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Sunday, August 12th, 2018
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Members of SHVFR's Training Committee led a training session on vehicle extrication on Sunday, August 12.Two weeks earlier, firefighters spent their Monday training time in July going over the various tools that are used when responding to vehicle extrication calls.
Saturday, June 9th, 2018
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Over the course of two evenings — Friday and Saturday, June 8-9 — Sandy Hook firefighters cooked and served 2,050 lobsters and 750 pounds of ribeye to the thousands of people who decided to join us for the 31st Annual SHVFR LobsterFest.
Friday, May 4th, 2018
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Friends and family, including his firehouse family, said their final farewell to SHVFR Firefighter Tyler Hoffman on Friday, May 4. FF Hoffman, 24, had passed away unexpectedly less than a week earlier, on April 29.Calling hours had been held Thursday, May 3, at Honan Funeral Home, and included an ho...
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Sandy Hook firefighters welcomed instructors from FTI for training with water containers on Monday, April 23.The drill began with members assembling in front of the main station, where they participated in a discussion led by Pete Morotto and Bret Newport on the basics of water containers, including...
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Approximately 45 firefighters participated in a hazmat practical Sunday morning. Members of Hook & Ladder had joined Sandy Hook for the classroom session in March for the training, and then return to Sandy Hook's main station for the conclusion of the annual mandatory drill.After assembling ...
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Hook & Ladder firefighters hosted Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue firefighters on Sunday for the first of at least three training sessions for the two companies being planned for this year.Hook & Ladder Firefighter Mike McCarthy led the training, which covered ice water rescues.The gr...
Sunday, January 14th, 2018
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Sandy Hook firefighters spent Sunday morning and early afternoon at the Town of Newtown Public Works garage, where they went over the tools needed to do a bailout and then practiced that skill.Flash Fire Industries provided the training, with owner Dan Gordon and employee Joe Arnson working with tho...
Monday, December 18th, 2017
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Thank you to everyone who has shared photos of their Christmas trees in their new homes. We had a very good weekend. As of this morning, there are just a few dozen trees remaining at our main station. Firefighters will be at our main station by chance during the day this week, and from 6 to 9 pm eac...
Friday, December 8th, 2017
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As SHVFR heads into the second weekend in December, the third full weekend of the 17th annual tree sale fundraiser, some of our customers have shared photos of their trees once they have set them up.Tree Sale Chair Mike Burton reports that 440 trees have been sold, out of the 800 trees that were del...
Monday, November 27th, 2017
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The night after firefighters from all five companies combined efforts to battle a fire in Sandy Hook's district, members from all of the town's companies again convened, this time for training.A representative from All-Star met firefighters at the Public Works garage, where he spent time goi...
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Sandy Hook firefighters were joined by friends and family bright and early Friday morning for the unloading of 800 Christmas trees. The had just arrived in Sandy Hook from a farm that SHVFR has counted on for years.As each tree was unloaded from the delivery truck it was measured by height, tagged, ...
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It was a very chilly, and even occasionally rainy Saturday, but Newtown responded to the 16th Annual Fill The Fire Trucks. Firefighters from all five of the town’s companies and a crew from Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps set out for the parking lots at Newtown Shopping Center and Sand Hill ...
Sunday, November 12th, 2017
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Sandy Hook firefighters spent the morning of Sunday, November 12, training within Paugussett State Forest. The training session focused on woodland rescues and ATV use. Before heading out from the main station that morning, many members downloaded an app that allows their cell phone to use GPS coord...
Monday, October 23rd, 2017
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On Monday morning, three Sandy Hook firefighters made the annual visit to Wesley Learning Center for a fire prevention presentation. Pete Barresi, Craig Kampmier and Luke Loudon spent time offering a presentation to the preschool students, including discussion of "Stop, Drop and Roll," bef...
Sunday, October 8th, 2017
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On a day that dawned overcast, and then proceeded to offer on-and-off rain storms, SHVFR firefighters headed to New Haven Fire Academy for live burn training with FTI instructors.Three stations were set up that day: ground level entry, second floor entry, and sublevel entry.
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Nearly 90 golfers showed up for SHVFR's 30th Annual Golf Tournament, which was presented for the second consecutive year at The Golf Club at Oxford Greens. It was a gorgeous Monday, and everyone who participated in the event — a fundraiser for the company — seemed to enjoy themselves...
Monday, September 4th, 2017
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Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue participated in Newtown's 56th Annual Labor Day Parade on September 4.The company was staged in the fourth division. In addition to marching, members also responded to a call when a Shriner's vehicle had a mechanical malfunction and crashed.
Tuesday, July 18th, 2017
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Firefighters Pete Barresi, Kyle Keeping and Tess Vogel led the first of three Safety Town presentations scheduled this year at Newtown Youth & Family Services on Tuesday, July 18.The crew took Engine 443 that morning to 15 Berkshire Road, where they met the pre-K children participating in the an...
Monday, June 26th, 2017
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Members of Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue spent a few hours on Monday, June 26, working with an instructor from Fire Training Innovations (FTI), who ran firefighters though a number of scenarios using two vehicles that had been donated to the company for training purposes.Firefighters worked...
Saturday, June 10th, 2017
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For the 30th consecutive year, Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue hosted a LobsterFest that was attended by thousands of people. Presented Friday and Saturday, June 9-10, this year's event was one of the company's largest presentations to date.

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