Thursday August 13, 2020

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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.

Events Cancelled  no fishingno golf

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.

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