Your Voice: Milton Fire and Rescue stands by its chief

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Milton Fire Chief Nick Marique (Courtesy/Milton Fire and Rescue)

To our respected resident taxpayers,

The time has come to publicly endorse our Fire Chief, Nick Marique to continue to serve as our department head. Chief Marique faces opposition this voting year for his much-deserved position. This letter will serve as our departments' stance on which we believe will best serve the Town of Milton as Fire Chief and not a smear on the opposition.

Nick has served the Town of Milton selflessly for almost two decades. Working his way from an explorer to his current position of Fire Chief, Nick has earned every one of his promotions through hard work and commitment to the town and fire department. Prior to his election of Fire Chief, he served the town as the Assistant Chief, working under our retired Fire Chief Andy Lucier. Andy had promoted Nick every step of the way and fully endorsed him for Fire Chief when he stepped down in October of 2009. Andy had always believed in Nick's abilities to lead and progress our beloved fire department into the future. The grooming that Andy had done with Nick led to an extremely easy transition in leadership and a workforce that is fully committed to Nick's role as our new Fire Chief. Our membership and two full-time employees still hold this belief and faith that Nick Marique should lead our department.

You, our extremely respected taxpayers, first elected Nick to Fire Chief in March of 2010. Since then Nick has led our department with pride, integrity, and with an unwavering commitment to the Town of Milton as both a leader within the community and our department. Nick fully understands his role and his responsibilities to the Town of Milton as Fire Chief. He fully prepares and manages his budget appropriately and remains fiscally responsible to the town he loves and respects. In terms of department readiness, he has prepared our department to better serve the town in all aspects of our responsibilities. For example, and quite frankly most important, our EMS service has reached its full potential of prehospital care in achieving our paramedic licensing. This undoubtedly protects and services our residents and visitors in a much higher degree.

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