Connecticut News

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

UConn Fire Department steps in to help Suffield ambulance transport COVID sick inmates

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.
Journal Inquirer - Metered Site

Man dies after serious fall into foundation hole at home construction site in Glastonbury

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.
WTNH-TV ABC 8 New Haven

Stratford EMS certified to administer COVID-19 vaccines

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.
News 12 Connecticut

Prospect firehouse roof needs repairs

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.
Citizen's News

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Danbury Hires Interim Fire Chief

The city has hired the retired chief of operations of the fire department in Yonkers, NY. as interim fire chief in Danbury. Chief Kevin Ford will begin a six-month term with the Danbury Fire Department on Tuesday. At the Yonkers FD, Ford served for 26 years and rose through the ranks of that department, eventually retiring as chief of operations in 2020. He carries a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Iona College, and is certified in all hazard emergency response. Danbury is in the process of hiring a fire chief after the departure of Chief T. J. Wiedl in July 2020 and Acting Chief Mark Omasta in January 2021. Due to the COVID pandemic, the selection and hiring process for this position has been delayed, according to a news release from the mayor's office.
Danbury Patch

Wood Stove Fire Damages Middlefield Home

Firefighters extinguished a blaze early this morning at a School Street home, according to a fire department Facebook post. They received the call at 5 a.m. and found a small fire at the rear of the home which extended from a wood burning stove. Damage was isolated to a small section of the home and there were no injuries. Other departments assisting in fighting the fire included Durham Volunteer Fire Company, Westfield FD, and Killingworth Volunteer Fire Co. The department also received help from Hunter's Ambulance Service, Inc. and Valley Shore Emergency Communications. Fire officials warned: "If you have not already, be sure to have your chimney inspected annually and cleaned as needed. Remember to burn dry seasoned wood to prevent the buildup of creosote and make sure your smoke detectors are tested and working."
Durham-Middlefield Patch

Follow Up: Fire officials release full report on New London fire connected to death of former Zappos CEO

The fire investigation into the New London fire that killed former Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh is now complete. New London’s Fire Marshal’s Office released the report Tuesday morning, saying that the investigation team has developed four hypotheses as to what caused the fire and how human factors could have also contributed to Hsieh’s death. The office of the state medical examiner said Hsieh died of smoke inhalation and his death was ruled an accident. According to the report, the first hypothesis is that “the portable propane heater came into direct contact or into proximity of the heating elements with the nearby combustibles resulting in a fire.” Another hypothesis is that a “carelessly discarded smoking material (either cigarettes or marijuana) is the cause of the fire.”
WTNH-TV ABC 8 New Haven

New Canaan Fire Department Welcomes Two New Firefighters

Both Setayesh and Esposito were long time volunteers with New Canaan Fire Company No. 1. We wish them all the best in their careers with the New Canaan Fire Department! New Canaan Fire Company No1. said, "Mike and Barry, thank you for your years of volunteer service for the Town as members of the New Canaan Fire Company No1. We wish you the best of luck in your continued full-time career!"
New Canaan's Hamlet Hub

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