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Furman appointed as county fire coordinator

Thursday, November 29, 2012 - Updated: 6:50 PM

By HEATHER NELLIS

Recorder News Staff

FONDA -- Glen Volunteer Fireman Dale Furman was unanimously appointed by the Board of Supervisors as Montgomery County's new fire coordinator on Tuesday.

The appointment came at the recommendation of the county's fire advisory board, which was also unanimous of the members who voted. Furman was chosen amongst eight candidates.

"I'm very happy the board approved my appointment, and it was also nice to get the support from the fire advisory board," Furman said.

Furman's been a deputy fire coordinator for four years, and a firefighter with the Glen Volunteer Fire Company for 34 years.

He applied for the position because "it's another step into serving the community more than I have, and now I get to serve the whole county."

The fire coordinator is responsible for administrating, coordinating and scheduling training for the county's fire departments, leading the fire investigation team, and providing support to departments during major fire events.

The part-time post was previously merged with the county's Emergency Management Department directorship, but the positions were split this year upon the resignation of Dwight Schwabrow, who recommended that move.

Furman said he thinks it will be difficult to fill Schwabrow's shoes, but took advantage of his advice and leadership during his tenure to help prepare him for the work.

"Dwight set me up to start organizing the training last year, so it's the part of the job that I'm fluent with," Furman said. "I'm not walking into it saying 'How do I do this?' because I've been doing it for a year."

Furman said he's looking forward to assembling new types of training that departments have wanted, but they might not have been able to get in the past, increasing communication between the departments, and upgrading the training center on Route 5 in Yosts.

"I'd like to be able to do burns inside the facility, but it's really expensive, so I'm going to start looking for grants we can apply for," Furman said.

Emergency Management Director Adam Schwabrow, who was appointed last month to fill his father's vacancy, said he's pleased with Furman's appointment.

"He's got the experience, and the demeanor, and I think he'll do a great job," Schwabrow said.

Furman's appointment was effective immediately.

     

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