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Training: Tech Rescue (practical)
Sunday, February 9th, 2020

Following a classroom session on January 27, Sandy Hook VFR firefighters assembled on Sunday, February 9, for the practical session of Tech Rescue Training.

Fire Training Innovations (FTI) Instructor Pete Morotto worked with firefighters that morning, going over the equipment that would be needed in different types of rescue operations.

Training: Tech Rescue (practical)
Training: Tech Rescue (practical)
Training: Tech Rescue (practical)
Training: Tech Rescue (practical)
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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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Sandy Hook VFR Chief Bill Halstead was elected president of The Connecticut State Firefighters Association (CSFA) on September 19, during the association's annual convention. CSFA is the central organization for Connecticut’s fire service members in matters relating to federal and state le...
Sunday, July 12th, 2020
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Following nearly four months hiatus due to COVID-19, Sandy Hook firefighters returned to their training schedule on Sunday morning. Led by instructors from Fire Training Innovations (FTI), firefighters assembled outdoors behind Sandy Hook's main station and spent the morning training on stabiliz...
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During the past month, with families being asked to continue the "Stay Home-Stay Safe" COVID-19 protocols, Sandy Hook VFR has been invited to deliver smiles to some of the youngest members of our fire district.
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During this time of social distancing, Sandy Hook VFR has done two special visits to young residents within our fire district.On Sunday, April 5, Firefighters Scott Allen, Pete Barresi, John Eisele, Matt Schapiro and Shannon Will took Engine 442 out for a ride to extend birthday wishes to two brothe...
Sunday, February 9th, 2020
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Following a classroom session on January 27, Sandy Hook VFR firefighters assembled on Sunday, February 9, for the practical session of Tech Rescue Training.Fire Training Innovations (FTI) Instructor Pete Morotto worked with firefighters that morning, going over the equipment that would be needed in ...
Saturday, November 23rd, 2019
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For the 17th year, firefighters from all five of Newtown's companies worked on a pre-Thanksgiving food collection for FAITH Food Pantry.At the concluding of this year's five-hour event, shoppers at Newtown's Big Y and Stop & Shop supermarkets donated 55 turkeys, filled 72 boxes with ...
Sunday, November 10th, 2019
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Sandy Hook VFR firefighters returned to Fairfield Hills for the second time this year to continue training with ladders. The company's November 10 training, done with FTI, continued and expanded upon work that had been started in April.Firefighters began by staging outside Shelton Hall, near the...
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Approximately 30 SHVFR firefighters spent nearly two hours with instructors from FTI on Monday night, continuing their training with SCBA and learning techniques to rescue victims and downed firefighters from buildings.
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Approximately 25 members of Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue marched in the 2019 Bridgewater Country Fair Fireman's Parade this year, and at the end of the evening the group returned home with three trophies.Sandy Hook earned honors for Best Overall Appearing Fire Company, Most Firefighter...

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