When the town’s volunteer ambulance association became overwhelmed with transporting sick inmates to local hospitals due to a post-holiday spike in COVID-19 cases at the local MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution, everyone agreed something had to be done.
In the end, it was the University of Connecticut Fire Department that stepped in to assist with those inmate transports to ease the burden on the ambulance association.
It was in September that state officials decided that all inmates who tested positive for COVID-19 would be transferred to a medical isolation unit at the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution located at 1153 East St. South, according to First Selectwoman Melissa Mack.
Mack said she was not entirely pleased with that decision.
“I told the Department of Correction months ago that I was not comfortable with the unilateral decision and burden they placed on Suffield and I would be monitoring the situation closely,” Mack said.
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Emergency crews responded to a home on Redwood Lane in Glastonbury Tuesday after one member of the construction crew fell into a foundation hole on the property.
Glastonbury Police report officers, fire, and EMS were dispatched to the end of Redwood Lane around 3 p.m. for reports of a man who had fallen into an open foundation hole. The construction crew was pouring a new foundation on the home construction site.
The victim was transported to Hartford Hospital with serious injuries. He later succumbed to the injuries he received in the fall, police said Wednesday. The victim was a 63-year-old man from Lebanon.
OSHA also responded to the scene and is investigating the incident.
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Stratford Emergency Medical Services says about 75% of its staff is now certified to administer the COVID-19 vaccine in Connecticut.
The Stratford EMS was approved to administer the vaccine a few weeks ago.
The staff says they used oranges to practice administering shots since they are state-approved.
"It does feel like you're administering into a human, just the pressure and everything like that," EMS Operations Supervisor Eileen Brophy, says. "With all that we've been going through with this pandemic, our call volume has gone up substantially."
The state gave paramedics and EMTs the green light to vaccinate a few weeks ago, and Stratford EMS hit the ground running.
Brophy says the training consists of both online and in-person components and takes about three hours.
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Sections of the roof of the Prospect firehouse are leaking and in need of repair.
Mayor Robert Chatfield said shingles on the roof in the rear of the firehouse where the firetrucks and vehicles are parked as well as above the fire marshal’s office need to be replaced, among other minor repairs.
Photos of the roof presented to the Town Council show some warped shingles and others that are cracked.
Town Council Chairman Jeffrey Slapikas told the council during its Jan. 19 meeting that it’s not to the point where water is “pouring in,” but it needs to be fixed.
“The roof, it’s in bad shape,” he said.
William Lauber, chief of the Prospect Volunteer Fire Department, said officials first noticed the leaks about a month and a half ago after a heavy storm. He said the roof is leaking in the garage area and near the fire marshal’s office.