September 2013, with co-advisors Karin Halstead and Archie Paloian
The Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company's Junior Corps has been active for two years. It allows boys and girls ages 14-16 who live in Newtown -- not just the Sandy Hook district -- to gain experience before joining the company. The Juniors have a business meeting at 7 pm on the second Monday of every month. The Juniors attend the two drills a month with the company and do smaller drills themselves. They are required to participate in all fundraising activites. The Junior Corps Advisor is Karin Halstead.
Per Section 31-23 of the CT General Statues below is a list of activities 14-15 year olds can do between the hours of 7 am and 10 pm:
*Attend meetings concluding no later than 10 pm throughout the year;
*Respond to incidents between the hours of 7 am and 7 pm and remain at the scene no later than 10 pm;
*Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) or uniform that readily identifies him/her as a Cadet/Explorer or similar status;
*Receive instruction and engage in training that does not involve fire, smoke (except theatrical or latex smoke), toxic or noxious gas, or hazardous materials or substances;
*After receiving proper training, Junior Corps members may respond to emergencies on emergency apparatus (must be age 15);
*Observe exterior firefighting activities while under supervision by a certified firefighter;
*Provide cleanup services at the scene of a fire (limited to exterior) after the IC (Incident Commander) has declared the scene is safe;
*Participate in functions within the rehabilitation area; and
*Upon certification from the State of CT, young adults may perform EMS related duties, such as CPR, defibrillation, splinting, controlling of bleeding, assessment of vital signs, and providing oxygen. Minors must be under the supervision of an EMS provider who is over 18 and of equal or higher EMS certification level.
February 7, 2016: Paugassett Hook & Ladder Co No 4 (Derby, CT ) Past Chief and longtime member James J. Butler, 50, fell ill after responding to a fire call at a local restaurant. He subsequently died of a heart attack.
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.
Volunteer firefighters display a flashing blue light to warn other motorists when they are responding to emergencies in their personal vehicles.
While Connecticut Motor Vehicle laws do not require motorists to pull over to the right, please be courteous and let them pass.
Remember: The faster we can get to the scene of a fire, an accident or a medical call, the sooner we can save lives. After all, you wouldn't want anyone to delay our response time if you needed to call 911, would you?
When you see the blue light, move to the right.
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
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.
They can be purchased for $15, and will be designed to hang vertically or horizontally (your choice) on your mailbox post.
Stop by the firehouse any Monday night or call 203-270-4392 to place an order.