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!
Thousands of Simsbury Residents, Friends and Guests came to Simsbury Celebrates on Saturday which kicked off of the holiday season in beautiiful downtown Simsbury.
Simsbury Celebrates featured great entertainment and lots of new food venues for all ages to enjoy.
As is tradition the evenings events were capped with the famous TORCHLIGHT PARADE featuring over 30 Decorated Fire Trucks by our Volunteer Firefighters from each station as well neighboring towns who joined the parade this year. While Santa Claus riding high in his SLEIGH marked the end of the parade the Celebration continued with a magnificent FIREWORKS display held at the Simsbury Performing Arts Band Shell.
We want to thank all who attended for thier support which makes Simsbury Celebrates a huge sucess.
Firefighter Hugh Caldwell Receives Recognition from VFW Post 1926
At a recent meeting of the members of the Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company, Three representatives from the Veterans of Forgien Wars Post 1926, John Lamb, John Fox, and John Ramano came to the meeting and presented Firefighter Hugh Caldwell with a cerficiate of appreciation for the long term committment and service to the Simsbury Community. Hugh joined the Fire Company as one of its first Junior Members in 1977 and has been active ever since. Hugh currently is the Engineer on Engine 6 which is stationed at the West Simsbury Fire Station. In addition to his long term committment to the fire service, Hugh ownes and operates Caldwell Excavating Company in East Granby.
Over the past few months many of the Fire Hydrants in Simsbury have received a new High Visibility Marker to aid in locating them during an emergency. The new markers are taller and orange with two blue reflective stripes. The plan is to change out the markers on the hydrants over the next 12 to 18 months. Our goal is to make the hydrant easier to spot by the fire engine operator especially during winter storms when visibility is low and snow hasn’t be removed from around the hydrant.
With regard to Hydrant Carewhich includes snow removal, please be advised that the Town of Simsbury passed a new hydrant ordinance that took effect in 2015.
This ordinance is in effect to help ensure that our fire hydrants are accessible year round. This means free from plantings, rocks, fences, and any other items that may be put in place to hide the hydrant that sits on a front lawn. The ordinance requires that snow and other debris is removed from around hydrants to keep them accessible to our firefighters at the time they need it to protect you and your property.
We ask that all residents and property owners become familiar with this ordinance and check the hydrants on or near their property. We encourage neighborhoods to work together in this effort especially to help those who may be elderly and have a hydrant on their property. The location of the hydrant is determined by the location of the water main and where the hydrant will be beneficial to the greatest number of homes or businesses. So while that hydrant next door or right down the street may not be “YOUR” responsibility to keep clear, that hydrant is there to protect “YOUR HOME” in the event of a fire which is also why the insurance companies always ask where the nearest fire hydrant is to your home.
Should you have any questions or comments regarding this or any other Fire Department matter please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Chief Jim Baldis