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Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Daily Forest Fire Danger Report.


Mission Statement

The mission of the Sandy Hook Vol. Fire & Rescue Co., Inc. is to strive for excellence in the performance of prevention of loss of life, personal injury and damage from fire, medical and other emergencies of any or all persons when called upon. We shall do this by maintaining a high standard of training and public education and act and perform in a safe, courteous and professional manner.


Patches

If you would like a patch please send a request, and $5, to

Sandy Hook Vol. Fire & Rescue Company

Attn:  Patch Request

PO Box 783

Sandy Hook CT 06482


Purchase Reflective Signs

 HELP US FIND YOU FASTER!! 

IF WE CAN'T SEE YOUR HOUSE NUMBER FROM THE SEAT OF THE VEHICLES RESPONDING TO AN EMERGENCY, IT COULD DELAY OUR RESPONSE AS WELL AS THE RESPONSE OF OTHER EMERGENCY SERVICE PROVIDERS. 

Reflective signs are available from Sandy Hook Volunteeer Fire & Rescue.

They can be purchased for $15

Stop by the firehouse any Monday night or call 270-4392 to place an order!  


The Fireman's Prayer

A Fireman's Prayer
 
When I am called to duty, God
Wherever flames may rage,
Give me strength to save some life
Whatever be its age.
Help me embrace a little child
Before it is too late
Or save an older person from
The horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert and hear the weakest shout
And quickly and efficiently
To put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling and
To give the best in me,
To guard my every neighbor and
Protect his property.
And if according to my fate
I am to lose my life,
Please bless with your protecting hand
My children and my wife. 

Contact Information

Sandy Hook Vol. Fire and Rescue
18-20 Riverside Rd/Po Box 783
Sandy Hook, CT  06482

Non-Emergency:
203-270-4392

Emergency:
911

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Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue Ladies Auxiliary Flower Sale...

 

Thank you to everyone who came out to support us.  We are sold out!!

 

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See you at the "Races"!

 

SHVF&R members will be at The 14th Annual Great Pootatuck Duck Races in Sandy Hook Center on Saturday, May 24. The event runs from 10 am until 2:30 pm.
 
The company's ladder truck will be part of this year's Touch-A-Truck presentation, to be set up in the parking lot of Newtown United Methodist Church.
 
We will have plenty of Fire Prevention materials to share with visitors of all ages, and the Ladies Auxiliary will be collecting donations for FAITH Food Pantry
 
See you there!
 

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Also mark your calendar:

The 2014 Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue LobsterFest

will be Friday & Saturday, June 6-7

Tickets will be going on sale May 6th!

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Main Station, 18-20 Riverside Road

Substation, 249 Berkshire Road 

The Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company has been protecting and serving the residents and visitors of Sandy Hook since 1938.

  Thank you for your support of your local fire company.

 

 

 



News Headlines
 
Haz Mat Decon Drill by FTI
Sun. Apr 13th 2014
Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue members took part in a drill on Haz Mat Decon at their main station.  The 4 hour class consisted of classroom and practical.  Instructor Walt Seman lead the class....

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A Return To Hartford's St Patrick's Day Parade
Sat. Mar 15th 2014
Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue was honored to be invited for the second year in a row in Hartford's St Patrick's Day Parade.On a beautiful sunny Saturday, a crew went to Hartford with the rescue truck to participate in the city's 43rd Annual Greater Hartford St Patrick's Day Parade. Th...

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Live Burn Training At Danbury Fire School
Sun. Mar 9th 2014
One of the biggest logistical challenges for Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue's recently established Training Committee came to fruition on Sunday, March 9, when the majority of the company spent the morning at Danbury Fire School for a live burn drill. A preplan session had been hosted by the ...

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Daisy Scouts Tour The Main Station
Tue. Feb 11th 2014
Sandy Hook firefighters welcomed a Daisy Scout troop to its main station on February 11.The Scouts were welcomed by Engineer Steve Stohl, Firefighters Pete Barresi, Andy DeWolfe and Shannon Hicks, and Junior Corps member Patrick Doherty. They spent about 20 minutes in the meeting room of the fi...

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First Drill Of The Year
Sun. Jan 12th 2014
Members of Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue assembled at their main station at 8:30 Sunday morning for their first drill of the new year.The Training Committee had decided to present a five-station training session for the day. Firefighters were divided into five groups, with each group averaging five m...

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Recent Calls
 
Van vs Utlity Pole on Good Friday
Fri. Apr 18th 2014
Sandy Hook firefighters and Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps were dispatched to the area of 22 Walnut Tree Hill Road just before 5 pm on Friday, April 18.Upon arrival, Chief Halstead found a work van on its side with the male driver still inside. The driver was uninjured but was unable to get ...

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Task Force 751 Mutual Aid to Torrington
Thu. Apr 3rd 2014
Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue was dispatched around 11:15 am as part of Task Force 751 to assist Torrington Fire Dept. with a massive tire warehouse fire that began around 8 am on Thursday morning. The entire task force met up at Exit 11 before proceeding to the staging area in To...

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Sunday Night Chimney Fire
Sun. Mar 9th 2014
Firefighters from Sandy Hook and Hook & Ladder volunteer companies responded to a chimney fire at a Sandy Hook residence Sunday evening.The fire was reported around 7:40 pm March 9, at 71 Philo Curtis Road. Sandy Hook Assistant Chief Anthony Capozziello was the officer in command at the scene, w...

