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Reconstruction was completed on approximately 1.0 mile of road along the central

portion of North Main Street (between Wheeler Dam Road and Rvergreen Road). In

addition, remaining bond funds were expended on approximately 0.2 miles of road

reconstruction on Haverhill Road adjacent to the Haverhill Road Bridge Replacement


NPDES Phase II Small MS4 General Permit - In cooperation with the Department of

Public Works, the Engineering Department coordinates and oversees the preparation

of annual reports to the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency which document the

Town's progress with respect to various Stomiwater objectives.

Drainage Inventory and Assessment - The Engineering Department is overseeing the

implementation of the drainage inventory and assessment project. This project

involves the cataloguing and evaluation of the Town's drainage structures and

stormwater outfalls. The effort is the first phase in a multi-phase/muiti-year program

which will ultimately improve the Town's ability to manage the drainage system,

improve planning associated with capital improvements, and further the Town's

compliance with l-ederal stormwater regulatory requirements.

Canobie Phase 2 Water and Sewer Project - Planning and design for the extension of

municipal water and sewer to Canobie Lake residents in the general areas of West

Dustin Road and South Shore Road is ongoing, with construction anticipated being

proposed in 2010. In addition to the provision of municipal sewer and water to these

areas, the project will include reconstruction of the existing roads and improvements

to the existing drainage systems.

Updating of Road Inventory - Working with NHDOT, the Engineering Department

performed a comprehensive review of the NIIDOT Road Inventory Report of the

Town's road system. In the course of this effort, all road names, lengths, and mapping

were checked for accuracy. This update will insure that the Town receives appropriate

credit and funding from the NHDOT Block Grant Aid disbursement.

Subdivision and Site Plan Review - The Engineering Department performed technical

review of 173 submissions related to subdivision and site plan projects.

Septic Systems - The Engineering Department has reviewed 61 septic system designs,

and inspected 54 installations. In addition, the end of the year marked a significant

organizational change, when septic system and well review/inspection was shifted

from the Engineering Department to the Board of Health.

Permits - The Engineering Department has issued 157 permits for Street Openings,

Sewer and Water Connections, Driveways, Wells, and Gas. In addition. Engineering

participated in the review and sign off on 614 Building Permit Applications and

Certificates of Occupancy

Did You Know?

Storm water poUutloii is one of the
leading causes of water pollution
narionally? Sources of stormwater
pollution include improper disposal
of automotive fluids, excessive use of
fertilizers, and pet waste.

As always, the Engineering Department takes great pride in being able to provide prompt
and accurate service to the citizens of Salem, and we look forward to serving you to the
best of our ability m the coming year.

1 would like to take this opportunity to note the retirement of joe Chamberlain in
December, after 24 years of working for the Town's Engineering Department. We all wish
)oe well in his future endeavors, and thank him for his hard work and dedication. At the
same time, I wish to welcome James Danis, the newest member of the Engineering
Department, and look forward to his positive contributions to our department and the
Town as a whole.

The Finance Department is comprised of many functions that interact with all
departments within the town. The functions within the Finance Department include
budget preparation, payroll, purchasing, accounts payable, accounts receivable, cash
management, water, and sewer billing. All of these functions play a critical role within the
town as well as the community.

The following are highlights from the fiscal year 2008:

• On January 2, 2009, a State of Emergency was declared due to a severe winter storm
that began on December 11, 2008. As a result of this storm, the Town of Salem
incurred costs in excess of $150,000. These costs were related to public safety, road
closures and debris removal. The Town will be preparing all the necessary Public
Assistance Forms to seek reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management
Agency [FEMA]. All eligible amounts are reimbursable at 75%.

• The Town received reimbursement of $249,702 from the NHDOT State Bridge Aid
program for the Haverhill Road Bridge. The Cluff Crossing, Lawrence Road and
Pelham Road Bridges will be part of the 2009 Warrant and are also eligible for State
Aid in the future.

