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HVFCo Report: July 2016

Submitted by Olivia Drake.


Haddam Volunteer Fire Company responded to 62 calls for emergency services in July 2016 including eight motor vehicle accidents, a brush fire that burned for more than 24 hours, and a plane crash.

The last time Haddam Fire responded to more than 60 calls in a month was April 2006.

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CandlewoodOn July 22, 2016 HVFCo. responded to brush fire on Candlewood Hill Road near Dream Meadow Farm. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered smoke billowing from the top of Candlewood Hill. Haddam, with help from 12 mutual aid departments, shuttled water from the Higganum Reservoir to the site. Water was transported up a winding powerline trail and pumped through about 900 feet of hose to reach the fire’s perimeter. Firefighters used handlines, portable water tanks and several brush fire tools to extinguish the fire.

By 9 pm, the fire was under control and crews decided to resume operations on July 23 to avoid working on rocky terrain at night. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., firefighters and DEEP personnel returned to the site and again and worked to extinguish smoldering leaves and pine needles. The cause of the fire is unknown.

Candlewood Hill is home to a small population of pitch pine, which also is called “candlewood pine.” According to the U.S. Forest Service, a 1930s survey completed by 41 leading foresters of the time, asked to rate a list of tree species in order of increasing fire resistance, and pitch pine was considered most resistant. Colonial era families in town burned pitch pine from Candlewood Hill for additional light.HVFCo car fire 7-16

At 2:20 p.m. on July 23, 2016 Haddam Fire responded to a vehicle fire at the Mobil Gas Station in Tylerville. The driver of the vehicle, who was off-roading nearby, broke her brake line and drove to the Mobil Station after noticing flames coming from the hood. The passenger in the vehicle obtained a fire extinguisher from Mobil and self-extinguished the flame. Firefighters saturated the smoldering engine compartment with water.

11605At 4 p.m. on July 23, 2016 HVFCo. and East Haddam Fire Department responded to a plane crash on Little Meadow Road near Eagle Landing State Park. A single-engine plane, which took off from the nearby Goodspeed Airport, spiraled down and crashed into the roof of a home. The pilot of the plane was extricated by passersby who witnessed the crash. Haddam firefighters and East Haddam Ambulance personnel helped remove the pilot from the second story of the home. Life Star helicopter transported the pilot to Hartford Hospital with serious injuries. The homeowner was home at the time and was not injured.

The FAA, Connecticut State Police and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection are investigating.

On July 9, 2016, HVFCo. responded consecutively to three medical-related calls and two fire alarms.

At 1:45 p.m., HVFCo. was called to The Saybrook at Haddam assisted living complex on Saybrook Road for a person having respiratory distress. At 1:50 p.m., crews headed to Bartman Road for a fire alarm, which was activated due to burnt food. At 2:30 p.m., firefighters assisted an injured woman who had fallen off her tricycle near the intersection of Saybrook Road and Jail Hill Road. The woman, who was making a right turn into her driveway, hit a curb and fell onto the pavement. She was taken to Middlesex Hospital via Chester Ambulance with minor injuries. At 4:55 p.m., firefighters responded to another fire alarm on Camp Bethel Road, again the result of burnt food. At 5:15, Haddam Fire was dispatched to Haddam Meadows State Park to assist a jogger who was having chest pain. The jogger was taken to Middlesex Hospital via Haddam Ambulance for treatment.7-9-16 recumbent bike

At 6:10 a.m. July 30, HVFCo. responded to a motor vehicle accident on Parker Hill Road near the Beaver Meadow Road intersection. A driver lost control of her vehicle and struck a tree. Firefighters extricated the unconscious driver. The driver was transported via Haddam Ambulance with a paramedic from Middlesex Hospital to Middletown where she was transported to Hartford Hospital via Life Star. Life Star could not land in Haddam due to dense fog.

Drills this month included a multi-town tanker shuttle, training using a handheld volatile organic compound monitor, and apparatus checks.

It is with deep regret that the Haddam Volunteer Fire Company announces the passing of Fire Police Probationary Member and Haddam resident Randal Hale. Randy, who was sworn into the company on May 2, passed July 20 at the age of 71 after a brief illness.

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