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One Sent to Hospital After Multi-Vehicle Crash on Route 44

February 3, 2016 Fire, Police No Comments
The scene of a crash on Route 44 Wednesday.

The scene of a crash on Route 44 Wednesday.

One person was sent to an area hospital after a multi-vehicle crash on Route 44 Wednesday afternoon, police said.

The extent of the person’s injuries was unclear but police said they are not believed to be life threatening. The crash took place at approximately 12:20 p.m. in the area between East Hill and Dyer Avenue near Daynard Drive. A portion of Route 44 was closed for more than a half hour, police said.

While three vehicles were found at the scene, police are investigating whether the actions of the driver of a fourth vehicle might have played a role in the crash. Further details were not immediately available and police said the crash remains under investigation.

CIS Student Raises Fire Prevention Awareness

January 31, 2016 Fire, Schools No Comments
Fifth Grader Sophia Robison was recently honored for her winning fire prevention poster.

Fifth Grader Sophia Robison was recently honored for her winning fire prevention poster.

By John Fitts 

Canton 5th Grader Sophia Robison was recently honored for her winning fire prevention poster.

Sophia’s colorful visual about the danger of stove fires was selected as the winning entry of more than 100 posters made by students at Canton Intermediate School.

Last week, Canton Fire Marshal Timothy Tharau honored Sophia at the Board of Selectman meeting.

Additionally he presented CIS art teacher Deb Costello with a teacher appreciation award for having her students participate in the contest for more than 10 years. Costello said the contest is a great way to raise awareness.

“It sends such a positive message,” she said.

The Annual Fire Prevention Poster Contest is a cooperative effort of local Fire Marshals and State of Connecticut agencies, according to a memo from Tharau. … Continue Reading

Selectmen Appoint Craig Robbins as Next Chief of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department

January 14, 2016 Fire, Government No Comments

Header1With a 5-0 vote on Wednesday night, the Canton Board of Selectmen appointed Craig Robbins to serve as chief of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department.

The position is a four-year term, with an annual stipend of $10,000. The appointment is effective on Feb. 1.

In appointing Robbins, selectmen chose not to re-appoint long-time chief Richard Hutchings.

Selectmen made their decision Wednesday night after a second “executive” – or closed door – session to discuss the matter.

“It was not an easy decision nor was it a hasty one,” First Selectwoman Leslee Hill said. “The board was very aware and appreciative of the chief’s long and very good service to the town. It was an opportunity for a change in leadership, which can be healthy for an organization.” … Continue Reading

Crews Respond to Propane Leak on Drake Lane 

December 24, 2015 Fire No Comments

Shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday, the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department responded to Drake Lane near the Avon town line for a leak in a 500-gallon Propane tank.

Area homes were evacuated and a portion of Lovely Street was closed for more than an hour and the leak was stopped without further incident or injury. … Continue Reading

Canton Volunteer Firefighters Control Vehicle Blaze at Historic Factory Complex

December 24, 2015 Fire No Comments
Firefighters break into cab of truck to help fight the fire. Those active in fighting the blaze included Lt Joe Ouimette, and firefighters Chris Melitte, Zach Goeben, Dan Barnhardt, Joe Viener and John Goatskin. Photo courtesy of Sylvia Cancela.

Firefighters break into cab of truck to help fight the fire. Those active in fighting the blaze included Lt Joe Ouimette, and firefighters Chris Melite, Zach Goeben, Dan Barnhart, Joe Viener and John Gotaski.
Photo courtesy of Sylvia Cancela.

The town of Canton Volunteer Fire Department quickly controlled a fire in a commercial van at the historic Collins Company factory complex Thursday morning.

The fire significantly burned a parked commercial van in close proximity to a building at the complex.

“There’s always a concern about extension into the building,” Fire Capt. Wayne Goeben said. … Continue Reading

Old Canton Road Fire Caused by Ashes Stored in Garage

December 7, 2015 Fire No Comments
Photo by John Fitts

Photo by John Fitts

The Saturday night fire on Old Canton Road resulted from discarded ashes that had been stored in the garage the day before, Canton Fire Marshal Tim Tharau said Monday afternoon.

The ashes were put in a plastic container, some time after noon on Friday, Tharau said. While the ashes were cool to the touch, the incident is a good reminder for homeowners to always put ashes in a metal container and place outside well away from any structures or combustibles, he said. They should never be store in a home, garage or shed while awaiting disposal. Watering down the ashes and using a metal cover over them is also a good idea.

“With ashes there’s really no time frame on how long they could be smoldering,” Tharau said.

