Police & Fire

County Seeks Town Approval for Emergency Mutual Aid Plan

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Kenneth Clair, acting commissioner for the Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services, left, and Tony Sutton, the bureau’s retired commissioner, address the Carmel Town Board. Credits: Bob Dumas
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MAHOPAC, N.Y.-The Town Board was expected to vote this week on a revised countywide mutual aid plan for fire departments and ambulance corps that addresses how first responders are trained and insured.

“We have updated the mutual aid plan as far as what a firefighter should be qualified to do if they come to your town,” Kenneth Clair, acting commissioner of the Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services, told the Town Board during a presentation this month. “We want to make sure they are responding with the appropriate manpower and appropriate apparatus and that the firefighters are trained. That’s really what this is all about.”

Clair said such a mutual plan, in which fire companies respond to emergencies in neighboring towns when more manpower is needed, is required by law.

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Clair explained that the county’s Fire Advisory Board—made up of the county’s 13 fire departments and four ambulance corps—developed the revised plan.

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