“You have to stand on your own. You have to have people in place to keep your community safe,” he said. Mr. Creamer's suggestion that area fire chiefs are adequate “is not a solution.”
-- Source Worcester Telegram May 25, 2013
Rogers had warned the TA, and the BoS that appointing an unqualified individual would be a bad idea. Seems that our BoS continues to feel that they know best, more than the experts do.
I have fished a few times in my life, but that experience does not make me an expert. Same holds true for those that think that a history of fighting fires, and protecting a community makes them the be all, end all, when it comes to issues concerning our fire department.
“I am very aware of the situation in the town of Sturbridge. As leaders of the fire service, it is our responsibility to be sure our citizens our protected,” Chief Rogers said. “We are working with the Sturbridge town administrator — politics can't get in the middle of it.”
Fire Marshal Coan said using a police chief as a fire chief is asking for trouble.
“When I look to the head of the fire department, I expect to find a qualified professional in fire and emergency services management,” he said. “The public safety director model serves neither law enforcement nor the fire service well, as each position requires specific education, training and experience to provide citizens with the maximum level of public safety.”
--- Source Worcester Telegram May 25, 2013
A new, qualified chief will eventually be appointed. All the above fiasco goes to prove is that once more our BoS continues to act without the proper input, or thought to an issue, and ignores warnings of those more qualified. Asking for help, advice, direction is something that most can do when confronted with waters not sailed before, but then there are those that close their eyes, and leap head long into the surf, hoping for the best.
Someday, it will come back and haunt all of us, unless we put an end to the behavior now.