The Saturday night fire completely destroyed the garage at 11 Old Canton Road and caused damage to that home and some more minor damage to a neighboring residence.

… Continue Reading

Fire Destroys Garage on Old Canton Road

December 5, 2015 Fire No Comments

Editor’s Note: The Canton fire marshal has ruled on this fire. See that story here

Fire destroyed a garage at 11 Old Canton Road Saturday and damaged the home at that address as well as one next door, said Richard Hutchings, chief of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department.

There were no injuries, Hutchings said.

The fire broke out shortly after 10 p.m. and was ablaze when firefighters arrived.

“The garage was fully involved on arrival,” Hutchings said.

Firefighters from Canton, with help from Avon and Simsbury, battled the blaze for more than a half hour, Hutchings said. … Continue Reading

North Canton Volunteer Fire Association Donates to Better Secure Canton Schools

November 12, 2015 Community, Fire, Schools No Comments
From left are is Ed Korner, Harold Freyteg, Leslee Hill – Chair, Canton Board of Education, Kevin D. Case – Superintendent of Schools, Jeff O’Neil and Arnold Goldman. Submitted photo

From left are Ed Korner, Harold Freyteg, Leslee Hill – Chair, Canton Board of Education, Kevin D. Case – Superintendent of Schools, Jeff O’Neil and Arnold Goldman.
Submitted photo

Submitted release 

Following a 75-year history of service to the community through firefighting and firehouse development, the North Canton Volunteer Fire Association (NCVFA) welcomes a new chapter in its community philanthropy by funding two substantial public safety projects at the Cherry Brook Primary School on Barbourtown Road in Canton.

The first project entails acquisition and installation of a radio “repeater” to be placed on the roof of the school, enabling more reliable, secure and rapid radio communication with the Canton Police and Fire Departments.  A repeater receives and amplifies radio signals, before re-transmitting them at higher strength than received.  NCVFA board chairman Jeff O’Neil presented the $10,000.00 donation to Superintendent of Schools Kevin D. Case Nov. 10, with current NCVFA members in attendance. … Continue Reading

Life Star Responds to Canton After Accident at 202, 179

August 19, 2015 Fire, Police No Comments
Members of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department pry open the car Wednesday night. Photo by John Fitts

Members of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department pry open the car Wednesday night.
Photo by John Fitts

Two people were transported to area hospitals, one via Life Star helicopter, after a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Routes 179 and 202 Wednesday night, police said.

The accident occurred shortly after 9 p.m., police said.

Canton Police and the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department initially responded to the crash.

Arriving personnel closed the intersection due to the serious nature of the accident and evident injuries involving the operators of the vehicles, police said.

Firefighters extricated one victim from a car, since the impact of the crash caused her to be trapped inside. Police described the nature of the injuries as serious. Another person was transported to the hospital via ambulance.  … Continue Reading

Mason’s Village Lodge #29 Donates $1,000 to Canton’s Volunteer Firefighters and EMTs

June 5, 2015 Community, Fire No Comments
Front Row, Left to Right: Town of Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Department Chief Richard Hutchings accepts $1,000.00 donation from Past Master of Masons Village Lodge #29 George Frascarelli. Back Row, Left to Right: Fire Captain Steve LaPointe, Fire Captain Scott Goeben, EMS Chief John Bunnell, EMS Captain Ryan Kerr,  Greg Vaughn, Nick Aligizakis (Master of Lodge) holding son Daniel, Chris Ozog, Fire Captain Wayne Goeben, Jake Minard. Also attending but not in photo, Jason Black.

Front Row, Left to Right: Town of Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Department Chief Richard Hutchings accepts $1,000.00 donation from Past Master of Masons Village Lodge #29 George Frascarelli.
Back Row, Left to Right: Fire Captain Steve LaPointe, Fire Captain Scott Goeben, EMS Chief John Bunnell, EMS Captain Ryan Kerr, Greg Vaughn, Nick Aligizakis (Master of Lodge) holding son Daniel, Chris Ozog, Fire Captain Wayne Goeben, Jake Minard. Also attending but not in photo, Jason Black.

(Submitted release) The Town of Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Department has accepted a donation of $1,000.00 from the Masons Village Lodge #29. The funds were raised during a May 23rd Tag Sale and Raffle sponsored by the Lodge.

“We are so fortunate to live in a community that understands and supports the critical and dangerous work of our volunteer firefighters and EMTs,” said Chief Richard Hutchings. “Our budget covers just the essentials. So, funds raised on our behalf by generous organizations like the Masons Village Lodge #29, are especially appreciated and will be used to enhance our ability to keep both our members and the community safe.” … Continue Reading

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