Clutter In Your Home Can Kill You & Those Who Come To Save You

As summer comes closer to an end and fall cleaning begins, keep this in mind … clutter in your home can kill you.

Not only can clutter cause trip and fall injuries for you and your family in a home, as well as increase a fire’s ability to grow quickly, it can also make a firefighters’ job of rescuing you and saving your home twice a difficult.

Clutter in a home blocks your escape route to safety and impedes a firefighter’s route into your home.   

As you begin your fall cleaning consider storing collectible items that take up floor space safely in a garage or shed.  Clearing routes through your home opens up space for your safety and the safety of those who may need to enter your home and rescue you.

With the change of seasons coming, and the transition to turning on the heat, cluttered items, especially stacks of mail and newspapers, become significant fire hazards.   Electrical wires can become worn from the weight on top of them, spark and ignite whatever is resting on the sparking wires. Space heaters and candles are extremely dangerous around loose papers, and should be stored neatly away from these sources of heat and flames.

If you believe a home may have hoarding conditions, let your local Fire Department know, as those homes can be deadly to not only the occupants, but also firefighters that may need to enter those homes.

 

 

 

 

 

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HEAT ADVISORY : Through August 19 2019

WEATHER ALERT: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued a Heat Advisory for The State of Connecticut, including Southern New London County, effectively through 8:00pm, Monday, August 19 2019.

As the Heat Index remains elevated over the next day, the Center for Disease Control has a number of suggestions for staying cool and avoiding the impact of the heat on your body.

• Stay Hydrated. Dehydration is a leading cause of heat related medical issues.

• When possible, stay in an air conditioned building.

• Limit your outdoor activities during the midday, when the sun is at its hottest.

• Avoid using a stove in your home as it raises the ambient temperature in your home, unless you have the air conditioning on.

• Wear and reapply sunscreen throughout the day if you are going to be outside.

• Wear loose, lightweight, light colored clothing

• Never, for any reason, leave your children or pets in vehicles, unless the vehicle is running and the air conditioning is all the way up, with vehicle interior temperature cool.

• For those of you who like to work out, perform your outdoor workouts in the early morning, or evening, when the temperatures drop.

• If you start to feel over heated, stop what you are doing, and seek shade. If possible, take a cool shower to cool your body.

Being aware of those around you, and their potential symptoms for Heat Exhaustion or Heat Stroke is also important. Being aware can help save a life.

When in doubt, if you or someone else is experiencing a medical emergency, do not hesitate, call 9-1-1.

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What To Do If You Encounter An Active Shooter Event

With the news of multiple mass shootings over the past weekend, in El Paso, Dayton and Chicago , dominate the headlines, The Connecticut State Police have released a basic guide for the public to keep in mind should they ever encounter an Active Shooter Event.


Sadly we live in a world where everyone, adults and children alike, must be mindful of such events that transpire in major cities as well as rural America.


As upsetting as it may be to consider an active shooter event might be something you encounter, please take a moment and review the three options you will likely have to instantly consider.

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Cohanzie Fire Co Open Offer To All Candidates For Office In Waterford

The Officer and Members of Waterford’s Cohanzie Fire Company would like to offer any and all declared candidates for office within The Town of Waterford the use of our meeting room or pavilion to meet with the residents of Waterford.

This offer to any candidate is irrespective of political party, or political ideology. We, at the Cohanzie Fire Company, believe that all voters should be well informed before casting their ballot, and that each candidate deserves the opportunity to meet with their potential constituents.

As The Fire House is politically neutral territory, we ask is that no campaign signs or banners be placed on the property of The Cohanzie Fire Station.

For those interested in utilizing The Cohanzie Fire Station, for meeting with the residents of the Cohanzie Fire District and Town of Waterford, please call the Station at 1(860)442-0456 or email publicaffairs@cohanziefireco.com

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Cohanzie Jr. Firefighter Named 'Honor Cadet' by Connecticut Fire Academy

Junior Firefighters Elijah Roque and Evan Donnellan, of the Cohanzie Fire Company, complete their training at The Connecticut Fire Academy’s Introduction To The Fire Service, culminating in a graduation ceremony and live demonstration of the skills they had learned, Saturday, July 20, 2019, in Windsor Locks, CT. Jr. Firefighter Roque was awarded the coveted title of 'Honor Cadet,' the third consecutive Jr. Firefighter from the Cohanzie Fire Company to be awarded this title. Jr. Firefighter Donnellan was selected to serve as the Officer of Truck 2 during the ceremony's live demonstration.

