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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!

Three New Officers were appointed and received thier badges during recent pinning ceremonies.

 

2nd Assistant Chief Jason Gilbert - Chief of Training

Gilbert 1  Gilbert 2

2nd Asst. Chief Gilbert's wife Christina pins the Gold Badge.                                     2nd Asst. Chief Gilbert and his family    

 

 Captain Steve Hess - Captain Firetown Station

 Hess 1  Hess 2

 Captain Steve Hess's Mom "pins" the Captain's badge                                       Captain Steve Hess with his Mom and Dad

 

 

Lieutenant Jason Loftus - Lieutenant West Simsbury Station

 Loftus 1  Loftus 2

           Lieutenant Jason Loftus's wife Lauren "Pins" the Lieutenant's Badge                                 Lieutenant Jason Loftus and his wife Lauren

 

 

 Landry 1  Landry 2

              Chief Jim Baldis "pins" the new Member Badge on Jason                                   "Regular" Member Jason Landry with his proud family

Tory Badge 1  Torry Badge 2

          Chief Jim Baldis "pins" the new Member Badge on Tori.                                      "Regular" Member Tori Williams with her Bushy Hill Station Officers.

Polo Badge 1   Polo Badge 3

         Member Polo Abon gets his Regular Badge pinned by his wife.                                       "Regular" Member Polo Abon with his proud family.

 

Members earn their Regular Membership Badge

Volunteer Firefighters Jason Landry (West Simsbury Station), Tori Williams (Bushy Hill Station) and Polo Abon (Firetown Station) were awarded thier regular badge after successfully completing their probationary period which includes becoming State Certified Firefighter 1.

 Ceremonies were held at the members respective stations which included family, friends and department members from all the 6 stations. Each member was recommended to the company by their station officers once completing the necessary training and familiarization that is needed to be a regular member of the Fire Company.  In addition to the badge the member receives a new uniform jacket.

Through the efforts of the Simsbury Fire District, The Town of Simsbury's Public Safety Committee and Emergency Management, Simsbury has it's own radio station which will benefit the communityduring emergencies but will also provide commercial free music, information and live broadcasts from a variety of events around town.

Following the infamous October Snowstorm of 2011, Simsbury was left with no power and failing cell systems as back up power systems began to fail after prolonged use.  The Board of Selectman's Public Safety Subcommittee felt that we needed some sort of communication ability that would give our residents a way to get information that was not dependent on the internet, cell phone or other connected technology.  

What we felt was needed was an old fashion radio system that most everyone could access from home or automobile with a simple radio.  That started the ball rolling and the town's Emergency Manager, Kevin Kowalski, along with the Simsbury Fire District began the journey of getting Simsbury it's own radio station.  

After testing an AM System it was determined that a Low Power (LP) FM system would work best for our town.  As they say... "Timing is everything".... and we found ourselves with a licensing opportunity that would normally take years to accomplish.  With the help of some Simsbury resident volunteers who have some inside radio station knowledge, the application for the license was submitted and ultimately approved.  After the construction phase which included securing equipment and building out a studio (which is at the Main Fire Station) WSIM 103.5 LPFM station was introduced to the community with limited broadcasting.  

Over the next several months, work was done to create a library of music which would allow us to broadcast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The creation of this library was the work of Simsbury Volunteer Firefighter Joe Barrett who is a music aficionado.  While putting this library together Joe, who is also a registered minister, began to put together a live broadcast schedule 3 days a week. "Rocking Reverend Joe" holds his live broadcasts on Wednesday Evenings from 7 to 9, Friday Evenings from 7 to 9 and on Sundays from 4pm to 7pm where he not only plays tunes but provides a bit of history about the music which is rarely ever heard on radio stations elsewhere.  Also the Station has become noted for playing often forgotten songs which brings a sense of nostalgia to its listening audience.

Through the work of volunteers WSIM will continue to expand its broadcasting abilities and is gearing up to provide emergency information broadcasts if the need arises.  The station has also begun and will expand public service safety messages from notables like Sparky the Fire Prevention Dog and McGruff the Crime Fighting Dog just to name a few. 

The ability to do live offsite broadcasts is also in the development stages right now which will allow WSIM to broadcast from remote locations during emergencies but will also allow us to develop live local high school sports broadcasts.

The community of Simsbury will be one of only a handful of communities in the country with a commercial free radio service that is run by Emergency Management Services and is dedicated to the community to provide emergency information, local safety information, entertainment and local content such as High School sports.

Please tune us in at 103.5 on your radio and follow us on Facebook at WSIM RADIO

Here are some stories posted from various sources about the radio station:

http://www.courant.com/community/simsbury/hc-simsbury-fire-radio-station-20151026-story.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONwyuwaRwhA

http://wtnh.com/2016/05/19/fm-radio-station-run-by-local-volunteer-fire-department/

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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.

Remembering the Fallen

Remembering the Fallen

In memory of those firefighters who died in the line of duty

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