NO. R-140.  Senate concurrent resolution honoring the cooperative efforts of Montpelier area fire departments.


Offered by:  Senator Doyle of Washington County, Senator Cummings of Washington County and Senator Scott of Washington County.

Offered by:  Representatives Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier and Towne of Berlin.

Whereas, late on Tuesday afternoon, April 15, 2003, a fire engulfed an area of the woods behind the State House, and

Whereas, the weather conditions, which were dry and windy, precipitated the fire’s rapid dash uphill to encompass a larger expanse of forestland, and

Whereas, the intensity and location of the flames made them visible over a wide area of Montpelier, and

Whereas, because of the terrain involved, firefighters were forced to lug their hoses up a 150‑foot embankment and over two hours were required to bring the stubborn blaze under control, and

Whereas, the Montpelier Fire Department responded quickly and effectively, but, given the size of the fire, called upon neighboring departments from Berlin, East Montpelier, and Middlesex, bringing a total of 40 firefighters to the scene, and

Whereas, in addition, volunteers from the Montpelier Parks Department also pitched in to lend their much-appreciated assistance to battle the blaze and extinguish it before massive devastation could occur, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes these fire companies, individual firefighters, and park volunteers for their extraordinary job in combating the stubborn blaze which erupted behind the State House on Tuesday, April 15, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Norman Lewis, chief of the Montpelier Fire Department, Robert Simon, chief of the Berlin Fire Department, Tom Brazier, chief of the East Montpelier Fire Department, Martin McMahon, chief of the Middlesex Fire Department, and Geoff Beyer, Montpelier parks director.