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Supervisors choose a new fire coordinator

December 3, 2012
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

FONDA - The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors selected a new county fire coordinator, filling a spot that was being held by an interim coordinator

Dale Furman, a volunteer firefighter for the town of Glen, was selected by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday after receiving suggestions from the county's fire advisory board.

The fire coordinator, according to Furman, organizes training for the county's fire departments, heads the fire investigation team and applies for grants.

Furman will make $25,000 for working in the position.

Furman has more than 30 years of firefighting experience. Furman said he deals with about 10 to 15 structure fires a year.

"So, overall, I'm well versed in how the scenes go, and I've been a chief line officer for 11 years," he said.

Furman said he was eager to get started Wednesday.

"I'm excited. I think it's a challenge," Furman said. "What I am really happy about is I already got half the experience by doing the training, getting to know all the state representatives and such."

The position was formerly merged with the Emergency Management Director position. Dwight Schwabrow, who served as the Emergency Management director and the fire coordinator, worked through the effects of Hurricane Irene. He resigned last month.

Dwight's son, Adam Schwabrow, was selected to fill the emergency management slot in October during a Montgomery County board meeting.

"Absolutely, he's qualified. He has 34 years of experience, he has a nice cool and calm demeanor, and he should do a good job," Schwabrow said about Furman.

Schwabrow said that, to his knowledge, Furman has a lot of housekeeping to handle, with two months of paperwork filling his desk.



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