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Robert Parise: Candidate Profile

Hampshire Fire Board (6-year Terms)

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City: Hampshire

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Hampshire Fire Board (6-year Terms)

Age: 73

Family: Married, 3 children, 9 grandchildren

Occupation: Retired From military and civilian management careers

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Civic involvement: American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars

Elected offices held: Candidate did not respond.

Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: NO

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

The most important issue to be addressed now and for the foreseeable future will be to maintain excellent emergency services for the fire protection district during tough economic times.

Key Issue 2

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Key Issue 3

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Questions & Answers

Name the three most important goals or objectives this board should tackle in the coming term. Prioritize them, and briefly discuss why you believe each to be critical, and how the board should go about addressing them.

I do not consider important issues as being separate in the current environment. The board has to deal with the delivery of effective emergency services to the community. The Board will have to deal with falling revenues as a result of the poor economy. It will have to seek innovative ways, in cooperation with the fire chief and line officers, to get the maximum utility out of required investments in personnel, training, and equipment.

How should the fire protection district improve its services?

Though efforts at improving services is a never ending enterprise, the district has had good success in providing services to the community. The immediate objective will be to maintain and enhance that success in the face of today's financial challenges.

Are you satisfied with the district's response times? If yes, please explain; if no, please offer your suggestions on how to improve.

Response times are excellent for most of the fire protection district. However, in those areas further away from the fire station, efforts must be continued to maintain response times. A second station should be constructed north of the railroad tracks as soon as it becomes economically feasible.

What specific background or experience do you bring that makes you the best qualified candidate to serve on the fire district board?

I was a fireman, engineer, and paramedic in a fire company in Pennsylvania over a period of 25 years. I also served as president of the company and chairman of the executive board for 7 years. I am experience in both the operational and administration functions of the fire service.

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