As I was writing this to you today, I received word of an aggressive fire that occurred at 63 Merrimack Street. Thanks to the efforts of our Concord Firefighters, it was quickly contained, an occupant was safely removed, and a pet cat who had suffered severe smoke inhalation was rescued. Firefighters used a specially designed oxygen mask for pet animals to resuscitate the cat. The City Council invests in training programs that aid our firefighters in handling these situations. The return on that investment is tremendous, as seen here today. We’re fortunate to live in a community with top-notch fire and police professionals.