Members of Haddam Volunteer Fire Company responded to 58 calls for emergency services in June 2017.

Medical: 35
Fire, fire alarms: 7
Motor Vehicle Accidents: 10
Marine: 2
Other: 4

At 5:15 p.m. on June 11, Haddam Volunteer Fire Company was dispatched to Haddam Meadows State Park to search for a missing 17-year-old teen in the Connecticut River. The teen had allegedly jumped into the water to help his sister, who was swept away by the current near the park’s sandbar. He did not resurface.

Haddam Fire was assisted by marine units from the Connecticut State Police, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, U.S. Coast Guard, Middletown South District, City of Middletown, Chester Hose Company, East Haddam Fire Department and Trooper One helicopter. Killingworth Volunteer Fire Company provided station coverage in Haddam.

After scouring the river for about five hours, the search was called off. Operations resumed at 9 a.m. June 12. On June 13, DEEP discovered the teen’s body shortly before noon, south of Haddam Island.

On June 5, HVFC was dispatched to a three-story home on Brainard Hill Road after a caller reported the smell of smoke and a crackling sound in the wall. Upon arrival, firefighters encountered light smoke conditions in the basement and determined the odor and smoke was  caused from scorched plywood that was connected to a faulty central vacuum system. Firefighters also discovered that water was seeping into the home’s main electrical panel and therefore secured power to the house. Crews removed the scorched plywood, a neighboring wall stud, and a computer that was sparking. After metering the home and deeming it safe, firefighters advised the homeowner to have an electrician review the house before turning on the power.

On June 7, HVFC responded to a motor vehicle accident with a rollover on Candlewood Hill Road. The driver self-extricated and a good samaritan helped two children, who were in car seats, exit the vehicle. Both children were transported for Middlesex Hospital for evaluation via Haddam Volunteer Ambulance.

Crews responded to another rollover on June 10 near the intersection of Killingworth Road and Woods Road. A driver, headed south on Route 81, struck and slid onto a guard rail near Burr Cemetery. The vehicle slid sideways across Route 81, spun backwards, struck the curb, and ultimately flipped onto the passenger’s side near the north-bound side of the road. The driver self-extricated and was taken to Hartford Hospital via Haddam Volunteer Ambulance Service. Earlier in the day, HVFC responded to a motor vehicle accident on Candlewood Hill Road near the intersection of Little City Road and Higganum Road. A driver lost control of her vehicle and struck a utility pole, causing downed wires to touch the vehicle. HVFC secured the vehicle while Eversource secured the wires and pole. The driver was evaluated on scene and refused additional medical treatment.

On June 11, HVFC and Killingworth Fire were dispatched to Route 9 north bound between exits 8 and 9 for a motor vehicle accident involving a motorcycle and a car. The motorcyclist was evaluated on scene and transported to Hartford Hospital by Haddam Volunteer Ambulance. The driver of the car refused medical treatment.

On June 12, crews responded to Midway Marina on Snyder Lane for a boat fire in a dry dock. A boat owner, who was attempting to start the boat’s engine, neglected to re-install one of the spark plugs, causing gas fumes to ignite. Fire Marshal Bill Robbins, who was first on scene, used a garden hose and dry chemicals to contain the fire. Firefighters soon arrived on Engine 6-13 and extinguished the flames using a compressed air foam system. The owner received a minor burn on his knee, but refused medical treatment. The fire was contained to the boat’s engine compartment.

On June 13, HVFC was dispatched to motor vehicle accident with minor injuries on Walkley Hill Road. The driver lost control of his vehicle, ran through the guard rails and slid down a small embankment. The driver self extricated and was taken to Middlesex Hospital via Haddam Volunteer Ambulance. Public works installed traffic barrels at the downed guard rails.

On June 20, HVFC responded to a motor vehicle accident on Route 81 near the intersection of Little City Road. A driver heading southbound on Route 81 lost control of her vehicle, drove through a yard and struck a house and oil tank piping. The homeowner was inside watching television when he heard a large boom in his living room. He looked outside and saw a damaged vehicle in his yard about 20 feet from his house. The driver of the vehicle self-extricated and was evaluated on scene by Haddam Volunteer Ambulance personnel. She refused additional treatment.

On June 25 and June 26, HVFC responded to two motor vehicle accidents on Bartman Road. At 7:20 p.m., June 25, a driver headed north on Route 81, was attempting to turn onto Bartman Road and collided with truck at the intersection. She was evaluated on scene and refused additional medical treatment. The driver of the truck was transported to Middlesex Hospital with injuries via Haddam Volunteer Ambulance Service. At 8:40 a.m., June 26, a driver lost control of his vehicle on Bartman Road, struck a utility pole and continued to travel about 30 feet before coming to stop. The driver was evaluated on scene and refused additional treatment. Firefighters checked the vehicle and found no leaking fluids or hazards. The pole had minor damage.

Also on June 26, HVFC was dispatched for a smoke sighting on Candlewood Hill Road. A neighbor reported a smoldering fire in the yard at a vacant house. Upon arrival, firefighters confirmed it to be an unattended, unauthorized fire in a small fire pit at the top of the driveway. Crews extinguished the fire with a pre-connected attack line on Engine 6-13.

On June 28, crews responded to a motor vehicle accident with reported injuries on Saybrook Road. Crews closed a section of Saybrook Road due to a a fuel leak. Both drivers were evaluated on scene by medical personnel. The road remained closed until the vehicles were removed and DEEP was notified of the incident.

On June 30, a driver headed north on Killingworth Road made a left turn onto Little City Road, lost control of her vehicle, struck a guard rail and drove down a steep slope. Utility pole support wires stopped the vehicle from advancing further into the woods.The driver was able to self extricate and was evaluated on scene by HVFC EMS members. She refused additional medical treatment.
Firefighters checked the vehicle for fluid leaks and assisted New Image Auto towing service with removing the vehicle and vehicle parts from the slope. Firefighters closed a short section of Little City Road for about an hour.

Drills this month included propane metering and a workshop on fire behavior and tactics.