Connecticut News

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Firefighter injured, 5 displaced during Milford fire

A firefighter was sent to the hospital while battling a fire in Milford Wednesday evening. Emergency crews responded to a fire at a home on Old Point Road around 5 p.m. Firefighters found an active fire and a large volume of smoke inside the home when they arrived. According to the fire department, crews battled heat exhaustion due to extreme temperatures and humidity levels during an active thunderstorm. The fire was brought under control in about 40 minutes. Five people were displaced but were not injured. The firefighter that was injured was brought to Bridgeport Hospital’s Milford campus for evaluation, but officials did not say how the firefighter was injured.
WFSB-TV CBS 3 Hartford

Teen rescued from fast moving water at Pope Park in Hartford

VIDEO: A 14-year-old was rescued from fast-moving water in Hartford Wednesday evening. Officers were dispatched to Pope Park for the report of a child stuck in flood waters. A water rescue ensued at a culvert at Pope Park. The culvert is where water drains to the Connecticut River. "The water can increase in velocity at a moment's notice," said Deputy Chief James York, Hartford Fire Department. When the downpours came Wednesday afternoon, there was little time for anyone inside the culvert to get to dry ground. "It wouldn't have taken much. The current was so strong, one false move and he would have been swept away," York said.
WFSB-TV CBS 3 Hartford

Tractor trailer hit 3 cars, tree before slamming into Meriden home

VIDEO: A tractor trailer carrying mail crashed into a home in Meriden on Thursday morning, police said. The crash happened around 4 a.m. on Preston Avenue. Preston Avenue is expected to be closed for several hours. Investigators said the tractor trailer hit a parked van, hit a second vehicle, and went down an embankment and into a home. The tractor trailer was leaking diesel fuel and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection officials were contacted. The residents who were inside the home thought the crash was thunder.
WFSB-TV CBS 3 Hartford

Aircraft concern prompts fire department response at Danbury airport

PHOTOS: Firefighters responded to an Alert 1 at the municipal airport Thursday morning, but there was really nothing to worry about. “A plane was running a little rough and decided to come back to the airport,” said Danbury Municipal Airport Assistant Airport Administrator Mike Safranek. “It’s like when a car’s engine starts sputtering a bit, you pull over and call AAA — but with a plane, you can’t pull over and call AAA,” Safranek said. “The pilot decided to not take any chances and return to the airport.” Safranek said an Alert 1 is when a pilot deems there to be a minor incident, such as an engine problem or lost radio. “For the most part, it’s a minor incident with the aircraft itself, or the pilot himself,” he said. “Standard protocol is for Engine 26 to respond, and a majority of the time Car 30 responds — and, if available, a truck and another vehicle,” Safranek said. “It’s a precautionary thing.”
Danbury News-Times

Burning garbage truck drove to East Great Plain Fire Department to be extinguished

VIDEO: Crews responded to a garbage truck fire in Norwich Wednesday afternoon, but they didn’t have to go far. Shortly before 2 p.m., members of the East Great Plain Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to the parking lot at 488 New London Turnpike - their own address. According to officials, the garbage truck’s driver was alerted to the fire by passing motorists on West Main Street, fire officials said. He drove the Willimantic Waste Paper Company garbage truck, filled with bulky waste and flames, into the parking lot of the fire department, officials said. At about 2:15 p.m., firefighters, who were in the station at the time, were seen hosing down hot spots and extinguishing the fire in five to 10 minutes. There were no injuries in the fire and it’s under investigation, officials said.
Norwich Bulletin

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

New Haven Fire Department agreement could cut staffing levels

The city and firefighters’ union have agreed to a memorandum of understanding that changes the future staffing distribution of the New Haven Fire Department and creates a potential path to cutting required staff levels. As compared to the collective bargaining agreement that expired in June 2018, the agreement mandates two squads, tactical and special operations companies, each be replaced with a Heavy Rescue/tactical company and an additional Advanced Life Support, or ALS, unit, bringing the department’s total to three. Under the agreement, Fire Chief John Alston can, as an alternative, instead choose to decrease the number of firefighters required to be on shift at one time from 72 to 69 by eliminating the department’s ALS units, then, picking one of two options: ensuring the department has 60 medics to staff 10 paramedic engines or deciding to “drop or pause ALS service.”
Connecticut Post

Heat exhaustion, broken glass lead to injuries during New Haven sushi restaurant fire fight

VIDEO: Crews battled a restaurant fire in New Haven that led to two firefighters being hurt. The fire broke out in the basement of a four story brick building on Elm Street just before 5:45 a.m. Wednesday. The address is for the Kumo Sushi Bar. Crews said Elm Street was closed off to Court Street. Firefighters called a second alarm around 6:10 a.m. However, they said the fire did not spread past the first floor. Firefighters were seen on the top of the building while some smoke billowed. Apartments are on the floors above the restaurant. Four people self-evacuated from the fourth floor, firefighters said. The third floor houses two adults and a child, but they were not home.
WFSB-TV CBS 3 Hartford

2-alarm fire breaks out at multi-family house in Meriden

VIDEO: Firefighters battled a two-alarm fire in a three-family house on Miller Street in Meriden and rescued a puppy. The fire was reported around 5 a.m. Wednesday and crews found fire on all three floors and immediately called for a second alarm to bring in help from Berlin, Southington and Wallingford. Officials said there is heavy damage to the second and third floors of the building and the first-floor sustained water and smoke damage. The intense fire also melted the siding of a residence next door. All residents were able to make it out of the building, but it is unclear if anyone was injured. The American Red Cross was called in to help the displaced residents. Mutual aid from surrounding towns was called to help.
WVIT-TV NBC 30 West Hartford

Westport firefighters rescue dog, owner stuck in Saugatuck River

PHOTOS: A dog and its owner had to be pulled by firefighters from the mud at low tide in the Saugatuck River on Tuesday afternoon, according to Westport Assistant Fire Chief Brian Meadows. The two were found by first responders stuck in one to two-feet of mud at about 5:30 p.m. "Using an inflatable Rapid Deployment Craft (RDC) firefighters entered the mud to reach the victim," Meadows stated. "Additionally, Fire and Police Marine units were dispatched to the scene. The victim and their dog were freed from the mud and brought to safety by firefighters and police officers on shore." Once on shore, the owner and their dog were evaluated by Westport EMS and Westport Animal Control, respectively, but no injuries were reported.
New Canaan Patch

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