The Halifax Fire Department responded to a house fire on Reed Hill Road at 1:38 p.m. on Thursday. Halifax Fire Chief Wayne Courser told the Reformer as soon as firefighters arrived on scene, a second alarm was struck. “It was a very smokey one and it was pretty hard to get in there.” It took firefighters about one-and-a-half hours to knock the blaze down. Courser said there was no one home at the time and no injuries to firefighters were reported, but he said there might have been a dog and a rabbit in the house that died in the fire. He believes the house was a total loss because of extensive smoke and water damage. Investigators will review the scene on Friday, but the chief speculated that the fire may have started near the wood stove, or may have been caused by an electrical failure.


Testing Announcement
The Brattleboro Fire Department is establishing and eligibility list for an anticipated opening in the upcoming year.
Public Safety (Fire) Group
Entry Level
General Statement of Duties: Performs general fire department work in controlling, extinguishing, and preventing fires and in the maintenance and operation of department apparatus and equipment. Performs work as required.
Supervision Received: Receives general supervision from superior officers, but must be able to act without direct supervision at emergencies.
Supervision Exercised: Exercises supervision only when the employee is designated to act in the capacity of an officer in the absence of an officer.
Illustrative Examples of Work:
* Responds to fire alarms and performs tasks necessary to control and extinguish fires, including the handling of hose, the raising and climbing of ladders, etc.
* Performs rescue, first aid tasks and salvage operations.
* Operates all trucks, pumps, and other auxiliary fire apparatus and equipment.
* Performs routine maintenance and cleaning work in the fire station; cleans and performs minor repairs on fire apparatus and equipment.
* Participates in training exercises and attends training schools as required.
* Responds to alarms and other emergencies when off duty.
* Performs fire prevention and public education duties as assigned.
Non-Essential Responsibilities: Other duties as assigned.
• Must hold a valid Vermont CPAT qualification at time of hire.
• Graduation from high school or equivalent.
• Must have a valid motor vehicle operator’s license.
• Must obtain a Vermont recognized Fire Fighter level I certification within one year of employment.
• Must hold a current Vermont recognized Emergency Medical Responder certification.
Physical Requirements: Must pass a Town of Brattleboro physical examination prior to employment

The Brattleboro Fire Department is accepting applications to create a hiring list for a full-time entry level Firefighter position. If you have interest in participating in the candidate selection process you must submit a Town of Brattleboro employment application, cover letter, resume and copy of your valid CPAT card to the Brattleboro Fire Department, 103 Elliot St, Brattleboro, VT 05301 no later than Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 4pm. All applicants must have a current CPAT certification to be considered. If you have questions please contact Chief Michael Bucossi at (802) 254-4831. The Town of Brattleboro is an Equal Opportunity Employer.