Gentlemen, you made us proud just like we knew you would.

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Staying Safe & Avoiding A Medical Crisis During The Excessive Heat Warning

The  National Weather Service has placed a Heat Advisory in effect for Waterford and the region from today, the 19th of July 2019 through Sunday, the 21st of July 2019, at 8:00pm. Due to the ‘Excessive Heat Warning’ , it is imperative that everyone to be aware of the significant health dangers related to the current weather. 

While the Waterford Fire Department and Waterford Ambulance Service are always available to assist those in need of emergency medical care, being aware of your health, and the health of those around you, can prevent medical crisis situation from arising. 

As the Heat Index remains elevated, and temperatures are expected to soar to above 95º F during this coming weekend, the Center for Disease Control has a number of suggestions for staying cool and avoiding the impact of the heat on your body. 

• Stay Hydrated. This one should be obvious, but dehydration is a leading cause of heat related medical issues. 

• Avoid using a stove in your home, unless you have the air conditioning on, as it raises the ambient temperature in your home. 

• When possible, stay in an air conditioned building. 

• Limit your outdoor activities during the midday, when the sun is at its hottest. 

• Wear and reapply sunscreen throughout the day if you are going to be outside. 

• Wear loose, lightweight, light colored clothing 

• Never, ever, leave pets in vehicles, unless the vehicle is running and the air conditioning is all the way up. Even then, consider just leaving your pets home, where they can be nice and comfortable in a climate controlled environment. 

• Do not  leave your children in vehicles. 

• For those of you who like to work out, perform your outdoor workouts in the early morning, or evening, when the temperatures drop. 

• If you start to feel over heated, stop what you are doing, and seek shade. If possible, take a cool shower to cool your body. 

Being aware of those around you, and their potential symptoms for Heat Exhaustion or Heat Stroke is also important. Being aware can help save a life. 

When in doubt, if you or someone else is experiencing a medical emergency, do not hesitate, call    9-1-1

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Connecticut's Bipartisan & Vital PTSD Legislation Ignores EMS ... Help Make Sure EMTs and Paramedics Aren't Left Behind

As the month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month, it is hard to not applaud the Connecticut State Legislature’s bipartisan proposal unveiled this past Monday, the 13th of May 2019, to offer Firefighters and Police Officers up to one year workers compensation coverage for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).   

PTSD is a very real, and an all to often ignored or overlooked fact of life for too many first responders.  As law makers have worked on the issue of PTSD impacting first responders in Connecticut for nearly six years, it is now known they plan to enact this new mental health care benefit for first responders before the 2019 Legislative Session closes on the 5th of June. 

While this bipartisan support can be a national standard, authorizing benefits for Firefighters and Police Officers, who have been diagnosed with PTSD following one of the six qualifying events: 


Viewing a deceased minor 

Witnessing the death of a person 

Witnessing an injury that causes the death of a person shortly thereafter 

Treating an injured person who dies shortly thereafter 

Carrying an injured person who dies shortly thereafter 

Witnessing an incident that causes a person to lose a body part, to suffer loss of body function or that results in permanent disfigurement 

… Connecticut’s Legislatures have left out the first responders who are most likely to be impacted by these traumatic events, those working in Emergency Medical Services (EMS).  Yes, it is important that Firefighters and Police Officers, be covered, and have their PTSD evaluation period expanded from 30 days to 180 days, but those most likely to have their hands on these situations, be most involved in these incidents are Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and Paramedics, who are not included in this this legislation.

This PTSD Treatment Plan is vital to all first responders, Volunteer or Career, it cannot be enacted soon enough, but it must include those serving in EMS. 

When there is a deceased body, the pronouncement of death is most often called by an EMT or Paramedic on scene.  

When a death is witnessed, an EMT or Paramedic most commonly witnesses it, often with their hands on the victim trying to save them. 

