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Firefighters Contain Fire Around Porch of Historic Building on Route 44 in Canton

July 23, 2014 Fire No Comments
Photo by John Fitts

Photo by John Fitts

(Updated at 10:32 a.m. Thursday) Firefighters were able to extinguish a blaze that broke out around the porch area of 185 Albany Turnpike at approximately 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night.

Town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department Chief Richard Hutchings said the fire was largely contained to the mulch and vegetation on one side of the building’s porch. No wires were down and the cause of the fire was not immediately known, he said. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Fire Marshal Adam Libros said Thursday morning.

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Canton Police Investigating Untimely Death; Military Grenade Found at Scene

July 14, 2014 Fire, Police No Comments

Canton police are investigating an untimely death.

Shortly before 11:30 a.m. Monday, officers and an ambulance crew from the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department responded to 462 Dowd Ave. in the Canton Village Condominium Complex after a 9-1-1 call about an unresponsive individual, police said.

Personnel determined the man, identified as Kent Sears,67, of 462 Dowd Ave. had been deceased for an extended amount of time, police said.  … Continue Reading

Canton Volunteer Firefighters, Others Rescue Injured Kayaker from Banks of Farmington River

July 7, 2014 Fire No Comments
The town of Canton Fire and EMS Department's "Marine 1" was used in the rescue.

The town of Canton Fire and EMS Department’s “Marine 1” was used in the rescue.

Members of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department rescued an injured kayaker from the edge of the Farmington River Monday afternoon.

At approximately 1:30 p.m., after a call from New Hartford officials, the department sent its Rescue (9) vehicle, Ambulance (Car 10) and manpower to help remove a patient from the edge of the river in the Satan’s Kingdom gorge, Fire Capt. Scott Goeben said. … Continue Reading

Canton Volunteer Firefighters Extinguish Car Fire

June 25, 2014 Fire No Comments
Photo by Zack Johnson.

Photo by Zack Johnson.

The town of Canton Fire and EMS Department responded to a car fire at Routes 179 and 44 Wednesday evening.

The fire broke out in the engine bay of a car that the operator had stopped at the traffic light on Route 179, ready to turn left on to Route 44, said Lt. Johnathan Gotaski.

The call came in at approximately 7 p.m. and took about 20 minutes to control, Gotaski said.

Engine 4, Engine 1 and Squad 5 responded to the call. Engine 6 and Tanker 7 also responded but were canceled.

There was no immediate cause identified and the fire is under investigation by the fire marshal’s office, Gotaski added


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Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Department in Recruitment Mode for Cadet Program

May 21, 2014 Fire No Comments
Joseph Viener, Tom Gotaski and Megan Casey. Photo by John Fitts

Joseph Viener, Tom Gotaski and Megan Casey.
Photo by John Fitts

Since the 1980s, the Town of Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Department has guided more than 100 young men and women through its Cadet Program.

Young people who join the Program get hands-on experience in a wide variety of emergency and medical services. Many participants actually continue to serve as volunteer firefighters and/or EMTs into adulthood.

Cadets attend both Program and Department meetings, drills and respond to emergency dispatches. As they learn and become more proficient with various situations, their skills are put to increased use. … Continue Reading

48th Annual Collinsville Volunteer Fire Dept. Jamboree Starts Next Wednesday

May 6, 2014 Fire No Comments

IMG_3691-EditjamboreeIt’s one of those time-honored Canton traditions and next week, the Collinsville Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. presents its 48th annual  Jamboree. The carnival features rides, games of chance, food, a beer and wine garden, fireworks, a firefighter’s parade and more.

“Each year we strive to make the Jamboree better for all of our guests – from something as complex, as a more spectacular fireworks display to something more basic, more port-a lets,” said Thomas J. Gotaski, of the Collinsville Volunteer Fire Department Inc.

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Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department Responds to Shoppes Tuesday Night

May 6, 2014 Fire No Comments

DSC_0402Dish n’ Dat in the Shoppes at Farmington Valley was evacuated for a short time Tuesday night after the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department responded to a report of a smoke odor near the restaurant’s sprinkler room.

A visible haze could be seen in the bar area when firefighters arrived, said Deputy Fire Chief Craig Robbins. Firefighters determined there was a bad breaker in a fuse panel at the restaurant, disabled it and notified building management.

Patrons and workers were allowed to return to the restaurant shortly after 9:30 p.m.

Canton police and an engine crew from Avon also responded to the incident.


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