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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Casting votes for special district commissioners
Elections in Five Towns, Atlantic Beach and Meadowmere Park are on Tuesday
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Five Towns residents and those in Atlantic Beach and Meadowmere Park can vote at their respective firehouses for district commissioners on Dec. 11.


Residents in the Five Towns, Atlantic Beach and Meadowmere Park can go to the polls in their communities to vote for fire and water district commissioners on Tuesday, Dec. 11.
All fire district terms are five years, while the commissioner term for the Greater Atlantic Beach Water Reclamation Project is three years.
Mark Rolon is running unopposed for his second term as an Inwood Fire District commissioner. Overall, Rolon, has been involved with the fire service for 32 years.
“I have more to do and more to accomplish,” Rolon said, explaining why he is running again.
His priorities include revamping the communications system to include redundancies in case of catastrophic events such as a hurricane. He also pointed to the new inflatable for water rescue, the recently purchased four-wheel drive ambulance (only two fire departments in the state have such a vehicle, Rolon said), portable communication devices for all line officers and renovation of the firehouse gym as needed improvements to maintain quality fire protection service.
“I think we do a decent job,” said Rolon, about the commissioners working as a team and combining their experience and knowledge.
Involved in fire service since he was 18, including more than 25 years as a firefighter, David Miller, 55, is running unchallenged for his third term as commissioner of the Woodmere Fire District.
“My mission is to provide the best fire and EMS (Emergency Medical Service) to our community and to protect the safety and well being of all our Woodmere Fire Department members, said Miller, adding that the district looks not to raise taxes and watches its spending closely, while planning for large purchases of equipment.
Through training and purchasing excellent equipment and apparatus is how the fire district provides fire and emergency services to the community, he said.
Housing up to 25 displaced residents and feeding emergency responders such as state police and from upstate and FEMA staffers after Hurricane Sandy are other ways the department serves its community, Miller said.

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