, and calls would trigger help from Lyme as well as Orford's current mutual aid partners across the river. Zone three covers everything east of Baker Road to the Wentworth town line, and Straight has been talking with Wentworth and Warren about mutual coverage for that area. Two issues that remain unre- solved are a lease for the fire station and the purchase of a new fire truck approved at the town meeting. The fire station was built by and is owned by the Orford Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., a 501-C-3 non- profit association of the firefighters and others. Since it was built in the 1960s, the association has rented space in it to house the town's fire equipment, but there has never been a written lease. As it stands now, the selectboard has signed the latest draft of a lease submitted to them by the associa- tion, but the association has refused to sign it. When asked about this, Straight replied that he is a member but not an officer of the association. With regard to the truck pur- chase, Straight said he had drafted specs which are now being reviewed by other members of the depart- ment. The town meeting appropri- ated up to $380,000 to be paid out of the fire truck capital reserve fund for the purchase of a new four wheel drive cab and chassis fire engine/ tanker. Cicely Richardson can be reached at crichardson@l"onews, com. Back ....... l.ji00 News...PrCh00ooa, Now,. Student achievements The following students received bachelor degrees from Castleton College on May 17: Braden Mello of Bradford, cum laude in sociology; Samantha Bonasera of Chelsea, magna cum laude in multidisciplinary studies; Tyler Hartley of East Corinth in health science; Amanda O'Donnell of East Thetford, laude in business summa cum administration. ### Erin Alicia Clark of Bradford, who majored in biology; and Zachary William Fulton of East Thetford, summa cum laude in biology, graduated from Norwich University on May 10 with bachelor's degrees. ### Benjamin Smith of Piermont graduated in May 2014 from the school of business at Ithaca College with a degree in business administration. ### Samantha Bonasera of Chelsea and Sarah Sehindler of Thetford Center were named to the Castleton College President's List for the spring semester of the 2013-14 academic year. To qualify for this highest academic honor, the student must maintain full-time status and a semester grade point average of 4.0. ### Braden Me.o, Kaitlin Morrison, Michael Otis and LeeAnn Seuecal of Bradford, Jacqueliue Jamieson of South Stratford, Benjamin Carstens and Cailyn Jackson of Thetford, and Amanda Hatch and Amber Hatch of West Topsham were named to the Castleton College Dean's List for the spring semester of the 2013-14 academic year. To qualify for this academic honor, the student must maintain full-time status and a semester grade point average of 3.5. ### The following local residents made the Dean's List for the spring 2014 semester at Rochester Institute of Technology: Alison Bliven of East Corinth, who is in the nutrition management program in the college of health sciences and technology; and Lance Ward of Monroe, who is in the applied computer technology program in the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. 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