Farmington Fire Rescue Department
2012 Annual Report
The Farmington Fire Rescue had the busiest year ever. We responded to 1416 emergencies, 100 more calls than the previous year, keeping the combination department extremely busy. In 2012 there were several fires in town and a series of brush fires throughout the spring and summer which burned several acres of land and taxed our resources on several occasions. Smoke detectors do save lives and property, as we witnessed on several occasions this year.
We had several serious motor vehicle accidents that taxed our capabilities but all of our members stepped up and filled their roles, making our response run smoothly and effectively. The department completed well over 150 life safety inspections. The state forest fire warden and deputy wardens completed about 500 camp fire inspections, and hundreds of fire permits were issued. These activities have kept me and the part-time staff very busy.
The ambulance billing is going ok; our collection rates are approximately 68% which is considered good in this economy. We added a part-time person to assist in some of our revenue that has not been collected by the billing company; we hope to see a return on this in the second quarter of the year.
The fire prevention program had another successful year. We reached out to well over 500 children in the community during fire prevention week. We held our annual open house which is sponsored mostly by the Farmington Firefighters association and the local business owners. THANK YOU for making this event happen each year and to its success.
I would like to thank the Farmington Fire Association for their assistance throughout the year. They support the department in every way possible!! The association also contributed to community groups and organized another successful toys for tots program for the 2012 Holiday season. THANK YOU!!
I fully understand the current economy and the cost of new fire apparatus, but as the Fire Chief for your town, I feel it is my duty to provide the taxpayers and residents with safe and effective equipment for the operation of the Fire and Rescue Department. We are in need of a fire engine/rescue pumper. Our rescue truck was taken out of service several years ago and it has not been replaced. We also need a Fire engine and all of our equipment is getting old quickly and we need to update them in order to run an effective operation.
I have put in a warrant article this year for a rescue pumper which will allow us to have a rescue truck as well as a pumper and this vehicle should serve us for 25 years. It’s a lease purchase and should cost us about $58,000 a year for 7 years. I encourage all of you to support this at town meeting, the first years payment is in the capital reserve fund so there is no cost this year for the payment.
We currently have a good mix of new and older members who are dedicated to protecting this community, whether it be a fire or medical emergency these people are here to assist you. Our current roster is at 44 members.
As always, I want to thank the Town of Farmington for its continued support of the fire department. We could not have completed many of our missions and tasks without your support.
Richard E. Fowler Jr.
Farmington Fire Rescue