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b.good to Host Fundraiser for Town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department

September 19, 2016 Community, Fire No Comments

Submitted Release 

b. good is sponsoring a fundraiser for the Town of Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Department to celebrate the start of the fall season.  The event takes place from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the restaurant, 110 Albany Turnpike (Shoppes at Farmington Valley).

Canton’s volunteer fire and EMS members will be on site, at The Shoppes at Farmington Valley, giving tours of a fire truck and Canton’s new paramedic vehicle. They will also be providing information about opportunities to join the Town’s fire, emergency medical services and fire police.

The most popular member of the Department, Sparky the Dog, will be on hand to greet visitors.  … Continue Reading

Dish ‘n Dat’s Tip a Canton Volunteer Firefighter/EMT Raises More Than $1,300

September 14, 2016 Community, Fire No Comments
Canton Volunteer EMT Danielle Kerr clears a table. Submitted Photo

Canton Volunteer EMT Danielle Kerr clears a table.
Submitted Photo

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CANTON — DISH ‘n Dat’s 7th annual Tip a Volunteer Firefighter/EMT raised over $1,300.00 for the Town of Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Department – a record amount for the annual event. Since 2010, DISH ‘n Dat has raised over $6,800.00 for Canton’s volunteer Fire/EMS service.

Canton’s volunteer firefighters, EMTs and Fire Police spent the day assisting DISH ‘n Dat’s professional wait staff – busing tables, delivering food and assisting behind the bar. In addition, they offered tours of Ladder 2, the Department’s new Paramedic vehicle and Canton’s Ambulance.

Dish ‘n Dat donated 25 percent of their customer’s food tabs for the entire day. Many customers also added their own donations into bunker boots set around the restaurant and at fire apparatus.

“Over the past 7 years, DISH ‘n Dat, Dan Keller and his terrific staff have been great community partners to the Department. We are grateful for both their professionalism and generosity, as well as that of the public who supports this event each year,” said Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Chief Craig Robbins.

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Tip a Volunteer Firefighter/EMT Slated for Aug. 25

August 24, 2016 Community, Fire No Comments

Submitted Release 

Dish ‘n Dat is sponsoring a fundraiser for the Town of Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Department called, Tip a Volunteer Firefighter/EMT. It takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016.

Volunteer firefighters & EMTs will assist wait staff on the floor during the lunch and dinner service. They may be hosting, seating, clearing tables, carrying out food or helping out behind the bar.

Dish‘n Dat will generously donate 25 percent of the total from all lunch and dinner bills back to Canton’s volunteer firefighters & EMTs.

Since 2010, Dish ‘n Dat has raised over $5,500.00 to benefit the work of  Canton’s Bravest.

Dish ‘n Dat is located in The Shoppes at Farmington Valley; 110 Albany Turnpike, Canton, CT 06019; Reservations Recommended: (860) 693-4927.

Images of Canton: Lobsterfest 2016 is Underway

August 19, 2016 Community, Fire, Photos No Comments

Volunteers for the Canton Volunteer Fire Company Inc. served more than 1,200 lobster dinners Friday night as the 36th annual lobsterfest got underway.

“It’s been a great turnout and a great night,” said Chris Melite, who is co-chairing this year’s event with Richard Zommer.

The annual event raises funds for the private corporation, which supports the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department.

The event takes place at the Canton street fire station on Canton Springs Road. For $20, patrons get a dinner of corn on the cob, New England Clam Chowder and beverage of choice. Additionally, desserts are served in Ellsworth Hall.

For those who don’t care for lobster, hamburgers, hot dogs and other food can be purchased in the field. Additional beverages, including beer and wine, are also available.

A touch a truck event, with face painting and other activities, takes place from noon to 4 p.m on Saturday. That night, Flipper Dave will perform from 6 to 10 p.m.

Dinner hours for the remainder will be:

  • Saturday August 20th from 12:00-9:30PM
  • Sunday, August 21st from 12:00-4:00 PM or until Sold out

— John Fitts 

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September is National Preparedness Month

August 16, 2016 Community, Fire, Opinion, Police No Comments

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The Town of Canton’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is reminding everyone that September is National Preparedness Month.

Throughout the month of September, CERT Members will be available to local groups, including housing complexes and condo associations, town and school groups, girl and boy scouts, churches and non-profit organizations to come out and speak about preparedness, offering resources and advice in regard to sheltering in place or making the decision to leave when faced with weather-related disasters.

