September 30, 2020

Extrication Class Held At HVFD

On the weekend of April second and third, the Hawleyville Vol. Fire Company #1 hosted an advanced vehicle extrication class on the grounds of the fire company. The class was the result of an application by the fire company to host a state sponsored training program through the Conn. State Fire Academy, located at Bradley Field in Windsor Locks.

The fire company was notified in January that they had been selected as a host site for the program. Twenty five students from around the state converged on the Hawleyville Fire Company grounds for the two day, sixteen hour class. The intensive program centered on advanced extrication techniques, both classroom and practical applications. The state Fire Academy assigned four instructors both days along with the state’s’ heavy rescue truck and support equipment that was delivered to the site on April first. As a host fire company, you are awarded four free slots at a value of two hundred dollars each. If the fire company had contracted for this program it would have cost in the area of five thousand dollars. By providing the building and grounds as a host site, there is no cost to the company, plus the receipt of four free positions in the class results in a substantial savings to the town. The recent acquisition of the adjacent property by the fire company, makes the company property very attractive as a host site with our proximity to Interstate 84. The large open area also provides a safe area in which to train and park vehicles, along with our firehouse hall, all being on the same level.

A total of ten vehicles of all sorts of models and sizes were donated and delivered for the class by McLaughlin Towing and Recovery of Danbury. Owner Michael McLaughlin is a longtime volunteer firefighter. Additional assistance was provided by Hilario’s Towing, who demonstrated their new rotator truck.  Additional assistance in setting up the scenarios was provided by Charlie Payne with his excavator, the fire company provided a hot meal each day which was well received by the participants who labored under extreme cold and windy conditions along with snow squalls.

This past year, the company also received a grant for a fire ground strategy and tactics class which was split with the Beacon Hose Co. #1 of Beacon Falls. Many residents and their families stopped by and viewed the activities over the weekend and expressed their thanks for the dedication of the membership to train and upgrade their skills. Hawleyville Fire Company does a high number of accidents on Interstate 84 that often calls for a highly technical extrication response.

 

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Early Morning MVA on Interstate 84

On the early morning of June 8th Hawleyville Fire answered the call for motor vehicle accident with injuries on interstate 84 eastbound at exit 9. Engine 331 and Heavy Rescue 334 responded to the scene,  Upon arrival found a car underneath the back of a tractor trailer with the driver of the vehicle pinned in the car.  Fire dept. had to use the jaws of life to free the driver.

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Head-On MVA on I-84

On the afernoon of Wednesday February 18th Hawleyville Fire answered the call for a head on collision when a vehicle  traveling eastbound jumped over the center divider and collided with a vehicle traveling westbound. One person had to be extricated from their vehicle by Hawleyville Fire using hydraulic rescue tools. several were injured and transported to Danbury Hospital by Newtown Ambulance.

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Car vs Tractor Trailer Insterstate 84

On the early morning of October 23, at about 4:30 am Hawleyville Fire was dispatch to a motor vehicle accident with no injuries on  Interstate 84 eastbound just east of 9 on Ramp. Upon arrival the fire chief radio in that it was a car vs Tractor trailer and the tractor trailer saddle tank was heavily damaged and leaking diesel fuel from drivers side tank. after surveying the scene found that the diesel had entered a storm drain about 200′ away from the truck. Hawleyville’s heavy Rescue was call to the scene to stop the leak and reduces the environmental hazard. DEEP was also call to the scene.

 

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Car Fire On Interstate 84

On the the afternoon of Oct. 18th Hawleyville Fire answered the call for a car fire on interstate 84 east bound about 1/2 mile east of exit 9 on ramp. upon arrival the engine compartment was fully involved with fire, Engine 331 quickly extinguish the fire using class B  foam.  There were no injuries, but the car was a total loss.

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I-84 One Car Roll Over into Tree with Injuries

On the early afternoon of Monday October 6, Hawleyville Fire answered the call for one car MVA on I -84 eastbound west of exit 10 off ramp with entrapment.  Upon arrival the first due Engine 331 and Heavy Rescue 334 found all occupants were self-extricated from vehicle. All were transported to Danbury Hospital by Newtown Ambulance.

 

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Hawleyville Fire Trains in Low Angle Rescue

On The Morning Sunday October  5th,  Hawleyville  Fire held a Low angle Rescue Class and it was well attended  This is a annual Drill working with Ropes,Knots and pulleys to lift or lower fire fighters for rescues.

 

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