When a person has an injury so severe it causes death shortly there after, the last person to touch them in the field is usually an EMT or Paramedic


When a victim is treated and dies shortly there after, more often than not the person treating that victim is an EMT or Paramedic

When a victim is carried out of whatever situation they are in, and then dies, they are usually being carried to an awaiting ambulance, and those working on that victim are EMTs and Paramedics. 

When a victim has lost a body part, or is severely disfigured, those working on that patient, to get them from the scene to the hospital are EMTs or Paramedics

No one is begrudging Firefighters and Police Officers their PTSD treatment and coverage, but it is a travesty that Legislatures have entirely ignored the people who have the most hands on contact during these six qualifying events, the men and women, paid or volunteer, who serve their communities in the Emergency Medical Services. 

Those in EMS cannot be forgotten. 

Contact your Elected Officials in Hartford and demand that EMTs or Paramedics be included in the State’s PTSD Treatment Legislation.  Unsure who your elected representatives are or how to contact them? Click HERE

Help protect those who protect you.

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Waterford Firefighters Battle Multi-Alarm Blaze In Niantic

Firefighters from East Lyme’s Niantic and Flanders Fire Department’s, along with Waterford’s Jordan and Oswegatchie Fire Companies, Old Lyme Fire Department and Old Saybrook Fire Department, battle a multi-alarm commercial structure fire, at 87 West Main Street, Guy’s Oil, shortly after 12:30am, Sunday, May 5, 2019, in Niantic, CT. The fire, contained to a three bay truck garage, due to quick and aggressive firefighting operations, took more than an hour to knock down. In addition to the multiple fire departments battling the blaze, HazMat and Foam Units from the City of Norwich Fire Department, Pfizer Fire Department and Old Mystic Fire Department were operating on the scene.

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The Most Blunt Volunteer Fire Department Recruiting Message You'll Hear ... Join, Or Die

While recruiting requires some finesse, the Fire & Rescue Services are not known for their subtlety. With the blunt nature of the Fire & Rescue Services in mind, today we reach back to one of the first political cartoons in American History to illustrate the serious message for recruiting new members needed to give of themselves, and serve their community.  

JOIN, OR DIE.

While Benjamin Franklin’sJoin, Or Diepolitical cartoon, from May 9th, 1754, depicting a severed snake, represented the American Colonies, the message rings true for the Volunteer Fire & Rescue Service.

When there is an emergency in Waterford, or any community served by a Volunteer or Combination Fire Department, those in the town have every expectation rescuers will come to their aid. When you pick up your phone and dial 911 you are in need of assistance, and you need it immediately … but what happens when fewer and fewer people are willing to give of themselves and give back to their community?  When happens then when you call 911?

 Firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are masters of improvising, and doing more with less. No matter the hurdle, a solution is found, leading to lives and property being saved.  But, as masterful as any person, or organization, can be in doing more with less, manpower is vital and is always needed.

 Citizens must give back to their community, in some way, to ensure that every time a Fire Truck or Ambulance is dispatched it gets out the door. Every Fire and EMS Department that relies on volunteers, not only in Southeastern Connecticut, but everywhere in the United States, is seeing fewer and fewer people willing to stand up, give of themselves, and volunteer. Fewer and fewer people are willing to help serve their community, to help save the homes of those around them and save the lives of their neighbours. 

Many people cite their time constraints, families, school or demanding schedules as why they cannot volunteer. We get it, those of us who volunteer wake up, and go to work. Many of us get our kids off to school, and have to make sure the laundry is done before we go to bed … but never the less … we have embraced “Join, or Die” to serve our community and protect others in our community.

The Fire and Rescue Services are a matter of life and death.  Maybe not always the life and death of us, the members of your local Fire Department, but they are absolutely matters of life and death for those whom we serve.

 We need you. We need your sister. We need your cousin. We need the guy across the street from you … yes … even him … and we need the people who live next door.

 Join, Or Die is not rhetoric.

 Join, Or Die is reality.

 When you call 911 you expect your local volunteer Fire Department or Ambulance Service to respond. Join us, because if not you … then who?

