By Olivia Drake, HVFCo. Public Information Officer.
In honor of National Volunteer Month in April, Haddam Volunteer Fire Company (HVFC) hosted its second Emergency Services Spring Fair and Open House on April 20, 2019.
Visitors met with representatives from HVFC, the HVFC Junior Division, the HVFC Auxiliary, Haddam Volunteer Ambulance, Inc., Connecticut State Police, HK Youth and Family Services, Relay for Life, and Homes for Heroes. Free food, refreshments, and giveaways were provided.
In addition, several children participated in the company’s inaugural Easter egg hunt. They also had the opportunity to tour an ambulance, a fire engine, tanker truck, and rescue boat, and try on firefighting gear.
“Despite the rain, we’re very thankful members of the community took the time to stop by and learn more about emergency services in town,” said Lt. Tony Lafo, HVFC Membership Committee Chairperson.
The event also served as a recruiting opportunity for HVFC. In 2018, members responded to 581 calls for emergency services.
“There’s no doubt we’re a busy department, and we need more volunteers to help with the demand of calls,” said HVFC Chief Sam Baber.
HVFC currently has openings for the role of Firefighter, Fire Police and Emergency Medical Service. Prior experience is not required and all training is provided. Firefighter candidates must be 18 or older and have a valid Connecticut driver’s license.
The HVFC Junior Division is comprised of 14- to 17-year-old cadets who learn alongside firefighters and perform support functions at calls. Juniors receive training and protective turnout gear. Once a Junior member is 18, he or she has the opportunity to join the regular membership.
Auxiliary members provide emergency support to on-scene firefighters and emergency responders, principally by supplying snacks, meals and beverages. Members plan and execute activities for the company and hold multiple fundraisers each year. Any resident over the age of 18 who resides in the Town of Haddam is eligible for membership. Affiliation with the fire service is not required.
HVAS is seeking volunteers to fill the role of Emergency Medical Technician. No experience is needed.
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Photos by Olivia Drake.