• The Finance Department has been involved with many projects this year. There are
various Community Development projects that are eligible for Federal Grants. These
projects include the Intelligent Transportation Project, which is 50% reimbursable.
Rail Trail Project, which is 80% reimbursable, Pelham Road Signal Project, which is
75% reimbursable, and Traffic Management Project, which is 80% reimbursable. We
are also working on bridge reconstruction and roadway improvements projects. 1
anticipate an exciting year working with other Town Departments in accomplishing
the goals and objectives of the Board of Selectmen and the Town Manager

The actual 2008 tax rate for the Town portion was set at $ 4.79. This is an increase of
$0.31 or 6.82% as compared to the 2007 Tax Rate. Overall, the Town, School, State and
County tax rate increased in 2008 by $0.67 per thousand dollars assessed valuation or
5.07% from the 2007 rate. The Town of Salem still maintains one of the lowest tax rates in
the State.

In closing, 1 would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge all the employees of the
Finance Department. 1 want to thank my entire staff for their continued support and hard
work. The Finance Department continues to be a success with their dedicated service to
the employees, residents and businesses in the Town of Salem.

Jane Savastano

Melanie Murray
Accounting & Budget Manager

Stephen Artemis

Susan Galvin
Accounts Payable

Jean Mayo
Accounts Receivable

Rena Webster

Patty Gaddis
Commercial Utility Billing

Michelle DeSantis
Residential Utilit)^ Billing

Did You Know?

Did vou know that the Town of
Salem is GASB 45 Comphant
as of 12/31/08?

Kevin J. Brccii

Paul J. Parisi
Assistant Chief

Jeffrey Emanuclson
Fire Marshal

Michael P. Wallace (retired)
Deput\' Chief

Fire Station | 152 Main Street 1(603)890-2200

On behalf of the men and women of Salem Fire Department, I am pleased to submit our
2008 Annual Report.

This year, Salem Fire Department implemented phase two of our multi-year effort to hire
additional firefighters. In September, four (4) firefighters were hired with financial
support received through the Department of Homeland Security's S.A.F.E.R. grant
program. This grant award totaled 5421,700 over five years and supported our plan to
preserve on-duty shift staffing on all four of our dut>' groups. We appreciate the support
this staffing initiative received from voters at our 2007 and 2008 town meetings.

Unfortunately, we will not hire additional personnel in 2009 despite being selected once
again for another federal SAFER grant valued at more than $425,000.

Included for your review are the following response statistics and graphs.


Emergency Medical Services' [EMS)


Mutual Aid





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In 2008, we responded to a record high, four thousand, three hundred and sixty-five
(4,365) incidents. As seen in the accompanying graphs, demands for our services remain
fairly consistent each day of the week and at all hours


Did You Know?

Did you know tliiit the Salem Fire
Depanment operates today with
fewer persons on sliift than in 1989!












Fire station I 152 Main Street | (603)890-2200

2,566 Responses



DAY SHIFT 0800 - 1759 Hrs.

NIGHT SHIFT 1800 - 0759 Hrs.

500 1000 1500 2000 2500 3000

Simultaneous calls refer to those times when fire suppression or emergency medical
services personnel are dispatched to an incident while elsewhere in town another
emergency call is already in progress. This is important to track because it is a prime
indicator of whether a community should increase its on-duty shift strength adding
personnel who remain available to respond to emergencies. We continue to experience
a high volume of simultaneous calls and in 2008, the percentage of simultaneous calls
was forty-one percent (41%). Simply put, of the 4,365 incidents we responded to in
2008, 41% or 1,786 of these occurred while at least one other on-duty crew was
operating at or responding to another emergency incident. Additionally, our annual
response analysis revealed the first unit (e.g. fire engine, ambulance, paramedic etc.) to
arrive on scene at a fire or EMS incident does so in five (5) or fewer minutes only fifty-
four percent £54%} of the time.

The following graph* reflects the number of fire and EiVIS incidents in 2008 and the
corresponding response times measured in minutes. It is important to note that the
response time for each incident is recorded when the first fire truck, ambulance or medic
vehicle arrives on scene. The review of this data is important in evaluating the fire
department's level of service, deployment delivery and response time objectives.
Currently, Salem Fire Department delivers fire and emergency ambulance services from
three stations maintaining an on-duty staffing level of fifteen (15) persons.

