Connecticut News

Friday, April 3, 2020

Concern over vital protective equipment as COVID-19 cases rise across the state

As the number of COVID-19 infections continues to increase, public safety and health officials are concerned about depleting stockpiles of personal protective equipment for first responders and healthcare workers. “We always will need more,” said Meriden Fire Chief Ken Morgan. “We’re burning through it a lot faster than we normally would.” Midway through the week, Morgan’s department had sufficient supplies of N95 medical masks and Tyvek protective suits, but was running short of respiratory aid equipment, like breathing tanks. “Fortunately we can decontaminate them. Those are a reusable type item,” he said. Morgan noted the department is trying to reuse protective suits as much as possible. But at some point, those would need to be replaced, as well.

West Haven insulation company making medical gowns

A Connecticut company has found a way to help those on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic. Thermaxx Jackets in West Haven turned its factory, which normally provides insulation for construction projects, into a medical-gown-making facility. Its owners said the factory was on the verge of being shutdown by the virus. Its projects were stalled because of the locations in the area that were shut down. However, it started producing medical gowns for medical personnel. "A fire chief called our owner and said 'we are out of gowns. Can you make some gowns?'" said Larry Campana Jr., CFO, Thermaxx Jackets. The first gowns came out a week ago. After some testing modifications, the fourth prototype was a go. "Forty-eight hours from then, we got a thousand orders from 40 different organizations," Campana said. "I can't even keep track anymore."
WFSB-TV CBS 3 Hartford

Bridgeport structure fire extinguished

City firefighters put out a structure fire late Thursday night, according to the department. Deputy Chief Lance Edwards said in a release that a fire was reported at 196 Harborview Ave. at 11:30 p.m. The first unit arriving on scene found flames in the back of the one-and-a-half story residential home, he said. “The fire was extinguished and contained to the rear exterior, with minor extension inside. Everyone was out of the home on arrival,” Edwards said. “No injuries occurred and no additional assistance was required.” The city Fire Marshal’s Office is now investigating the matter, Edwards said.
Connecticut Post

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Obituary: Beloved Branford Firefighter Dies After Battle With ALS

Thomas M. Raiola died Tuesday March 30, 2020 at Yale-New Haven Hospital after his courageous battle with ALS. He was the beloved husband of Sharon Appi Raiola for over 40 years. Tom was born in New Haven July 14, 1954, son of the late Vincent and Stasia Rollis Raiola. He was a Certified Electronic Technician and worked at Picker International for twelve years. The following 43 years were spent with Safe Harbor Marinas (Bruce and Johnson's) as Office Manager overseeing the day to day operations of the 500 plus ship facility. Tom was committed to humanitarian services. He served as Captain of Company 9 Indian Neck Fire Department for many years and was a hands-on utility firefighter. He documented many fire incidents using his honed photography skills. Trained as an EMT, he supported the town's emergency services with Branford Ambulance.
Branford Patch

Tractor trailer collides with DOT trucks in Haddam; 3 hurt

PHOTO: Three people were injured after a tractor trailer crashed into two state Department of Transportation vehicles earlier this week, according to officials. At 1:10 p.m. Monday, Haddam Volunteer Fire Company and Chester Hose Company responded for a reported collision on Route 9 south between Exit 7 and Exit 8, fire officials said. Arriving units found that a tractor trailer driver crashed into two state Department of Transportation vehicles, which were parked in the left lane of traffic. The left lane where the trucks were parked had been previously closed to all traffic, officials said. Firefighters found two injured individuals at the scene. The driver of the tractor trailer was still in the vehicle and was helped with self-extrication by Chester firefighters. Haddam, Deep River and Chester ambulances transported three people to Middlesex Hospital to be treated for injuries.
New Haven Register

Fairfield firefighters purchase 90 gift cards from restaurants impacted by virus pandemic

The Fairfield firefighters union has purchased 90 gift cards from restaurants impacted by the coronavirus. IAFF Local 1426 started "Operation Gift Card" about two weeks ago. They say they purchased 90 gift cards from local Fairfield restaurants in all five of the fire districts they serve. They say they even took money out of the union treasury, and spread it out among the local restaurants. Fairfield Firefighters Association President William Tuttle says his crew's generosity and support for local businesses won't stop at just restaurants in town. "We're not done helping the community by any stretch. As other things come up, we'll make sure we are stepping up in front of everybody to get out there and help them out," Tuttle says.
News 12 Connecticut

Shelton firefighters extinguish brush fire

Firefighters were able to prevent a brush fire from spreading to a close by wooded area Wednesday afternoon. At about 12:33 p.m., Echo Hose Hook & Ladder and White Hills Fire Company crews responded to the area of Shelton Avenue between Meadow Street and Constitution Boulevard North for a report of a brush fire. The units arrived to find a fire that was approximately 20 foot by 10 foot in size was found. “As crews were preparing the fire attack, the wind picked up and blew the embers in a westerly direction causing three more fires, all about the same size as the initial fire,” said Shelton Fire Department Deputy Chief Paul J. Wilson. Wilson said firefighters from Engine 2, Brush Truck 54 and Tanker 59 “made a fast attack on the fires before the extension became out of control. He added that seven firefighters under his command knocked down the fire within 15 minutes.
Connecticut Post

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