Joe Deko and Chris Jones got what they thought was a "routine call" that day. Deko and Jones, Guilford Fire Department firefighter/EMTs, were called to a home for a man with a "dementia-related crisis." They helped the man and transported him to the hospital.
A week later came the call, this one not routine.
A fire department captain told Deko that they were exposed to a patient who had tested positive for COVID-19. Four Guilford Police officers were also exposed.
"I was surprised. We didn't have any symptoms and we didn't have any patients who had symptoms," Deko said.
And, at that point, the first responders were not wearing N-95 respirator masks as that order was not yet in place. "When I was told who the patient was, I was surprised. At the time, we didn't have any concerns about exposure."
But they had been exposed and so were ordered quarantined for seven days as the call had been a week before.
Stratford firefighters scaled a 30-foot dirt pile to put out a blaze when a piece of construction equipment caught fire Tuesday.
The incident happened about 10:45 a.m. at a dirt screening and processing facility in the 1000 block of Honeyspot Road, according to Assistant Chief Michael Camperlengo. The fire was in an excavator located on the dirt pile, and firefighters had to use extension ladders to reach the machine, Camperlengo said.
"It was challenging to get to the fire," he said. "… This pile of dirt was not what you would consider stable."
Firefighters were on scene just over an hour, according to Camperlengo, who said a worker in the area of the excavator refused medical attention. The cause of the fire was under investigation as of Tuesday afternoon.
United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas today announced they are donating approximately 6,900 protective masks to Yale New Haven Health, amid a shortage of protective gear for medical personnel fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
The 3,700 surgical masks and 3,200 N95 respirators are being shipped today to a state receiving center. It's part of a larger donation by parent company AVANGRID, Inc. of 31,000 protective masks in several states where its companies operate.
"As we implemented our crisis plans and took stock of inventory over the last few weeks, we determined that our companies had protective masks in storage that could be used by healthcare workers and other first responders," said Tony Marone, President and CEO of Avangrid Networks, parent company of UI, SCG and CNG. "Given the dire shortages of masks and other protective equipment faced by medical facilities and emergency responders across the nation, we have an opportunity and an obligation to help."
Town firefighters recently extinguished an intentionally-set brush fire last week and police are asking for anyone with information about who lit the flames to come forward.
At 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, firefighters were dispatched to a reported brush fire in the wooded area between Tubbs Springs Road and Lords Highway/Stone Cliff Lane.
Fire units found about a half-acre of brush on fire and quickly put the flames out.
This is the second brush fire in the area; the first one happened around 5:30 p.m. on March 12.
Police said on Tuesday that Friday’s fire was found to have been “set intentionally by an unknown subject(s).” The Weston Fire Marshal Office, the Connecticut State Police Fire Marshal Office and the Weston police continue to investigate.