Kevin J. Breen

Paul J. Parisi
Assistant Chief

Jeffrey Emanuelson
Fire Marshal

Michael P. Wallace (retired)
Deputy Chief

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IT«tal Responses


OFi re Response

*This graph does not include the one hundred and twenty-four (124) times we provided
mutual aid to other communities.

Did You Know?

SFD recommends carbon monoxide
detectors be installed in a central
location outside each sleeping area
and on even- level of vour home.


Fire Station | 152 Main Street 1(603)890-2200

Kevin J. Brccn

Paul J. Parisi
Assistant Chief

Jeffrey Emanuelson
Fire Marshal

Michael P. Wallace (retired)
Deputy.' Chief

Did You Know?

Salem Fire Department has been
awarded more than one million
dollars (51,000,000) in federal grants
to help pay for equipment and

Despite recent gains, Salem Fire Department contmues to fall behind with respect to
achieving compliance as outlined in NFPA 1710. Fift\'-three percent (53%) of our in-to\vn
responses (2,284 of 4,241) met the response time objective of having a first arriving fire or
EMS unit on the scene of an emergency within four or fewer minutes. The predictable
consequences of not achieving compliance within this standard must be reported. Failure
to seek improvements will undoubtedly translate to increased property loss and a
diminished rate of survivability for cardiac arrest patients. Therefore, we must rededicate
our collective effort to reduce the risks associated with these trends.

NFPA 1710 was published in 2001 by the National Fire Protection Association. It is a
professional standard entitled - Standard for the Organization and Deployment of Fire
Suppression, Emergency Medical Operations and Special Operations to the Public by Career
■ Fire Departments. It serves as a benchmark for fire department effectiveness and quality
and sets forth a minimum requirement that career fire departments be staffed and
organized to deliver fire suppression or emergency medical services unit(s) on scene
within four 01 or fewer minutes to ninety percent (90%! of all responses once dispatched.

Bureau of Fire Prevention

The Bureau of Fire Prevention consists of three persons including a Fire Marshal, a Fire
Inspector and a Records Clerk. The Bureau's responsibilities include: Plan review
(construction, site, fire alarm, sprinkler, suppression and life safety); Permitting; Fitness
testing and Certification of fire alarm and sprinkler installers; Residential, educational and
commercial fire inspections. Fire investigations and Public fire education events and
programs. We work with the business community to plan, review, and implement their
comprehensive emergency preparedness plans. To insure success, we employ many means
to minimize the tragic loss of life and destruction of property by fire. Code enforcement is a
primary function of the Bureau. The enforcement of fire codes, model building codes, local
ordinances and applicable regulatory standards helps to uphold the public's reasonable
expectation for safe environments in which to live, work, shop, dine and recreate. In Salem,
we adhere to published life safety, fire and building codes as they are adopted by the voters.
As always, we appreciate your acknowledgement and support of our worthy goal to
prevent loss of life and property to the ravages of fire.

Included are some important statistics for the Bureau of Fire Prevention.

During 2008:

• Issued 631 permits

• Conducted more than 900 commercial/residential inspections

• Investigated more than 20 fires

• Inspected/Issued 116 permits forplaces of assembly

• Participated in Fire Prevention activities/demonstrations throughout Salem and
the region

• Issued 154 certificates of fitness

New Apparatus - The department took delivery of a new 2008 International/Horton, Type
1, Medium-duty Ambulance. This year, we respectfully ask you to support our request to
utilize a lease/purchase option as we are scheduled to replace a 1988 fire engine and a
1995 ambulance. This finance option will help spread the tax burden over a five year term
and will be presented for your consideration at our upcoming annual town meeting on
Saturday, March 14, 2009.

Fire Station | 152 Main Street | (603) 890-2200


The following personnel retired from Salem Fire Department in 2008. Their service and
commitment will certainly be missed and we wish them a happy and healthy retirement.

