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HVFCo: February 2018 Report

By Olivia Drake, HVFCo. Public Information Officer.

Haddam Volunteer Fire Company responded to 51 calls for emergency services in February 2018.

Fire, alarms: 5
Motor vehicle accidents: 5
Medical: 35
Other: 6

HVFC responded to a motor vehicle accident on Feb. 5 on Walkley Hill Road where a driver lost control of her vehicle, struck a guardrail and slid into Krieger’s Brook near the road’s edge. Firefighters, with assistance from Connecticut State Police troopers, helped the driver to extricate through the driver’s door and lifted her over the running water. The driver was evaluated by Haddam Volunteer Ambulance Service (HVAS) and refused additional treatment. Firefighters checked the vehicle for any leaking fluids, but found none. The vehicle was later towed out of the brook.

On Feb. 14, HVFC was dispatched to Beaver Meadow Road for a motor vehicle accident with rollover. The driver and occupant were transported to Middlesex Hospital. Firefighters shut off the car’s ignition and closed a section of Beaver Meadow Road due to a fuel leak. Crews tended to the fuel leak and a radiator fluid leak by applying absorbent material. The road remained closed until the vehicle was towed from the area and sand was applied to the road.

On Feb. 16, Haddam Fire was dispatched for a reported one vehicle into a tree on Nedobity Rd. Firefighters worked to suppress a small fire in the engine compartment with a dry powder extinguisher. Crews also stabilized the vehicle with cribbing so it wouldn’t roll down a hill. The driver’s operator was evaluated on scene by HVAS, but required no additional medical treatment.

On Feb. 18, crews were dispatched to a single car rollover on Saybrook Road. Upon inspection, officers noticed no occupants were in the vehicle, however, footprints in the snow were leading from the vehicle through yards and woods. Firefighters used thermal imaging cameras to track the vehicle’s operator. Connecticut State Police found the individual about 1/3 mile down the road in a wooded area. The driver was picked up and returned to the scene of the accident. There, he was evaluated on scene by Haddam Volunteer Ambulance Service. The driver was taken into police custody while crews remained on scene until the wrecker could remove the vehicle from the road.

On Feb. 22, HVFC responded to Saybrook Road near the area of Higganum Center for an oil spill. The oil covered approximately 1/3 mile of the southbound lane. Crews closed Saybrook Road between Route 81 and High Street while DOT sanded and swept the affected area. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection monitored the area and determined the spill did not cause environmental damage. Traffic was diverted to one-lane during the incident.

On Feb. 27, volunteers were called to perform a community service. A phone call was received at HVFC’s non-emergency line stating that a woman residing on Saybrook Road had locked herself out of a building. Firefighters, along with Connecticut State Police, gained entrance to her residence through a basement hatchway. The doors were secured after the occupant was let in.

HVFC provided mutual aid to three other towns this month.

On Feb. 2, Haddam Fire was dispatched automatic mutual aid with Chester Fire to Route 9S between Exit 8 and 7 for a reported car off the road. Haddam used a rescue vehicle to block and protect the scene from traffic and provide equipment to cut trees. The driver was transported with minor injuries to Middlesex Hospital by Deep River Ambulance.

On Feb. 3, Haddam’s Tanker 2-13 was requested as part of a tanker task force to Knolls Rd. in East Hampton for a structure fire. The tanker provided three loads of water before being released. The tanker was requested again on Feb. 4 to another structure fire in East Haddam. Tanker 2-13 responded with a crew and assisted in a tanker shuttle.

This month, members participated in an ice rescue training on the Higganum Reservoir and attended a lecture on clandestine labs.

In February, Junior Division member Connor Monroe was promoted to a Probationary Member. Who will answer the call? HVFC is seeking members to join the ranks as firefighter and fire police. Visit for more information.