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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R.  2

     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.


____________________________              Attested to:

Gaye R. Symington

Speaker of the House

____________________________              ____________________________

Brian E. Dubie                                             Donald G. Milne

President of the Senate                              Clerk, House of Representatives       




Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont