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HVFCo Report: October 2016

Submitted by Olivia Drake.

Members of the Haddam Volunteer Fire Co. responded to 43 calls for emergency services in October 2016 including a rollover, vehicle fire and electrical fire.

Fires, Alarms, etc. – 9
Motor Vehicle Accidents – 9
Medical – 23
Marine – 0
Other – 2

The detailed report is below:

At 1 a.m. on Oct. 7, HVFCo. and Chester Hose Company jointly responded to a vehicle fire on the Route 82 Connector. Upon arrival, firefighters encountered a fully-involved fire on the southbound side of the road. Chester worked to suppress the fire while HVFCo. blocked the road to provide a safe working zone. No one was injured in the incident.

mva-10-13-16HVFCo. responded to a motor vehicle accident at 6:35 p.m. Oct. 13 on Killingworth Road in Higganum. A single driver lost control of his vehicle, veered off the north-bound side of the road, struck a tree and flipped his vehicle onto its roof. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered the driver was trapped inside and was trying to self-extricate. Firefighters broke the rear door’s glass to gain access to the patient. The driver was taken to Middlesex Hospital via Haddam Volunteer Ambulance.

At 8:10 a.m. on Oct. 14, HVFCo. was dispatched to a two-car motor vehicle accident on Bridge Road in Tylerville. A driver heading west on 82 towards Route 154 struck another vehicle. The drivers of both vehicles were evaluated on scene by EMS personnel. Both refused additional medical treatment. HVFCo. directed traffic until the scene was cleared.

Oct. 23 at 10:55 p.m., Haddam Fire was dispatched to a vehicle vs. deer accident on Route 9 North, approximately 1.2 miles from exit 11. The vehicle was occupied by the driver and a passenger and both were evaluated on scene by EMS personnel. The passenger was transported to Middlesex Hospital via Haddam Ambulance and the driver of the vehicle refused medical treatment.

The deer caused substantial damage to the vehicle’s front end and firefighters applied dirt to absorb leaking oil, antifreeze and washer fluid.

HVFCo. responded to a motor vehicle accident at 2:50 p.m. Oct. 26 at the intersection of Killingworth Road and Soobitsky Road. Five occupants, including two adults and three minors, were involved in the three-car accident. Firefighters secured and stabilized all vehicles involved in the crash and provided patient care to one of the drivers. Killingworth Ambulance also provided patient care and transported one adult to Middlesex Hospital. The other four patients refused medical treatment.

At noon on Oct. 30, HFVCo. was dispatched to Candlewood Hill Road for a reports of an electrical fire. Firefighters encountered a small grass fire at the base of a utility pole caused by shorted electrical equipment. Firefighters extinguished the fire and turned the scene over to Eversource Energy.

Drills this month focused on vehicle extrication. Members spent approximately 10 hours this month learning and reviewing the proper way to use hand and power tools. Members worked in teams to stabilize a vehicle with cribbing, cut glass and remove windshields, and use hydraulic Hurst tools (cutters, spreaders and a ram) to disassemble a vehicle in order to safely remove a trapped patient.

In addition, on Oct. 17, Lieutenant Kyle Vallera spoke to fellow members about Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles. Vallera, who works with All Waste, Inc. brought a CNG vehicle to Haddam for demonstration purposes. Vallera explained how to reduce hazards should any common emergencies occur – not only with the CNG components. All Waste, Inc. operates 30 CNG refuse and recycling trucks in Hartford, New Haven and Middlesex Counties.hvfco-at-bes-2016

In honor of Fire Prevention Week, members of Haddam Volunteer Fire Company visited Burr District Elementary School on Oct. 20 and Haddam Elementary School on Oct. 28 and spoke with schoolchildren about fire safety, prevention and firefighting.

The National Fire Protection Association’s 2016 campaign is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.”
Captain Dan Sullivan, along with Firefighters Mike Mancuso, Ben Tiezzi, Franklin Pierce and Teresa Kuchyt taught K-4th grade students about smoke alarms and replacing batteries, how to safely remove themselves from a burning home or building, calling 911, and how to stop, drop and roll. Firefighters encouraged the children to talk to their parents about changing their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors every 10 years.

“Even if your smoke detector has fresh batteries and still works, dust or other debris can build up inside the detector and in time, the mechanism may fail,” Captain Sullivan said.

The talks concluded with a tour of Haddam’s Engine 1-13. Students were allowed to sit inside the apparatus and learn more about the truck’s multiple functions.

In addition, on Oct. 7, HVFCo. Chief Sam Baber, Lieutenant Kyle Vallera and Firefighter and HVFD President Scott Larson traveled to E-One, a fire apparatus manufacturing plant in Hamburg, N.Y., where the company’s new Engine 6-13 is undergoing final inspections. The new engine will replace the current 6-13, which has passed its 20-year life expectancy.

The new truck has additional passenger and equipment space, a larger water tank and pump, and a state-of-the-art compressed air foam system that will reduce the amount of water used in a fire and reduce firefighter fatigue.

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