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Two-Vehicle MVA With Extrication Temporarily Closes Walnut Tree Hill Road
Thu. Jan 23rd 2014
Sandy Hook, along with Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps, was dispatched to the area of 159 Walnut Tree Hill Road at 10:50 on a report of a two-car MVA. The initial dispatch indicated that injuries were minor, if any. Assistant Chief Anthony Capozziello was first on the scene, and reported a tw...

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Two Vehicle MVA on I-84 West
Mon. Jan 20th 2014
Around 8 am Monday morning, Sandy Hook firefighters were dispatched to an MVA on I-84 west prior to the Exit 10 off ramp.  Upon arrival of Engine 441 and Chief Bill Halstead, a report was given to dispatch that a tractor-trailer truck and car were involved and the occupant of the...

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Always Remember

Boston Fire: Lt Edward J. Walsh, Jr, age 43; and Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy, age 33. 

Both were killed while battling a nine-alarm fire on Beacon Street, in Boston's Back Bay district.


Fire Prevention

Learn About Smoke Alarms

Why should I have a working smoke alarm?

A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whether you’re awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert, scanning the air for fire and smoke.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.

What types of smoke alarms are available?

 There are many different brands of smoke alarms available on the market, but they fall under two basic types: ionization and photoelectric.

It cannot be stated definitively that one is better than the other in every fire situation that could arise in a residence. Because both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms are better at detecting distinctly different, yet potentially fatal fires, and because no one can predict what type of fire might start in a home, the USFA recommends that every residence and place where people sleep be equipped with:

  • Both ionization AND photoelectric smoke alarms, OR
  • dual sensor smoke alarms, which contain both ionization and photoelectric smoke sensors

In addition to the basic types of alarms, there are alarms made to meet the needs of people with hearing disabilities. These alarms may use strobe lights that flash and/or vibrate to assist in alerting those who are unable to hear standard smoke alarms when they sound.

What powers a smoke alarm?

Smoke alarms are powered by battery or they are hardwired into the home’s electrical system. If the smoke alarm is powered by battery, it runs on either a disposable 9-volt battery or a non-replaceable 10-year lithium (“long-life”) battery. A backup battery is usually present on hardwired alarms and may need to be replaced.

These batteries must be tested on a regular basis and, in most cases, should be replaced at least once each year (except for lithium batteries). See the Smoke Alarm Maintenance section for more information.

Are smoke alarms expensive?

Smoke alarms are not expensive and are worth the lives they can help save. Ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms cost between $6 and $20. Dual sensor smoke alarms cost between $24 and $40.
 

Some fire departments offer reduced price, or even free, smoke alarms. Contact your local fire department’s non-emergency phone number for more information.

Install smoke alarms in key areas of your home

Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement. Many fatal fires begin late at night or early in the morning, so the U.S. Fire Administration recommends installing smoke alarms both inside and outside of sleeping areas.

Since smoke and many deadly gases rise, installing your smoke alarms at the proper level will provide you with the earliest warning possible. Always follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions.

Some fire departments will install battery-operated smoke alarms in your home at no cost. Contact your local fire department’s non-emergency phone number for more information.

Hardwired smoke alarms should be installed by a qualified electrician.

Smoke alarm maintenance

 Is your smoke alarm still working? Smoke alarms must be maintained! A smoke alarm with a dead or missing battery is the same as having no smoke alarm at all.

A smoke alarm only works when it is properly installed and maintained. Depending on how your smoke alarm is powered (9-volt, 10-year lithium, or hardwired), you’ll have to maintain it according to manufacturer’s instructions. General guidelines for smoke alarm maintenance:

Smoke alarm powered by a 9-volt battery

  • Test the alarm monthly.
  • Replace the batteries at least once per year.
  • The entire smoke alarm unit should be replaced every 8-10 years.

Smoke alarm powered by a 10-year lithium (or “long life”) battery

  • Test the alarm monthly.
  • Since you cannot (and should not) replace the lithium battery, the entire smoke alarm unit should be replaced according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Smoke alarm that is hardwired into the home’s electrical system

  • Test the alarm monthly.
  • The backup battery should be replaced at least once per year.
  • The entire smoke alarm unit should be replaced every 8-10 years.

Never disable a smoke alarm while cooking

A smoke alarm is just doing its job when it sounds while you’re cooking or taking a shower with lots of steam.

  • If a smoke alarm sounds while you’re cooking or taking a shower with lots of steam, do not remove the battery. You should:
  • Open a window or door and press the “hush” button,
  • Wave a towel at the alarm to clear the air, or
  • Move the entire alarm several feet away from the location.

Disabling a smoke alarm or removing the battery can be a deadly mistake.

State-by-State Residential Smoke Alarm Requirements

The USFA compiled state-by-state residential guidelines for smoke alarms. Families can find life-saving fire safety tips required or suggested by their very own state. The guidelines include instructions on the installation and maintenance of smoke alarms. The tips will help families do their part to protect themselves and the firefighters who protect their lives!

 

Courtesy of US Fire Admin. - FEMA


Upcoming Events

6:00pm
Every Monday
Work Session


7:00pm
Every 2nd Monday
Junior Corps Meeting


7:00pm - 8:00pm
Every 2nd Tuesday
Ladies Auxiliary Meeting


6:30pm - 9:00pm
Mon. Apr 28th 2014
Drill: Natural Gas & Propane Emergency Preparedness


8:30am - 12:00pm
Sun. May 4th 2014
Drill: Hazmat Recert


8:15pm
Mon. May 5th 2014
Special Meeting

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