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WEST HAVEN, March 8, 2017 — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has appointed West Haven 911 dispatcher Robert J. Guthrie to serve on the Enhanced 9-1-1 Commission of the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection’s Division of Statewide Emergency Telecommunications.
In a Feb. 15 letter to Guthrie, a lifelong resident of West Haven, Malloy wrote, “Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 28-29a of the Connecticut General Statutes, it is my pleasure and privilege to appoint you as a member of the E 9-1-1 Commission, as a representative of volunteer firefighters, for a term ending February 1, 2020 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.”
Guthrie, who represents the Connecticut State Firefighters Association, was tapped to fill the seat vacated by former commission Chairman Ernest Herrick, of Storrs, who retired in October. The new chairman is Coventry Town Manager John A. Elsesser, who represents the Council of Small Towns.
“I am proud to serve my community and proud to serve as a dispatcher,” said Guthrie, a 31-year telecommunicator of the city’s Emergency Reporting System, which is based in the 911 Communications Center at police headquarters at 200 Sawmill Road.
For the past 34 years, Guthrie has been a volunteer firefighter of Savin Rock Hose Company 4 of the West Haven Fire Department, which serves the First Fire Taxation District, also known as the Center.
Mayor Edward M. O’Brien praised Guthrie, 51, a longtime Republican member of the Board of Education, for his dedication to public safety.
“I want to congratulate Bob on his appointment to the Enhanced 9-1-1 Commission,” O’Brien said. “I know that he will represent his fellow volunteer firefighters with integrity and will uphold the values of the commission.”
The E 9-1-1 Commission was established in 2012 to advise the Division of Statewide Emergency Telecommunications in the planning, design, implementation and coordination of the statewide emergency 911 telephone system, according to the commission’s website.
The 13-member commission, which meets quarterly at DSET headquarters at 1111 Country Club Road in Middletown, is composed of public safety officials, business executives and municipal leaders with expertise in telecommunications.
— MICHAEL P. WALSH, Public Relations Information Coordinator