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Friday, July 8th, 2022
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(posted Saturday, July 9)With deepest regret, we announce the passing of Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company Chief William Halstead.After responding to a call on the evening of Friday, July 8, the chief returned to his home and became ill.
Sunday, May 15th, 2022
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Sandy Hook VFR firefighters spent the morning of Sunday, May 15, in the Lower Paugussett State Forest. The morning began for most at the company's substation on Berkshire Road, where firefighters went over a map of the state forest, discussed the different trails and other accessways, and went o...
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Sandy Hook firefights spent the morning of Sunday, April 10, training on truck extrication practices and then vehicle fires.Two trucks had been donated to the company for training, which meant multiple crews were able to work with saws, glass cutters, cribbing and other related tools on both vehicle...
Sunday, March 13th, 2022
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A few weeks after going through the annual classroom portion of HazMat Recertification, Sandy Hook VFR firefighters did the practical segment of this training.Fire Training Innovations instructors Walt Seman and William Stacy opened the morning with a 40-minute recap in the meeting room of Sandy Hoo...
Sunday, February 13th, 2022
Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue finished 2021 with 481 calls recorded.(For details, visit our Call Volume page.)The company also had 23 training sessions, 51 work sessions, and 23 company/business meetings (including two special meetings) last year.
Saturday, November 27th, 2021
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The morning after their Food Truck Festival, it was right back to business for Sandy Hook firefighters, who worked with Fire Training Innovations (FTI) Instructor Derek Currao on tools used and procedures followed during RIT assignments.
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Firefighters from all five of Newtown's companies participated again in the annual pre-Thanksgiving Fill The Fire Trucks event on Saturday, November 20.Sandy Hook EMS Captain Karin Halstead coordinated the event again, which had Sandy Hook, Hawleyville and Hook & Ladder firefighters staged o...
Sunday, November 14th, 2021
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SHVFR firefighters participated in driver recertification and pump ops recert for their Sunday training in November. One rotation was set up in the rear parking lot of the main station, where firefighters worked with Brush 445 and Engine 441 on drafting and water flow.
Sunday, October 3rd, 2021
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SHVFR firefighters participated in the company's live burn training session on Sunday, October 3.The company this year returned to the New Haven Fire Training Division building for the annual drill.
Monday, May 24th, 2021
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Shortly after returning from a call, Sandy Hook firefighters did some back-to-basics training on May 24.Three teams of firefighters went out within the district to practice drafting. Engine 441 and a crew went to the end of Riverside Road; Engine 442 and a crew went to Narragansett Road and Quail Ho...
Sunday, May 16th, 2021
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Nearly two dozen Sandy Hook firefighters assembled for training Sunday morning, going over basics of SCBA use.FTI Instructor Terry Mincy started the morning by doing an overview of the equipment in the meeting room of the main station.Firefighters and Mincy then headed outdoors, where they spent tim...
Sunday, April 11th, 2021
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Sandy Hook firefighters spent the morning of April 11 working on pump operations and tanker shuttle set-up, use and breakdown. They were assisted by members of the town's four additional companies, who assisted at dump sites and with their tankers.
Sunday, February 14th, 2021
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Sandy Hook firefighters spent Sunday, February 14, honing their forcible entry skills with two instructors from FTI.Bret Newport and Pete Morotto discussed the tools and procedures they felt were most effective for firefighters when encountering doors.
Friday, February 5th, 2021
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Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue finished 2020 with 654 calls recorded.2020's numbers represent an increase of 16.57% over the number of calls we responded to in 2019, when we responded to 561 calls.
Monday, January 25th, 2021
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SHVFR firefighters worked with FTI instructors for some back-to-basics hose line training this month. Approximately two dozen company members assembled for the training, which took place outdoors to allow for easier social distancing measures.
Saturday, November 21st, 2020
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With an additional location to collect donations, this year's Fill The Fire Trucks was among the most successful to date. Firefighters from Sandy Hook, Hawleyville and Hook & Ladder once again staged in front of Big Y World Class Market on Queen Street and Botsford members were in Sand Hill ...
Monday, November 16th, 2020
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Members of Sandy Hook VFR assembled with Quint 440 along Dickinson Drive around mid-morning Veterans Day, saluting veterans as they arrived at Sandy Hook School for a special Veterans Day event. We thank all men and women serving in the US Armed Forces.
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Nearly 30 Sandy Hook firefighters spent the morning of Sunday, October 11, at Fairfield Regional Fire School, for the company's annual live burn training. The firefighters worked under the guidance of FTI instructors.
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#FireHero2020Sandy Hook VFRR's two stations had additional red lights lit ahead of the The 2020 National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Tribute To Fallen Firefighters. In 2019 alone, 82 firefighters died in the line of duty in this country.
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Sandy Hook firefighters were joined by dozens of friends and supporters on Monday, September 28, at The Golf Club at Oxford Greens, where the 2020 Golf Tournament was played. Following registration and breakfast, teams waited for the 9 am siren start before beginning a full round of golf on the par ...

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