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TOWNSEND — The Board of Selectmen met with Donald Klein, chief of the Townsend Fire-EMS Department, during its most recent meeting to discuss a finalized update of the EMS division’s standard operating procedure.

Chairman David Chenelle opened the Tuesday, Aug. 26 meeting by welcoming Chief Klein and giving him the floor. The chief was pleased to announce that, after a lengthy process, the EMS division’s standard operating procedures had been merged and updated to become an official part of the entire department’s rules and regulations.

The process was requested last fall by the selectmen, in correlation with Klein’s plan to streamline and merge the two divisions into one cohesive whole.

Klein praised the efforts of David Roy, deputy chief, along with Chris Cotter and Dan Quist, lieutenants in the EMS division, in completing the document to the satisfaction of all the necessary criteria involved. The last step was final approval from the selectmen, which the board was happy to supply through a unanimous vote.

“Thank your personnel for all their hard work,” Selectman David Funaiole, board clerk, said.

Klein was also pleased to announce that the department had been awarded the Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant from the state for 2008, the “fifth year in a row” that Townsend has been selected for the grant. The grant — intended for forestry purposes — is a “50/50” grant, and Klein said the matching amount would be coming from the department’s maintenance budget. This year, the state’s contribution is $1,838.37.

“It’s down a little,” Klein admitted, adding that the grant has been closer to $2,000. The money will be put toward some “cosmetic” fixes, such as body work and paint, as the department converts a rescue vehicle into a forestry truck to replace the current one, which the chief said was “on its last legs.”

Finally, Klein asked selectmen to declare 15 pagers owned by the department as surplus, due to the lack of availability — due to discontinued manufacturing — of replacement parts.

Currently, the department is “cannibalizing” the pagers for still-working parts as they become needed. Klein told the selectmen that Motorola, the manufacturer, had offered to buy some of the pages back, but they had to be declared surplus first.

The board voted unanimously to do so and Klein thanked them as he departed, his business finished.

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