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HVFCo Welcomes New Engine

By Olivia Drake.

Haddam Volunteer Fire Company welcomed a new engine to its fleet this month. It replaces a 1991 American LaFrance.

Haddam’s Engine 6-13 was built by E-One in 2016 and includes a 2,000 gallons-per-minute (gpm) Waterous top-mount pump and a Waterous One-Step Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS). CAFS is used in firefighting to deliver fire retardant foam to extinguish a fire.

“CAFS extinguishes fire faster than water, it saves water, it sticks to the surface and doesn’t runoff like water, it offers better exposure control, and since the material weighs less, it helps with firefighters’ fatigue,” said Firefighter and 6-13 Committee Member Scott Larson, who serves as president of the Haddam Volunteer Fire Department. “The system is state-of-the-art.”

The engine carries 1,000 gallons of water, 2,000 feet of 5-inch supply hose, and 30 gallons of foam. It holds a driver and five passengers and also hauls two Hurst tools to emergency scenes.

“We’re grateful that the Town of Haddam has supported us in purchasing this much-needed apparatus,” Larson said. “It should serve the residents of Haddam for the next 20 years.”

If you think you have what it takes, volunteers are needed! For more information on joining the HVFC or HVFC Junior Division, contact [email protected] or visit us online at haddamfire.com.