The Fairfield RTM's Public Health and Safety Committee on Oct. 10 reviewed the town's Emergency Preparedness Plan with officials from the fire, police and health separtments. While no readiness program can plan for every scenario, we believe our town has a very thoughtful and comprehensive plan in place in the event of a variety of localized and townwide emergencies.

Residents should also take pride in the competence of the individual department heads who are responsible for the plan, including: Police Chief Gary MacNamara; Fire Chief Dick Felner; Health Director Sands Cleary; Deputy Police Chief Chris Lydd; and Deputy Fire Chief Art Reid, among others. Supporting these individuals are the many fine men and women who make up their departments.

The health and safety committee remains focused on improving public health and safety in our town and on raising awareness among town officials. We are one of the most active RTM committees. It recently sponsored tours of the Police and Fire departments to better educate all RTM members on public safety.

Michael D. Herley, chairman

Ruth Smey, vice-chairwoman

RTM Public Health

and Safety Committee