To minimize injuries, and property loss from fire, hazardous conditions, rescue situations, and other disasters, by providing excellent state of the art, life and
property conservation, emergency and educational services while recognizing our people as our most important resource and the key to our success!
The 2014 Annual Pump Testing of all Apparatus Fire Pumps began this week.
These photos show Engine 7 at the Weatogue Training Facility.
Summer vacation time is over and everyone is back to their daily routines. Back to school, back to work, back to soccer or football, back to the gym, back to the daily bike ride or jog. With this time of year we must remind ourselves of the increased chance of accidents and tragedies with the hustle and bustle of our fall activities.
We remind our firefighters constantly to be aware of school bus traffic on the road and that when a school bus is displaying its red flashing lights EVERYONE MUST STOP… that INCLUDES FIRE TRUCKS and all other emergency vehicles.
Along with school bus safety we must be on constant watch for increased pedestrian traffic of all ages especially at crosswalks and intersections. Be extra careful where you are permitted to make a right turn on red as there have been numerous close calls with pedestrians who are attempting to cross at a cross walk while a driver is making a right turn on red.
While on the subject of school and learning…. This is also a good time to review your home safety plans and the importance of getting out of the house in the event of fire, having a pre-arranged meeting spot and to call 911 for help. Grabbing a Cell Phone or Portable phone on the way out is a good idea so you can get out quickly and still call 911. This lesson is especially important if you have older school age children who may be home alone for a period of time after school. Make sure they know what to do to keep everyone safe from harm. Remember that 911 is for EMERGENCY calls for help not for routine information.
Please enjoy with safety in mind the wonderful season that we are heading into with the numerous outdoor events and activities that makes this time of year very special but also full of distractions and opportunities for accidents.
Chief , Simsbury Fire Department
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