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HVFCo: October 2017 Report

By Olivia Drake, HVFCo. Public Information Officer.

During the month of October 2017, Haddam Volunteer Fire Company responded to 47 emergency services including nine motor vehicle accidents, six downed power lines and 20 medical calls.
Haddam was one of the many towns in Connecticut affected by a powerful rainstorm on Oct. 29 and 30. Reported winds gusts of 70 mph downed trees and powerlines, causing impassible roads and power outages for hundreds of residents.

HVFC was first dispatched to Little City Road on Oct. 29, 2017 for wires down and a tree on fire. On arrival, firefighters found a primary line on the road and a smoldering tree. The fire self-extinguished and firefighters blocked the road with fire scene tape and flares until Eversource could access the scene.

Later that evening, HVFC was dispatched again to Little City Road, but en route, two trees had fallen on Killingworth Road, making the road impassible. Crews blocked the road near the Hubbard Road intersection and placed emergency flares near the trees.

On Oct. 30, 2017 HVFC responded to a residence on Killingworth Road where a tree had ripped a powerline off the home. Powerlines were dangling about 6 feet above ground near the home. The occupants were advised to turn off power inside house at the main breaker and remain indoors. Later that day, crews were dispatched to Wiese Albert Road where a tree had fallen onto powerlines in a wooded area. Another tree had fallen on primary and secondary lines and data wires.

HVFC also was dispatched to Plains Road where they encountered a smoking tree laying across the secondary lines and data wires. Crews witnessed a transformer popping and smoking. Firefighters blocked Plains Road and cleared the scene when smoke ceased.

Also this month, on Oct. 6, crews responded to Lt. Schubael Road for a traumatic injury from falling. HVFC assisted EMS personnel with loading the patient onto a stretcher. Haddam Volunteer Ambulance Service transported the patient to Hartford Hospital.

Motor Vehicle Accident 10/8/17

HVFC responded to two motor vehicle accidents on Oct. 8, 2017. At 4:50, crews were dispatched to an accident on Killingworth Road near Pokorny Road. The driver of the vehicle was evaluated on scene by Haddam Volunteer Ambulance Service personnel. HVFC shut down the road and provided traffic control while the vehicle was removed. At 8:30 p.m., HVFC was dispatched to Parker Hill Road, where a driver had lost control of his vehicle, slid off the road and crashed into a tree. The driver self extricated and was evaluated on scene by HVAS. The driver refused additional medical treatment.

Oct. 9, 2017 the Connecticut State Police requested assistance at a motor vehicle accident on Killingworth Road near Ivy Road and Squabble Hollow Lane. A driver, heading northbound on Killingworth Road, had lost control of her vehicle and struck a utility pole with her rear driver’s side door. Airbags deployed and the driver was able to self-extricate without injuries. Crews blocked the road and re-routed traffic until Eversource deemed the area safe.

Vehicle Fire 10/10/17

On Oct. 10, 2017 Haddam Fire responded to Route 9S for a reported vehicle fire. Prior to firefighters arriving, the CSP confirmed that the fire was out. The driver of the commercial vehicle carried a fire extinguisher in his truck and used the equipment to extinguish flames and burning rubber near the passenger’s side front tire. Crews blocked one lane of Route 9 during the incident.

On Oct. 12, 2017 HVFC responded mutual aid to Portland, Conn. on a tanker task force. Tanker 2-13 shuttled three loads of water to a residence dealing with a propane leak.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

On Oct. 11-12, Haddam Volunteer Fire Company celebrated Fire Prevention Week with more than 200 children at Young Horizons Day Care, Cougar Cubs Day Care, Haddam Co-Op, Burr Elementary School and Haddam Elementary School.

Members stressed the 2017 Fire Prevention Theme, “Every Second Counts, Plan Two Ways Out!” and suggested families create an escape plan in their own home.
Children learned about dialing 9-1-1, the importance of changing smoke detector batteries, “stop-drop-and-roll,” and how to safely exit their home in the event of a fire. They also watched a firefighter “gear up” in personal protective equipment (boots, bunker pants, gloves, jacket and helmet) and a self-contained breathing apparatus.

DRILLS AND TRAINING

Drills this month included traveling to Essex Stream Train & Riverboat to learn about steam engines; using air bags and cribbing to lift and stabilize a vehicle; preparing a hazardous materials decontamination station and apparatus checks.

MEMBERSHIP

HVFC is seeking volunteers! Do you have what it takes? E-mail membership@haddamfire.org for more information.

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