STATE OF VERMONT
Forest Fire Warden
Forest Fire Wardens are appointed by the Commissioner of Forests,
Parks and Recreation, with the approval of the select board, and shall serve
for a term
of five (5) years, with an unlimited number of reappointments possible subject
to approval by the Commissioner or designee (10 V.S.A. Chapter 83 §2641).
- Suppression of wildland fires within the town. Takes
personal charge of fire fighting operations, and ensures all fire
are necessary and reasonable. Manages crews
and equipment and
anticipates need for outside assistance. Demonstrates
up-to-date suppression knowledge.
- Maintains records and submits reports.Completes an accurate and thorough fire report for all wildland fires that
occur within the town and submits reports to the Department of Forests, Parks
and Recreation within 14 days of a fire. When applied for, submits fire payrolls
for state reimbursements of suppression costs by December 31. Keeps a record
of burning permits issued. Assists state with annual update of a town forest
fire plan. Submits related reports as required. Maintains Vermont Fire Prevention
Ticket book and keeps all records in accordance with provided instructions.
- Enforcement of Forest Fire Laws. Regulates open burning within the town by issuing burning permits, inspecting
problem sites, and educating townspeople in proper burning practices. Acts
upon violations promptly, according to policies and statutes. Issues fire prevention
tickets as required. Makes initial contact with persons responsible for wildland
fires and assists other authorities in fire investigations when requested.
Knows and understands all forest fire laws and demonstrates active interest
in fire prevention efforts within the town. Communicates with the public in
a courteous manner.
- Keeps informed and up-to-date by attending all training sessions called
by the Commissioner or designee.
- Maintains working relationship with town officials and fire departments
who provide fire protection to any portion of the warden's town.
- Maintains assigned equipment in good condition and uses equipment correctly.
SALARY AND COMPENSATION
The salary of the fire warden shall be determined by the select board for
time spent in the performance of the duties of his/her office, which shall
be paid by the town, 10 V.S.A. §2642, Chapter 83). Warden shall also
receive, from the town, the sum of fifteen cents for each fire permit issued
(10 V.S.A. §2642, Chapter 83).
- The warden shall receive $20 annually from the state for properly making
out and submitting reports.
- The warden shall receive, from the state, $15 per diem for attendance at each
training session called by the Commissioner or designee.
QUALIFICATION FOR A NEW WARDEN
- Eligible to hold town office:
a. Is a citizen of the United States
b. Is a resident of the state of Vermont
c. Has taken the Freeman's Oath
d. Is 18 years of age or older
- Should be a member of the local fire department within the town that he/she
will serve as warden, if a department exists.
- Available to carry out the duties of the position as listed above.
- Shall hold a valid Vermont driver's license.
- Shall be able to read and write; a requirement necessary to fill out report
forms and issue fire prevention tickets.
- Shall have a telephone with a listed or published telephone number.
- Although not mandatory, general good health is necessary to carry out most
duties of the position.
Upon being appointed new wardens and deputy wardens
will be supplied the following from state:
- Town Forest Fire Warden Handbook
- Forest Fire Warden Identification Card
- Vermont Fire Prevention Ticket-User Guide
- Vermont Fire Prevention Ticket Book
- Burning Permits
- Forest Fire Report Forms
- Expense/Payroll Forms
- Fire Reimbursement Application Forms
- Certificate of Appointment
- Community Notice Posters
Contact your Protection Technician if you have not received these supplies
or need additional amounts.
Reprinted from: Vermont Town Forest Fire Warden Handbook