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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Stony Hill and Bethel firefighters respond to Bethel chimney fire

The Stony Hill Volunteer Fire Company and Bethel Fire & EMS responded to a chimney fire at a home this weekend. The resident started a fire in the fireplace without first cleaning or inspecting his chimney. Severe creosote build up caused a significant fire inside the chimney. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to extinguish the stubborn blaze. The Bethel Fire Marshal is asking residents to brush up on home heating safety as cooler temperatures set in.
WLAD-AM 800 Danbury

Newtown Firefighters Aid Seaplane Pilot Landing On Lake Lillinonah

First responders with Newtown Hook & Ladder rose to the occasion of their first seaplane emergency in the company's 139-year history on Friday. "The pilot was running low on fuel and made an unplanned landing in Lake Lillinonah and requested a few gallons of fuel to continue his journey," fire officials said on social media.
Newton Patch

Bethel fire reports rise in calls to firehouse landline rather than 911

The Bethel Fire Department is reporting a rise in emergency calls coming directly to the firehouse landline instead of through 911 dispatch. Officials say people aren't sure if their concern is an emergency, or they don't want to be a bother, and in a Google-centric society, younger generations and some older don't call 911 for immediate response from Fire, Police of EMS. Bethel firefighters say calling a direct landline to the firehouse can delay getting help.
WLAD-AM 800 Danbury

Monday, October 3, 2022

Stamford firefighters sharpen skills at demolished building training site

VIDEO: News 12 Connecticut got a firsthand look Sunday afternoon at Stamford Fire Department firefighters training at a donated demolished building on Lafayette Street. "No matter what type of hazard we encounter, the Stamford Fire Department is ready," said Deputy Fire Chief Matt Palmer. Several crews performed two exercises for ventilation on the roof and rescue techniques on the windows. "This type of building will allow us to focus on certain types of firefighting skills and practices we can't do at our training facility," Palmer said. One of the exercises included breaking glass windows and sawing down the exterior wall. "If we have an occupant or a firefighter trapped on the second floor, it can be very difficult to lift him up over the windowsill," said Captain Stuart Rieve.
News 12 Connecticut

Nearing two centuries of service, New Britain’s fire department promotes first female supervisors

After 189 years without a female lieutenant, the New Britain Fire Department now has two. Petra Chesanek and Lauren Burns have been serving as the department’s first female supervisors since the spring, but were formally recognized this week at one of its biggest promotion ceremonies in history. “This is exciting. Both of them have expressed the desire to move up the ranks, and I have no doubt one of them will also become the department’s first female captain,” Chief Raul Ortiz said. “Maybe both of them will become captains. They certainly have the talent.” Chesanek and Burns were among 14 firefighters and officers in the 130-member department whose promotions were marked with the ceremony at Walnut Hill Park. “Having the first two women lieutenants is a historic moment in and of itself,” said Mayor Erin Stewart, who attended the ceremony.
Hartford Courant Online - Metered Site

Thompson now has the File of Life Program. What is it?

The File of Life is a magnet that you place on your kitchen refrigerator which will contain necessary information for emergency responders to use in the event you need assistance. It was designed to make a difference between life and death by providing your absolutely vital information to first responders. In an emergency, firefighters, EMTs, medics and other emergency personnel will immediately recognize this File of Life and the information may help them provide the best care. The File of Life format is modeled to be easy for patients to use. However, if you’d like help filling it out, our Fire Fighters will be happy to assist you. The Quinebaug Volunteer Fire Department has purchased the File of Life to distribute to Thompson residents who may benefit from it; this primarily means the elderly and disabled populations.
City of Thompson

State celebrates ‘Junior Fire Marshal Day’ in Hartford, teaches students how to prevent fires

VIDEO: Connecticut is celebrating “Junior Fire Marshal Day.” On Friday, Gov. Ned Lamont made the proclamation to mark the program’s 75-year anniversary. Around 100 kids were deputized by the Hartford Fire Department and learned ways to keep their families safe from fire. The insurance company, The Hartford, has been dedicated to teaching kids how to prevent fires and what to do if they face one for the past 75 years. “Since 1947, The Hartford has deputized more than 112 million students as Junior Fire Marshals, teaching students how to prevent fires, and what they do more importantly if you are experiencing a fire,” said Christopher Swift, the CEO of The Hartford. A house fire starts every 89 seconds in this country. Children are often the most vulnerable.
WTNH-TV ABC 8 New Haven

Firefighter Helps Rescue Moose Stuck on a Fence in Barkhamsted

A firefighter in Connecticut had a once in a lifetime call on Friday night and helped to rescue a moose that was stuck. Riverton Volunteer Fire Company Lt. Tyler O'Neil said he received a call about a moose stuck on a fence at the Saville Dam in Barkhamsted. When he arrived, he said one of his friends and a state trooper were there. At that time, it was unclear how long the moose had been there. Connecticut State Environmental Conservation Police said it appeared the moose was impaled by the fence, but he was just stuck and was unable to get his rear legs over. His belly kept him from going backwards over the fence.
WVIT-TV NBC 30 New Britain

FEMA grant of more than $700K will allow New Britain firefighters to train in safety, survival

More than $700,000 in grant money will help make local firefighters safer while they battle blazes in the city. FEMA grant for over $700K will allow New Britain firefighters to be trained in safety and survival The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Friday presented city officials with a check for $710,156 that will allow every New Britain firefighter to be trained in safety and survival. The money will also be used for bailout kits and an electronic personal accountability system. “We’re so grateful for this,” Mayor Erin Stewart told a FEMA representative outside the safety training tower on Stanley Street. “This is going to go such a long way. An opportunity to supplant city funds for training our fire department is a win for the city.”
New Britain Herald

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