By Olivia Drake, HVFCo Public Information Officer.
August 2019 Report
Haddam Volunteer Fire Company responded to 40 calls for emergency services in August 2019. Of those:
Motor vehicle accidents: 5
August’s incidents began on Aug. 1 when HVFC was dispatched for a potential jumper on the East Haddam Swing Bridge. En route, responders learned that witnesses were reporting that someone had indeed jumped from the bridge, but swam to a boat and then proceeded to leave the area on the Connecticut River.
On Aug. 2, crews responded to two medical emergencies prior to being dispatched to a lawn tractor fire on Walkley Hill Road. Upon arrival at the tractor fire, firefighters encountered a fully-involved tractor with approximately 10 feet of vegetation burning near the tractor. Crews used a handline from Tanker 2-13 to extinguish the fire.
On Aug. 4, HVFC was dispatched to Brault Hill Road for a reported motor vehicle accident. A driver had lost control of their vehicle, drove off the road and flipped their car upright in a swampy area. The driver was unable to self-extricate. Firefighters stabilized the vehicle and extricated the patient from the vehicle using the hydraulic tools. The patient was transported to Middlesex Hospital by Haddam Volunteer Ambulance Service (HVAS).
On Aug. 8, HVFC responded to a car vs. deer accident on Route 9N between exits 9 and 10. The patient had self-extricated and was evaluated on scene.
On Aug. 9, HVFC was dispatched to Candlewood Hill Road for a motor vehicle accident. A driver had lost control of their vehicle and struck a tree head-on. The impact caused heavy damage to the vehicle. The driver was evaluated on scene and refused additional medical treatment. The passenger was transported to Middlesex Hospital via HVAS.
On Aug. 11, crews from HVFC and Durham Volunteer Fire Company were dispatched to Millers Pond State Park for a reported head injury. HVFC personnel assisted Durham Fire on scene. The patient was transported to Hartford Hospital via HVAS.
On Aug. 28, HVFC responded to the Haddam Town Office building for reported odor in the basement. Firefighters metered the building and found no abnormal readings. The scene was turned over to River Valley Health District.
On Aug. 31, Haddam Fire was dispatched to the intersection of Saybrook Road and the Route 82 connector for a motorcycle accident. HVAS transported the driver to Middlesex Hospital.
Members participated in a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) drill and trained on the company’s emergency reporting software.
Congratulations to HVFC Junior Division members John Maziarz and Marc Perras for completing the Introduction to the Fire Service course at the Connecticut Fire Academy on Aug. 10.
For more information, visit haddamfire.com.