Hampton NH Fire Department Wants 4 New Firefighters – Here’s Why : Hampton Letters

Hampton Fire Department Wants 4 New Firefighters: Here’s Why

For the editor:

What level of service do you expect from our fire department? If public safety is something you value, Section 16 should be a top priority for you and our community.

Article 16 aims to add an additional firefighter to each of the 4 shifts that make up our fire department.

In a recent evaluation of our fire department by independent experts from nationally recognized fire departments, it was determined that the top priority to improve the ability of the Hampton Fire Department to provide a level of proper care is additional staffing.

Many community members have expressed a desire to have a fire department ambulance at the beach fire station at all times. If this staff is added and maintained, a beach ambulance can become a reality.

Article 16 is more than staffing an ambulance at the beach. Section 16 is about our fire department getting a more adequate number of prepared and qualified firefighters to the scene in a timely manner.

Create a better, more efficient and safer response for you.

Each member of Hampton Fire & Rescue has trained in many disciplines to keep the people of this community safe. Our firefighters provide fire suppression, emergency medical services, marine rescue and specialized technicians. This all-hazards endowment model protects the tax base as well as the health and well-being of the community and is the most efficient use of taxpayer dollars.

When seeking to identify an appropriate staffing level, we must consider the potential risk to the protected population. While Hampton’s year-round population is around 16,000, reasonable estimates for population growth appear to be around 100,000. This increase has the potential to require many more trained professionals to maintain the level of service we expect from our fire department.

Our fire department is not systematically increasing its workforce to cope with this increase. In fact, the fire department has no county or state resources to supplement this population increase and the strain it is placing on our system. Responding to an emergency with less than the appropriate number of personnel places the burden on the firefighter to attempt to maintain the expected level of service at the expense of their own safety.

As a result, fire productivity and efficiency are seriously compromised when we operate under staff shortages, which can affect public safety.

In the past decade alone, the town of Hampton has experienced significant growth. Countless additional streets with many new houses. In the beach area, several one-story seasonal cottages have been purchased and converted into a 5-story multi-level condominium.

Many of these properties serve as second homes or short-term rentals and do not reflect an increase in the town’s population. From a firefighting perspective, these multi-storey buildings require different strategies and tactics to respond appropriately.

Hampton Beach presents a significant fire risk due to the proximity of buildings with very limited geographic access.

Staffing limitations do not allow our fire department to provide an on-site Hampton ambulance for a reported structure fire, when everyone is in the quarters. When staffing falls below minimum acceptable levels, so does the level of service.

An example of our limitations at current staffing levels is shown in the following example from April 27, 2021.

10:15 p.m. – Structure fire reported on Epping Ave. All businesses are in the neighborhoods. Staffing was 8 firefighters, “exhausting” 1 firefighter.

10:19 p.m. – Engine 4 (Beach Station) arrives on scene. A rapid and aggressive rollover from the inside by the crew of Engine 4. Primary search identified 1 victim who was quickly removed. This person suffered severe burns to the face and respiratory tract. Treatment was provided in the driveway by the same firefighters who were in charge of fire suppression and search and rescue.

10:37 p.m. – A mutual aid ambulance (other communities) arrived on the scene. 23 minutes after the time of the call.

This service delay concerns us for your safety.

We recognize that it would not be practical to recruit staff for every scenario. With your yes vote on article 16 at the municipal assembly on Tuesday March 8, we can improve our system and position our fire department to offer you better service. We have also

know how important it is to find additional sources of funding in order to protect the people of Hampton while protecting their budgets. Through the Federal Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response or SAFER grant, Hampton could receive 100% salary and benefits funding for each of these positions for 3 years.

Yes the 16 will allow a more effective, efficient and safe system for all.

Respectfully,

Jed Carpentier

President of the Hampton Professional Firefighters

Support the North Hampton Police, Fire

For the editor:

My name is Tracy Emerton Williams and I have been a proud North Hampton resident for 50 years and live at the Stratham end of Walnut Ave.

I am also a graduate of Winnacunnet High School class of 1981, my husband Scott and I have raised three WHS graduates, classes of 2011 and 2013, two of our own children, Alexandra and Nathaniel, and adopted daughter Stacy Pierre Louis. We are proud to report that they are all thriving and achieving great things. I even moved my father and mother-in-law from Portsmouth to Walnut Ave in North Hampton to improve their quality of life.

Immediately after 9/11 the Department of Homeland Security was created and then sent federal grants to the states to support improving state disaster preparedness – at that time in 2005 I was the director information for the State of Rhode Island, and we have used these grant funds to write disaster response plans (DRPs), practice them, and improve them. One of the scenarios included in our planning was a “global pandemic” – many of us believed that a pandemic had a very low probability of occurring – and the rest is history. During this time, I had the opportunity to work with the criminal justice, public safety, and first responder communities. They deserve our great respect and they got it once – immediately after September 11, 2001, when we lost so many citizens, we also lost too many firefighters because they ran into the World Trade Center towers in New York just before they collapsed. to accomplish their missions. Lately, this same community of public safety professionals has been rocked by racial tensions and yet they continue to hold their heads down and do their jobs.

It’s one thing to write about them as large groups of people, but when it’s your own house on fire (like mine last summer) and your own loved one (like my mother who had needed an ambulance twice last fall) or myself (when I needed the ambulance to take me to the hospital to finally take care of a gallbladder that needed attention ) Suddenly, the installation problem jumps off a page of architectural drawings, budget estimates, and frequently asked questions brochures.

Let’s come together as a community of North Hampton and vote yes to Section 6 and provide the necessary funds to replace the current facility with a modernized building that will make it easier for these professional men and women to get from their stations to their vehicles. as quickly as possible. You’ll appreciate how quickly they respond when it comes to your home, your loved one, or even you.

President Abraham Lincoln said, “I like to see a man proud of where he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place is proud of him.

We should show our pride in our great city of North Hampton and the public safety personnel who serve us and vote yes on Section 6.

Thanks very much!

Tracy Emerton Williams

North Hampton

Modernize mosquito control in Hampton to protect health

For the editor:

There is a city-wide nighttime mosquito spraying restriction in nearly every coastal municipality except Hampton. Article 38 on the ballot removes antiquated weekly sprays in Hampton to be consistent with modern mosquito management strategies.

Restricting spraying when disease threatens ensures that the pesticide is best able to respond. If permission is given early for weekly spraying, surviving mosquitoes can pass on resistance to offspring, causing efficacy to drop later.

It is difficult to digest the health threats of these dangerous pesticides used liberally. Our family had to watch helplessly as one of the members suffered asthma attacks every time the mosquito truck passed.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not test 100% of the pesticide formula for safety, but rather about 5-10% of what is sprayed called the active ingredient. The true risk of the final form applied is largely uncommunicated. It consists of ingredients withheld as proprietary information. Third-party testing has revealed the presence of benzene and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in pesticides commonly used for mosquito sprays.

We call on Hampton to protect public health by putting spraying at the bottom of the toolbox. Another pest control strategy that we can use is normative larvicide (a larval pesticide) of mosquito breeding pools. This safely isolates mosquitoes from people and is very effective.

I encourage Hampton to be proactive, remove dangerous mosquito treatments and implement safer alternatives – join us in voting yes March 37-38, 8.

Hallina Bletzer

Hampton