Fire & EMT Buzz

Bethel Students Win in EMT Olympics

MAY 3, 2012

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Bethel Students Win in EMT Olympics ~ By Jon DeLosSantos

Photo Credit: Jon DeLosSantos

On May third there were cloudy skies but bright, shiny smiles from area students who came out to participate in the EMT Olympics, a series of training exercises for students pursuing the EMT field.

1, 2, 3, Go! The teams were off to starting their Olympic competition at various stations for practical testing. Team 5 started out with a station that tests them on how to stabilize an injured bone. Team 5 also had to do a tibia fracture, which they carried out nicely and swiftly.

Later in the day many of the teams performed a big joint scenario that would challenge their ability of scene size up, time management and the ability to work together as a team. The EMT crews were dispatched to an explosion with the chemical ether ethanol. When they arrived on scene they had to size up the scene to determine if it was safe to enter. They then had to decide if it was necessary to call for addition help. In this exercise they used their triage skills (mass casualty incidents) to help others who were hurt in the explosion.

Glenn McKenna from New Fairfield 12 stated: “The third annual EMT Olympics was a great event for the community and expanded my knowledge as an EMT student. It was also good to get to know the other EMT students from Barlow, New Milford and Bethel”.

The Olympics were very successful with all schools winning various awards. Bethel came in first, New Fairfield came in second and New Milford came in third place. Overall it was a good day for students and staff members who made the event possible.

Stony Hill Boot Drive Raises Close to $3,000 for Danbury Girl Mackenzie Newsome

APR 14, 2012

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Stony Hill Boot Drive Raises Close to $3,000 for Danbury Girl Mackenzie Newsome

Photo above by Chelsea Berg

Mackenzie Newsome has a lot of supporters in her corner. Earlier today the Stony Hill Fire Department raised close to $3,000, according to Chelsea Berg, volunteer. Danielle Demato and Doug Evanuska organized the event, along with members of the Stony Hill Fire Department, to help the Danbury three-year-old who was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 Lymph Node cancer.

Mackenzie Newsome has hundreds, if not thousands, of supporters who have rallied around her family with prayers, donations and support to help get them through this difficult time. It was reported in the News Times that the family is under a financial burden due to the expense of hospital bills and travel expenses to bring Mackenzie to treatments. On top of all that, Mackenzie’s father was, or will be soon, getting laid off from work.

Word quickly spread on Facebook that the Danbury family needed help and the community rallied with dozens of events to help raise funds. The Moose Lodge in Danbury held a fundraising dinner two weeks ago. In Naugatuck a dodgeball game fundraiser was organized. Today’s boot drive was very well attended and this evening supporters can help by attending “Meatballs for Mackenzie” at Delevina’s Deli on Hayestown Road in Danbury. They will be selling meatball wedges, meatballs with sauce and Patty’s pasta sauce all for $5.00. All proceeds will go to the Newsome family.

Tomorrow, Sunday April 15 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Escape Salon and Day Spa in Bethel will hold “A Day For Mackeznie” fundraiser at their salon which is located at 232 Greenwood Ave. in Bethel. Area stylists will donate their time to give haircuts, manicures and pedicures. Take Time Relaxation Center in Bethel will also be available for massages. All funds will be donated to the Newsome family.

Next Saturday night “Zumba 4 Mackenzie” aims to raise even more funds to help the little girl get the treatments she needs. Tickets are now on sale for the event which is slated to take place on Saturday, April 21st from 6-8 p.m. at Wesconn. Doors open at 5 p.m. There will be five instructors teaching Zumba, a 50/50 raffle and many more prizes to be raffled off. Souvenir T-shirts will be available to purchase. Visit for more information or to purchase tickets on-line. Call 203-837-8499 for more information.

For more information on upcoming events for Mackenzie please click here.

To send a donation please make a check payable to “Prayers for Mackenzie Newsome” and mail to the Newsome family, 36 Tamarack Ave., Suite 339, Danbury, CT 06811.

Fire Breaks Out Francis J. Clarke Industrial Park

DEC 12, 2011

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Fire Breaks Out Francis J. Clarke Industrial Park

Bethel Family Displaced After Fire Saturday Night

DEC 11, 2011

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Bethel Family Displaced After Fire Saturday Night

A family of 5, along with two dogs and a cat, were displaced Saturday night when a fire broke out at their home at 19 Midway Drive, due to a fire just after 8:00 p.m. According to Fire Marshal Tom Galliford, the fire was in the Bethel Fire Department district- Stony Hill assisted them with 15 Stony Hill Fire Department firefighters with 2 engines and the rescue truck. Crews from the Bethel and Stony Hill Fire Departments  extinguished the fire. The family lost everything and are asking for donations for their 3 girls, ages 9, 12 and 15. The family is asking for donations in the form of gift cards and money which can be mailed to the Paixao  family, c/o Lillia Penha, 32 Midway Drive. Fire Marshal Galliford stated Sunday that the cause of the fire is still under investigation but that the house and its contents were a total loss. He said the family is staying with family and friends. Bethel Buzz will update the story as news and information is provided by Fire Marshal and/or American Red Cross, CT. chapter.

