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Fatal Crash on Route 44

April 22, 2017 Fire, Police No Comments

By John Fitts

Police have confirmed there was one fatality from a crash on Route 44 near the New Hartford town line Saturday afternoon.

Police said they received multiple 9-1-1 calls about the two-car accident at 1:46 p.m. One driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Police did not immediately release the person’s identity.

The driver of the second vehicle was trapped and had to be extricated by members of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department, before being transported to an area hospital for serious injuries.

There were no passengers in the vehicles.

The town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department, Canton Police, New Hartford Volunteer Ambulance, Life Star and the North Central Municipal Accident Reconstruction Team were all at the scene. The road remained closed early Saturday evening.

Anyone who witnessed the crash, which is under investigation, is asked to call Canton police at 860-693-0221.

Canton volunteer firefighters, EMTs and fire police gather to celebrate

April 20, 2017 Community, Fire No Comments

CANTON — The town of Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Department recently hosted an Awards Dinner to celebrate, recognize and honor the past five years of their service to Canton and the Farmington Valley community.
Pictured are: Gerry Holland, Chief’s Award of Appreciation; Ryan Kerr, Officer of the Year; Danielle Kerr, EMT of the Year; Leo LeBoeuf, Firefighter of the Year; Joseph Viener, Chief’s Award of Appreciation Missing from photo: David Bondanza, Top EMS Duty Hour Award.

See more in this week’s Valley Press.

Town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Celebrates Volunteer Firefighter Day

April 12, 2017 Community, Fire No Comments

Submitted Release

On Sunday, April 23, 60 volunteer fire departments throughout the state will celebrate the start of National Volunteer Week (April 23-29, 2017) by holding open houses. The Town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS will be participating in this special event by opening the doors to its fire houses located at 14 Canton Springs Road (Canton Station) and 51 River Road (Collinsville Station) from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Visitors to the fire houses will be able to talk with volunteer firefighters about the work they do, explore fire apparatus and turnout gear, get a tour of the fire house, and fill out an application. For more information, visit www.cantonfireandems.org or find the department on Facebook at CantonFireDept… Continue Reading

Canton Volunteer Firefighters Respond to Brush Fire on Robin Drive

March 5, 2017 Fire No Comments

Residents Assist in Keeping Area Safe Until Fire Crews Arrive

Submitted Release, Photos by Myles Angell, Kevin Carley & Sylvia Cancela 

The town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department responded to a dispatch for a large brush fire behind a residence at 148 Robin Drive at 1:20 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

Upon arrival, Canton fire crews on: Engines 1 and 3, Tanker 7, Squad 5 and Canton’s Ambulance found a 100 x 200 fire quickly spreading up a hill, towards a shed by a residence. Neighbors used rakes and other tools to keep dry leaves/brush away from the area until fire crews arrived.

“These efforts by the neighbors kept the fire from extending further,” said Department Chief Craig Robbins. … Continue Reading

Police: Passenger in Car that Crashed into Restaurant has Died

January 24, 2017 Fire, Police No Comments

The passenger in this vehicle has died from her injuries.
Photo by TAB Photographic

Canton police said the woman who was a passenger in the vehicle that struck the Crown and Hammer Restaurant has died. 

At approximately 12:30 p.m. Monday a car driven by Michael Stoppani crashed into the restaurant in downtown Collinsville. 

Margaret Stoppani, 86, of Canton, sustained fatal injuries, police said Tuesday morning. The Chief Medical Examiner’s office ruled the death accidental, with blunt injuries to torso, head and extremities. 

 Michael Stoppani sustained minor injuries. 

The town of Canton volunteer Fire and EMS Department extricated the woman from the vehicle and secured leaking water and gas in the building. 

Police said only one car was involved. They are also asking any witnesses to call 860-693-0221. 

See more about the incident in our previous story

Woman transported to hospital after car crashes into Crown and Hammer

January 23, 2017 Fire, Police 1 Comment

Members of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department use a hydraulic tool to remove the roof of the vehicle.
Courtesy of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department.

Editor’s Note: Sadly, the female passenger in this vehicle has died from her injuries. See our updated story here

By Mark Jahne and John Fitts

A car slammed into the Crown & Hammer Pub Jan. 23, punching a hole through the wall. 

Police chief Christopher Arciero said an elderly female  was extricated by members of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department and transported to an area hospital. Her son was driving, police said. 

Fire officials said the car went three to four feet into the building. 

There was an active natural gas leak and water pouring from the structure, fire officials said, and Connecticut Water, Connecticut Natural Gas and Eversource also responded to the scene.

Upon arrival, fire crews shut off the natural gas and water lines, as Canton’s paramedics and EMTs medically evaluated the driver and passenger, fire officials said.  Fire crews used a hydraulic tool to quickly remove the roof of the car while a paramedic worked to stabilize the patient, fire officials said. As a precautionary measure, fire crews also charged a hose line to the building, officials added. 

The accident, which occurred at approximately 12:30 p.m., is under investigation. Police are looking into exactly what happened. 

“We’re still trying to piece that together,” Arciero said.  … Continue Reading

b.good to Donate 5 Percent to Local Volunteer Firefighters/EMTs on Jan. 3

December 30, 2016 Business, Community, Fire No Comments

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CANTON — The b.good at the Shoppes at Farmington Valley is partnering with The Town of Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Department to donate back five percent of all store sales on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017.

The fundraiser will take place from 11 a.m. to 9 .m. at the 110 Albany Turnpike, Canton, CT location. To participate, customers can simply order food from the restaurant during those hours on Jan. 3. 

b.good gives backs to the causes and organizations that matter most to customers through two programs: Community Partners and Fundraising Nights. To learn more, visit www.bgood.com/community.

The Town of Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Department provides fire, medical, rescue and other emergency services to the Town of Canton. They also participate in a wide variety of community events throughout the year. To learn more, visit www.cantonfireandems.org.

Two Injured When Vehicle Veers off Maple Avenue

November 17, 2016 Fire, Police No Comments

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Photos courtesy of Bill Glass

CANTON – Two people were injured early Thursday evening when a Sports Utility Vehicle veered off Maple Avenue and ended on its side, police said.

The driver of the vehicle and a passenger were both transported to area hospitals with non life-threatening injuries, police said.

A long section of the metal and wood guide rail in the “s curves” on the road was damaged by the vehicle, which ended up on its side. Police said the accident is under investigation. Further details were not immediately available.

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Canton, Area Firefighters Battle Blaze on Hilltop Drive

November 11, 2016 Fire No Comments

Firefighters from the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department and other area departments responded to a structure fire at 5 Hilltop Drive, near the intersection of East Hill around 4 p.m. Friday evening. In the midst of heavy wind, crews battled the fire, which burned most heavily in the attic of the home. There were also solar panels on the home, and the fire flared up several times.

Most fire units were dismissed by 7:30 but others were called back later in the night to assist in the investigation.

Officials confirmed that one person was home at the time but was able to get out safely and is with family.

Members of the family’s church are coordinating efforts to help the family and Canton Compass will pass along information as we learn of it.

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Images of Canton: Emergency Planning and Preparedness Initiative

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On Wednesday, Canton officials and department heads participated in the 2016 Statewide Governor’s Emergency Planning and Preparedness Initiative Exercise.

On Wednesday, Canton officials and department heads participated in the 2016 Statewide Governor’s Emergency Planning and Preparedness Initiative Exercise, which centered around a prolonged ice storm.

Participants reviewed the town’s Emergency Center Operations, Mutual Aid partnerships, notification systems, equipment resources and shelter capabilities – and discussed the town’s policies and practices before, during and following such an event. … Continue Reading

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