At the Sept. 12 Board of Selectmen's meeting, Chief Michael Hazel introduced the department's two newest firefighters, James Fitzpatrick and David Giasullo.
Giasullo, a second generation "jake," recently completed four years as in the Marine Corps, where he trained and worked as a firefighter. He had just four days of department training before working his first shift.
"He acclimated very well to how we do things despite just four days of training," said Hazel. "He’s a quick learner."
Fitzpatrick has been working with the TFD since November 2011 as a "temporary" firefighter before being named to a permanent position earlier this month.
"He's also an EMT. He completed Academy training June 22 and since that time he has responded to around 100 ambulance calls," said Hazel. "He finished in the top half of his class (at the Academy). He can focus and can work well under pressure."
In other business:
- Town Manager Richard Montuori announced that it was unlikely the Oct. 2 Special Town Meeting will be broadcast live on Tewksbury Public Access television. According to Montuori, the town is still in negotiations with local cable providers regarding the cost of installing the needed wiring for live broadcasts from the new Tewksbury High School.
- Selectmen unanimously accepted Michael Street as a public road. It must now be approved by voters at a Town Meeting.
- Selectmen unanimously approved a request by the VFW to sell poppies as a fundraiser associated with Veterans Day.
- Selectmen unanimously approved a common victualler's license for Al Fresca Restaurant.
- The Board endorsed a Proclamation by Police Chief Timothy Sheehan marking Drug Awareness Week.
- Board Chairman David Gay announced that David Plunkett had been elected chairman of the Economic Development Committee. Gay will serve as vice chairman.
- Selectmam Todd Johnson provided fellow board members with the draft of two motions he intends to make when the Board of Selectmen meets again on Tuesday, Sept. 25. The first motion will call for the a formal policy to require the board to consider interviewing all candidates to appointed boards and committees. It is intended to increase to the scutiny and consideration that goes into those apppointments. The second motion calls for mandatory ethics, Open Meeting Law and conflict of interest training for all appointed committee and board members.