West Dover Fire Chief Rich Werner said departments in the area already have been building closer ties and working to make their departments more compatable.
"When I was the chief in East Dover, I would look at the equipment around me and see what would work with the other departments.
I think we all kind of do that now.
We all try to work together because we have to work together."
said that the plan for responding to a fire at the Grand Summit includes more than just Dover's ladder.
It includes ladder trucks from Stratton, Brattleboro, and Londonderry, as well as other equipment and personnel from other nearby departments, including Wilmington.
"If Wilmington had another ladder truck, it would be a huge asset to the valley.
But in the initial proposal for use of the Dover ladder 15 years ago, Werner
noted, plans called for the training of firefighters from Wilmington, Wardsboro, and East Dover, as well as West Dover
, to use the ladder.
"We did that to set it up as a community asset," Werner
"That's mutual aid," said Werner
said that there's rarely a lack of equipment, but often a lack of personnel.
"A lot of times we're (calling out other departments) not so much for equipment but for personnel," added Werner
suggested regular planning meetings between the two departments.