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!
December brings the hustle and bustle of the holiday season with all the glory of holiday decorations, lights, along with family and social gatherings.
As you prepare to celebrate the holiday season please remember some important safety information. If you display Christmas lights indoors or out be sure to check them carefully before use to confirm they are safe to use and don't overload circuits by putting too many lights on one single outlet. Consider using new flame free candles such as LED flicker candles that can eliminate the potential of fire and burns and still provide for a warm and inviting decor. If you do choose to use candles, please be sure they are monitored and not allowed to burn unsupervised. NEVER go out... even for a quick errand and leave a candle burning in your home, and don't let children light or hold candles as an unexpected accident could result in serious injury or fire.
If you are buying gifts for friends or loved ones, consider a new smoke detector this year. Replacing old smoke detectors will ensure the best protection should a fire breakout in your home, and new battery technology reduces the need to change the batteries as often.
December also means cold and snow. Remember that after a snowstorm your neighborhood fire hydrant should be shoveled out for quick and easy access. Please don't assume someone else will do it. A single fire hydrant protects many homes in an area not just the one who's yard it sits in. The quickest way for us to reduce losses by fire is through quick extinguishment. Having an ample supply of water is critical and valuable time can be lost when we must stop to clear snow from a hydrant before we can access the water we desperately need.
I along with all the members of the Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company and Ladies Auxiliary wish to extend our warmest wishes for a safe and happy holiday and winter season. Through your efforts to be fire safe, our volunteer force of men and women can look forward to spending an enjoyable holiday with their families too!
Warmest Holiday Wishes
Chief Jim Baldis
On Saturday, November 30th many area towns participated in our Fire Truck Parade.
Click on the photos below to view the photo galleries. Mouse over the photo and click next.
Click on the photo to view the photo gallery showing Simsbury and visiting departments with their members and trucks decorated for the parade.
Each year during Fire Prevention Week Fire Departments across the United States remember the members that helped form, define and lead their organizations. In Simsbury, we recognize those that went before us on National Firefighters’ Memorial Sunday, the Sunday at the beginning of Fire Prevention Week. Our annual Memorial Service was held on October 06 at 09:00 at the Main Fire Station, 871 Hopmeadow Street. Due to inclement weather the ceremony was held in the apparatus room of the station with the exception of the Bell Ringing during the Roll Call. Firefighter Chris Wilcox rang the Bell for each member as their name was read from the Roll Call. The ceremony was followed by our annual Open House. This year’s theme followed the National Fire Protection Association’s 2013 message about Kitchen Fire Safety.
On the last Saturday in September the membership participated in a High Angle Rescue Drill on Talcott Mountain. Key components to this drill are reviewing the equipment and procedures used to perform a rescue of a victim from the mountain. Firefighters were lowered over the edge to simulate the rescue of a victim. These skills help us provide specialized rescue abilities to our community and many surrounding communities as they can be applied to many different hazardous terrains.
You will see in this photo gallery the tools we use, the support we receive and the beautiful vista we see during these drills. Many thanks to Bobbie Kowalski for documenting this Drill in the photos you can view in the photo gallery. In the gallery you will see Commissioner Gary Wilcox riding in our UTV Rescue Vehicle, the extensive setup for a High Angle Rescue, the workflow of the rescue team and one of our Auxiliary Members assuming the role of a victim so we can practice our "Packaging" skills with a backboard and stokes basket. Click on the first photo to view our training session.