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HVFCo Report: September 2016

By Olivia Drake.

SEPTEMBER REPORT

Haddam Volunteer Fire Company responded to 39 calls for emergency services in September including a vehicle fire, utility pole fire and a motor vehicle accident where the driver fled the scene.

MEDICAL – 23
FIRE – 13
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS – 1
MARINE – 0
OTHER – 2

At 8 p.m. on Sept. 14, 2016 HVFCo. was dispatched to a vehicle fire on Route 9 North between Exit 9 and 10. Upon arrival, firefighters encountered a fully-involved vehicle in the breakdown lane 1/8 mile south of the Middletown line. Crews used a single line off Engine 3-13 and brought the fire under control in about 15 minutes. Middletown South District assisted with overhaul. Firefighters discovered gas containers, chainsaws and other flammable contents in the passenger compartment. The vehicle was removed and the highway was reopened. No one was injured.

At 2:25 a.m. on Sept. 18, 2016 HVFCo. responded to a motor vehicle accident on Bridge Road. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered that a vehicle operator had struck a utility pole and fled the scene. The pole fell onto Bridge Road and firefighters rerouted traffic onto Camp Bethel Road while crews worked to remove the pole from the road.

At 8:45 a.m. on Sept. 25, 2016 HVFCo. was dispatched to an electrical fire on Walkley Hill Road. Firefighters discovered wires arching on the top of a utility pole on the primary lines and closed the nearby section of road. Eversource arrived on scene and removed the hazard.

COMMUNITY SERVICE
hvfco-durham-fairHVFCo. provided standby fire protection and medical support during the 97th annual Durham Fair, Sept. 22-25. Haddam assisted Durham Fire and EMS by patrolling three areas of the fairgrounds and looking for any safety hazards. During the four-day event, Haddam Fire responded to more than 20 medical emergencies at the fairgrounds.

On Sept. 17, Members of Haddam Volunteer Fire Co. traveled to Westbrook Fire Department with Engine 1-13 to participate in a traditional wetdown. When volunteer fire departments acquire new apparatus, firefighters from neighboring towns commission the vehicles by spraying them down with water. Westbrook recently acquired three new engines and a tower, making this a quadruple wetdown.

HVFCO. would like to remind the Haddam community to save the date: The annual Children’s Christmas Party will be held at Station One, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 17. All local residents are welcome to attend and gifts will be given to children up to the age of 10.

TRAINING
Haddam Volunteer Fire Department President Scott Larson taught members about a new compressed air foam system (CAFS) that will be installed in the new Engine 6-13. (The Engine is currently being assembled in New York). CAFS delivers a fire-retardant foam for the purpose of extinguishing fires approximately five times faster than by using water.

MEMBERSHIP
Ed Adametz, who joined as a Probationary Member in June, was promoted to the rank of Firefighter. Ed previously served with the company from 1982-1992.

HVFCo. is seeking new members. Do you have what it takes? Visithaddamfire.com for more information.

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