Hartford County Hoseline

December 2007 Issue


Andrew J. Flanagan Memorial
Scholarship for Active Firefighters

This Scholarship program was established in 1974 by the Connecticut State Firefighters Association, the Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association, the Connecticut Fire Marshals Association, and the Connecticut Fire Department Instructors Association, to honor the memory of Andrew J. Flanagan.

Andy Flanagan was for many years the Training Officer for the New Haven Fire Department, as well as the Treasurer of the Connecticut State Fireman’s Association.  Following his retirement from the department as a Battalion Chief, he was appointed the first full-time Director of Fire Training for the State of Connecticut.  He held this position until his death in 1972.

Andy was a strong proponent of continuing education for firefighters and was instrumental in establishing the Connecticut Technical College Fire Technology Associate Degree Program.
These Scholarship awards are granted in an effort to carry on with his vision.

2007-2008 Andrew J. Flanagan Scholarship Application can be printed off our website at www.hcfep.org  See Download Application and the deadline to return the application is January 31, 2008.


Use caution with holiday decorations and whenever possible, choose those made with flame-resistant, flame-retardant or non-combustible materials.

Keep candles away from decorations and other combustible materials and do not use candles to decorate Christmas trees.

Purchase only lights and electrical decorations bearing the name of an independent testing lab,
and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation and maintenance.

Carefully inspect new and previously used light strings and replace damaged items before plugging lights in.  Do not overload extension cords.

Keep children and pets away from light strings and electrical decorations.

Turn off light strings and decorations before leaving or going to bed.

When decorating your tree, always use lights listed by a testing laboratory.

Never use lit candles to decorate a tree, and make sure any lit candles in the room are placed well away from tree branches.

Try to keep live trees as moist as possible by giving plenty of water daily.

If you need more information on holiday safety tips go to www.nfpa.org and visit their website.



As snow, freezing rain and rain has already fell on us that means that the holiday season is just around the corner, the Hartford County Fire Emergency Plan Board of Directors, instructors and clerks would like to take out of this busy time of the year to wish you and your family a “Merry Christmas”,(Buon Natale, Joyeaux Noel, Wesolych Swiat, Feliz Navidad,) and a healthy and joyous “Happy New Year.”


Going over all my notes and e-mails from January 2007 until now, I am amazed at all the events, benefits, parades and Memorial Service that were held this past year in Hartford County.  I wish I could recap all events, but that would definitely take pages to do, so I chose to list a few.

Congratulations are in order to everyone from Hartford County alone there were five winners who were recipients of the Andy Flanagan Memorial Scholarship.

Hartford County Fire Emergency Plan Annual Dinner Meeting on June 20 was held at the Farmington Club with a huge turnout of members Attending.

Hartford County Fire Emergency 57th Annual Memorial Service on October 14th that was hosted by the Windsor Locks Fire Department was a huge success because of your participation and support at this event.

The Connecticut State Fallen Firefighter Memorial was held on October 21 at the Connecticut Fire Academy.

November 14 How can we forget “The HCFEP Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Meeting” which was hosted by the Avon Fire Department Company One and Chief Jamie DePace.  Not to overlook the fact that Harvey and his crew did an outstanding job in preparing all the delicious food that was served.  I’m sure that no one went home hungry that night I know that I didn’t.  Thanks to all.


East Berlin Fire Department

  • Assistant Chief - Sal Calvo

Rocky Hill Fire Department

  • Chief - Michael P. Garrahy
  • Assistant Chief - Kevin Morton
  • Deputy Chief - David C. Kromas



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