Hartford County Hoseline

January 2007 Issue



The Hartford County Fire Emergency Plan Monthly Meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 17th , 2007 at the Wilson Fire Department 15 Pine Lane, Windsor, CT. Starting at 19:00 hours. To get to the Wilson Firehouse either coming north or south take

I-91 to exit 35B. At end of ramp take a right(if coming from the south) or a left(from the north) and you will then see the firehouse once you get off the highway.

M.SGT. Robert Cross, Chief of the CT. Air National Guard Fire Department will do a presentation that night for the education portion on the capabilities of the CT. Air National Guard Fire Department and some resources that they offer to the region. The CT. Air National Guard Fire Department is a member of our Task Force 52 with the Departments surrounding Bradley Field and has some great resources for us.

Also just a reminder that the 2006-2007 Andrew J. Flanagan Scholarship Application can be printed off our website at www.hcfep.org and the deadline to return the application is January 15th, 2007.

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 would be to work with the other Fire Chaplains 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 P.O. Box 447 Plainville, CT. 06062


The annual meeting of the Plainville Fire Department was held on Friday December 1, 2006 here is a list of results of this meeting.

Captain: Bill Gammon

First Lieutenant: Tom Moschini

Lieutenant: Adrien Paradis

Lieutenant: Bob Planeta

Lieutenant: Chris Doolittle

Also reappointed Chiefs by the Town of Plainville

Chief: Ray Swanson

First Assistant Chief : Kevin Toner

Second Assistant Chief: Robert O’Dea



Here it is again; the New Year. The time of resolution galore. The most common New Year’s resolutions refer to health and fitness in one way or another. That’s a good thing. Unfortunately by Feb. 1, many resolutions have gone by the way side.

Here our a few ways to get started.

GET SPECIFIC: If your New Year’s resolution involves health and wellness, that’s great. Take it one step further. Be specific about your goal. A goal must be specific and measurable. For example: I want to lose 10 pounds in 4 months.

It must also be realistic. Establishing a goal of losing 10pounds in 1 week will probably set you up for failure. Other examples of specific, realistic and measurable goals are: I want to be able to do 10 push-ups in 25 seconds by such and such date. I want to be able to walk a 15-minute mile on the treadmill by such and such date. To simply say I want to get in shape, or lose weight just isn’t enough.

EVALUATE YOUR PRESENT CONDITION: After you’ve been cleared by your physician, you must evaluate your present condition. A fitness professional can help you with this. If you do not have access to a fitness professional you can do a self-evaluation. If your goal is to walk a 15 minute mile- you’re going to have to walk a mile, or whatever distance you are capable of now, and record your time and calculate your pace. The information you obtain from the evaluation will serve as baseline data for you to measure your progress by. In the end it will help you to measure whether or not you have achieved your goal

HAVE A PLAN: You must have a plan. How much time will you devote each day/week to achieving your goal.

WRITE IT DOWN: Put it in writing. Write down your goal. Write out your plan. Keep a journal of your activities.

RE-EVALUATE: Periodically reevaluate your progress by performing some of the original tests.


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.

Wondering when was the last time you visited our website 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. Example go to the home page and you will find the new Guidelines for Cadets/Explores/ Junior Firefighters. This month’s poem is one that I had found and would like to share it with you.

A Firefighters Pledge

I promise concern for others. A willingness to help all those in need. I promise courage-courage to face an conquer fears. Courage to share and endure the ordeal of those who need me. I promise strength-strength of the heart to bear whatever burdens might be placed upon me. Strength of body to deliver to safety all those placed within my care. I promise the wisdom to lead, the compassion to comfort, and the love to serve unselfishly whenever I am called.

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