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NO. R-17.  House concurrent resolution honoring the Brattleboro fire department.


Offered by:  Representatives Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Edwards of Brattleboro, Milkey of Brattleboro and O’Donnell of Vernon.

Whereas, on Saturday, December 6, 2004, a raging fire severely damaged the historic Wilder Building located in downtown Brattleboro, and

Whereas, the Brattleboro Fire Department, with the assistance of multiple departments from neighboring Massachusetts and New Hampshire, confronted, controlled, and ultimately extinguished this blaze in an extremely professional and timely manner, and

Whereas, although Chief David Emery was temporarily out of town when the fire erupted, Deputy Chief/Fire Inspector D. Michael Bucossi assumed the initial and competent command of this complex firefighting operation that involved nearly two dozen rescue vehicles and necessitated blocking off an area encompassing a five‑block radius of the Wilder Building, and

Whereas, Deputy Chief Bucossi’s outstanding leadership demonstrated clearly that Chief Emery has made certain that the fire department is prepared to tackle unforeseen major emergencies when he can not be present on the scene, and

Whereas, the specialized state-sponsored training course on flashpoint warning signs that firefighters Chris George and Greg Seymour recently attended proved to be a lifesaver as they were situated on the third floor of the burning structure when warning signs of an imminent and potentially deadly flashover appeared, and

Whereas, the department monitored the firewall between the Wilder Building and the adjacent Latchis Theater with great attentiveness to assure that the venerable Brattleboro performance hall remained intact, and

Whereas, local citizens and downtown businesses spontaneously provided much-appreciated sustenance to the firefighters in recognition of their heroic efforts to fight this extraordinary fire, and

Whereas, the town of Brattleboro is most fortunate to have a fire department that is able to manage a complex fire emergency as professionally as it did at the Wilder Building, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes the outstanding work of the Brattleboro Fire Department, especially as exhibited recently during the Wilder Building fire, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Brattleboro Fire Chief David Emery.


Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont