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September 25, 2017

The Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company and The Simsbury Fire District sadly announce the passing of Deputy Chief Michael J. Jepeal.

Deputy Chief Jepeal has served the Simsbury Community for over 40 years having begun his firefighting service with The Tariffville Volunteer Fire Company, which merged with the Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company in the early 80s.  Mike worked his way through the ranks to his current position of Deputy Chief, which he has held for the past 12 years.

Mike had a passion for training and was instrumental in Simsbury’s advanced training of high angle rope rescue needed for Talcott Mountain and swift water rescue needed for the Farmington River Gorge at Tariffville.   

Early in Mike’s career, he became involved as an Instructor for Hartford County Fire School where he became the Co-Director of Training, an instructor for the Connecticut Fire Academy where he taught many of the early recruit classes and was recognized as Instructor of the Year by the Connecticut Fire Department Instructors Association. Most recently, Mike worked in the Certification Division for the Commission on Fire Prevention and Control.  Over his many years of service to the fire service community Mike touched the lives of hundreds of firefighters and has been instrumental in the level of service provided by the CT Fire Service today.

At this time of loss, we honor Deputy Chief’s legacy and service to the Simsbury and CT Fire Service communities.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Mike’s family during this difficult time.  Fire Station flags will remain at half staff for one week with the buntings displayed for two weeks in DC Jepeals memory.

Sincerely,

James A. Baldis

Chief of Department

The Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company welcomes 3 new members to the organization.

Polo Abon  Cristian Alicea

Joe Markelon

Recently posted new members:

Andrew Hart  Brendan Jacobs

Michael Bazzano  Tori Williams

 Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company is always looking for new members to join our organization.  To learn more about this exiting and rewarding opportunity click on this Membership information link or call 860-658-1971.

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The Simsbury Fire Department will issue an Open Burn Permit to residents.  The permit is available on our website www.simsburyfire.org . Please note the Type of Open Burn and General Conditions as noted on the Open Burn Permit.

Type of Open Burn

Camp fires shall be fireplace size logs three inches in diameter or larger. There shall be NO burning of brush or leaves.

Camp Fire / Bon Fire (Public Gathering)

Agriculture Burning

Firefighter Training 

General Conditions

1. Burning must not take place (a) during an advisory of threatening atmospheric conditions or any other air pollution emergency episode or (b) during a period when the forest fire danger is high or extreme.

2. Burning must cease if so directed by the local Open Burning Official or Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company or State of Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection.

3. No objectionable odors or excessive smoke may be created. All reasonable measures to assure complete combustion are to be taken.

4. All reasonable safety precautions are to be taken, including the clearing of grass and trees in the burning areas wetting down of the surrounding area, and placing of fire extinguishers.

5. Only these materials and those quantities specified above may be burned.

Kevin Kowalski, Deputy Chief of the Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company and Fire Marshal for the Simsbury Fire District was inducted into the Connecticut State Firefighter Association's Hall of Fame at a ceremony held recently at the Aqua Turf in Southington.

Chief Kowalski's work at the State and Federal levels for the improvement in the Fire Service and Public Protection was noted as one of many accomplishments his 42 plus year fire service career. Chief Kowalski, in his acceptance speach, stated that he was humbled by the nomination and opportunity to join others before him who have made significant contributions to the fire service.  He went on to encourage others to "get involved by joining the variety of Fire Service Organizations available". 

Chief Kowalski was 1 of 11 members of the fire service who were inducted in to the Hall of Fame this year.  The induction ceremony was attended by over 500 members of the Connecticut Fire Service and included his Wife (a member of the Fire Company's Ladies Auxiliary), his Daughter and Son-in-Law (both Captains for the Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company), his Father, his Brother and other family and friends.

 

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