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Thursday January 29, 2015

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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 Flags at each Fire Station have been lowered to Half Staff as we mourn the loss and celebrate the life of Retired Assistant Chief and Honorary Life Member Fred Pignone.

 

When clearing snow on your property please remember to remove the snow from around the Fire Hydrants.

Buried Hydrants delay access to the water supply that may be needed to fight a fire in your neighborhood.

 

I am pleased to announce that at the District meeting on January 12th, 2015 Dan Coppinger Jr. was appointed District Vice President. Dan’s experience as Assistant Chief of the West Hartford Police department qualifies him to assume this position.  With an extensive background in emergency services Dan will be a valuable asset to the leadership of the Simsbury Fire District. I look forward to working with Dan and the other District officers.

Gary Wilcox, President

Simsbury Fire District 

It may be a New Year…. But it’s the same old WINTER COLD!  Here we are in New England facing frigid temperatures and shoveling snow. 

Along with the cold, winter brings many more challenges to the Fire Service.  Slippery conditions, snow covered Fire Hydrants, walkways and driveways inaccessible to fire equipment due to snow and ice. 

You can help us by being sure you clear your driveways and walkways so firefighters and other emergency responders can safely reach your home.  If you have a long driveway be mindful that we may need to get a fire engine up the driveway to get water and equipment close enough to quickly attack the fire and extinguish it. Fire Hydrants in your neighborhood should be shoveled out so they are easy to find and can quickly be used to attach hoses for needed water supply.

In addition to what you can do to help us outside….  This is an important time to help yourself INSIDE. 

Check those smoke detectors. (Remember to put the battery back in that one that went off when the apple pie spilled over in the oven over the holidays and smoked up the kitchen!)  Don’t forget to check your Carbon Monoxide detector also.  These are important early warning devices that can save a life.

In cold weather remember to never warm up a car INSIDE the garage even with the garage door open.  High concentrations of Carbon Monoxide can accumulate in the garage space and then work inside the house after the car leaves the garage and the door is closed.

While we enjoy the warmth of our fireplaces, wood and pellet stoves to combat the cold of winter we need to remember to put ashes in a metal container to cool (this can take many days) and should never be put in paper or plastic bags or plastic trash cans.  Many fatal fires have started by improper disposal of ashes.

Finally, please be careful when using electric heaters and electric blankets.  Follow manufacturer recommendations for proper use.  Any type of product that produces heat can cause a fire if not used properly.

Keep warm this winter and keep safe.

 

Jim Baldis

Chief

 

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Remembering the Fallen

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