CLINTON — Before voting Monday to reappoint Shawn Milton Clinton Fire Chief, commissioner Nan Crang addressed the city council about comments made to her about the effectiveness of the fire department.
Crang said comments came to her from former firefighters and from people who had no firefighting experience. She said she had talked in detail to commissioner Jerry Milton about the Ted’s Garage restaurant fire and two previous house fires.
“I have been assured by Jerry that everything possible was done to save and minimize the loss of these structures, and procedures were followed as mandated and directed by the fire chief,” Crang said. Jerry Milton oversees the fire department in his capacity as commissioner of public health and safety.
Crang said, however, residents who approached her questioned if the department had handled those fires appropriately.
“I am hearing the concerns, I have listened to the concerns, I have talked and listened to commissioner Milton,” Crang said. “As a council member, I have struggled how to vote. If I vote no to the reappointment, with that send a message to the entire department that I have no confidence in their leadership and the abilities of the volunteers on the force? Or, do I vote yes with the reappointment and urge everyone who had concerns about the leadership of the fire department to talk to commissioner Milton and those concerns then be addressed to the fire chief and his staff?”
While Crang said she did not want to send a message of no confidence to the fire department, she said, “I don’t think everything is fine.”For the complete article see the 05-07-2013 issue.
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