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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.

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Images of Canton: Christmas in Collinsville

December 12, 2014 Business, Community, Fire, Photos No Comments
Horse-drawn carriage rides and an illuminated town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS vehicle helped set the scene Friday night.  Photo by John Fitts

Horse-drawn carriage rides and an illuminated town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS vehicle helped set the scene Friday night.
Photo by John Fitts

Christmas in Collinsville, held on Dec. 12 and 13, featured a champagne walk, town tree lighting, horse-drawn carriage rides, the Collinsville Charity Craft Fair, visits with Santa and much more.

Christmas in Collinsville is sponsored by the Collinsville Merchants. … Continue Reading

Update: Upper Portion of Cherry Brook Road Now Open

December 3, 2014 Fire, Police No Comments
Downed wires caused quite the dramatic scene on Route 179 early Wednesday morning.  Submitted photo

Downed wires caused quite the dramatic scene on Route 179 early Wednesday morning.
Submitted photo

A portion of Cherry Brook Road (Route 179) above Case Street closed for several hours in the early morning hours Wednesday after downed wire significantly damaged the road.

Police said electrical wires melted a portion of the roadway. They are unsure of the cause but said there was no accident involved.

The bottom portion of the nearby pole was heavily singed and downed branches were still in the yard early Wednesday morning.

The town of Canton Fire and EMS Department responded to the area shortly before 3 am

A CT DOT crew was working to repair a portion of Cherry Brook Road Wednesday morning.  Photo by John Fitts

A CT DOT crew was working to repair a portion of Cherry Brook Road Wednesday morning.
Photo by John Fitts

The incident resulted in some fire and area residents said the sky was dramatically lit from the “arcing” caused by the live wires.

A nearby homeowner also had smoke in the home but the residence was not on fire as the homeowner initially believed, police said.

Connecticut Light and Power fixed the wires and subsequently a Connecticut Department of Transportation workers repaired the roadway.

Some residents also lost power during the incident. At 9 am Wednesday Connecticut Light and Power estimated that 44, or .89 percent of its 4,964 Canton customers, were without power but by a few hours later it had been restored.

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Crews Respond to Multiple-Car Accident at 44 and Dowd Monday Morning

December 1, 2014 Fire, Uncategorized No Comments

Emergency officials responded to the scene of a crash at Route 44 and Dowd Avenue on Monday morning.

Police said there were four vehicles involved and one person received medical attention at the scene but was not hospitalized.

Traffic flowed during most of the incident but at times Route 44 and Dowd Avenue were very backed up while officials cleared the scene and a company towed one vehicle.

Members of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department worked at the scene while police investigated.

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Images of Canton: Ready for a Parade

November 30, 2014 Fire, Photos No Comments
Tyler Zommer helps decorate Canton's old Engine 6 before the Simsbury Celebrates parade this past weekend.  Photo by Richard Zommer

Tyler Zommer helps decorate Canton’s old Engine 6 before the Simsbury Celebrates parade this past weekend.
Photo by Richard Zommer

Canton Selectmen Support Idea of Replacing Ladder Truck

November 30, 2014 Fire, Government No Comments
Ladder 2 at Sam Collins Day.

Ladder 2 at Sam Collins Day.

At a recent meeting, the Canton Board of Selectmen showed support for replacing the ladder truck used by the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department and referred the matter to the Board of Finance.

The town’s “Ladder 2,” which dates back to 1997, needs approximately $75,000 in repairs, according to estimates received by the department. The problem, department officials said, is that estimated price, combined with a recent average of $13,000 annually, and the fact that many other parts will soon need replacement, make the cost more than vehicle is worth.

Selectmen largely agreed.

“I certainly feel the need to replace the vehicle we’ve got,” said First Selectman Richard Barlow. “I can’t see putting money into repairing it.” … Continue Reading

Canton Police: Motorcyclist Listed in Critical Condition

November 26, 2014 Fire, Police No Comments
The motorcycle involved in the crash (License plate blurred)  Photo by John Fitts

The motorcycle involved in the crash (License plate blurred)
Photo by John Fitts

A motorcyclist seriously injured in an accident at the intersection of Routes 179 and 202 on Sunday morning was listed in critical condition late Wednesday morning, police said.

That motorcyclist was Scott Suydam, 57, of Farmington, police said Wednesday. He was involved in a crash shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday with a vehicle driven by Fredrick Peruch, 71, of Rocky Hill, police said.

Suydam was airlifted from the scene by LIFE STAR after being initially attended to by a crew from the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department with a UConn medic.

The department also worked the scene and fire police closed portions of the roads for hours as the  North Central Municipal Accident Reconstruction Team responded to assist the Canton Police Department in investigating the accident. … Continue Reading

Motorcyclist Airlifted via LIFE STAR after Sunday Morning Crash at 179, 202 in Canton

November 23, 2014 Fire, Police No Comments
Photo by John Fitts

Photo by John Fitts

A motorcyclist was airlifted from the scene of a Canton crash late Sunday morning.

A crash between the motorcyclist and a car occurred at the intersection of Routes 179 and 202 near Saybrook Fish House and Ocean State Job Lot.

The patient was flown via Hartford Hospital’s LIFE STAR helicopter shortly before 11:30 a.m. Police described the injuries as serious in nature but did not offer any other details or immediately release a name.

Members of the Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department and a UConn paramedic tended to the patient before LIFE STAR Landed.

The North Central Municipal Accident Reconstruction Team is assisting the Canton Police Department with the investigation. Portions of the roadways were closed for hours by Fire Police with the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department.

The accident is under investigation and no charges have been filed, police said. Any witnesses are asked to call police at (860) 693-0221.

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Officials Believe Silver Mine Acres Fire Started in First-Floor Closet

November 17, 2014 Fire No Comments
The fire on Silver Mine Acres Thursday morning.  Photo by Kristin Grecula

The fire on Silver Mine Acres Thursday morning.
Photo by Kristin Grecula

Officials believe the Nov. 13 fire at 11 Silver Mine Acres originated in a first floor closet.

“The fire appears to have started in the downstairs, first floor closet,” said acting fire marshal Scott Goeben. From there the fire spread via “void spaces” (between the studs) to the second floor and roof, Goeben added.

Goeben confirmed there were some combustible materials in the closet but cautioned that the state fire marshal’s office is still investigating the incident and has not yet made a determination. Goeben did say he has no reason to believe the fire was suspicious in any way. … Continue Reading

DEEP: Hunter Sustains Injuries After Falling From a Tree Stand

November 13, 2014 Fire No Comments

Submitted release – A 50-year old Plainville man was taken by a local emergency response team to St. Francis Hospital, Hartford, early this morning for treatment of injuries he sustained when falling from a hunting tree stand in Canton.

The incident was reported to DEEP Environmental Conservation Police shortly after 6:30 a.m.

The man was hunting on private property off Spaulding Rd., Canton, when the incident occurred. He feel about 25-feet while climbing to his tree stand and attempting to secure it. He sustained a broken leg, back injuries, and had cuts on his head. He is in stable condition at the hospital.

The man did have a valid hunting license and had written permission from the landowner to be on the private property, and was not charged with any hunting-related violations. … Continue Reading

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