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North Country welcomes new Ray Burton fire training facility in Bethlehem
The Bethlehem property is within 60 miles of the departments who will be using it, has some existing infrastructure and it can be further developed as needed, according to the Division of Fire Standards and Training and Emergency Medical Services.
Deb Pendergast, director of the Division of Fire Standards and Training and Emergency Medical Services, on Tuesday praised the efforts of Anderson and his fellow volunteers, adding that “the biggest savings to the taxpayers is the volunteer labor” of which she and her husband are a part.
Pendergast said some of the mutual-aid agencies that will use the training center have sought and received grants, including for an air trailer in which firefighters’ air cylinders can be refilled. Although the trailer will be based at the NCTF, it is mobile and can be hauled to the scene of major fires.
She noted that the naming of the facility after Burton was approved by Gov. Maggie Hassan and the Executive Council as Burton battled the return of the disease that eventually claimed his life.
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