Archive | December, 2013

Mount Pleasant MVA with Entrapment

Friday morning, December 27, 2013 shortly before 6:30am Newtown Hook & Ladder was dispatched for a Motor Vehicle Accident with entrapment on Mount Pleasant Road near the intersection of Saw Mill Road. Rescue 113 & Engine 111 responded with Hawleyville Engine 331 to the scene and found one person trapped in the vehicle. Crews stabilized the vehicle with cribbing, removed the doors and the roof with The Jaws of Life™ and saws-all’s. Rescuer’s moved the dash board off the trapped driver with two hydraulic rams and come-a-long. Full access and removal from the vehicle was just over 30 minutes. The heavily traveled road was shut down for two to three hours during the investigation and clean-up.

See the Newtown Bee story here.

MVA with Entrapment on Sugar St.

Sunday, December 22, 2013 just before 8pm Newtown Hook & Ladder was dispatched to Sugar St near the intersection of Sugar Lane for a Motor Vehicle Accident with Entrapment. Rescue 113 and Engine 111 responded to the scene a found one vehicle off the road with one person trapped. Crews stabilized the vehicle using cribbing and come-a-longs due to the incline. Using the Jaws of Life, hydraulic cutter and saws-all the driver’s door and roof were removed to allow access to the trapped occupant. From the time of arrival of rescue equipment on scene to patient removal and care transferred to Newtown Ambulance was fifteen minutes. Hook & Ladder remained on scene until vehicle was returned to the road and removed from the scene.

Structure Fire on The Boulevard

On the very cold morning of Sunday December 8th, 2013 shortly after 1am Newtown Hook & Ladder, Sandy Hook and Hawleyville Fire Departments were dispatched to 31 The Boulevard for a reported structure fire. The initial dispatch reported two persons trapped within the building. Incident Commander Assistant Chief Rivera had dispatch alert all five Newtown fire companies and Newtown Volunteer Ambulance as well as Southbury Fire Department to provide a Rapid Intervention Team.

Arrival on the scene found that Newtown Police officers had rescued two occupants from the smoke filled building and were carrying the two victims to safety. Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps members treated and transported both victims to Danbury Hospital suffering from smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms.

Firefighters from the initial responding fire companies were able to simultaneously place two attack hose lines in operation inside the one and a half story home, perform ventilation (both horizontal and vertical), while additional crews established a water supply using area hydrants. The bulk of the fire was contained to the rear of the building on the first floor with some fire extension to the second floor.

Local Fire Marshals with the assistance from the Connecticut State Fire Marshal’s Office conducted the investigation as to the origin and cause. Most responding fire companies were returned to service by 5:30am and Hook & Ladder remained on scene with investigating Fire Marshals for an additional hour.

See the Newtown Bee story.

Chimney Fire in Sandy Hook

On Wednesday morning December 4, 2013, just after 3am Newtown Hook & Ladder was dispatched to Wine Sap Rd in the Sandy Hook section of Newtown. Ladder Truck 114 responded to assist Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue members at the scene of a chimney fire. Firefighters from Newtown assisted with laddering the roof using ground ladders. Hook & Ladder was on scene for approximately 30 minutes.

Trinity Church congregation votes to sell land to NH&L

Please click to read the story in the Newtown Bee.