Firefighter Michael J. Scanlon
Deputy Fire Chief Michael P. Wallace

Hired -6/18/1978
Hired -8/17/1987

Retired - 4/30/2008
Retired -2/31/2008

The following personnel were promoted in 2008.

Lieutenant Alan G. Briand promoted to Station Officer effective 1/13/2008
Lieutenant Frederick G. Doucette promoted to Station Officer effective 1/13/2008
Lieutenant Stephen J. McKenna promoted to Station Officer effective 1/13/2008
Lieutenant John C. Hall promoted to Lieutenant Paramedic effective 2/10/2008
Lieutenant Stephane R. Cattin promoted to Lieutenant Paramedic effective 2/10/2008
Lieutenant Randall ]. Young promoted to Lieutenant Paramedic effective 2/10/2008
Firefighter Paramedic Douglas P. Devine promoted to EMS Coordinator effective

Lieutenant Timothy J. Kenney promoted to Training Officer effective 3/16/2008
Firefighter Robert E. Martin promoted to Fire Inspector effective 7/13/2008
Firefighter Timothy P. Sice promoted to Firefighter Paramedic effective 10/5/2008

The following personnel were appointed to Salem Fire Department in 2008:

Shane P. Murphy
Amber L. Richardson
Michael B. Mulhern

Joseph M. Scanlon
Ronald A. Spicerjr.
Gerald P. Mackey

Appointed to Firefighter on 8/31/2008
Appointed to Firefighter on 8/31/2008
Appointed to Firefighter on 9/1/2008,
Resigned 9/9/2008
Appointed to Firefighter on 9/1/2008
Appointed to Firefighter on 9/1/2008
Appointed to Firefighter on 9/1/2008

Lastly, 1 wish to thank the men and women of Salem Fire Department who remain
committed to public service each and every day. It is truly an honor to serve as their Fire
Chief Thank you.

For more information on our personnel, facilities, apparatus and other facts relating to
our services, please visit us on the web at and link to Salem
Fire Department or e-mail me at kbreen(5)

Kevin J. Breen

Paul J. Parisi
Assistant Chief

Jeffrey Emanuelson
Fire Marshal

Michael P. Wallace (retired)
Deputy Chief

Did You Know?

Even' vear 3,000 adults die because
thcv accidcntallv inhale radicr tiian
swallow food. Learn die Heimlich

Fire Station | 152 Main Street 1(603)890-2200

Salem's emergency operations center or EOC is located at Fire Department Headquarters
on Main Street It is the site where emergency response and recover}' actions are
coordinated. An EOC is sometimes referred to as a command center and depending on the
emergency, may include key staff from nearly every town agency/department By statute
(RSA107-C), a "state of emergency" is defined as a condition, situation or set of
circumstances deemed to be so extremely hazardous or dangerous to life or property that it
Is necessary and essential to invoke, require or utilize extraordinary measures, actions and
procedures to lessen or mitigate possible harm.

n Salem, the Emergency Management Director or EMD is held by Fire Chief, Kevin j. Breen.
The EMD may initiate an activation of the EOC. However, it is the Chairman of the Board of
Selectmen who must consult with the EMD and declare a state of emergency. Historically,
flooding continues to dominate as the primary reason for opening our emergency
operations center here in Salem. Similarly, flooding accounts for nearly ninety percent
(90%) of all declared disasters in the United States. However, we have also experienced
and must remain prepared for other emergencies including snowstorms, windstorms, ice
storms, hurricanes and high-heat conditions all of which have required either full or partial
activations of our EOC in the past decade.

In December of 2008, Salem experienced a significant storm that struck the entire region.
Loss of electrical service throughout the community affected nearly 10,500 customers.
Your elected officials, town employees and public utility crews worked tirelessly to restore
critical services. While we must always seek ways to make improvements, we note the
speed in which electrical ser\,'ices were restored to the majority of Salem residents and
businesses when compared to other communities in our region.

Regardless of the emergency, on-duty personnel in all of the town's public safety agencies
and departments participate to insure continuity of critical services. Occasionally, our
collective resources are strained and self-help is necessary. The Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA) recommends you and your family be ready to be self-
sufficient for at least three days. This means providing for your own shelter, food, water
and basic first aid. For this reason, we strongly recommend you obtain a free copy of the
FEMA publication "Are You Ready?"

