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Canton’s New Fire Marshal Well Versed in Many Aspects of Firefighting and Investigation

January 30, 2015 Fire, Government No Comments
Timothy Tharau

Timothy Tharau

Canton’s new fire marshal Timothy Tharau is certainly well steeped in the fire service.

Not only did he spend 20 some years as fire marshal in Torrington but also worked several years as a firefighter for that city and has a long history of service in Burlington.

Tharau recently retired from Torrington and the part-time Canton job came at the right time. He’s been there about a month.

“It was an opportunity close to home,” he said. “Canton is a nice small town.” … Continue Reading

January 2015 Blizzard Coverage

Canton DPW workers load treated salt into the plow trucks on Monday afternoon. Photo by John Fitts

Canton DPW workers load treated salt into the plow trucks on Monday afternoon.
Photo by John Fitts

Update 12: 30 p.m. 

The town has released the following updates:

1.  Effective at 2pm today, the statewide travel ban will be lifted by the Governor.  Although Canton’s roads are passable, please proceed with caution as you travel to your destination.  If you are traveling out of state, please also note that as of this posting, Massachusetts and Rhode Island still have travel bans in effect.

2.  Canton’s overnight parking ban is still in effect.

3.  All Town offices will remain closed through the end of today.  They will re-open with normal hours and operation Wednesday, Jan 28th.

Updated 8:22 a.m. Tuesday 

Officers responded to two minor accidents overnight and no roads are blocked, police chief and emergency management director Christopher Arciero said.

While the storm’s impact in the area seems less than originally predicted the National Weather service is predicting another 3 to 6 inches today with, areas of freezing fog before noon and fog between noon and 4 p.m.

Winds will also be “blustery” with wind chills as low as -3.

The Town Hall, Library/Community Center, Senior Center and Transfer Station are all closed today as are many businesses.

The governor imposed a travel ban as of 9 p.m. Monday and Arciero is still urging people to stay off the roads when possible.

“The longer unnecessary travel is delayed, the more effective ongoing plow operations will be,” he said in a message to Canton Compass.

Updated Monday 2:20 p.m.

With expected blizzard conditions, Canton officials are asking everyone to stay off the roads for the duration of the storm Monday night and Tuesday. There is also a parking ban on all Canton streets starting at 6 p.m. Monday.

Staying off the roads will be critical for the safety of residents, plow drivers and emergency vehicles, said Police Chief Christopher Arciero, who is also the town’s emergency management director.

“We ask that people not be out on the road unnecessarily,” he said.

Cars parked in the town hall parking lot in Collinsville should be registered. Call (860) 693-0221. … Continue Reading

Ladder Truck Funding Proposal Headed to Canton Electors

January 21, 2015 Fire, Uncategorized 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.

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.

Early next month town electors will decide whether to bond as much as $950,000 for a replacement ladder truck for the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department.

On Tuesday evening, the Board of Finance voted to forward of proposal bond for the purchase of a vehicle, which will replace the department’s ladder 2, which has been out of commission since the fall. One night later, the Board of Selectmen set a Feb. 4 town meeting date.

Officials have been discussing the issue since last fall after the town’s “Ladder 2,” which dates back to 1997, was taken out of service when, during routine repairs, more serious serious issues with the ladder mechanism were discovered. Fire officials said estimates showed the repair costs would be more than the vehicle is worth. The department is looking to buy a demo model that has been shown at trade shows but not used in active services.

Subsequent to a positive referral from the Board of Selectmen, The Board of Finance held an initial discussion, requested more information and then discussed the issue during a special meeting and again on Tuesday. … Continue Reading

Crews Recover Body from Vehicle in Farmington River

Crews recover a body from a vehicle in the Farmington River Wednesday.  Photo by John Fitts

Crews recover a body from a vehicle in the Farmington River Wednesday.
Photo by John Fitts

State Police have confirmed that one person is dead following an incident in Barkhamsted in which a car plunged into the Farmington River on Wednesday afternoon.

Volunteer firefighters and numerous crews from around the area, along with state police, responded to West River Road shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday, where a car had gone down a short, but steep embankment into the river.

Crews spent a long time at the scene, accessing the car and eventually pulling a covered body from the car.

West River Road was slated to be closed for some time.

State Trooper Kelly Grant confirmed that there was a fatality in the incident. According to Fox Connecticut and other news sources, the deceased was identified Kenneth Gibb, 46, of Barkhamsted. … Continue Reading

Two Hospitalized After Route 44 Accident

December 27, 2014 Fire, Police No Comments
Photo by John Fitts

Photo by John Fitts

Two people were sent to the hospital after a two-car accident on Route 44 Saturday evening, according to emergency radio reports.

The accident took near the intersection of Old Albany Turnpike at approximately 5:30 p.m. and Canton Police and the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department initially responded.

