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HVFCo: April 2017 Report

By Olivia Drake, HVFCo. Public Information Officer.

Haddam Volunteer Fire Company responded to 37 calls for emergency services in April, 2017. Included were four motor vehicle accidents, a search-and-rescue, and 20 medicals.

After a quiet start to the month, on April 16, 2017 Haddam Fire was dispatched to Millers Pond State Park along with Durham Fire to a report of a injured person on one of the trails. Crews used a utility vehicle to access the woods from Old Harvey Road. Durham firefighters located the injured person and Haddam firefighters assisted Durham in removing the patient from the woods. The patient was later transported by Haddam Volunteer Ambulance Service to Middlesex Hospital.

Also on April 16, 2017, HVFC responded to a car vs. bird strike with unknown injuries on Route 9S between exits 9 and 10. Two adults and one infant had exited the vehicle. Firefighters provided the occupants with large bandages to remove glass fragments from themselves. The occupants refused additional medical treatment.

On April 23, 2017, HVFC was dispatched to a car vs. motorcycle accident on Saybrook Road. Upon arrival, crews found the motorcycle operator laying on the grass, conscious and alert. HVFC controlled traffic, cleaned up a small fluid spill from the overturned motorcycle and documented info from both parties involved. Haddam Volunteer Ambulance Service transported the operator of the motorcycle to Hartford Hospital.

On April 25, 2017, HVFC, along with mutual aid from Middletown South Fire District responded to a vehicle rollover on Route 9S between exits 9 and 10. Firefighters from South Fire District determined all occupants were out of the vehicle. The driver was evaluated on scene by Hunter’s Ambulance, but refused additional medical treatment. Crews closed Route 9S at Exit 9 and established a safe work zone. Haddam firefighters, and later the Department of Transportation, helped clean debris off the highway including nails, screws, razor blades and machinery that was ejected from the vehicle during the accident.

On April 27, 2017, crews from Haddam, Middletown South District and East Haddam Fire Department responded to a vessel in distress on the Connecticut River in the area of Scovil Rock and Haddam Island. Firefighters joined crews from the U.S. Coast Guard and DEEP and searched the river from Middletown to the East Haddam Swing Bridge with nothing found. All units were cleared without incident.

On April 29, 2017, Haddam Fire and Haddam Ambulance were dispatched to a car vs. deer accident north of Exit 8 on Route 9N. Haddam Fire blocked one lane for safety while Haddam Ambulance personnel evaluated the driver. HVAS transported the driver to Middlesex Hospital with minor neck injuries.

On April 17, members of Haddam Volunteer Fire Company practiced using meters to detect gasses. Firefighter/EMT Joshua Meyer, who is a hazmat technician for the U.S. Air Force, led the instruction. Firefighters practiced using a four-gas meter, a Photo Ionization Detector (PID), and a combustable gas indicator to locate the source of gases at three scenarios/stations.

During its monthly meeting on April 3, Haddam Volunteer Fire Company welcomed back Seth Nuzem as a Non-Fireground Support Member. Seth previously served with HVFC as an Associate Member from 2009 to 2012. In addition, HVFC named former Haddam Resident State Trooper Jim Connelly as an Honorary Member of the fire company. Connelly served the Town of Haddam for 17 years before retiring in October 2016 and worked along side HVFC at hundreds of incidents.

HVFC welcomed a new engine to its fleet this month. It replaces a 1991 American LaFrance and should serve the Town of Haddam for the next 20 years.

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. 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.

Haddam Volunteer Fire Company is seeking volunteers to join our ranks as Firefighter and Fire Police. Courage, community and commitment. Do you have what it takes? Email [email protected] or visit us online at