MARCH 2017 Report
Haddam Volunteer Fire Company responded to 35 calls for emergency services in March including one structure fire, three brush fires and 23 medicals.
Haddam was one of five volunteer fire departments that responded to a structure fire on Parker Hill Road in Killingworth on March 22.
Firefighters from Haddam, Killingworth, Chester, Deep River and Madison worked to extinguish the fire, which caused damage to the front of a two-story, wood-sided home. Firefighters removed two shrubs and cut a 3- by-5-foot hole in the front of the house to access the burning areas. They also accessed and extinguished the fire from the home’s basement.
Firefighters quickly brought the fire under control in less than 20 minutes. The homeowners immediately left the home after calling 911. Two dogs and two cats also survived the fire.
On March 5, HVFC was dispatched to a brush fire on Coyote Trail. The fire was started by a homeowner who dumped smoldering fireplace ashes in a wooded area. Firefighters extinguished and overhauled the fire, which had spread up a hill and over a 1/4 acre of land.
On March 6, firefighters responded to a brush fire on Saybrook Road near High Meadow Road. Crews used fire extinguishers from Engine 1-13 to extinguish a small, illegal burn on the railroad tracks near the Connecticut River.
On March 10, HVFC was dispatched to another brush fire on Foot Hills Road. The fire, which spread to about 20-by-30-feet, was started from wood stove ash. Firefighters contained the fire and wet the area down with tank water from Engine 3-13.
This month, firefighters practiced advancing hose lines through smoked-out conditions and flowing wet and dry foam from a compressed air foam system (CAFS). CAFS is used in firefighting to deliver fire retardant foam to extinguish a fire. CAFS notably extinguishes fire faster than water, it saves water, and since the material weighs less, it helps with firefighters' fatigue. Members also learned how to operate the CAFS on the new Engine 6-13, which went into service in April.
HVFC JUNIOR DIVISION
In March, the HVFC Junior Division purchased new helmets. The cost of these helmets was $1,800 which was raised through pasta dinner and car wash fundraisers.
“As always, the Junior members would like to thank the Haddam community for their support in each of these fundraisers,” said Junior Division Chief Ej Adametz. “We often get the older, hand-me-down equipment from the senior members, so we’re grateful that we were able to purchase these new helmets.”
The Junior Division is comprised of 14- to 17-year-old cadets who learn alongside firefighters and perform support functions at calls. The company accepts up to 10 Junior Members at any given time. Juniors receive training and protective turnout gear. Once a Junior member is 18, he or she has the opportunity to join the regular membership.
Volunteers are needed! For more information on joining the HVFC or HVFC Junior Division, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.