At 22:49 on Saturday, November 3, 2012, Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue firefighters were dispatched to the area of 62 Jeremiah Road for a car into a pole with wires down. While en route Chief Bill Halstead was advised that wires were on the car and one occupant was still inside of the vehicle. The second passenger, a 13-year-old female, was out of the vehicle.
Chief Halstead immediately requested a second tone for more manpower due to the extrication and CL&P to the scene, priority 1. Upon arrival Chief Halstead found a GMC Yukon had snapped a utility pole and came to rest against a large tree on its driver's side on the shoulder of the road. Utility wires were draped across the vehicle and a transformer lay smashed in the roadway, blocking access. Firefighters went to work gathering their tools and equipment to prepare for the extrication.
The vehicle had sustained heavy front end damage. The motor was ripped from its mounts and shoved 12 inches backward, into the firewall. The driver's door was sheared off from the impact, and the driver was severely impinged at several points. The actual extrication process did not start until the "all clear" was received from CL&P. A Firefighter/MRT gained access through the rear hatch to provide initial patient care and remained in the vehicle with the patient, holding C-spine stabilization.
The front half of the roof was removed to allow for access. The dashboard was also removed to allow access to the patient's lower extremities. The steering column was removed to free the patient's right leg. It was then discovered that his left knee was pinned to the ground by the hood of the vehicle. After the vehicle was lifted to free his knee, it was discovered that his left foot was trapped between the rocker panel, the brake pedal and the A post, which was had been forced downward by the impact. The floor was then cut open to access the area. The A post was spread open, the brake pedal removed, and the foot was slowly freed.
The extrication took 111 minutes,just nine minutes shy of two hours. Once removed the patient was handed off to Newtown Ambulance members and taken to Danbury Hospital ALS. Sandy Hook firefighters cleared the scene and returned in service around 2:38 am (1:38 am due to the time change).
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.