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Employment History


The Pownal Valley Fire Department

Town's Emergency Management Coordinator, School Truancy Officer and A Training Officer

The Pownal Valley Fire Department

Fire Chief


Service Technician At GMC

Joe Tornabene

Pownal Valley Fire Department Chief






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Pownal Valley Fire Department Chief Joel Howard said he was the first person to arrive on the scene and called out for the animals, but by then it was too late.
He said the flames were under control within minutes of firefighters' arrival, but the small building suffered extensive damage and was left uninhabitable. Howard said the property at 1005 Jackson Crossing Road is owned by Henry Strohmaier, who rented it to Dylan Chatterton and Jerica Southgate. Howard said the cause of the fire is believed to be a candle left on a furnace, which turned on automatically with the recent drop in temperature. He said the melted wax went between the wall and furnace and caused the fire. The candle was not lit. The Pownal Valley Fire Department, Pownal Fire Department, and Bennington Village Fire Departments were on scene while the Bennington Rural Fire Department provided support. The Bennington Rescue Squad was on scene. Howard said the Red Cross has stepped in to help the apartment's occupants with clothing.

Wednesday, October 10 POWNAL , The Pownal Valley Fire Department has elected Joel Howard as the new chief.Howard replaces Jerrod Lillie, whom he served for the past two years under as assistant chief.An election held within the department of over 40 volunteers elected Howard on Monday.Full Story

Howard is a firefighter-elected assistant chief of that department.But as a youth living in one of Vermont's small towns, the 34-year-old Howard said he did have "heroes."Family Matters"My grandfather [Charles Tornabene] was kind of like my hero," Howard said."My grandfather was a huge supporter and one of my friends.We could sit and talk for hours.He was like the sun; he was there."Tornabene died in October 2006, and his friendship and guidance are missed, Howard said.As a child and prior to his parents' divorce, Howard said his father was a presence as well."My father coached baseball, soccer, basketball, all that, and I played those sports," he said."[My father] basically got into all that to spend more time with us.""Us" includes Howard's five siblings, who all grew up in Pownal.The brothers and sisters attended the Pownal Elementary School and as each reached their teen-aged years, began the early-morning ritual that included a lengthy bus ride to the Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington, Vt.. Joel Howard entered what was then called the school's "Boy's Program" in 1990.Dyslexia played a part in a decision to enter the program, which included vocational training and life skills as part of the curriculum, he said.Howard graduated from MAUHS in 1994."I Like The Small Town Way Of Life"Howard is a long-time advocate of community service.He spent five years as a member of the Pownal Rescue Squad and has been involved with the town's volunteer fire fighting services for over 10 years. He is currently employed full-time as a service technician at Joe Tornabene's GMC in Pownal, and was elected to a two-year constable term in March.Prior to the election, Howard was appointed to the post in 2006 by town Selectmen after then-Constable Claude "Chip" Beckwith resigned the post and relocated to another community.Howard is the town's emergency management coordinator, school truancy officer, and a training officer for the Pownal Valley Volunteer Fire Department.He is deeply committed to the safety and well-being of the community, he said."I like the small town way of life," he said.Howard is married to Clara Howard, who is very active in the community as well."I'm lucky," Joel Howard said.The Howard household is a blended family and includes Joel Howard's children from a previous marriage who spend many weekends at the Pownal home."I don't make differentiations and distinctions, I have seven kids," said Joel Howard emphatically."And [Clara's brother] is a member of the family, period.We are not rich people, we're not the people who have everything.But we do like to be involved with the things that help other people."As a boy, Howard enjoyed hunting and fishing and he continues those activities, he said."I really enjoy fishing and taking the kids out in a boat," he said.Howard studied karate for several years as a youth and admitted that he still has an interest in martial arts and television "fight" shows."And I love NASCAR," he said with a smile."We Really Need Something In Pownal"He has a desire to see the town attract and retain employment opportunities, he said."We've lost everything in this town that created any revenue," he said."The track is gone - hopefully something will come through down there - we lost the tannery and only a handful of people are working at[a Route 346-based] Mack Molding.We really need something in Pownal for the people of Pownal, something so that everybody doesn't have to work in other towns or even other states."The Trust and Respect, The Expectations His future will unfold within the town, Howard said.

According to Pownal Valley Fire Chief Joel Howard, no such stop-work order was issued.
Neither does the Town of Pownal employee a building inspector to monitor those type of problems. "If it didn't come from me I don't know who it would have came from," said Howard.

Pownal Valley Fire Department Chief Joel Howard said he thinks an overloaded power circuit caused the fire at Mahican Moccasins on Thursday.

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