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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.

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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

Images of Canton: Jamboree Continues Thursday Through Saturday

May 13, 2015 Community, Fire No Comments
Photo by John Fitts  Daniel Barnhart mans the 50-50 at the 49th annual Collinsville Fire Department, Inc. Jamboree.

Photo by John Fitts. Daniel Barnhart mans the 50-50 at the 49th annual jamboree.

The Collinsville Volunteer Fire Department Inc.’s 49th annual jamboree got underway Wednesday night and continues through Saturday night.

The carnival features rides, games, food and wine and more. Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. each night at the field on Powder Mill Road.

Bracelets for unlimited rides are $22 per night.

Saturday will feature a firefighters’ parade, which begins at 6 p.m. at Canton High School and makes its way to the field.

The Collinsville Volunteer Fire Department Inc. is an independent corporation that supports the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department.  … Continue Reading

Crews Respond to Large Brush fire in New Hartford

April 18, 2015 Fire, Uncategorized No Comments

Update Sunday: The Brush fire in Nepaug State forest was contained late Saturday evening and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection crews are on scene “mopping up” a department spokesman said. 

A cause has not been determined. 

Earlier story

Crews from approximately 16 area towns are on the scene of a large brush fire in The Nepaug State Forest in New Hartford.

Departments in New Hartford, Canton and across Litchfield County are staging on Route 202 and 44, sending manpower and ATVs to the scene, which is deep in the woods 

About 10 to 12 acres are on fire, said public information officer Jon Barbagallo.

The rough terrain, location and limited water are making the fire hard to combat, Barbagallo said.

Free Cone Day Nets More than $2,100 for Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department

April 17, 2015 Community, Fire No Comments
Firefighter/EMT Steve Goeben at Engine 4 with Adelaide (age 3) & Oliver (age 6) Williams with Annabelle (age 6) & Benjamin (age 3) Boorky.

Firefighter/EMT Steve Goeben at Engine 4 with Adelaide (age 3) & Oliver (age 6) Williams with Annabelle (age 6) & Benjamin (age 3) Boorky.

As Engine 4 made its way towards The Shoppes at Farmington Valley, the tones went off. Dispatch redirected the rig and its volunteer firefighters to New Hartford, for a mutual aid call on a chimney fire.

Thus began the 10th annual Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day to benefit the Town of Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Department. The crew did make it back for the Noon opening.

And, the rain held off.

Eight hours and 5,000 free cones and cups scooped later, Free Cone Day had raised $2,173.07 for Canton’s volunteer firefighters and EMTs; the second highest total donations in the 10 years that Ben & Jerry’s of Canton has sponsored this national fundraiser.

This brings the grand total of donations to the Department, from Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Days – 2005 to 2015 – to over $20,000. … Continue Reading

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day at The Shoppes at Farmington Valley Dedicated to Canton’s Bravest

April 13, 2015 Community, Fire No Comments

(Submitted)  From noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, 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 giving fire truck and ambulance tours, ‘passing the boot’ for donations and providing information about opportunities in the fire & emergency medical services. Come see the Department’s brand new Ladder-2 truck and meet Fire Celebrity Sparky the Dog! … Continue Reading

Canton Teachers Call Life-Saving Actions a Collaborative Effort

Andy Buckle and Diane Sodaro received the Life Saving Hero Award at the American Red Cross, Connecticut chapters 16th annual Community Heroes Breakfast last Friday. Photo by John Fitts

Andy Buckle and Diane Sodaro received the Life Saving Hero Award at the American Red Cross, Connecticut chapters 16th annual Community Heroes Breakfast last Friday.
Photo by John Fitts

At 15, Owen West has a deeper appreciation for life than most kids, or adults for that matter, ever could.

Last fall, when he was just 14, Owen’s heart stopped for 28 seconds. But when he collapsed in the Canton High School cafeteria, staff members sprang into action. They had the training, access to the right equipment and were in the right place at the right time. Their actions are the reason Owen is here today.

Andy Buckle and Diane Sodaro will tell you many were involved in a life-saving events on Sept. 17, 2014 but they clearly played a critical role.

“They gave me a second chance on living,” Owen said. “I don’t think there’s any way to show my gratitude.”

At its 16th annual Community Heroes Breakfast last Friday, the American Red Cross, Connecticut chapter, formally presented the Life Saving Hero Award to Buckle, a school technology specialist as well as a certified first responder, and Sodaro, RN, School Nurse Supervisor.

Owen was in school Friday but the two honorees, town volunteers, UConn medics, school officials and Owen’s parents were among those in attendance.

It was at the end of a lunch period when Owen collapsed in the school cafeteria.

Andy Buckle talks to Owen's mother, Jenn Van Scoter. In background is Teno West, Owen's father.

Andy Buckle talks to Owen’s mother, Jenn Van Scoter. In background is Teno West, Owen’s father.

A lunch monitor called for help on the school’s portable radio network.

“I heard the name Diane and student down,” Buckle said. “That was enough to get us all going.”

Owen had no pulse when Buckle and Sodaro arrived. While the two began a series of lifesaving techniques such as airway opening and CPR, assistant Principal Eric Verner arrived with an automated external defibrillator (AED). Sodaro used it to check Owen’s heart rhythms. No one was prepared for what came next. Owen’s heart needed a life-saving shock. … Continue Reading

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