This annual report is dedicated in memory of Chief John Van Lew III. Sadly, John died on December 7, 2020, one day after his 87th birthday. He had a profound impact on the lives and careers of many firefighters, including mine. Chief Van Lew III cared deeply for the fire service and was a tremendous instructor. He was very detailed and took great pride in teaching firefighters to be safe, professional and proficient. We will miss John very much and will honor his legacy by passing along stories of him and sharing the knowledge and passion for service that he instilled in us.
2020 was no doubt a challenging year for everyone. I am very proud and thankful for the men and women of our department. They have shown great perseverance during uncertain times. The number of incidents, public education activities were all down compared to previous years. This decline is attributed to COVID-19, Stay at Home Orders and other safety precautions. What did not change was the quality of services provided by the department. This is a testament to our outstanding staff and their willingness and desire to provide the highest quality services, even during the most difficult times.
The information contained in the report serves as a testament to the professionalism and dedication of the department’s staff. While the substance in the annual report focuses on details and data from the Fire Rescue Department’s services, projects, and performance it is the citizens, and our staff, that is at the heart of our mission.
We are very blessed and appreciative for the tremendous support we receive from our town, Mayor, Board of Alderman, town departments and other agencies that we work with. We could not do what we do without everyone’s assistance and support.
R. Scott Alderman
Fire Rescue Chief