The town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department extricated at least one patient and ambulance crews from Simsbury and New Hartford responded to assist. Initially three people were evaluated but officials said two received further medical attention.

Fire police from the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department shut down Route 44 between the Shoppes at Farmington Valley and the Simsbury town line for approximately 45 minutes during the incident.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene.  … Continue Reading

Fireplace & Wood Stove Ashes: Fire Prevention Starts with Proper Containment

December 26, 2014 Fire No Comments

fdFirst Response: A Public Safety Community Forum

By Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Chief Richard Hutchings

Fire Dispatch: Barbourtown Road. Structure fire. Shed and adjacent, 500-gallon propane tank fully involved. Exposures: Residence, about 25 feet from fire.

Cause of Fire: Ashes placed in a container, then stored inside the shed. Ash, including small pieces of coal or wood removed from a fire that has presumably died down, can remain hot from 12 to 24 hours to several days. These ashes can re-ignite, at a later time, when you least expect it. Nationwide, there are over 11,000 residential fires caused by hot ash or embers. … Continue Reading

Fire Safety Shouldn’t Be Forgotten During the Holiday Season

December 26, 2014 Fire No Comments
Acting Fire Marshal Scott Goeben recommends that ashes be scooped into bucket such as this and then placed in a metal bucket with a lid, outside away from any structures or materials.  In background is Andy Dylag, a manager at Larsen ACE Hardware.

Acting Fire Marshal Scott Goeben recommends that ashes be scooped into wide-mouth bucket such as this and then placed in a metal bucket with a lid, outside away from any structures or materials. In background is Andy Dylag, a manager at Larsen ACE Hardware.

During the hectic holiday season, fire safety may not be the first thing on people’s minds but it certainly should be.

Winter can be an especially dangerous season and last year, the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department responded to approximately a half-dozen fires during the colder months.

Common causes of winter fires include improperly disposed ashes, dirty chimneys, improper use of portable heaters and much more. Sometimes creative heating methods can even get people into trouble.

“It’s a whole range of issues that come into play,” said acting fire marshal Scott Goeben. “

… Continue Reading

DEEP: Environmental Impact from Canton Oil Spill was ‘Minimal’

December 24, 2014 Fire, Health, Police No Comments
The oil spill Friday afternoon.  Submitted photo

The oil spill Tuesday afternoon.
Submitted photo

Environmental impact from a diesel oil spill Tuesday afternoon was minimal and did not affect the Farmington River, a spokesman for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said.

A delivery truck owned by Connecticut Cartage was delivering the fuel — specifically #2 home heating oil — to a bulk oil storage terminal on Powder Mill Road at approximately 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dennis Schain, Communications Director for DEEP, told Canton Compass in an email on Wednesday. 

The town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department at the scene Friday night.  Photo by John Fitts

The town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department at the scene Tuesday night.
Photo by John Fitts

During the delivery, 20 to 50 gallons of fuel were released, he said.

The town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department responded to the scene and placed several absorbent booms in the area.

DEEP Emergency Response was called to the site and observed fuel oil on the parking lot and confirmed that some had reached the storm system catch basin network, Schain said. The spill did not impact the nearby Farmington River, he added.

Connecticut Cartage hired an environmental contractor and the fuel and catch basins were cleaned under the supervision of DEEP staff, Schain added.  … Continue Reading

Crews Respond to Vehicle Fire on Route 44 in Canton

December 21, 2014 Fire, Police No Comments
Photo by John Fitts

Photo by John Fitts

The town of Canton volunteer Fire and EMS Department and Canton Police responded to a vehicle fire along Route 44 near LaTrattoria early Sunday afternoon.

Early reports indicate that the vehicle caught fire, the operator pulled off the road and the occupants successfully got out of the vehicle. Two occupants were standing near the scene but understandably were visibly shaken and declined comment. The car was a total loss. … Continue Reading

Canton BOF Asks for More Information Before Making Decision on Ladder Truck

December 18, 2014 Fire, Government No Comments
Ladder 2, shown here at Sam Collins Day, is currently out of service.

Ladder 2, shown here at Sam Collins Day, is currently out of service.

The Board of Finance took no immediate action on replacing the town’s ladder truck during its meeting this week, instead asking for more information.

The ladder on the 17-year-old vehicle recently failed inspection and officials from the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department recently told the Board of Selectmen that repairs are more costly than the vehicle’s resale value.

The ladder failed its annual test due to missing wear blocks, causing “metal on metal contact and significant wear to the structure of the ladder.” The truck is currently out of service.  A ladder truck from Simsbury was used at the recent Silver Mine Acres fire.

Late last month, the Board of Selectmen concurred that with the ladder repair costs, related issues that would need attention and average annual maintenance costs of $13,403 for the past three years, it was simply not worth repairing.

The department is looking at demo vehicles that have been used for trade shows but no active service and selectmen recommended funding one of the vehicles at a price of up to $950,000.

… Continue Reading

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