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State of Vermont

Senate Chamber

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent Senate Resolution

By Senators Illuzzi and Starr,

By Representatives Marcotte of Coventry, Kilmartin of Newport City, Morley of Barton, Randall of Troy, Rodgers of Glover, Shaw of Derby and Wheeler of Derby,

     S.C.R. 18.  Senate concurrent resolution honoring Robert “R.J.” George for his outstanding public service as the Newport City fire chief.

Whereas, Robert “R.J.” George’s eight-year tenure as the Newport City fire chief marked a period during which the department improved its technical capacity to respond to unforeseen emergencies, and

Whereas, Chief George earned a well-deserved reputation as a conscientious administrator who made great strides in the department’s physical plant and personnel training, and

Whereas, even before assuming the chief’s position, he was a leader on the city’s fire protection force in many capacities, including his roles in securing a building site and serving as clerk of the works for the new Newport fire station, and

Whereas, among the department’s recent purchases are a tower truck and a brush fire truck, and

Whereas, rescues on the icy wintertime surface of Lake Memphremagog had proven difficult and complicated, leading the chief to search for equipment to ease this treacherous task, and

Whereas, under Chief George’s leadership, and with the financial assistance of a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture and the citizens of Newport, the Newport Fire Department purchased a specially-designed rescue boat that glides along thin ice, propelled by a fan, and has facilitated the saving of at least seven lives, and

Whereas, Chief George has directed the department during the post-9/11 era while it has been required to meet new and previously unanticipated challenges, including his writing a number of grant applications that secured in excess of $100,000.00 in federal funds for special emergency equipment, including a new command vehicle, and

Whereas, over one-half of the volunteers on the force have now earned the rank of  Firefighter One, which requires 150 hours of basic training, and

Whereas, this additional training has enabled the department to perform its responsibilities more expertly and efficiently, and there have been no fire-related deaths during his eight years as chief, and

Whereas, Chief George recently concluded his leadership role in order to devote more time to his business activities and to enable a new chief to bring a fresh perspective to the department’s operations, and

Whereas, he can be extremely proud of his many accomplishments at the Newport City Fire Department, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes the outstanding public service of Robert George as the Newport City fire chief, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Robert George in Newport and to the Newport City Fire Department.


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