iPads donated to New Ipswich Fire Department

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Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, July 26, 2018 4:24PM

The New Ipswich Fire Department was gifted four iPads which Fire Chief Meredith Lund said will help with communicating with dispatch, keeping manuals and plans on hand.

During a Select Board meeting on Tuesday, Lund told the board the New Ipswich Fire Fighters Association received the donation, and wanted in turn to give it to the Fire Department.

Lund said the department would use the iPads to install an application that would allow the dispatch to track the motion of the tucks for better communication. It would also allow them to load manuals such as Hazmat manuals, the Emergency Response Guidebook and rescue manuals.

It would also allow the department to keep pre-plans for New Ipswich specific issues, such as plans for residents who are house-bound or on oxygen, and location of water sources.

The iPads include cases and installation brackets to mount them on four firefighting vehicles, Lund told the board.

The board unanimously agreed to accept the donations of the iPads and to authorize the fire department to expend funds for a data plan for the iPads.

In other Select Board news, the board discussed a request to put up 10 flags bearing the Purple Heart medal during the first week of August, to mark the national Purple Heart Day on Aug. 7.

New Ipswich has become a Purple Heart town, and Kevin Willette requested the flags be put up to mark part of a route for a motorcycle run for Purple Heart veterans on Aug. 5.

 “I’m in favor of it,” said Selectman John Veeser. “We honor our veterans on other days, this is a very select section of our veterans. If we’re going to say we’re a Purple Heart town, I’d like to support the week as well.”

The board agreed with  the sentiment, but discussed how the flags would be put up. The Department of Public Works usually replaces the town’s American Flags decorating the downtown, and the flags Willette provided did not have poles.

Willette told the board he’d be willing to seek donations from local hardware stores to provide polls and volunteer his time to put up the flags, if the board was amenable. Veeser told Willette if he had trouble with donations for poles, he would donate his personal funds to the project.