For more information on joining any of Waterford’s five Fire Companies, or the Waterford Ambulance Service, whether you live in Waterford or not, send an email to publicaffairs@cohanziefireco.org

Interested in joining a different Fire Department, but you’re unsure how?  Drop an email to publicaffairs@cohanziefireco.org and we’ll help you get in touch with the Fire or EMS department you’re interested in joining.

 Help Us To Help You and Join us.

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Autism Awareness and Public Safety : Some Tips for Autism Awareness Day

While today may be Autism Awareness Day on the calendar, for many they need no reminder, and they are aware every day, all day, however for the rescuers there are a number of ways to be more aware.

Each call a 911 Dispatcher takes is different; just as every run a Firefighter or Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) takes is different. 

 

911 is typically the first point of contact for most emergencies, and the vast majority of callers to 911 can speak and comprehend functionally, however many with autism cannot. The speech and cognitive deficits impacting many on the autism spectrum pose some unique challenges in dispatching aid to those calling.

 

For Firefighters and EMTs, encountering someone on the autism spectrum becomes even more of a challenge, whether the call is for a routine medical situation or they are pulling a person with autism from a burning building.

 

So, for today, Autism Awareness Day, there are some tips for first responders to keep in mind, so they can be more aware of encountering those with autism  

• Listen to how a caller may be speaking.  They may seem impaired, as many with autism speak differently. A person with autism may seem impaired or incoherent.

• Those with autism may focus on one word and repeat that one word, or repeat a phrase, unable to stop themselves.

• Getting the basics from a caller, who, what, when, where and how can be very challenging, and requires extra patience. Consider breaking the questioning down to asking what they are afraid of, and use short instructions, with no room for interpretation. Many with autism are very ‘black-and-white’ in their thought process.  

• First and foremost people on the autism spectrum cannot be identified by their appearance. People with autism look like everyone else.   People autism, children and adult alike, are identified by their behvaiour.

• Expect the unexpected. Yes, this can be said for any run, but those with autism are likely to be injured and unable to accurately describe even where the pain is. Those with autism may ingest something totally unaware of what they have ingested, with no ability to recall where it was they even got into something to ingest.

• If a parent, caregiver or guardian is on scene with a patient with autism, ask them what level of support your patient needs. Find out how verbal they are, what triggers they may have, and any tips they may have for working with the patient.

• When encountering a patient with autism be aware that it is common for them to have sensory issues. The feel of tape, or certain sounds, could increase anxiety or aggression

• It is common for those with autism to move slowly and have trouble following instructions. As you examine a person with autism, explain everything you are doing, slowly, with short phrases, avoid being vague. As you perform your exams go from distal to proximal. Working with your patient in this manner may help reduce aggression, anxiety and avoid involuntary outbursts.

• It is not uncommon for adults with autism to act in a childlike manner, or have childlike tendencies. If you carry stuffed animals on your rigs, consider one for an adult with autism to calm them and give them something to focus on.

 • When possible, remove a patient with autism from a scene, to a quiet area. Removing the patient to a quiet room, or the back of an ambulance with the doors closed, may help with not only patient safety, but in reducing their level of distraction. If possible show your autistic patient what you will be doing step by step on another person or possibly a stuffed animal, if kept on your rig.

• Be aware that many people on the autism spectrum do not have what would be considered a normal range of sensations. Your patient may not feel pain, cold or heat in the manner in which you’d expect.  It is not uncommon for those with autism to fail to acknowledge that they are in pain, despite what you can clearly see evident from an injury.  Some patients with autism may respond to pain in a manner such as striping off their clothing, humming or laughing.

• People with autism often cannot control their own body movements. It is common for those with autism to flap their arms, or beat their own chest, among other involuntary body movements. Be aware for not only your own safety, but that this typical physical movement may be baseline for your patient.

• In a fire situation be aware that an adult with autism is just as likely to hide as a child.  Even if there are no known children in a home, an autistic adult is likely to hide in a closet, behind furniture or under a bed.

• Those with autism often have significant comprehension deficits, making them unaware of the extreme danger of a situation. With the comprehension deficits of autism, a victim might become aggressive and resist being restrained as they are rescued.

