Three vie for Harrisville's spot on fire board

Sep 4 2011 - 10:41pm

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HARRISVILLE -- Even in these rough economic times, North View is a well-run fire district, and the candidates for the Board of Trustees want to keep it that way.

There are three seats open, but only Division One representing Harrisville will have a primary. Division Two, representing North Ogden, and Division Three, representing Pleasant View, have two candidates each and will go directly to the general election in November.

Chad R. Allen, Robert R. Allen, Jeffrey R. Grunow and Kathleen Hohosh all hope to represent Harrisville on the North View Fire District Board of Trustees. The Allens are not related to each other.

Board members serve four-year terms and help run the district, which has 30 employees and provides fire protection to the three communities.

Chad R. Allen is a Weber County Sheriff's deputy who has served on the Harrisville City Council. Along with using his experience in public safety and city government, Allen wants to have a say in where tax revenues go.

"They are doing what they should be doing," Allen said. "I want to make sure North View continues in the direction it's going."

Weber State University Associate Professor Jeff Grunow would bring to the board his experience as faculty and chairman for the university's Emergency Care and Rescue Department.

In the department, his principal area of teaching is emergency medical technicians and paramedics. If elected, he would continue to support the excellent initial fire and emergency medical service response status.

Grunow said he also would propose adding a fifth inter-agency paramedic unit at North View to complement the Ogden and Roy fire departments.

Heavy-duty mechanic Robert R. Allen spent 17 years as a firefighter. His goal on the board would be to ensure the fire district can meet the needs of a growing population.

Robert Allen also wants the district to have good equipment in good working order.

"Hopefully, the knowledge I got all those years will bring a different eye, a different look to the department," he said.

Kathleen Hohosh did not respond to requests for comment on her candidacy.

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