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Chief Shawn Murray Elected President Of The NH Association Of Fire Chiefs

The New Hampshire Association of

Fire Chiefs (NHAFC) which was established in 1933 recently held its annual elections at the associations April 8th annual meeting held at the NH Fire Academy. Hudson Fire Chief Shawn Murray was

elected to the position of President for the 2010 – 2011 year.

The purpose of this organization is to:

• Promote professionalism in all aspects of the fire service including, but not limited to emergency medical services and the protection of life, property and the environment.

• Promote research and effective and e f f i c i ent me thods of suppression, prevention, training and public education as it relates to all aspects of the fire service.

• Promote legislative changes that will aid the fire service in carrying out its functions. And such other matters as the interest of the Fire Service may, from time to time, bring to our attention.

The Association has over 240 members and meets monthly at various locations throughout the state. The Association represents fulltime, call, and volunteer fire chiefs and chief officers. Membership is also open to advocate members and other various membership categories. The President’s duties include:

• Be the official representation and spokesman for the association statewide and with other fire service organizations.

President Shawn Murray

• Serve as chairman of the executive committee.

• Appoint all committees, including those not provided for in the Constitution and Bylaws.

• Preside at meetings of the association and executive committee.

Chief Murray is the first Hudson NH Fire Chief to serve as President of the NHAFC. Typically the President has ascended to the Presidency by first serving as a Director, Sgt at Arms, 2nd Vice President, 1st Vice President and then President. This allows the individual to learn the organization well before taking over as President. Chief Murray stated “I am honored to be chosen

by my peers to lead this great organization.

The NHAFC provides fire chiefs and

chief officers with the opportunity to network with each other, learn from each other, and carry back best practices to their organizations. In the past few years the NHAFC has taken a lead role in working with the Legislature and State Safety Officials on many fire, EMS, and Emergency Management Initiatives. All of these activities directly benefits the local communities from which the membership comes from”.

All of us here at HFD congratulate

Chief Murray and wish him the best of luck during his term as president of the NH Chiefs.

Hudson Heat May 2010

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