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HVFCo: December 2017 Report

By Olivia Drake.

Haddam Volunteer Fire Company responded to 49 calls for emergency services in December 2017.


On Dec. 2, HVFC assisted Haddam Volunteer Ambulance Service personnel with a patient who had fallen from a tree behind a barn on Killingworth Road. The patient was transported to Yale New Haven Hospital.

Also on Dec. 2, HVFC was dispatched to Millers Pond State Park to assist Durham Volunteer Fire Company and Connecticut State Police in a search for a missing party in the woods. Two search teams of three began searching for the two adults and two children by foot. The party eventually found its way out of the woods on Blue Hills Road in Higganum.

On Dec. 5, HVFC responded to the Higganum Post Office for an automatic fire alarm. Tenant of upstairs apartments advised that the alarms in the entire upstairs of the building were sounding. HVFC personnel checked both second floor apartment corridors and found smoke coming from one apartment. The residents advised that they were indeed cooking and had burned some food in the oven, which caused the apartment’s living room smoke detector to sound. Firefighters reset the building’s alarm panel.

On Dec. 10, crews responded to a home on Saybrook Road for an inside smoke investigation. Upon arrival, firefighters noticed a smoke condition on the first floor and relocated the elderly home owner to an ambulance, and ultimately a neighbor’s home. After checking the home with a thermal imaging cameras and a CO meter, firefighters determined that the cause of the smoke, and an accompanying odor, was due to the home’s furnace. Firefighters shut off the home’s furnace, isolated the breaker to the furnace and recommended the homeowner call a repair company. Firefighters used negative pressure fans to ventilate the home before clearing the call.

On Dec. 18, HVFC responded to three hazmat calls involving the smell of propane. Crews first were dispatched to a one-story house on Maple Avenue. The homeowners stated that they had noticed the smell of propane in the basement and had shut off the propane at the tank. Two firefighters metered the home and found no unusual readings near the tank. The homeowners contacted the gas company to turn the gas back on.

Later in the day, crews were dispatched to the Higganum Village Market for another smell of propane. The market was initially cleared of people. Firefighters metered the structure and examined multiple propane tanks in the area. No usual readings were found. Firefighters also metered the area around Dunkin Donuts, Haddam Elementary School and Higgies. At Higgies, firefighters metered two 250-pound empty propane tanks that had open valves, but without any unusual readings. The cause of the propane odor was never found.

On Dec. 19, crews assisted Connecticut State Police at a home on Killingworth Road where a man accidentally shot himself in the hand with a gun. CSP secured the weapon and the patient was transported via HVAS to Hartford Hospital.

On Dec. 20, HVFC was dispatched to Candlewood Hill Road for an electrical wire/pole fire. Upon arrival, firefighters noticed a smoldering primary line smoldering about five feet from a home. Crews temporarily closed the road since the primary line extends over Candlewood Hill Road. The homeowner was advised to keep electrical shut off until Eversource arrived to repair the wires.

Haddam Volunteer Fire Company hosted its Annual Children’s Christmas Party Dec. 16, 2017 at Station One. More than 120 local children attended the event and received a gift from Santa, a photo with Santa, refreshments and cookies.

On Dec. 17, the HVFC Junior Division held a “fill the boot” fundraiser. As a result, the Juniors raised and donated $461 to the Patsy Kamercia Memorial Scholarship. The fund provides a graduating student with a financial gift towards his or her college education.

In December, Haddam Volunteer Fire Company welcomed Mary Adametz as a non-fire ground support member. Once Mary completes her probationary period, she will be eligible to serve as the company’s secretary. Mary is the third Adametz to join the company. Her brother, Ej Adametz, joined in July 2017 after serving as chief of the Junior Division, and her father, Captain Ed Adametz, has 12 years of service with HVFC. In addition, Mary’s mother, Sandy Adametz, is a member of the HVFC Auxiliary.

Do you need a New Year’s Resolution? How about giving back to the community? HVFC is seeking new members to fill the roles of Firefighter and Fire Police. For more information, visit or e-mail [email protected]