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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

Wind Creates More Problems in Canton

March 18, 2015 Fire, Police No Comments
A brush fire along Route 44 on Wednesday.  Photo by John Fitts

A brush fire along Route 44 on Wednesday.
Photo by John Fitts

The wind-related problems that started Tuesday afternoon continued into Wednesday, keeping police, the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department and Public Works crews busy.

Notably, an afternoon power-line related brush fire along Route 44 caused several problems, closing the road for more than an hour and knocking out power to many area homes well into the night. … Continue Reading

Canton Selectmen Authorize Ladder Truck Purchase

March 2, 2015 Fire, Government No Comments
Ladder trucks are often used in home fires such as this November one on Silver Mine Acres. This vehicle is from the town of Simsbury.

Ladder trucks are often used in home fires such as this November one on Silver Mine Acres. This vehicle is from the town of Simsbury.

On Monday afternoon selectmen voted 4-0 to authorize the purchase of a replacement ladder truck for the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department.

Selectmen voted to authorize up to $950,000 for the purchase of a Pierce ladder truck to replace the town’s 1997 ladder that has been out of service since last fall, when its ladder mechanism failed safety tests. While the town had originally planned to replace in 2020, fire officials said the cost of fixing the vehicle, estimated at close to $100,000, was more than the vehicle is worth. Part of the issue is that the ladder manufacturer is out of business, making replacement parts expensive. The vehicle also had some ongoing issues, officials said.

In early February, town electors concurred with the idea of selling municipal bonds — essentially the town’s way to borrow money — to fund the purchase. Selectmen met Monday to authorize the purchase of a demo vehicle. Tom Sevigny, Barlow, Stephen Roberto and Lowell Humphrey voted in favor. Selectman David Gilchrist Jr. was not at the meeting, Barlow said. … Continue Reading

Canton Selectmen Could Potentially Authorize Ladder Truck Purchase on Monday

February 27, 2015 Fire No Comments
Ladder 2, shown here at Sam Collins Day, is currently out of service. Next month voters can decide whether to approve bonding for a replacement vehicle.

The Canton Board of Selectmen will hold a special meeting Monday to potentially authorize the purchase of a replacement ladder truck for the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department.

The items for discussion are:

  • A. Authorize the purchase of a Pierce ladder truck in an amount not to exceed $950,000 and waive the purchase procedures.
  • B. Discuss options for disposing of the existing ladder truck.

Recently, town electors concurred with a plan to bond as much as $950,000 for a vehicle that would replace Ladder 2, which has has been out of service since last fall, after the ladder mechanism was deemed to have serious safety issues.

… Continue Reading

Canton Will Bond For Replacement Ladder Truck, School Window Project Still A Possibility

February 4, 2015 Fire, Government, Schools No Comments
Ladder 2, shown here at Sam Collins Day, is currently out of service. Next month voters can decide whether to approve bonding for a replacement vehicle.

With the concurrence of electors at Town Meeting Wednesday, the town will “bond” as much as $950,000 for a replacement ladder truck to be used by the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department.

The department’s 17-year-old Ladder 2 has been out of service since fall, after the ladder portion of the truck was deemed unsafe. Town officials had initially hoped to replace the vehicle in approximately 6 years but department officers said the cost of repairs and ongoing maintenance outpaced the vehicle’s value. One challenge was that the original manufacturer was no longer in business, making it expensive to find and/or fabricate replacement parts.

The department has been eyeing demo vehicles that have been displayed at trade shows but not used in active service.

The Board of Finance recently concurred with replacing the vehicle, only debating the method of payment. While some wanted to use town reserves the fund the purchase, the majority of members voted for the sale of municipal bonds, essentially the town’s way to borrow money. … Continue Reading

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