Hartford County Hoseline

February 2007 Issue


To all department Fire Chiefs, the HCFEP is asking for your help. We are looking for either a career or volunteer fire department to host the 2007 Hartford County Memorial Service which is held in October in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week. Any interested fire departments can either e-mail me at johnsechcfep@yahoo.com or fax me at 860 747-2137 or drop a line to our PO Box 447, Plainville, CT. 06062 or call my cell phone at 860 573-5641. We at Hartford County are looking forward to hearing from the county.

The Board of Directors would like to ask all County Fire Chiefs to take the time to speak to their Fire Chaplain to see if they would be interested in becoming the Hartford County Fire Chaplain. One of their focuses in the County in hosting the Annual Hartford County Memorial Service which is held in October. If anyone is interested and needs more information on this position please contact me, John Coelho by e-mail johnsechcfep@yahoo.com fax number 860 747-2137 or by dropping a line to PO Box 447, Plainville, CT. 06062.


I also realize that it is only February and June seems far away but circle this date June 20th on your calendar. That is the date for the Hartford County Annual Dinner Meeting which is held at the Farmington Club in Farmington, CT. More information will be forthcoming as we get closer to the date so watch for more information in the Hoseline.

Presents their Annual Pasta Supper

On Saturday February 24th from 5:00pm to 8:00 pm Tunxis Hose Company No. 1 will be sponsoring their annual Pasta Dinner at Tunxis Hose Station 11 School Street, Unionville, CT. Prices are: Adults $7.00, Seniors: $5.00, Children: $4.00.

To all the county members and your families come out and support the members of Tunxis Hose Company No. 1.


To all County Chiefs, Training Officers and House Captains, if there are any changes or information about your department that needs sharing, please let me know ASAP, so that I can include it in the next print of the Hoseline. If there has been a line of Duty Death, a department member has answered his or her last alarm, please let me know as soon as possible so that I can make sure that their name is added to the list and not forgotten at the Annual Hartford County Memorial Service which is held in October during National Fire Prevention Week. Also if someone is sick or in the hospital please forward me their names so it can be read off at the board meetings and plan meetings. You can e-mail me at johnsechcfep@yahoo.com or mail the information to me at PO Box 447, Plainville, CT. 06062 or you can fax me at 860 747-2137 or call me on my cell phone 860 573-5641.



“Can We Make It On Time”

The pagers go off, calling us out. The dispatcher gives the address, with a loud shout. I jump out of the bed as fast as I can. Grab my shoes and my keys as they page us again. I go out to my truck, plug in the dash light. Cause somewhere in town is a fire I must fight. Wiping the sleep from my eyes, I see a bright glow in the distance. A policeman yells over the radio “Code 3, I need assistance” He said there is screaming, coming from inside. I think to myself, someone is trapped, but alive. The pain they must feel, I can’t imagine the scare. I see the station up the road, the chief’s already there.

I pray to God “Please let us get there in time".

To save an unknown life, Lord if you must, instead take mine.” I speed up a little faster, but still driving safe. Still praying to God that I won’t be too late. I finally get to the station, put on my turn out gear. The chief starts the fire engine and yells “We’re outta here!”The sirens sound off, the red strobe are so bright pray once again,”Lord watch over us tonight.”I suit up for action putting on the S.C.B.A. The chief makes the comment “Boys the Devil wants to play!”

We arrive on scene, not ever thinking one time, “Why am I doing this?” or “Why do I put my life on the line?”As we observe the silence and think “this person is dead.” All of a sudden I see the shadow of a small head. Looking real hard, trying to figure out what it is. Oh dear Lord, it can’t be. It’s just a small kid. Then all of a sudden the head moved, “this kid’s still alive!” So I try to reassure her by yelling “Everything’s gonna be alright!”I always said”I’d die if it would save another life.” But never once did I think that it could happen tonight. I run to the front door, Kick it open and run in. Praying once more,”God, we can’t let the Devil win.”

Crawling on the floor, moving slowly toward the crying. I noticed a strong smell and loud hissing. Oh No! It’s a gas line! I knew I had to hurry so I got up and ran towards the cry. I found that little girl, she could barely open her eyes. The smoke was thick and very hot and getting ready to flash.

I took off my jacket, wrapped her in it and gave her my air mask. I heard a firefighter outside say, “The roof’s coming down, if they are getting out alive, they better get out right now” I grabbed the young girl as if she were a football, tucked her in close and ran to the window. The chief ran up and took her from my arm. My other one’s broken, but at least she is out of the way of harm. Then I remembered the gas line, So I too climbed out the window. And sure enough, that gas line did blow. The explosion knocked me down, but I got right back up on my feet. Took no more than 3 steps, then I hit my knees. Through my blurred vision, I watched that little girl, with her mom and dad all crying, having a face with a smile. She then walked over and grabbed me by the hand. She said isn a soft sweet voice “Thank you Mr Fireman.” We put out the fire, got ready to go home one more time. I helped roll the hoses, thanking God that nobody died. And thank you Dear Lord for letting us be on time.

Also I want to remind all Hoseline readers to visited our website at www.hcfep.org. New information is always being added, and with a little bit of your own curiosity you can keep exploring other sites for interesting news and tidbits.

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