A Fire Commission has been created in Bethel. The Board of Selectmen gave final approval to the 5 member group on Tuesday.
The advisory board is meant to bring the two volunteer companies together for budgeting purposes, recommending purchases and long term planning. The commission must also ensure vehicle maintenance and repair records are properly retained.
The Chiefs of the Bethel and Stony Hill Fire Departments support the commission.
First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker says the town has never really budgeted long term for replacing worn out fire trucks and ambulances and need to plan for such purchases in advance. Under the ordinance approved at the Board of Selectmen meeting this week, the Bethel Volunteer Fire Department and Stony Hill Volunteer Fire Department become “constituent units” of the town. For many years, they operated completely independently from town government.
Members of the Commission will be appointed by the Board of Selectmen to serve four-year terms. A representative from each fire department will serve in an advisory capacity.