• When it is necessary to restrain an autistic victim during a fire-rescue, be aware that many with autism have a poorly developed torso, and are likely to lower their head and neck. If steps are not taken to account for this, they can suffer positional asphyxiation.

• When encountering a person with autism, use clear and succinct phrases, such as “Sit Down”, “Wait Here” or “Get In.”  Do not give your victim any room to misinterpret what you are stating to them.  Those with autism often take longer to respond to directions, this can be because they cannot comprehend what is being asked of them, and their language processing skills are slower. This, coupled with fear, makes the reaction times even slower.

• Those with autism, children and adults, are an extreme flight risk after being rescued. It is imperative that a victim with autism must never be left alone. If you must leave them, you must leave them in the care of someone else.

While people with autism present indications across a wide spectrum of verbal and body language cues, following these basic awareness tips not only makes situations easier for your patents and their caregivers, but for you as their rescuer as well.

Autism Awareness is not something we should be aware of one day out of the year, but rather something we must be aware of each and every day.

… as for the photo selected for this post?  #AutsimLovesTowerLadderW55

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Rest In Peace Past Chief Henry Beebe Sr. We'll Take It From Here

It is with deep sadness that the Officers and Members of Waterford’s Cohanzie Fire Company #5 announce the passing of past Chief and Life Member Henry M. Beebe Sr., at the age of 99, who served as Chief from 1967 to 1973.  Past Chief Beebe’s dedication and service to the Cohanzie Fire Company, lives on through his son, Henry Beebe Jr., who continues to service as President of the Board.

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Waterford's Five Fire Company's Provide Mutual Aid Citywide Fire & EMS Coverage to City of New London

Yesterday evening, Tuesday, the 12th of March 2019, Waterford’s five Fire Companies responded to the City of New London, providing citywide mutual aid Fire and EMS coverage, with the Cohanzie Fire Company staffing the New London Fire Department’s North Station, Oswegatchie Fire Company covering New London Fire Headquarters, Goshen Fire Company covering New London’s South Station, and both the Jordan and Quaker Hill Fire Companies providing coverage from their own stations, as the New London Fire Department battled a 2nd Alarm on arrival structure fire, in a large three story vacant brick marina warehouse, with fire through the roof, at 100 Trumbull Street, shortly before 11:00pm. The Cohanzie Fire Company took in a medical run, while covering New London’s North Station, and was released shortly after 1:00am.

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International Women's Day & The Woman Who Answer The Call To Save Lives

With today being International Women’s Day, the Cohanzie Fire Company would like to take a moment and recognize the women who call our Fire Station home. These Firefighters and EMTs proudly serve the community, answer the call and make a difference saving lives.

As the Cohanzie Fire Station is also proudly home to Girl Scout Troop 63433, hosting the Troop every Thursday evening, we’d like to remind all of Girls in and around Waterford that they can be anything they’d like to be … including Waterford Firefighters and EMTs.

 

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Waterford Firefighter Injured As Firefighters Make Quick Knockdown Of House Fire

Firefighters from Waterford's five Fire Companies, and the Waterford Professional Firefighters Association, operate on the scene of a structure fire, in the basement of 32 Vivian Street, shortly after 11:45am, Thursday, February 28, 2019, in Waterford, CT. One Waterford Firefighter sustained injures, following falling through a weakened floor, and was transported to L&M Hospital, he is expected to make a full recovery. Two cats were rescued from the blaze, which was quickly knocked down by firefighters, once the seat of the fire was located.

 

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Follow Our Founding President, Come Serve As A Volunteer Firefighter

Today is Presidents Day, a day we celebrate the birthdays’ of President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln. While these two Presidents had a tremendous impact in forming and maintaining our Nation, one had an impact in forming the Volunteer Fire Service as well.

As you think back to everything you learned about George Washington throughout your time in school, from surveyor to soldier, plantation owner to General, and then President of the United States, something you were probably not taught is that on the 13th of August 1774, in Alexandria Virginia, George Washington helped found the first organized Volunteer Engine Company in the United States, the Friendship Fire Company. After helping establish the first Volunteer Engine Company in the country, he then served as a volunteer firefighter.

