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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.
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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.

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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.
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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

Free Cone Day to Benefit town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department.

March 22, 2016 Business, Community, Fire No Comments

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From noon to 8 p.m. on April 12, Ben & Jerry’s of Canton will be celebrating Free Cone Day to thank their customers for their patronage, and to raise money and awareness in support of the Town of Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Department.

Volunteer fire and EMS members will be scooping ice cream, giving fire truck and ambulance tours and providing information about opportunities in the fire & emergency medical services. Sparky the celebrity firedog will make appearances throughout the day. … Continue Reading

Town Honors Richard Hutchings for Service to Canton’s Volunteer Fire and EMS Department

March 10, 2016 Community, Fire No Comments
CAO Office Robert Skinner, left, and First Selectwoman Leslee Hill honor Richard F. Hutchings for his time as chief of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department. Photo by John Fitts

CAO Office Robert Skinner, left, and First Selectwoman Leslee Hill honor Richard F. Hutchings for his time as chief of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department.
Photo by John Fitts

By John Fitts 

On Wednesday, the town honored former fire chief Richard F. Hutchings for his past – and continued – service to the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department.

Hutchings served as chief of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department from 1997-2000 and again from 2004-2016. He first joined the department in 1977.

“Chief Hutchings has set a tremendous example of volunteerism and community spirit and really dedication to the welfare of this entire town,” said first selectman Leslee Hill.

Chief Administrative Officer Robert Skinner said Hutchings has helped shepherd the department through major changes in every decade – such as the upgrade from basic to advanced medical service in 1980s, combining three departments into one agency in the 1990s, contracting private services to supplement EMS volunteers in the 2000s and the upgrade of EMS to a paramedic level of service being implemented this year

… Continue Reading

Canton Volunteer Fire Company Donates to Community Organizations

February 29, 2016 Community, Fire No Comments
From left are Pat Lazauski, Claire Cote, Joe Ouimette and Donald Scott. Contributed Photo

From left are Pat Lazauski, Claire Cote, Joe Ouimette and Donald Scott.
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Emergency Fuel Bank, Food Bank and Historical Museum Receive Contributions

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CANTON — Traditionally, Canton Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. (CVFC), begins the new year in the best way they know how – by giving back to their community.

“In addition to the donations we make, throughout the year, to the Town of Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Department, our membership chooses three organizations to receive additional contributions, from the net proceeds of our annual LobsterFest,” says CVFC president Joe Ouimette. “It’s a great way to start the year off.”

To that end, the following town organizations received donations of $1,000.00 each: Canton Emergency Fuel Bank; Canton Food Bank; and the Canton Historical Museum.

In thanking the CVFC for its donation, representatives from the beneficiaries shared how they will be using the funds:

Pat Lazauski, Director, Canton Emergency Fuel Bank:

“Canton Volunteer Fire Company’s generous donation will be used to offset the cost of the food we must purchase each week, to provide for the needy in our community.”

Donald Scott, President, Canton Historical Museum:

“We will use this wonderful donation to redesign and restore a number of our displays, making them more interactive. This will enable the Museum to tell additional stories about our town.”

Claire Cote, Director Senior Social Services

“CVFC’s much appreciated donation will help significantly in ensuring Canton residents stay warm. Despite a mild winter and lower deliverable fuel costs, there are still people who struggle to keep their homes and families warm. I am proud to work with the Canton Emergency Fuel Bank in an effort to keep our neighbors, of all ages and abilities, comfortable.” … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Main Street Volunteer Fair

More than 20 organization participated in Canton Main Street's Volunteer Fair on Feb. 6. Photo by Shawn Cole

More than 20 organization participated in Canton Main Street’s Volunteer Fair on Feb. 6.
Photo by Shawn Cole

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Canton Main Street recently hosted its Volunteer Fair at the Canton Community Center. More than 20 community and town organizations participated. Canton Main Street is already preparing to organize another fair. For now, people can also find volunteer opportunities and more information at www.cantonctmainstreet.org… Continue Reading

Canton Firefighters Respond to Massive Blaze in Avon

February 6, 2016 Fire No Comments
Canton firefighters and EMTs were among those who responded to the fire at 35 Vermillion Drive in Avon on Friday night. Submitted Photo

Canton firefighters and EMTs were among those who responded to 35 Vermillion Drive in Avon Friday night.
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Members of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department were among the numerous area crews that responded to a fire at 35 Vermillion Drive in Avon on Friday night.

Canton’s Tanker 7, Rescue 9 and Car 11 (ambulance) responded to the fire scene at approximately 7:30 p.m. and were still there at midnight.

The fire was so huge that additional water supply and manpower was needed. Departments as far away as Windsor responded to assist.

According to Zillow.com, the home was 8,800 square feet and sold for $775,000 last fall.

See more on the fire at http://fox61.com/2016/02/05/huge-fire-overtakes-avon-home/

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