UPDATE 12/11/11 5:01p.m.: The Connecticut chapter of the American Red Cross have been notified of the fire and will be working to assist the family. Bethel Buzz will keep readers posted as we receive information.

UPDATE 12/11/11 9:45 p.m.: The Paixao family is the family who lost their home at 19 Midway Drive. They are staying with the Penha family at 32 Midway Dr. If anyone would like to send a check to the Paixao family please send it to Daisy Paixao, c/o Lilia Penha, 32 Midway Drive, Bethel CT. 06801. Donations are also being collected at Famous Pizza for gift cards to Target, Kohls and Bethel Food.

Firefighters Respond to Early Morning Fire in Berkshire Corporate Park

NOV 29, 2011

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The following is a press release from the Stony Hill Volunteer Fire Company, Inc.– 

 —BETHEL, CT., Nov 29 2011

This morning at  6:11am the Stony Hill and Bethel Volunteer FD’s responded to 6 Berkshire Blvd in the Berkshire Corporate Park for smoke in the building.  Upon arrival of Stony Hill Engine 3, a moderate smoke condition was found in the lower level of the 3 story office building.  Firefighters found a large Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) on fire in the electrical room.  Firefighter shut the power off to the unit and used a dry chemical fire extinguisher to extinguish the fire.

Due to the size of the building and smoke condition, crews remained on scene for approximately 1.5 hours to secure the scene and remove the smoke from the building.  Units operating included Stony Hill’s Engine 3, Engine 1, Rescue 2 and Bethel FD’s Engine 6.  Approximately 15 volunteer firefighters operated at the scene.

The fire appears to have been an accidental fire in the electrical system of the UPS device.

Thomas E. Galliford

Fire Marshal
Emergency Management Director
Town Of Bethel, CT
One School Street
Bethel, CT 06801

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Sunday: Gov. Malloy Orders Flags at Half Staff in Honor of Fallen Firefighters

OCT 15, 2011

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Sunday: Gov. Malloy Orders Flags at Half Staff in Honor of Fallen Firefighters

HARTFORD, CT–Governor Malloy has ordered U.S. and Connecticut flags to fly at half-staff tomorrow in remembrance of the sacrifices of firefighters and other first responders and to honor the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.

“On Sunday we pause to reflect on the sacrifices that have been made by the sacrifices by our firefighters and other emergency services personnel who respond to fires and other emergencies,” said Governor Malloy. “Our firefighters risk their lives every day to keep our communities and citizens safe–it is an honor to recognize their courage and commitment to the state and the nation.”

Sunday marks the end of National Fire Prevention Week. President Obama has ordered U.S. flags to fly at half-staff on Sunday, also in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 #  #  #                                                                                     For more information about the National Firefighters Memorial click here. For more information about the National Fallen Firefighter’s Foundation click here.

Bethel Fire Departments Prep For Fire Prevention Week

OCT 5, 2011

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Bethel Fire Departments Prep For Fire Prevention Week

Lieutenant Bill Cadella hoisted a large banner up on the South Street FIre Department Wednesday afternoon as Bethel volunteer firefighters prepare for Fire Prevention Week. The national campaign is held October 9th through the 15th and is put on by the National Fire Prevention Association. This year their campaign focuses on keeping families and communities safe from fire through education.

Bethel firefighters will be going into schools and preschools during the month of October to teach kids about fire safety and show them their equipment. Lt. Cadella said they generally like to bring their equipment with them and put it on in front of the kids so it is not so scary.

“We like to show them that there is a human underneath all that equipment,” Cadella said.

The fire departments are also partnering with Ring’s End for “Touch a Fire Truck” on October 15th. Children will get to meet firefighters, touch a fire truck and receives lots of prizes and goodies. Coloring books, door busters, smoke alarm batteries and free fire hats will be distributed to children who attend the event, Oct. 15th from 10am-2pm at Ring’s End on Taylor Ave. in Bethel. Captain Ed Bruey will be running the event.

Lt. Cadella wants Bethel residents to be safe by following these recommended fire safety tips:

~Check your smoke alarms on a monthly basis, not just when clocks are changed

~Make sure all families have a fire safety plan

~Make sure all families, schools and businesses practice regular fire drills

~Follow the NFPA tips this Halloween by clicking here

For more information about National Fire Prevention Week, click here.

Brunch For Our Hometown Heroes


Brunch For Our Hometown Heroes ~ By Wendy Mitchell

Crisis brings out a sense of community, especially in a small town like Bethel. For the past week Bethel’s police, volunteer firefighters and town crews have worked tirelessly spending many hours away from their families in order to ensure the safety of Bethel’s residents.

One of those residents, a wife mother of two, has decided she wanted to thank them in her own special way with a free brunch. Mandy Fotheringham, whose name you may recognize from some of her articles here on Bethel Buzz, has partnered with Loree Ogan, owner of Loree’s Kitchen, to host a free brunch for the men and women of Bethel who have volunteered countless hours of their time this past week.

