Monday, March 10, 2008

Dispatch from Keene

Toured the Keene Fire Station this morning. Turns out Keene firefighters answer more calls per person each year than any other department in the state. They are very concerned about the state pension system, which is really in trouble.

We also spent a lot of time talking about federal programs designed to assist firefighters. Often, the federal funding comes with strings and conditions, or significant compliance costs.

I also spent some time talking to Mayor Dale Pregent about the challenges facing his city.

Off to Jaffrey tonight for a couple of stops.