Not convinced enough to follow the footsteps our Founding Father to serve as a volunteer firefighter?   Then pick a President you’d like to follow in the footsteps of who have served as volunteer firefighters … including … Thomas Jefferson, Aaron Burr, Millard Fillmore and James Buchanan.

Your community needs you, join us.

 

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Help Your Firefighters By Shoveling Your Fire Hydrants

Winter poses many challenges for your local firefighters, especially when they need to hook up to a fire hydrant buried in the snow.

As this weekend’s snow storm approaches, and is expected to blanket Southeastern Connecticut, we’d like to remind you all that is it is vital to everyone’s safety that Fire Hydrants be kept free and clear of snow.

While an expected snowfall of 4” may not seem like enough to cover a fire hydrant, the problems arise as plows clear the roadways and snow blowers clear the sidewalks, quickly burying and obscuring fire hydrants.

Although Firefighters throughout Waterford, and the towns all around us, often take to the streets with shovels following a snowstorm to locate and dig out Fire Hydrants, we sincerely appreciate it when we come upon Hydrants that have already been shoveled out by you, our neighbors, whom we serve, making our job of protecting you easier.

A general rule is that a fire hydrant should have 3-feet of clearance all around it, allowing firefighters to quickly and safely connect to it.

Stay Warm and hopefully the storm quickly passes us by.

 

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Cohanzie Fire Co & Jammin 107.7 Radio Public Service Announcement ... Close The Door

The Cohanzie Fire Company has been lucky enough to team up with Jammin 107.7, U.S. Country 99.5, SoftRock 106.5 WBMW and CBS 94.9 News Now, to record an on-going series of fire safety Public Service Announcements set to begin airing shortly on Full Power Radio’s stations in Southeastern Connecticut.

With the impending severe weather and sub-freezing temperatures approaching the region, we’re giving you a sneak peak at what is to come, with Chief Branche’s first Public Service Announcement on why everyone should close their bedroom doors when they go to sleep at night. Closed bedroom doors not only to keeps the heat in your bedroom, but also helps to keep a fire from spreading into your bedroom.

We can’t thank Full Power Radio, and its stations, enough for the opportunity to regularly help spread the importance of fire safety to everyone in Southeastern Connecticut.

Now before you go to sleep … Close The Door!

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Team Work Makes Quick Work Of An Unusual Incident, Rescuing Horses From An Overturned Trailer

This morning, the 6th of January 2019, at approximately 7:42am Waterford’s Quaker Hill Fire Company and Cohanzie Fire Company were dispatched to the scene of a multi-vehicle accident on the Interstate 395 - Route 32 connector. Upon arrival the first units reported an over turned horse trailer, perched over an embankment, with two horses onboard, with no human injuries.

Firefighters worked to stabilize the trailer, as L&M Paramedic Lindsay Congdon coordinated the response of multiple veterinarians from around the area, while the and Firefighters closed I-395 and Route 32 Connector.

Upon arrival of veterinarians on scene, both Firefighters and Veterinarians made entry into the trailer, discovering one horse to be entrapped. Veterinarians sedated the horses, as firefighters utilized the Jaws of Life to remove damaged areas of the trailer, allowing for a safe egress from the over turned trailer.

The first horse was successfully extricated from the trailer approximately 70 minutes after the initial accident, with the second horse freed from its entrapment approximately 1hour 25minutes after the initial accident.

Veterinarians medically evaluated the horses on scene, before they were transported off the Route 32 connector by an area farm’s trailer.

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Christmas Is Not A Day Off For Your Volunteer Firefighters and EMTs

Christmas is a day long associated with family gatherings, a day of rest and a day of relaxation, but like all holidays, it is not a day off for those who serve and protect.  No matter what day of the week, no matter what time of day, no matter what holiday, Volunteer Firefighters are giving of themselves to their community, in their stations.

Today as you were awaking to open gifts, Volunteer Firefighters were running calls somewhere, responding to a fire alarm. This afternoon as you relaxed, and enjoyed your day of rest; Volunteer Firefighter-EMTs were racing to help someone experiencing a medical crisis. This evening as you and your loved ones were sitting down to a Christmas Dinner, Volunteer Firefighters were getting back into their daily routine running equipment checks on Fire Trucks.