“I’m trying to raise $780 to give all volunteers from FD and PD who were on call over the days of Hurricane Irene for a “Thank You” brunch,” Fotheringham said.

“The volunteers gave up time being with their family during the time during Hurricane Irene to be on call and on the streets to make sure we and our families were safe. It is going to be catered by Loree’s Catering. Loree is giving me a whopping discount per head on this brunch, so if you’d like to “like” her Facebook page and thank her, please do so,” Fotheringham said.

Fotheringham said the main reason for her organizing this event is because, “I don’t want them to feel under appreciated.”

If you’d like to donate to this very worthy cause, please stop by Loree’s Catering located at 4 Elizabeth Street and put your donation in the container. They would like to hold the brunch within the next few weeks if possible but can’t do so without donations from the community.  Anyone who would like to volunteer their time to come down to the South Street Fire Department where the brunch will be held, please contact Mandy Fotheringham at the following email address:

You may also call Loree Ogan at Loree’s Catering at (203) 748-0852.

“I only need about 155 people to donate $5 each – let’s show our hometown heroes that they’re appreciated!” Fotheringham said.


Bethel Safety Organizations Partner With Target For “National Night Out”


Bethel Safety Organizations Partner With Target For “National Night Out”

~ By Wendy Mitchell

Bethel police, fire and emergency preparedness organizations partnered with Target for their 28th Annual “National Night Out.” Local families came out Tuesday evening to learn about safety and watch demonstrations from Bethel police and firemen.

Bethel Target Store Manager Ian Yorty said: “I’m excited about the great turnout this year. It’s a great day to host a positive event for the community and we are glad to host the event so the community can recognize the partnership we have with fire and law enforcement in our area.”

The event is part of a national event that began in 1984 as a way to educate the public and raise awareness about crime and drug prevention. According to their website, National Night Out is designed to:

  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs;
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and
  • Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
The Bethel Target event was organized by Assets Program Team Leader Alden Lee who said: “It’s a great way to get the community out so people know the we partner with health and emergency response and so they know we are all here to help.”
Bethel police hed a K9 demonstration with their police dog Asco in the spotlight showing off his excellent obedience skills. Officers demonstrated how the German Shepherd is trained to attack and chase criminals when commanded to.
The Bethel and Stony Hill Fire Departments joined forces to demonstrate how the jaws of life can safe lives. By using three lifesaving tools Bethel firefighters showed how they can take the doors, roof and dashboard off of a car in a matter of minutes to get to an accident victim.
Firefighters also held hands-on demonstrations for children in order to show them how to use a fire extinguisher in case of a fire by pulling out the pin and spraying on a small fire.
Bethel CERT volunteers, registered nurses and volunteers from the health department passed out information and educated the public on safety. They were also recruiting volunteers for the American Red Cross. Click here for more information.
Children and their parents enjoyed a free barbecue dinner, courtesy of Target, complimentary goodie bags and free face painting from target team members. Kicks 105.5 FM emceed the event and their DJ Maureen Bingham gave away free passes to The Maritime Center in Norwalk.

June 14, 2011 ~ The Importance of Safety Training ~ By Wendy Mitchell

Stony Hill Firefighters

With the increase of emergency calls over the last week, Fire Marshal Tom Galliford said it is important or firemen and women up to date on safety training. Monday night the Stony Hill Fire Department held a hose safety drill at the firehouse and Berkshire Industrial Park.

“Firehouses in big cities get hundreds of calls a year, we don’t get near to that many, but Thursday we got 3 calls in one day. So it’s really important to keep these guys up to speed on their training so they don’t get rusty,” Galliford said.

“Making sure everything is up to par is very important.”

About a dozen volunteer firefighters came out Monday evening for the safety training.  Firefighters checked the hoses for any wear and tear and transported hundreds of feet of heavy hoses across the parking lot in a timed drill. Checking ladders, systems on the trucks and other safety measures, the team worked together to ensure all equipment was in good working order and the volunteers were trained on how to use it.

The hoses can weigh up to 80 pounds so firefighters must be in good physical conditions and are required to pass a physical examination each year. Other training included SCBA skills (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus).

Galliford, a lifelong Bethel resident, first came on as a volunteer firefighter 23 years ago when he was just 16-years-old. He now wears many hats; Fire Marshal, Assistant Chief, and C.E.R.T. training director, but keeps a humble attitude and emphasizes the importance of camaraderie in the “brotherhood.”

“These guys like to joke around a lot, it goes with the territory,” he laughed.

There is a strong bond shared between fellow firemen and women that are willing to put their life on the line for each other, and for complete strangers, for no pay, that only someone who has walked in their shoes can understand.

Stony Hill and Bethel Fire Departments are always seeking new members, Galliford said. The only requirements are as follows; applicants must be 18 years old, must pass a physical examination as required by OSHA and must live within 3 miles of the firehouse. They then must pass a series of training sessions to become certified.

For more information on joining the Stony Hill Fire Department call (203) 778-7417.

For more information on joining the South Street Fire Department call (203) 778-7414.

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