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West Stockbridge Fire Dept. leadership under fire

WEST STOCKBRIDGE – A week after an executive session between the town’s fire chief and select board was made open to the public, the fire chief returned to the board to continue discussions on how to improve the volunteer department.

Eric Shimelonis, select board member and a former member of the West Stockbridge Fire Department, pointed out what he said were flaws in how the department handles on-scene reporting and record keeping, at the Aug. 21 select board meeting.

“It just seems in the culture of the fire department, the bar is extremely low,” said Shimelonis. “Last week, it was defended as needing to stay low.”

The Aug. 14 meeting saw Peter Skorput, the town’s fire chief, and a number of firefighters in attendance to show support for the department in the face of mismanagement accusations.

Shimelonis brought forward a full incident report of a call for elevated carbon monoxide levels when Richmond Fire was called in for mutual aid. He highlighted the differences between a fully-written report by Richmond Fire and the mostly-empty report from West Stockbridge Fire.

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