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SHIRLEY — The Board of Selectmen voted to adopt the National Incident Management System after a brief explanation by fire Chief Dennis Levesque.

”This is being put out by homeland security. This is something we need to adopt if we want to be eligible for emergency grant funds for fiscal year 2007. This will ensure that everyone is operating under the same system if we go to another town or another state,” he said. “We’ve been training. I have been in the process of getting all of the agencies in town ready and qualified.”

The proclamation signed by the Board of Selectmen explains further.

”In Homeland Security Directive Five, the president of the United States directed the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to develop and administer a National Incident Management System,” it reads, “which would provide a consistent Nationwide approach for federal, state, local and tribal governments to work together more efficiently and effectively to prepare for, respond to and recover from domestic incidents regardless of causes and complexity.” — Jeanette Wade