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A few safety tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission can protect children who plan to go trick-or-treating this Halloween.
Treats: Warn children not to eat any treats before an adult has carefully examined them for evidence of tampering.
Flame Resistant Costumes: When purchasing a costume, masks, beards, and wigs, look for the label Flame Resistant. Although this label does not mean these items won’t catch fire, it does indicate the items will resist burning and should extinguish quickly once removed from the ignition source. To minimize the risk of contact with candles or other sources of ignition, avoid costumes made with flimsy materials and outfits with big, baggy sleeves or billowing skirts.
Costume Designs: Purchase or make costumes that are light and bright enough to be clearly visible to motorists.
• For greater visibility during dusk and darkness, decorate or trim costumes with reflective tape that will glow in the beam of a car’s headlights. Bags or sacks should also be light colored or decorated with reflective tape. Reflective tape is usually available in hardware, bicycle, and sporting goods stores.
• To easily see and be seen, children should also carry flashlights.
• Costumes should be short enough to prevent children from tripping and falling.
• Children should wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes . Mother’ s high heels are not a good idea for safe walking.
•Hats and scarfs should be tied securely to prevent them from slipping over children’s eyes.
• Apply a natural mask of cosmetics rather than have a child wear a loose-fitting mask that might restrict breathing or obscure vision. If a mask is used, however, make sure it fits securely and has eyeholes large enough to allow full vision.
• Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be of soft and flexible material.
Pedestrian Safety: Young children should always be accompanied by an adult or an older, responsible child. All children should WALK, not run from house to house and use the sidewalk if available, rather than walk in the street. Children should be cautioned against running out from between parked cars, or across lawns and yards where ornaments, furniture, or clotheslines present dangers.
Choosing Safe Houses: Children should go only to homes where the residents are known and have outside lights on as a sign of welcome.
• Children should not enter homes or apartments unless they are accompanied by an adult.
• People expecting trick-or-treaters should remove anything that could be an obstacle from lawns, steps and porches. Candlelit jack-o’-lanterns should be kept away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame. Indoor jack-o’-lanterns should be kept away from curtains, decorations, and other furnishings that could be ignited.
The East Farmington Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. held its Annual Meeting and Election of Officers on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at the firehouse at 94 South Road. Elected to serve two year terms are Chief Russell Nelson, Assistant Chief David Czlapinski and Deputy Chief Brian Nelson. Elected to serve one year terms are First Captain Kevin Moriarty, Second Captain Christopher Berry, First Lieutenant Shaun Koch, President Bonnie Sudell, Vice President Peter Haines, Secretary Katherine Wollenberg and Treasurer Robert Sudell.
On Saturday October 25 (rain date Oct. 26), from 11am – 3pm at 1690 New Britain Ave. Farmington, CT, Farmington will host a Car Show benefiting the Town of Farmington and Avon Fire Department’s Fire Training Facility. The show will feature antique, classic, sports, and muscle cars, as well as antique fire apparatus! Show car entry will be a $10.00 donation and spectators are free. There is no cut off year for car entry and there will be door prizes for show cars. Proceeds will be used to build the new live fire training facility. For more information go to www.farmingtoncarshow.weebly.com or find us on Facebook at Farmington Car Show CT. For more information you may e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org . Please no alcohol or pets.
The East Farmington Volunteer Fire Department will hold its 22nd Annual Golf Outing on Monday, June 9th at Blue Fox Run Golf Course in Avon. The day will begin at 11:00 a.m. with 18 holes of golf, including complimentary food and beverages on the course. Following golf, there will be an awards ceremony and dinner and The Stonewell Restaurant, including cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a choice of entrees, accompanied by salad, desserts, fruit and beverages. Cost per golfer is $150. For more information please contact firefighter Patrick Royce email@example.com or Vice President Jack Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The East Farmington Volunteer Fire Department held its annual Holiday Party and Awards Banquet on December 7, 2013 at Farmington Gardens. The evening began with a welcome from President Bonnie Sudell and an overview of the past year from Chief Russell Nelson. Members recognized for passing probation included Lieutenant Christopher Berry, Peter Haines and Brian Pasqurell. Years of service pins were awarded to Julian Bolduc, David Koplowitz and Frankie Medina for five years, and Gary Larkum and Deputy Chief Brian Nelson for twenty years.
During the past year, The East Farmington Volunteer Fire Department responded to 1,304 calls, including 905 of a medical nature. Certificates of Excellence were awarded to the following members who responded to more than 25% of the Department’s calls: Lieutenant Christopher Berry, William Caiaze, Captain Graham Eyres, Vincenzo Garcia, Nicholas Kimball, Sarrena Lombard, Captain Kevin Moriarty, Deputy Chief Brian Nelson, Past Chief and Vice President John Nelson, Chief Russell Nelson and Katherine Wollenberg.
