Greenfield Fire Department recognizes standouts 

  • Greenfield Firefighter David Martin is flanked by deputies Diane Boilard and Karen Day. Martin was awarded Firefighter of the Year during the department’s annual end of the year ceremony.  Courtesy photo

  • Greenfield’s Fire Chief David Hall, who has been part of the department for a total of 25 years, receives an ax to mark the milestone during the annual awards event earlier this month.  Courtesy photo—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 5:26PM

Dave Martin, emergency management director for the Greenfield Fire Department, received the firefighter of the year award during an annual ceremony held earlier this month.

Fire Chief David Hall said Martin received the honor for a confluence of reasons, including the high percentage of calls he responds to, helping to secure a state grant, and his work revamping the town’s emergency management plan.

“It was really an incredible amount of work,” Hall said about the process.

Karen Day and Diane Boilard, who are both deputy emergency management directors with the department, were also instrumental in retooling the emergency plan, Hall said. They too received recognition for their contributions. Martin said a number of other people in town also aided in the process. 

In an interview with the Ledger-Transcript, Martin said he didn’t expect to receive the award.

“I’m not an awards kind of person,” Martin said. “...“I’m a firefighter because I want to help people.”

That being said, Martin said the recognition shows that he’s a valued member of the department.

Martin said the plaque is hanging in between two windows in his study at his home.

“It fits perfectly there,” Martin said.

Hall receives recognition

The department gifted Hall an ax for his service with the department.

Hall has served on the department in two separate stints that together total about 25 years.

Hall said he returned to the department in 2014 at a time when it was struggling. At the time, Martin said, few people were responding to emergency calls. He said there were times when Peterborough responders would show up to a call in Greenfield  fire fighters from the town would be there. Since Hall took over as chief, Martin said that’s changed. Now, volunteers are assigned certain days when they respond to toned-out calls. That’s helped. Martin said Greenfield responders haven’t missed a call in a couple of years now.

“[Hall] sets high standards and then trains us to those standards,” Martin said.

Hall has also come up with creative ways to replace several trucks at the department, been instrumental in designing and facilitating a specialized firefighter one training course in the area, and has received approval from the town’s select board to construct a burn building for training purposes.

“[Hall] thinks of things that nobody else does,” Martin said.