Your local Volunteer Firefighters, no matter what community they may serve you in, be it in Waterford Connecticut or any other town, have families just like you. Your Volunteer Firefighters spend Christmas with their families like the vast majority of others in the United States, but they are also called to be with their “other family,” those they serve with in their Fire Houses across the United States (… and Canada too … ). While Volunteer Firefighters and EMTs can take the day off, as no one is forcing them to show up at their Station, many instead turn up at the Fire Station ensuring those within their community are protected, following established routines to ensure those they serve with are safe and protected on calls. Your Volunteer Firefighters do this willingly because it is what they are drawn to do, and what they have personally been called to do.

 As you take the day, pondering the spirit of ‘goodwill to all mankind’ during the holiday season, look inside yourself and find how you can give back, volunteer and help your community.   If you feel you want to explore serving your local Fire Department or Ambulance Service, there is no better time than the present to discover the personal satisfaction and rewarding feeling of giving of yourself through your local Volunteer Fire Department.

Flames, hydraulic tools and germs aren’t for you?  That is OK, maybe consider other services and programs in and around your community that can benefit from your experiences, your generosity of yourself and your willingness to develop new skills.

Interested in volunteering with the Fire Department or Ambulance Service in Waterford? Drop an email to publicaffairs@cohanziefireco.org.

Not in Waterford? That’s OK, drop us an email and we’ll help you get in touch with your local Volunteer Fire Department or Ambulance Service.

… and with that … to all a good night.

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Volunteer Firefighters & EMTs needed. Can You Take The Heat?

Some people are called to it, the need to walk towards the fire. Others have it ingrained within them to serve and give back to their community. No matter your background, no matter your experiences, your sense of duty and commitment to those around you are welcomed and vitally needed in the volunteer fire service. 

All day, every day, Volunteer Firefighters and Volunteer Emergency Medical Technicians stop whatever is going on in their lives the moment they hear the tones transmitted over their pager, or read the dispatch notification on their phone, to rush to the aid of their community, or neighboring community … however the number of volunteers stepping up to serve their communities is steadily declining, as the size of their communities are growing. 

When people are in need of help, they call 911 and expect the Fire Department to show up, and they do show up. Sometimes a Fire Truck or Ambulance is only crewed by a single Firefighter or single EMT, who goes to work assisting those in need, as they await the rest of their crew to arrive after them.   The call can be something as critical as a house fire or  heart attack, or something less often thought of by the public such as a flooded basement or an elderly person simply needing a lift assist to get back into bed. No matter than call, when dispatched your volunteer Firefighters and EMTs are there for you, shouldn’t you be there for them? 

It is the unspoken expectation that when you call 911 for help, the Fire Department will show up, anywhere, any time, for any emergency. This unspoken expectation only happens when people give of themselves and volunteer to serve their Fire Department and their community. 

The Volunteer Fire Service has a range of opportunities and needs, depending on each Fire Company or Fire Department, but that service from you, the members of the community, is vital to the mission of Volunteer Fire Service.  

Everyone has a reason to not become involved, and give of themselves. Everyone has time constraints, a demanding job, school, and a family. There is always work to be done at home, children to take care of and not enough hours in the day.  Think about this the next time an Ambulance or Fire Truck screams past you, lights flashing, on I-95, headed to an accident shutting down the highway … more often than not, those people on board those trucks are Volunteers, Volunteers who have jobs, families, school and not enough hours in the day. Those people just dropped everything to respond to the call for help from those in need within their community. 

Tomorrow, as you pass your local Fire House, regardless of whether you live in Waterford or somewhere else, consider slowing down, turning into the parking lot, and walking inside and finding out what opportunities are available for you to give of yourself within the Volunteer Fire Service and Volunteer Emergency Medical Service.

Interested in more information on how you can give of yourself and volunteer? Email us at publicaffairs@cohanziefireco.org

Interested, but not a resident of Waterford or Waterford’s Cohanzie Fire District? That is OK; we can help put you in touch with your local Fire Company, within Waterford or elsewhere in the region. 

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