September 19, 2009

100 years of Tamworth Fire

    2009 is the one hundredth anniversary of the formation of the Tamworth Fire Department. In the early years of Tamworth, and the rest of this nation, neighbors rushed to fires and formed a bucket brigade to fight them. Later, private fire companies, sometimes fighting each other for the right to fight a fire (occasionally as the building burned in the background), responded to blazes. By the mid-19th century most cities had done away with private brigades and instituted municipal fire departments. At the town meeting in March of 1908, the voters approved a warrant article instructing the selectmen to “investigate the matter of providing suitable and practicable facilities for a fire department in different parts of town” and to report at the following year’s town meeting. In 1909, the voters accepted the selectmen’s advice to found a fire department. In the same warrant article voters approved the sum of ten dollars to pay for winding a church clock. In 1912 town meeting considered a warrant article that proposed action on purchasing fire equipment, it was passed over.

    In 1933 the town voted to raise, by taxation, $75 for the maintenance of the Wonalancet fire precinct fire fighting equipment while an article proposing that the town take over the private Tamworth fire station was passed over. At the time there were still several private fire departments – South Tamworth, Chocorua and Tamworth.

    Town meeting records indicate that by 1949 the different fire districts were united under town control – it was the first year that voters elected five firewards, as we do to this day.  The new firewards elected Charlie Remick the first Tamworth Fire Chief.  In 2005 voters decided that managing the Tamworth fire department was a full time job and voted to fund a full time position. Steve Solomon was the first paid fire chief. In 2009 voters approved a warrant article staggering fireward elections so we will no longer elect all the firewards every year.

    One of the first organized efforts to prevent fires on this continent was in 1648. The New Amsterdam (New York City) governor Peter Stuyvesant appointed four men to act as fire wardens. They were empowered to inspect all chimneys and to fine any violators of new rules prohibiting wooden chimneys and thatched roofs that caused fires to spread rapidly.

Tamworth Civic News Dave Bowles and Annie Riecken

100 Year Dinner Photos


February 1st, 2008

Welcome the New Chief....

       The fire chief search committee spent many hours reviewing 6 applications, interviewing 4 candidates, and holding second interviews with two candidates.  The result of this process was that Richard Colcord was selected to be the next Tamworth Fire Chief.  Chief Colcord has 23 years of fire and emergency medical service experience including 4 years as Chief of the Madison Fire Dept.  He has been with the Tamworth Fire Department since 1999 and has held positions including Firefighter, Captain, and Deputy Forest Fire Warden, as well as being a Lieutenant of the Tamworth Rescue Squad.  The Firewards and search committee feels that Richard’s Fire/EMS background combined with his experience in the building trades and good mechanical ability make him well suited to be our next Fire Chief effective February 1, 2008.


November 28th, 2007

Chief Heads North...

Steve            At a special Firewards meeting on Thursday the 8th of November, the Firewards chose to accept the resignation Fire Chief Steve Solomon, with regrets.  Chief Solomon is moving on, at the end of the month, to fill the long time shoes of Conway Fire Chief Larry Wade, who himself is retiring after 28 years in the fire service.
            Chief Solomon was hired just under two and half years ago as Tamworth’s first paid full time Fire Chief.  In his time here Steve has been implemental in bringing the town up to par and beyond on fire inspections, Dept. administration and organization.  Some of Chief Solomon’s accomplishments, but not limited to are;  applying and receiving grant funding in the amount of $90,000 for new SCBA air packs,  working diligently with Ski & Beach to make them the first Firewise community in the state of New Hampshire, taking over as chairman of the Ossipee Valley Mutual Aid Association and instituted the Passport accountability system throughout the mutual aid system,  instrumental in working with surrounding towns to establish the Carroll County Haz-Mat Team (in which he will continue to serve as director of  the team), taking over as Emergency Management Director for the town and helping to establish an Emergency Management Plan and apply for grant funding, assisted the Highway Dept with storm damage control from the past Spring and secured FEMA disaster relief aid for the town.  Not to mention Steve’s work with the Rescue Squad and his countless assistance to the local government and many citizens of Tamworth.
           On behalf of the Tamworth Fire Dept. and Rescue Squad we would like to say thank you for Chief Solomon’s time of service to the town.  Steve’s knowledge, intuitiveness and direction will be greatly missed.  We wish him the best in his endeavors as Conway Fire Chief.

Thank You!

Old Meeting Minutes
     Firewards Meetings Minutes January 07 February 07  March 07

June 19th, 2007
     Tamworth firefighter injured, loses garage to fire...
     As reported by The Conway Daily Sun & Chief Solomon

June 18th, 2007
     Drivers, dog safe after Chocorua head-on crash on Monday...
     As reported by The Conway Daily Sun

June 15th, 2007
     Conway motorcyclist seriously injured in collision...
     As reported by The Conway Daily Sun

April 16th, 2007

Flood Information

The Spring Nor-Easter of April 15 through 19, 2007 did cause significant damage in Tamworth. Many roads were damaged and some areas of Town did become inaccessable to emergency equipment for about one day. The Town opened it's Emergency Operations Center and used the Emergency Operations Plan. Your Highway crew and Fire Department worked tirelessly to minimize the damage and keep as many roads passable as possible. By the end of the day on Tuesday, April 17th the Highway crew had every Town road open again and had all major repairs done by the end of the week.

The Town has applied for disaster relief through the State and is awaiting the President's decision.

All told Tamworth got off easy compared to other parts of the State. That can be attributed to good planning, and preparedness. Our Road Agent, Bruce Robinson, works every year to improve drainage in areas prone to washout and keeps gravel on hand to make immediate repairs as needed. Without that foresight, there would be greater damage and longer times needed to repair it. Thanks Bruce.

Attached is a copy of the Governor's letter to the President requesting the disaster declaration.

Governor's Letter

Those looking for individual assistance, please check back. We will post further information as it becomes available.

March 24, 2007
     2006 Town Report

February 08, 2007

$96,579.00 grant received

    The Tamworth Fire Department recieved a $96,579.00 grant to replace our aging air packs. $91,751.00 came from the FEMA AFG program with the remaining $4828.00 being given to the Town by the Tamworth Fireman's Club. Nearly $100,000.00 worth of equipment without a single local tax dollar!

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