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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
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During the late morning of April 15th when Simsbury was in the middle of stay at home lock down due to the COVID-19 Pandemic  a fire started in the dryer in the  home of Richard, Trina and daughter Kate Cardinal.  The Volunteer Members of the Simsbury Fire Company responded which included members who are friends and neighbors of the Cardinal's.  The fire was quickly extinguished and fortunately was contained to the dryer.  The fire did fill the basement with smoke which was removed through the use of ventilation fans by the fire company.  The fighterfighters then removed the dryer from the basement to a safe outside location.  The Cardinal Family was very grateful for the prompt response by the SVFC and recently presented the Fire Company with 3 shopping bags full of non-perishable food items. Fire District President Gary Wilcox, Tower 12 Engineer Steve Petrella and Fire Chief Jim Baldis were on hand to accept the generous donation. 

Included was this letter from daughter Kate which truly says it all:

"Our family is extremely grateful to the Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company for rushing to help us on April 15, 2020. In the middle of the pandemic and on my dad’s birthday, they removed a burning dryer from our basement. Because of their quick response and professional knowledge there was no damage to our home, our family dog, and ourselves. My mom, dad and I are especially grateful to our neighbor Gary Wilcox who was the first on the scene and has been a leader in the fire department for decades. I also want to personally thank Mr. Petrella who was my sixth grade science teacher at Central School and is a dedicated fire fighter. He was part of the amazing team that showed up to help us that day.  We are so thankful for all the kindness and support our fire department gives to Simsbury citizens.  With heartfelt gratitude. Kate Cardinal, Simsbury High School sophomore (daughter of Rich & Trina Cardinal)"

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Flags are at half staff and Bunting is in place at each Fire Station as we pay tribute to Ladies Auxiliary Member Lucy Bowman who passed away on Sunday, May 17,2020.

Here is a posting from the Ladies Auxiliary:

The SVFCLA is incredibly sad to announce the passing of active member Lucy Bowman. Our thoughts are with her family at this time.

For those of you that may not have had the pleasure of meeting Lucy, she gave our organization 57 active years. If not for Lucy and the late Marion Kerr, we would not have the SVFCLA today. The organization as it is now, owes them everything.

Lucy spent her life in service to her family, her friends and her community and we are lucky she chose to dedicate so much of herself to the Auxiliary. The membership of the SVFCLA is honored to have known her and will miss her dearly. Rest In Peace Lucy, we’ll take it from here.

Here is a beautiful photo tribute to Lucy that was put togehter by Honorary Life Auxiliary Members Carol Post and Bobbie Kowalski.

Lucy Bowan Tribute

 

 

Notice from President Gary Wilcox

In these unprecedented times all of us at the Simsbury Fire District and Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company have had to adjust to the new normal in every facet of everyday life. All involved on every level of our fire service have done an outstanding job in meeting every demand and challenge we have recently faced and will continue to face. The Fire District and Fire Company is well staffed and  ready to respond to protect and serve the residents of the Town of Simsbury. The health and safety of our volunteer first responders and our district employees is our highest priority. In addition, our ongoing commitment to response readiness through emergency training and emergency planning continues using new technology and distance communication methods. It is this training and planning that gives us the ability to perform the tasks we face each and every day, We are very proud of the men and women that serve in their capacities throughout our organization. Thank you each and every one of you for all you do! 

 

Upcoming Meeting Notices

Under Governor Lamont's Executive orders Fire District meetings will continue under the current guidelines. The following update for these meetings are as follows: 

At the April 13, 2020 monthly Executive Committee meeting which was broadcasted live on WSIM 103.5 FM radio, two resolutions were passed. One pertaining to the collection of taxes from those impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic and the other pertaining to Annual Meeting which is scheduled for May 11, 2020 where the Annual Operating Budget will be voted on.  A copy of each resolutiuon can be viewed by clicking on the following links:

Tax Collection Resolution                        Annual Meeting Resolution                   District State of Emergency Declaration

Also at this meeting the Fire District approved to present, a proposed budget for considertation and vote at the annual Fire District meeting on May 11, 2020 at 7:15 PM. This budget represents a decrease in the tax mill rate from 1.2 to 1.19 mills.  A copy of this budget can be viewed by clicking on this link.

2020/2021 Proposed Budget

Should anyone have any questions or feedback please submit via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.in advance of the meeting date of May 11, 2020. We welcome public feedback throughout this process as always.

May 11, 2020 Annual meeting ( as required by Simsbury Fire District By Laws) is scheduled and has been posted as required to be held at the Main Station 871 Hopmeadow St. @ 7:15 pm. Please see the above link for information on this meeting due to COVID-19's impact.

In the event that restrictions on public meetings continue per present executive orders by the Governor,  the meeting will be held electronically with no public audience. It will also be aired in real time via WSIM LPFM @ 103.5 FM. Annual meeting agenda will be posted in advance on this website.

Stay Safe

Stay Home

Gary Wilcox, President

Simsbury Fire District

COVID-19 is having an impact on life at The Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company.

New procedures are in place to follow social distancing recommendations, fire station use is limited to responding to calls and required maintenance of our equipment and facilities.  Our regular Monday Night Training drills are now being done on line using the Microsoft TEAMS platform which allows our members to participate in the drill and have access to additional on line resources for training.  Our officers are meeting on a regular basis (also using the TEAMS platform) to review the Covid-19 infiltration in Simsbury and to discuss any operational changes that may be needed.  We are committed to keeping our all volunteer force of first responders safe and healthy so they are able to respond to calls for help within the community.

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The COVID-19 situation is also taking its toll on some annual Fire Company activities and events.  Our annual Fisherman's Breakfast has been cancelled and our annual Golf Tournament has also been cancelled.  We expect to have them both return next year.

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The Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary's Easter Bunny Fire Truck Hop was an overwhelming success.  Starting as a simple idea to share a little Easter Joy to the children of our members when we were forced to cancel our annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, the Ladies Auxiliary  announced to the community this event so they too could enjoy a little Easter Cheer as we drove by.  Originally limited to just the streets of where our members lived, the overwhelming response by the community made it apparent that Simsbury needed to smile for a day.  With only a few days and a generous donation from Valley Heating and Air Conditioning, the Ladies Auxiliary was able to secure a second Easter Bunny and put together two routes that virtually covered almost every street in Simsbury.  With two Fire Trucks, nick named Jelly and Bean, they set out at 10am to bring a little cheer to Simsbury.  Using live GPS signals via Twitter, residents were able to monitor the progress of "Jelly" and "Bean" all throughout the day.  While they fell way behind the original schedule, our neighborhoods were ready and were overjoyed at the arrival of the Easter Bunny and Fire Truck.  The outpouring of thanks hit social media instantly and it became apparent that this was just the thing that Simsbury needed at a time that is filled with questions and uncertainty. We have assembled a gallery of pictures of this event and hope you will enjoy them.  I want to express a special thanks to Ladies Auxiliary President Steph Brown for her efforts in putting this together and for mapping out the routes.  It was a extraordinary effort to say the least.

CLICK ON PICTURE FOR GALLERY

 

View the embedded image gallery online at:
https://simsburyfire.org/#sigProIda38096543f

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