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HVFCo: May 2016 Report

Submitted by Olivia Drake.

Members of the Haddam Volunteer Fire Co. responded to 35 calls for emergency services in May 2016.
Fires, Alarms, etc. – 7
Motor Vehicle Accidents – 5
Medical – 19
Marine – 2

Haddam Volunteer Fire Co., Chester Hose Company, East Haddam Volunteer Fire Co., Essex Fire Department, Old Saybrook Fire Department and Deep River Volunteer Fire Dept., responded to a search and rescue request in Chester Creek around 2:15 p.m. May 8. Several fire departments, including Haddam, deployed rescue boats to search for the missing person. The missing person, a resident of East Hampton, was found during the marine search and subsequently pronounced deceased.

HVFCo. responded to five motor vehicle accidents this month. On May 3, a single driver crashed into a rock ledge on Route 9. Other accidents occurred on Killingworth Road on May 2; at the intersection of Saybrook Road and Route 82 Connector on May 4; and on Route 9 on May 10 and 18.

downed power lines 5-8-16On May 8, three primary power lines fell near the intersection of Saybrook Road and Camp Bethel Road. From 4 to 7 p.m., Haddam Volunteer Fire Company blocked and rerouted traffic in this area until Eversource was able to deem the area safe. About 50 homes in Haddam were without power during this time. HVFCo. also assisted with fallen power lines on Gulf Quarry Road on May 17 and an electrical fire on a utility pole at the intersection of Burr Road and Killingworth Road on May 24. Contact with a primary conductors, which can carry anything between 4,800 to 23,000 volts of electricity, can kill a person immediately.

The Haddam Volunteer Fire Company’s Junior Division raised $768.88 during a car wash fundraiser May 14. The Juniors would like to thank those who stopped by for a wash and made a wash 2016 hvfco jr

On May 21, HVFCo. hosted Old Timers’ Night at Station 1. Newer members welcomed Life (retired) Members back for a dinner, reception and conversation. More than 35 Members attended the event.

clam chowder 2016On May 29, members of the Haddam Volunteer Fire Co. and Auxiliary gathered at Station One to prepare ingredients for the traditional Memorial Day clam chowder sale. At 4 a.m. on Memorial Day, members started cooking the chowder, which the Auxiliary sold on Memorial Day. In addition, several members of Haddam Volunteer Fire Company, the HVFCo. Junior Division and HVFCo. Auxiliary marched in the Memorial Day Parade May 30 in Higganum.

Drills this month included SCBA training, alarm assignments in service, and apparatus checks.

HVFCo. welcomes new Fire Police Probationary Member Randal Hale, who was sworn into the company on May 2.