Letters of Recognition were issued to the following members who had notable or distinguished performances or were members of a team that contributed positively to the outcome of some of the more serious calls during the past year: Deputy Chief Brian Nelson, Richard Palmer and Gary Petersen for a structure fire on January 4, 2013; Lieutenant Christopher Berry, Assistant Chief David Czlapinski, Deputy Chief Brian Nelson and Gary Petersen for a motor vehicle accident with entrapment on April 19, 2013; Lieutenant Christopher Berry, Kamber Bulica, Peter Haines, Nicholas Kimball, Lieutenant Shawn Koch; Sarrena Lombard; Jeremy McLaurin, Captain Kevin Moriarty, James Moynihan and Vice President John Nelson for a structure fire on May 9, 2013; William Caiaze, Captain Graham Eyres, Jesse Garrard, Nicholas Kimball, Jeremy McLaurin, Captain Kevin Moriarty and Vice President John Nelson for a motor vehicle accident with entrapment on May 10, 2013; Irma Butler, Assistant Chief David Czlapinski, Matthew Czlapinski, Vincenzo Garcia, Jesse Garrard, Sarrena Lombard, Captain Kevin Moriarty, James Moynihan, Deputy Chief Brian Nelson, Vice President John Nelson and Patrick Royce for a motor vehicle accident with entrapment on June 30, 2013.
Irma Butler was recognized as the Department’s newest EMT. CPR Save pins were awarded to the following members who were part of a team that achieved CPR saves: Captain Graham Eyres, Chief Russell Nelson, Richard Palmer, Gary Petersen and Jason Salemme for a call on December 27, 2012; Lieutenant Christopher Berry, Julian Bolduc, James Moynihan and Katherine Wollenberg for a call on August 27, 2013.
Other awards presented that evening included Top Responder to Fire Calls – Chief Russell Nelson; Top Responder to Medical Calls – Vice President John Nelson; Rookie Firefighter of the Year – Matthew Czlapinski; Rookie EMT of the Year – Katherine Wollenberg; Most Improved Firefighter – Julian Bolduc; Most Improved EMT – Captain Kevin Moriarty; Best Use of Technical Skills – Lieutenant Christopher Berry; Best Use of Medical Skills – Sarrena Lombard; Part-Time Staff Member of the Year – Captain Kevin Moriarty; Career Staff Member of the Year – Gary Petersen; Achievement Award – Keith Haley; Chief’s Award – Irma Butler; Petersen Award – Deputy Chief Brian Nelson; Line Officer of the Year – Deputy Chief Brian Nelson; EMT of the Year – Graham Eyres and Firefighter of the Year – Vice President John Nelson.
Now that we are entering the winter months, there are several fire safety tips that you should be aware of. Many fires that happen during these months may be avoided if proper care is taken.
-Make sure all wooden stoves are correctly installed and cleaned.
-Have your chimney cleaned and inspected at least once a year.
-When using a space heater make sure that it is monitored and that three feet surrounding the heater is clear of all materials (especially paper).
-Have working smoke detectors in all bedrooms and in the hallways throughout your home (as well as carbon monoxide detectors).
-NEVER dispose of ash from your fireplace (ESPECIALLY if it is still hot) in a regular garbage bin, or scattered outside next to combustible material. Always wet the ash down and store the ash in a sealed metal container.
-When cooking, if you experience a grease fire, DO NOT throw water on the fire or attempt to run outside with the burning items. If the fire is in a pan, attempt to cover the fire with the pan lid, or a wet wash cloth and call the fire department.
-Make sure to water your Christmas tree and, if you have Christmas lights decorating your tree and your home, to unplug them when no one will be home.
The East Farmington Volunteer Fire Department wishes you and your loved ones a safe and happy holidays!
Local businesses took time out recently to honor Veterans who have served our Country. Ceremonies occurred on Tuesday October 29 at the Amberwoods of Farmington and on Thursday November 21 at Arden Courts. Each service was facilitated by Vitas, an innovative hospice care service which specializes in care for people with life limiting illnesses. Chief Russell Nelson, President Bonnie Sudell, Vice President Jack Nelson, Treasurer Robert Sudell and FF/EMT Gary Larkum attended the ceremonies in which there were special guest speakers from the State of Connecticut as well as the Town of Farmington. State Representative Mike Demicco and Town Council Chairman Jeffrey Hogan honored the Veterans with separate proclamations highlighting the sacrifices that the Veterans have made for our country. In all the ceremonies were a very fitting tribute to past members of our armed forces which the fire department was pleased to be a part of.
Congratulations to East Farms. Lt. Kevin Moriarty for being selected as the Farmington Exchange Club’s 2013 Farmington Fire Fighter of the year. Lt. Moriarty has been a member of the East Farmington Volunteer Fire Department since November of 2010. During this time he has proven himself to be an outstanding asset to the Farmington community by his examples of leadership and dedication to the emergency services. In the short time that Lt. Moriarty has been a member of the fire department, he has continued to strive to both better himself and the department, by attending numerous training courses, as well as, volunteering for various committees. Lt. Moriarty is a shining example of some of the best and brightest that Farmington Fire has to offer. Congratulations to Lt. Moriarty!
Operation Save a Life has begun. News 8, Kidde and Home Depot are partnering with fire departments across the State to promote fire and carbon monoxide safety through education and outreach. Stop by East Farms starting today to pick up your FREE Kidde brand smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector. All homes should have both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors so please, don’t wait.