This easy to read reference book can be ordered by sending a letter requesting same to:

Did You Know?


ATTN: Publications,
P.O. Box 70274
Washington, DC 20024

Salem belongs to a regional Citizen Corps
Council and is always seeking new
members to seri'e on tlie Communit)
Emergency Response Team (CERT).
Please ^^sit \vft'\v.saleninhciri;;
for more information.

{f^j&l Forest Fire Warden/State Forest Ranger

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Your local Forest Fire Warden, Fire Department, and the State of New Hampshire Division of Forests & Lands work
collaboratively to reduce the risk and frequency of wildland fires in New Hampshire. To help us assist you, please contact your
local Forest Fire Warden or Fire Department to determine if a permit is required before doing ANY outside burning. Under
State law [RSA 227-L:17] a fire permit is required for all outside burning unless the ground is completely covered with snow.
The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services also prohibits the open burning of household waste. Citizens are
encouraged to contact the local fire department or DES at 1-800-498-6868 or for more information. Safe
open burning requires diligence and responsibility. Help us to protect New Hampshire's forest resources. For more
information please contact the Division of Forests & Lands at (603) 271-2214, or online at

Spring fire season lasted unusually long this past year, with very high fire danger stretching into the first week of June. Once
again, the rains started to fall during the summer and the fire activity was fairly light for the remainder of the year. The
acreage burned was less than that of 2007. The largest forest fire during the 2008 season burned approximately 54 acres on
Rattlesnake Mountain in Rumney on White Mountain National Forest property. Another 39 acre fire occurred on Mount Major
in Alton during the month of April. Our statewide system of 16 fire lookout towers is credited with keeping most fires small
and saving several structures this season due to their quick and accurate spotting capabilities. Many homes in New Hampshire
are located in the wildland urban interface, which is the area where homes and flammable wildland fuels intermix. Several of
the fires during the 2008 season threatened structures, a constant reminder that forest fires burn more than just trees.

Homeowners should take measures to prevent a wildland fire from spreading to their home. Precautions include keeping your
roof and gutters clear of leaves and pine needles, and maintaining adequate green space around your home free of flammable
materials. Additional information and homeowner recommendations are available at . Please help Smokey
Bear, your local fire department and the state's Forest Rangers by being fire wise and fire safe!


[All fires reported as of November 24, 2008]
[figures do not include fires under the jurisdiction of the White Mountain National Forest]







Arson 2




Debris 173




Campfire 35




Children 23




Smoking 36




Railroad 2

Equipment 11

Lightning 11

Miscellaneous*162 ["Misc.: power lines.

fireworks, electric fences, etc.)




# of Fires































□ Acres
0# of Fires


x%v Southeastern New Hampshire

V .uHS.f Hazardous Materials District

About the District:

The District's membership is made up of 15 communities of approximately 360 square miles with a population of over
180,000 people within the Route 93 corridor. Essentially the District is bordered in the east by Route 125 and the Merrimack
River to the west North and south borders are defined by Manchester, Route 101 and the Massachusetts state line. During this
year the Town of Deerfield choose to withdraw from membership in the District. The District was formed in 1993 to develop a
regional approach in dealing with the increasing amounts of hazardous materials being used and transported within these
communities as well as to comply with federal regulations concerning preparing for chemical emergencies.

In 2008, 11 member communities requested and were recognized by the State Emergency Response Committee as the first
Regional Emergency Planning Committee (REPC) in the State. The REPC will provide planning functions, risk analysis, and
hazard identification, for its member communities. The REPC will work to further prepare the district for the potential of a
chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incident. These include unplanned chemical releases from facilities located
within the district, transportation emergencies, as well as terrorist type events that could occur within the district

The District draws it's funding from an annual assessment from each community as well as from grants and donations. In 2008
the District applied for and received federal grants for equipment and operational expenses for the REPC, totaling $62,000.00.

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