HVFC to Host Emergency Services Spring Fair, Open House on April 28

In honor of National Volunteer Month in April, all local community members are welcome to attend an Emergency Services Spring Fair and Haddam Volunteer Fire Company Open House on Saturday, April 28.

During the event, guests may tour the fire station and various fire apparatus; meet with volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians; watch CPR and Hurst Jaws of Life tool demonstrations; try on firefighter gear; and enjoy free snacks and refreshments. Children can receive a professional photograph of themselves taken in a firetruck. Haddam Ambulance personnel will offer blood pressure screenings, Vial of Life kits, and coloring books to children.

Volunteers from Haddam Fire, HVFC’s Junior Division, Haddam Volunteer Ambulance Service, and the HVFC Woman’s Auxiliary will staff information booths. In addition, the Connecticut State Police will attend and offer giveaways.

“We’re hoping residents of the Haddam/Higganum area will stop by and see what our emergency services do for the town, but also, if anyone has an interest in joining one of our organizations, we will be on hand to answer any questions,” said Lt. Tony Lafo, HVFC Membership Committee Chairperson. “We’re always looking for more volunteers.” 

HVFC currently has openings for the role of Firefighter, Fire Police and Emergency Medical Service. Prior experience is not required and all training is provided. Firefighter candidates must be 18 or older and have a valid Connecticut driver's license.

The HVFC Junior Division is comprised of 14- to 17-year-old cadets who learn alongside firefighters and perform support functions at calls. Juniors receive training and protective turnout gear. Once a Junior member is 18, he or she has the opportunity to join the regular membership.

Auxiliary members provide emergency support to on-scene firefighters and emergency responders, principally by supplying snacks, meals and beverages. Members plan and execute activities for the company and hold multiple fundraisers each year. Any resident over the age of 18 who resides in the Town of Haddam is eligible for membership. Affiliation with the fire service is not required.

HVAS is seeking volunteers to fill the role of Emergency Medical Responder and Emergency Medical Technician. No experience is needed.

The Spring Fair and HVFC Open House takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at HVFC Station 1, 439 Saybrook Road in Higganum. Members of the First Congregational Church of Haddam and the Higganum Congregational Church will serve popcorn, hotdogs and drinks, and the HVFC Auxiliary will offer baked goods to all fair-goers. For any questions, email membership@haddamfire.org. 
In 2017, Haddam Volunteer Fire Company responded to a total of 475 calls for emergency services.

Of these:

332 involved emergency medical service, motor vehicle accidents and rescues;
22 fires;
22 non-fire hazardous conditions;
38 good-intent calls
20 service calls
41 false alarms or alarms cancelled-in-route

The company’s top responders were Peter Brown with 184 calls; Lt. Tony Lafo with 182 calls and Probationary Member EJ Adametz with 173 calls.

The company currently has 53 active members. In 2017, the company lost seven members and welcomed nine new members.

The Junior Division currently has six members, three of which joined in 2017. Chief Becky Durinick, completed the Introduction to the Fire Service course at the Connecticut Fire Academy in July.

Highlights of 2017:

HVFC welcomed a new engine to its fleet in April.

Volunteers Needed!

Do You...
Want to make a difference in your community? 
Possess valuable skills, but no training? 
Need a little excitement in your life?
Are retired, a student, work a day job?


But you probably have some questions.

Q: Is everyone a volunteer?
A: Yes. The Fire Company is completely made up of volunteers, who make themselves available day and night, 365 days per year, to help their neighbors in need. We currently have about 60 members working out of three stations. Did you know that the majority of firefighters in the United States are volunteers? It's true - about 70 percent! In other towns, Fire Departments have been forced to supplement volunteers with paid positions, but Haddam Fire has avoided this only because of continued recruitment to ensure proper coverage.

Q: Do you get paid?
A: As volunteers our payment is the satisfaction of a job well done, the pleasure of new friendships and the appreciation of our community. However, we do offer a pension plan and reimbursements for certain activities.

Q: What positions are available?
A: There are several positions to consider.


Various tasks and training revolve around the core idea of preserving life and property in the Town of Haddam.

About Us

Our volunteers respond to all areas in the Town of Haddam, Conn. west of the Connecticut River, including the Villages of Higganum and Tylerville — 46 square miles populated by 7,300 people.

Watch the short film "Haddam's Bravest" and a video slideshow of our volunteers in action to learn more about the HVFCo.: