Connecticut News

Friday, June 14, 2019

Former Naugatuck fire marshal gets nod for Connecticut State Firefighter’s Association Hall of Fame

During his career, former Naugatuck Fire Marshal John “Jack” Sullivan was the person to call to investigate an electrical fire. “He was someone who was way ahead of his time on fire prevention, investigation and training,” said former Naugatuck Fire Chief Ken Hanks, who trained under Sullivan when he joined the department in 1982. Sullivan worked 43 years for the Naugatuck Fire Department, holding the ranks of deputy chief and fire marshal. As an associate of the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Sullivan investigated over 2,800 electrical fires throughout New England and also had special assignments at major fires in Chicago and New York, his biography states. For his work and much more, Sullivan, who died in March 1989 at the age of 68, was posthumously inducted into the Connecticut State Firefighter’s Association Hall of Fame earlier this year. “It was spectacular. It was quite an honor. He would be so happy,” said Jacquelyn Sullivan, one of Sullivan’s two daughters, about her father’s induction.
Citizens News

Easton: Emergency responders did double duty Thursday evening

PHOTOS: Emergency personnel did double duty Thursday evening when they responded to two different accidents at around the same time, the Fire Department said. The first accident, which occurred around 6 p.m., involved two vehicles on South Park Avenue. The fire department was dispatched to extricate one person trapped in their car. No injuries were reported, however, the individual removed from the vehicle was treated by EMS. Emergency responders were also called to another incident a few miles away on Route 58. The accident involved a vehicle on a stone wall. No injuries were reported and the cause of the accident was not stated.
Connecticut Post

Ammo explodes as firefighters put out Woodbury condo fire

An investigation is underway in Woodbury after rounds of ammunition went off as firefighters put out a condo fire on Thursday night. Officials say that the fire started in a chimney at the condos on Summit Court just after 8 p.m. and spread quickly. The man who lived in that condo had ammunition inside, but the fire chief says that didn't hinder their progress in putting out the fire. "It pops. It's like fireworks going off, like somebody set off a cake of fireworks. And the bullets don't actually project out, they just explode. So we don't put anybody inside until that's all calmed down," said Janet Morgan, Woodbury Fire Chief. Nobody was hurt but there is a pet cat that's unaccounted for. Only the one unit was damaged.

Driver takes shortcut on East Haven train tracks, goes off embankment

East Haven Firefighters responded to an unusual call on Tuesday - the operator of a vehicle entered the railroad tracks behind Home Depot and rode the tracks and the side of the tracks for 3/4 of a mile before going off the embankment into a storage box behind Torello Tire. The occupant suffered minor injuries and was treated by FD personnel and transported to a hospital, Fire Department officials said on social media.
East Haven Patch

Thursday, June 13, 2019

University of New Haven Student Proposes Legislation to Protect Firefighters

Adam Hansen ’05, ’20 MPA still remembers when Eddie Ramos, a firefighter in his hometown of Branford, was killed in a warehouse fire on Thanksgiving Day in 1996 when the roof collapsed on him. The structure was built with truss-type construction, consisting of a triangle or an organization of triangles that enables the building’s roof to support heavy loads, such as snow. The problem, however, is that when this type of construction is exposed to fire, it can fail within approximately ten minutes. When Hansen was working on a briefing memo to address a problem in the public domain for his “Principles of Public Administration” class, he knew that he wanted to focus on preventing deaths like Ramos’s. “I chose a topic I was very passionate about,” said Hansen, a Milford Fire Department lieutenant who studied fire science as an undergraduate at the University. “Many states dictate that any new building with truss construction in the roof or flooring assembly has to mark it at the front main entrance. That way, firefighters will see that before they enter the building.”
University of New Haven

Hamden Fire Department Gets Major ISO Public Protection Classification Upgrade

The Hamden Fire Department is proud to announce an upgrade in our ISO Public Protection Classification from a class 4 to a class 2. Out of approximately 40,000 ISO graded fire departments in the country, this puts the Hamden Fire Department in the top 5%. This is the culmination of years of work within the department to increase our readiness and effectiveness of response. These improvements have included a new training program and curriculum, capital improvements of apparatus, incorporating community risk reduction into our daily activities, deployment analysis and redistribution, and upgrades to our dispatch and emergency reporting procedures. The Hamden Fire Department would like to thank Mayor Leng, his administration, and the legislative council for their support and funding of this endeavor to help protect the citizens of Hamden while providing one more reason for businesses and people to consider Hamden as a future home.
Hamden Patch

Person rescued after falling over cliff at Talcott Mountain in Simsbury

Rescue crews rappelled down more than 125 feet to rescue a person who fell off a cliff at Talcott Mountain on Wednesday afternoon. A search and rescue team was deployed to Talcott Mountain State Park around 1:30 p.m. A LIFE STAR helicopter was also sent to help find and transport the person, as needed. WFSB reported that the person was rescued by crews that rappelled down over 125 feet and were able to get the victim in a basket to be brought back up the cliff. There was no immediate word on the extent of injuries the person sustained in the fall.
The Register Citizen

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