This educational outreach campaign coincides with FEMA’s annual National Emergency Preparedness Month theme of “Should I Stay or Should I Go”.  Presentations can be catered to fit a variety of settings and populations. Groups interested in inviting CERT Members to present should email Member Kevin Bradley at Bradley_kevinp@msn.com. … Continue Reading

Injured Tuber Rescued, Flown to Hartford Hospital

August 14, 2016 Fire, Police No Comments

Life Star

By John Fitts 

A man who had been tubing in the Farmington River on Sunday evening was flown to Hartford Hospital via Life Star.

Canton received the call at 4:59 p.m. to assist New Hartford with a water rescue, said Wayne Goeben, assistant chief of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department.

The victim was located in Nepaug State Forest.

“New Hartford fire, New Hartford EMS, Canton Fire, Canton EMS and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection went into the forest, located the patient, provided medical attention, extricated the patent up an embankment approximately 50 feet using a rope belay system and then transported the patient out and met Life Star at Memorial Field in Canton,” Goeben said.

The patient was flown to Hartford Hospital. He appeared conscious when being transferred to the chopper but officials did not provide an exact status. According to emergency radio reports the man suffered a head injury.

36th Annual Lobsterfest Takes Place Aug. 19-21

August 12, 2016 Community, Fire No Comments


By John Fitts 

In addition to its fundraising mission, the annual lobsterfest offers family friendly, community fun. Often old friends reunite at the event.

“It’s good to raise funds for the fire department and bring the community together,” said Robbie Bahre, president of the Canton Volunteer Fire Company Inc.

From Aug. 19 to 21, the company, which supports the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department presents its 36th annual lobsterfest.

The event is a Canton tradition with live music, kid friendly events, lobster dinners and other options for those who prefer land-raised meals.

The main event, that lobster dinner that serves as many as 3,400 people in a weekend, is $20 and includes a full lobster, corn on the cob, New England Clam Chowder and beverage of choice.

The company also sells hot dogs, chicken tenders, and hamburgers in its field on Canton Springs Road, along with cold soda, beer – and for the first time, wine. A dessert bar will be in Ellsworth Hall at the Canton Springs fire station. … Continue Reading

Crews Respond to Small Electrical Fire in Torrington Avenue Home

August 10, 2016 Fire, Police No Comments

IMG_8775Canton police, the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department, with assistance from area departments, responded to 119 Torrington Ave. Wednesday afternoon for reports of possible fire in the walls of the home.

Canton Fire Marshal Tim Tharau said the fire was quickly extinguished and was caused by an issue with the exhaust fan motor at the kitchen stove. Most of the damage was confined to that area with some damage to the walls as firefighters checked for any “extension” – or spreading of the fire. There was some smoke damage in the home as well, fire officials said.

The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental, Tharau said. He confirmed reports that there was some electrical work done at the home but said there was no clear correlation to the fire.


Canton Volunteers Help With River Rescue

August 1, 2016 Fire, Police No Comments
Members of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department helped rescue a young person from the banks of the Farmington River on Monday morning.
Canton Compass owner John Fitts was out of town during the incident, but according to WFSB, a 15-year-old swimmer injured his leg and was transported to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
Craig Robbins, chief of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department, later confirmed that Canton volunteers helped at the scene. In all, about 15 volunteers from Canton helped, he said.
“Due to the steep slope, a rope system was used to secure the patient and move him up the embankment,” Robbins said.
WFSB reported that State Environmental Conservation Police and Connecticut State Police also responded to the scene.

Third Annual Blues & Brews to Raise Funds for Local Charities While Emphasizing Regional Talent, Local Craft Beer

June 22, 2016 Community, Fire No Comments


By John Fitts 

CANTON — This year the organizers of the annual Third Annual Canton Firemen’s Blues and Brews festival are looking to provide some musical soul, a taste of some of the areas finest craft brews, plenty of comfort food and a place for the children to burn some energy. It all takes place in an intimate setting at 14 Canton Springs Road and benefits some great local causes.

The event, set for 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 25, features talents such as World Recording Players (1 to 2 p.m.), Eric Ducoff Band (2:15 to 3:15), Lisa Marie and All Shook Up (3:30 to 4:30 p.m.), Connecticut Blues Society All Stars (4:45 to 5:45) and Zydeco Hogs (6 to 7 p.m.). Breweries that will offer samplings include Tidal River (Canton), Firefly Hollow (Bristol), Brass Works (Waterbury) and Little Red Barn (Riverton).

“We’re trying to keep things local this year to bring more interest,” said Corey Russo, co-chair of the event and member of the Canton Volunteer Fire Department Inc., which is sponsoring the event.

The Canton Volunteer Fire Department Inc. is a private corporation that generally supports its operations as well as the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department. However, the idea of this event has always been to give back to other causes. This year’s beneficiaries include Canton Connections, Relay for Life and the Canton Food Bank.

“It’s a full-blown charity event,” Russo said. … Continue Reading


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