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NO. R-264.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the Chittenden Fire and Rescue on its 50th anniversary.


Offered by:  Representative Chen of Mendon

Whereas, on April 17, 1957, the Chittenden Volunteer Fire Department (Chittenden Fire and Rescue) was established to provide locally based fire protection services to the community, and the illustrious line of chiefs, starting with Harry McKinley, continued with Richard Smith, William Creed, Robert Muzzy, Dick Blow, Scott Raymond, Thomas Voity, Louis LaFemina, Frank Lucia, Brian Soulia, and now Scott Poljacik, and

Whereas, for half a century, the department has been situated in a building constructed on land that Nick and Mary Casey donated that has been expanded from an initial two-bay; garage-type structure into a multi-bay facility with a meeting room, and

Whereas, the first two fire trucks to serve the town of Chittenden were 250‑gallon vehicles, including a 1941 American LaFrance pumper purchased from the Ethan Allen Air Force Base and a 1946 Chevrolet that the Pittsford Fire Department donated to the newly formed department, and

Whereas, Bob Bearor’s garage converted a fuel truck into the department’s first tanker, and later additions to the fleet have consisted of trucks with a 1,500-gallon water capacity, and

Whereas, the communications mechanisms utilized to summon volunteers to a fire have evolved considerably from 1957 when a siren and telephone tree system were used to today’s regional high-tech VHF radio system, and

Whereas, in order to broaden the scope of the department’s services, starting in 1978, Chittenden firefighters enrolled in advanced first aid training, leading to the formation of the Chittenden First Response unit in 1981 that is now licensed as an intermediate level first responder service, and

Whereas, the Chittenden Fire and Rescue has extinguished a number of major blazes in the town, and it has provided mutual aid support to adjoining communities on repeated occasions, and

Whereas, in 2005, Chittenden Chief Scott Poljacik was named EMS District #10 First Responder of the Year Emergency Care Attendant, reflecting his multiple roles as a firefighter, medical first responder, and departmental administrator, and

Whereas, 2007 marked the Chittenden Fire and Rescue’s 50th anniversary, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Chittenden Fire and Rescue on its 50th anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Chittenden Fire Chief Scott Poljacik.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont