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Collinsville Volunteer Fire Department Inc. Jamboree Continues Thursday, Friday, Saturday Nights

May 18, 2016 Community, Fire No Comments

The Collinsville Volunteer Fire Department hosted the first visitors to the 2016 jamboree on Wednesday night.

“Everything got set up; the weather’s nice and hopefully it stays that way,” said event chairman Ryan Kerr.

The jamboree, with rides, food, Friday night fireworks, a Saturday Firefighters parade, games of chance, a beer garden and more, continues from 6 p.m. to approximately 10 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

The C.V.F.D., a private corporation that supports the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department, is celebrating 50 years of service this year. Member’s said the Friday night fireworks show and Saturday jamboree parade will be better than ever this year. … Continue Reading

Avon Historical Society Thanks Fire Department, Announces Fundraiser

May 14, 2016 Community, Fire No Comments

To The Editor

On behalf of the Avon Historical Society Board of Trustees listed below, I wish to thank the Avon Volunteer Fire Department for their very swift and proper handling of the fire at the Derrin Farmhouse on West Avon Road the morning of May 11, 2016.  Their quick response, along with mutual aid from Farmington, Simsbury, and Canton exemplify what training and teamwork is all about when a disaster strikes.  The State Fire Marshal’s office stated that Avon’s fire department did an outstanding job at saving a piece of our local heritage. We are grateful for their efforts, and the extraordinary precision which kept the damage contained within the walls of this home that has stood in Avon for over 200 years. … Continue Reading

Historic Derrin House Heavily Damaged by Fire

May 11, 2016 Fire No Comments

By John Fitts 

AVON – The historic Derrin House on West Avon Road was heavily damaged by fire on Wednesday morning.

Shortly before 9 a.m. a motorist saw smoke coming from the building and called emergency dispatch, said Bruce Appell, assistant chief of the Avon Volunteer Fire Department. Area crews battled active fire for approximately an hour and remained on scene checking for any residual fire and cleaning up.

The heaviest fire damage was on the first floor of the building, near the garage, said Avon Fire Marshal James DiPace. Renovation work was being done and crews were at the site Tuesday but DiPace cautioned that the state fire marshal’s office will be conducting an investigation.

“We don’t know if that had anything to do with it or not,” DiPace said. … Continue Reading

50th Annual Jamboree Set for May 18 to 21

May 9, 2016 Community, Fire No Comments

Photo by John Fitts

Photo by John Fitts

The Collinsville Volunteer Fire Department presents its 50th Annual Jamboree May 18 to 21.

The events includes rides, food, games of chance, a beer garden, fireworks, a parade and a has become an annual summer kick off of sorts. For event chairman Ryan Kerr, that is certainly a highlight.

“The tradition of it all,” is his favorite aspect, Kerr said. “A lot of carnivals have come and gone but this one is still going.”

The event starts at 6 p.m. each night and goes until 10 p.m. Ride bracelets can be purchased for $22 all four nights.

At one time, the event was held in June but Kerr said it was moved up at the request of Tufano Amusements, which provides the carnival rides. The earlier time has proved to be successful, Kerr sai.

Friday night’s fireworks, which Kerr said will involve the largest display ever start at approximately 9:30 p.m. Rain date for fireworks is Saturday.

… Continue Reading

Community Mourns Death of Local 7th Grader

April 24, 2016 Fire, Police, Schools No Comments

Editor’s Note: This young girl’s identity is common knowledge in town and is being reported elsewhere but Canton Compass has still decided to withhold her name at this time. Our deepest sympathy to the family.

CANTON – The local community is reeling with the tragic news that a local 7th grader died from injuries sustained in a tragic incident Sunday afternoon.

“I’m writing to share some very sad news with you this morning,” Superintendent Kevin Case wrote in an email message to parents. “Last evening, (the girl), a 7th grader at Canton Middle School, passed away suddenly in a tragic accident. Mrs. Pamela Hamad, Canton Middle School Principal, and her teachers described (her) as ‘a sweet young woman who was a wonderful and true friend,’ ‘She was extremely hard working and always did her best in the classroom, on the field hockey team, and in band.’ She will be dearly missed’ . . .” … Continue Reading

Cause of Brush Fire Left ‘Undetermined’

April 22, 2016 Fire, Police No Comments

The cause of a large Monday night brush fire off Andrew Drive will remain undetermined, fire marshal Timothy Tharau said.

Tharau added that there just wasn’t enough conclusive evidence.

“No evidence could point to a permanent conclusion,” he said.

The fire burned for more than two hours Monday night and additional area departments came to assist the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department in controlling it.

The fire posed a threat to several homes but none were damaged, officials said.

See more in our earlier story.

John Fitts 

Firefighters at the Canton Brush fire Monday night. Submitted Photo

Firefighters at the Canton Brush fire Monday night.
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Canton, Area Crews Contain Brush Fire in North Canton

April 18, 2016 Fire, Police No Comments
Firefighters at the Canton Brush fire Monday night. Submitted Photo

Firefighters at the Canton Brush fire Monday night.
Submitted Photo

By John Fitts

CANTON — The town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department and several area departments battled a large brush fire off Andrew Drive on Monday night.

At approximately 7:40 p.m., crews were called to the area of 8 Andrew Drive for a brush fire, Assistant Fire Chief  Wayne Goeben said. There was a good half- to three quarters of a mile of fire line burning up the ridge and down toward Andrew Drive, Goeben said, adding the responding crews’ first priority was to push flames away from the house.

There were also three other homes in the vicinity, two on Andrew Drive and one on Hidden Valley Trail, but residents were not evacuated, Goeben said. Winds were also pushing the fire up the face of the mountain, he said.

A regional task force and numerous area departments responded to help with the fire, which fire officials said was largely extinguished in approximately 2 hours. Officials estimated that as much as 10 acres was involved. Late Monday night, firefighters continued to monitor the woods for “hot spots.”

Firefighters were able to reach most of the fire via tanker hoses from area driveways. With no hydrants in North Canton, tankers used a “dry hydrant” from Carpenter’s Pond on Case Street. … Continue Reading

After Search, Police Find ‘Lost’ Woman

April 17, 2016 Fire, Police No Comments

At approximately 9:30 p.m Sunday, after an hour-plus search by police and volunteer firefighters in Canton and New Hartford, officers found a woman who had been reported lost earlier in the evening.

The woman was reported missing near a bridge or embankment and at one point told police dispatchers via cell phone that she had fallen. The search was conducted near the New Hartford/Canton town line and in Collinsville. The Canton Police Department, the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department and New Hartford crews were involved. Police ended up finding her in a room at an area motel.



Canton Officials Recognize Latest Canton Emergency Response Team Graduates

As First Selectman Leslee Hill and Police Chief Christopher Arciero look on, Senior and Social Services Director Claire Cote congratulates Judy Byrne. Photo by John Fitts

As First Selectman Leslee Hill and Police Chief Christopher Arciero look on, Senior and Social Services Director Claire Cote congratulates Judy Byrne.
Photo by John Fitts

By John Fitts 

CANTON — On Wednesday night, Canton officials formally acknowledged the latest graduates of the Community Emergency Response Team.

In this third class of recruits to complete the 8-week program, 20 people were trained to provide emergency support in areas such as first aid, medical TRIAGE, light search and rescue, community education and shelter operations.

The group includes 16  Canton residents who will join the 24 existing Canton CERT members, police chief Christopher Arciero.

“They’ll be that force multiplier that will support the traditional fire, police and emergency services in the town,” said Police Chief Christopher Arciero. … Continue Reading

Ben & Jerry’s Raises More Than $1,800 for Canton’s Volunteer Firefighters, EMTs

April 13, 2016 Business, Community, Fire No Comments
Blaire Telford receiving treatment in the ambulance from Sophia Gibbs, 3, and her mother Alyssa. Contributed Photo

Blaire Telford receiving treatment in the ambulance from Sophia Gibbs, 3, and her mother Alyssa.
Contributed Photo

Submitted Release

Only Ben & Jerry’s premium ice cream could bring out crowds of people on a rainy and windy noontime. And, the people continued to queue up, as the day progressed and the sun came out, for Tuesday’s 11th annual Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day to benefit the Town of Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Department.

Eight hours and 5,000 free cones and cups scooped later, Free Cone Day had raised $1,810.64 for Canton’s volunteer firefighters, EMTs and Fire Police. This brings the grand total of donations to the Department, from Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Days – 2005 to 2016 – to nearly $22,000.

From Noon until 8 p.m., Free Cone Day attendees enjoyed tours of: Canton’s Ladder 2, with the American flag raised 100 feet into the air; Engine 4 and the Ambulance. Many of the younger patrons, and some older ones too, enjoyed the company of fire celebrity, Sparky the Dog. Assistant Fire Chief, Wayne Goeben was also pleased to report that an individual who attended the event is applying to join the Department. … Continue Reading


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