The West Hartford Fire Department will now be able to raise their game, with high tech. The fire department just received a drone to help them fight fires and tend to hazmat situations. The drone was gifted to the West Hartford department by NPS-DDP.org, which aims to provide free drones to assist first responders —The National Public Safety Drone Donation Program started a few years ago and has donated 20 drones to departments across the country.
“Our tag line is an eye in the sky for every department in need,” said Mark Langley, the CEO at Airbourne Works, based in Hebron, and a founding member of the Drone Donation Program.
“These folks are risking their lives, day and night,” said Langley, “and they need the best possible tools.”
WTIC-TV Fox 61 Hartford
PHOTOS: An elementary school in North Windham was forced to close on Thursday as crews are still working to extinguish a brush fire.
According to school officials, North Windham Elementary School went to virtual learning as a result of the air quality from the fire, which is in the Natchaug State Forest in Windham.
"Unfortunately, we have to close North Windham today due to the forest fire that’s occurring not far from the building," the school posted to its website. "The air quality inside the building is not conducive to learning. We are going to try to offer all of our students virtual learning today. Please be patient with us as our teachers from North Windham did not know they were going to be doing this today from their homes. We appreciate your patience and will keep you posted as to how well the town is doing with containing the fire."
WFSB-TV CBS 3 Hartford
Hamden firefighters extinguished a kitchen blaze at the Broadmoor Apartments on Mix Avenue Thursday, according to the department.
Fire Marshal Brian Dolan said crews were dispatched to the apartment building at 660 Mix Ave. at 6:09 p.m. for the activation of a smoke alarm. Residents were evacuating the building as Squad One arrived on scene at 6:15 p.m., he said.
“The residents stated that the third floor hallway was filling with smoke. Firefighters encountered a heavy smoke condition and a kitchen fire in a third floor apartment,” said Dolan. “The fire was quickly extinguished and declared under control by Battalion Chief Richard Otlowski at 06:28 PM.”
The fire “started when a pot with cooking oil boiled over and ignited nearby combustibles and the kitchen cabinets,” Dolan said.
New Haven Register
The city’s North End Fire Station on Main Street is undergoing reconstruction of the apparatus ramp and associated parking areas.
Fire Chief Peter Towey said the site preparation work is scheduled to be completed by the end of business Thursday. Paving is scheduled for Friday.
The paving project will require relocating all response personnel and apparatus from 6:30 a.m. Friday through 7 a.m. Sunday.
During this time, all personnel and apparatus will be responding out of Torrington Fire Department Headquarters located at 111 Water St.