Calais fire chief hits a milestone

Posted Feb. 04, 2009, at 10:28 p.m.

CALAIS, Maine — Fire Chief Danny Carlow, 55, this week officially was designated as a Level 2 local emergency management director.

The designation came after years of hard work and training.

“Basically what it means is that Danny spent years learning how to be an emergency management director,” Mike Hinerman, director of the Washington County Emergency Management Agency, said Monday.

“It means that the city of Calais and the general area as a whole are well protected because of his experience. … Basically it means that Calais is right up there with the big boys down south.”

Hinerman also noted that Carlow is the only Level 2 director in the county. “That comes from years of experience, dedication to training, classes, meetings, all kinds of things,” he said.

The designation also helps Calais as it applies for federal emergency management grants. Carlow has been a member of the Calais Fire Department since 1973.

He was promoted to chief in 1995, and appointed director of the county’s ambulance service seven years ago.

Carlow said he took on the extra training because he felt it was important to the city.

“I felt I had an obligation to provide this type of service to the citizens of Calais,” the chief said.

“Once you get involved in the system, you’ll find out fairly quickly that no community, that I am aware of, can do everything on its own. So you need to reach out to the other communities and in turn provide them with services whenever possible so we can all work together as a group.”

Carlow said although communities have mutual aid agreements to help one another, more was needed in the event of a major catastrophe.

“When any type of emergency goes beyond what local resources that local and the county can provide, then we have to have a system in place to reach out even to the national level and these courses all train you in how to do that,” Carlow said.

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