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HVFCo: November 2017 Report

By Olivia Drake, HVFCo Public Information Officer.

Haddam Volunteer Fire Company responded to 45 calls for emergency services during the month of November 2017.

  • Fire – 9
  • EMS — 23
  • MVA – 4
  • Other – 9

On Nov. 14, 2017 HVFC was dispatched to a two-car motor vehicle accident on Saybrook Road. A driver exiting Dunkin’ Donuts was struck by a car heading southbound on Saybrook Road. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts and self-extricated. One of the drivers was pregnant and was transported via Haddam Volunteer Ambulance Service to Middlesex Hospital for evaluation. HVFC provided traffic control and cleaned vehicle fluids from the accident site.

On Nov. 18, 2017 HVFC was dispatched to the north side of Haddam Island for a possible person in the water. HVFC units staged at the Haddam Meadows State Park boat launch while crews headed to the island on Marine-13. Chester Hose Company also launched a boat and searched the river from Chester to the Island. Firefighters discovered a red, upside-down canoe near the island that had washed ashore and had been there for quite some time. The Marine-13 crew recovered the remains of the canoe and returned to the launch site.

On Nov. 19, 2017 smoke was reported at HVFC’s Station One on Saybrook Road. Firefighters discovered that the smoke was coming from a transfer switch on the company’s generator. The generator contractor and Eversource Energy determined that the problem originated with the power lines. The transfer switch has since been replaced.

On Nov. 24, 2017 crews responded to a motor vehicle accident on Saybrook Road at the Route 82 Connector. One vehicle was struck at the intersection by another vehicle. One patient, who was complaining of neck pain, was transported to Middlesex Hospital via Haddam Volunteer Ambulance. The other driver refused additional medical treatment.

10:05 p.m. on Nov. 28, HVFC was dispatched to Hidden Lake Road to assist a driver who had lost control of his vehicle, swerved up an embankment and struck a tree and a utility pole on the driver’s side. The patient was transported via Haddam Volunteer Ambulance to Middlesex Hospital with minor injuries.

At 11:10 p.m., HVFC’s Tanker 2-13 was requested as mutual aid to a structure fire at Kleen Energy Systems on River Road in Middletown. A small diesel-fuel fire started in the area of a turbine and spread to nearby insulation. Firefighters from Middletown South District, Middletown, Haddam, Durham, Middlefield and Westfield responded to the scene. Crews extinguished the fire with dry chemical and removed the insulation. HVFC also provided station coverage at Middletown South District’s station during the incident. Crews were on scene for about three hours.

On Nov. 4, 2017 crews responded to an illegal burn on Candlewood Hill Road. Upon arrival, crews encountered a small, unconfined construction debris fire in the driveway of a residence. Firefighters extinguished the fire and explained to the homeowner that burning construction debris is considered illegal.

On Nov. 29, 2017 Haddam Volunteer Fire Company responded to Little Meadow Road in Tylerville for a reported unattended brush fire. Upon arrival, firefighters encountered a 10-foot-wide pile of large tree trunks and other brush burning in a recently-cleared yard. The property owners were not home. Firefighters extinguished the brush fire with water and alerted a fire marshall of the incident.

The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) limits open burning for public health and safety reasons. In addition, loss of control in the midst of open burning can result in a destruction of property or a forest fire.

Haddam does not have a local ordinance concerning campfires, fire pits and open cooking, however, the fire must be contained in a chiminea, pit or ring. Any fire deemed to be unsafe or a nuisance by a Fire Officer or State Trooper will be extinguished.

DRILLS AND TRAINING
HVFC participated in a quarterly SCBA (Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus) qualification drill Nov. 20 at the company’s training building near Station One. In the mock scenario, members accessed a smoky two-story, mixed occupant structure in teams of two. One team advanced a charged hose line to a reported basement fire, and the other team conducted a primary search for victims on both floors.

MEMBERSHIP
Haddam Volunteer Fire Company welcomed five new Probationary Members during its monthly meeting on Nov. 6. Kevin Griffith, David Meehl, Michael Miller, Ray Desjardins Jr., and Matt Brookes were sworn into the company. In addition, Firefighter Jed Morrissey was promoted to Captain.

This holiday season, give the gift of volunteering! HVFC is seeking new members to fill the role of Firefighters and Fire Police. For more information visit haddamfire.com or email membership@haddamfire.org.

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