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HVFCo: September 2017 Report

By Olivia Drake, HVFCo. Public Information Officer.

Haddam Volunteer Fire Company responded to 34 calls for emergency services during the month of September. Incidents included extinguishing an illegal fire on Haddam Island, assisting injured fairgoers at the Durham Fair, providing medical care to an elderly, missing woman; and securing the scene at multiple motor vehicle accidents.

Fire — 5
MVA — 4
EMS — 15
Other — 10

On Sept. 4, 2017 HVFC was dispatched to a residence on Henry Lane to assist a homeowner with his oxygen system, which had been erroneously shut off. Firefighters were able to open the flow valve while the patient used a portable bottle. The patient spent no more than 10 minutes without oxygen therapy.

On Sept. 11,  2017 crews were dispatched to Killingworth Road for the smell of propane in the area. Upon arrival, firefighters encountered an individual tending a small campfire. He admitted to using oil to start the fire. No action was taken and the incident was cleared.

On Sept. 17, 2017 HVFC responded to a motor vehicle accident with unknown injuries. Upon arrival, firefighters learned that a driver of a vehicle lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree. The driver self-extricated and was evaluated on scene by Haddam Volunteer Ambulance personnel. Firefighters applied dirt on leaking fluids and secured the vehicle.

On Sept. 26, Haddam Fire was dispatched to Burr Road to assist a 75-year-old patient with altered mental status. The patient had been subject of a missing person search and Silver Alert for about six hours. Haddam Fire provided initial patient care and transferred the patient care to Haddam Ambulance personnel. [Editor’s Note: For more on that story, click HERE.]

Also on Sept. 26, 2017 firefighters responded to a possible illegal burn on Haddam Island. Firefighter Keith Ellery accessed the island and remained on scene until the fire was extinguished.

Members of Haddam Volunteer Fire Company provided more than 40 hours of fire standby protection at the 98th annual Durham Fair Sept. 21-24. During the fair, firefighters helped a construction crew member who had a head laceration, tended to an eye injury in the horticulture building, and assisted with a antique tractor’s gasoline spill outside the commercial building. Crews also provided basic life support care to injured patients and transported patients to an onsite field hospital. On Sept. 24, 2017 members assisted Public Safety, Durham Fire and Durham EMS with staffing a cooling station when temperatures surpassed 90 degrees.

In addition, every hour, volunteers walked the fairgrounds looking for any safety hazards.


Drills this month included SCBA practice in the training building (pictured right) and apparatus safety checks. Also in September, HVFC welcomed Probationary Member Kyle Everett and Junior Division Member Allison Halligan.

Do you have what it takes? HVFC is seeking new volunteers to help the Haddam community! E-mail [email protected] for more information.

Photos by Olivia Drake.