NEWINGTON FIRE DEPARTMENT
BOARD OF FIRE ENGINEERS
80 FOX POINT RD
NEWINGTON, N.H. 03801
Dear Resident of Newington,
The Board of Selectmen will be holding a
Charter of the Newington Fire Department*
September 10, 2014 at 6:30pm
Newington Town Hall
205 Nimble Hill Rd
Newington, NH 03801
(*Note: This is referred to by the Board of Selectmen as the Fire Department Ordinance.)
The Board of Selectmen is attempting to make drastic changes to the Fire Department’s Charter. The changes include making the Selectmen “public employer” and taking away the ability of the Fire Engineers to work with the members of the department on issues of pay, healthcare, vacation, sick, and even the possibility of taking away the board’s ability to set policy’s within the Fire Department. The Selectmen also want to control the budget of the Fire Department by mandating the Fire Engineers prepare a budget for the Selectmen that the Selectmen can arbitrarily change.
The Board of Fire Engineers has served the Town of Newington for many years without issue or incident. We feel that these changes are detrimental to the operation of the Fire Department, and we ask you as a resident to come to the meeting on Wednesday and let the Board of Selectmen know your feelings on these proposed changes. If you have any questions please feel free to contact any member of the Board of Fire Engineers.
Ruth Fletcher, Chairwoman