Hartford County Hoseline

March 2006 Issue

The Hartford County Fire Emergency Plan monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 15th , 2006 at the North Thompsonville Fire Department, 439 Enfield Street, Enfield, CT., beginning at 19:00 hours.

Directions to NTVFD: Take I-91 north to exit 49 at the end of the exit take left on to US RT. 5(Enfield Street), the station is ½ mile on the left at the traffic light on the corner of Brainard Road. Parking is on the Brainard Road side.

News From Around Hartford County

The HCFEP has now developed an e-mail database for the purpose of exchanging information with its members and others in a timely and effective manner. This new users group will initially be used to send an electronic version of the County Hoseline newsletter. In the future other information can be exchanged as well. Ok, you are probably wondering what will happen to those that don’t have a computer or access to one. Don’t worry, you will still be able to receive the Hoseline by mail by just writing to me at PO Box 447, Plainville, CT. 06062, fax me at 860 747-2137 or e-mail me at johnsechcfep@yahoo.com and your name will be added to the mail list.

The Hartford County Hoseline provides members of the fire service with important information regarding the Hartford County Fire Emergency Plan, such as Upcoming Meetings and Training Classes. It also contains news and events from fire departments that make up the membership.  To subscribe to the email of the Hoseline go to our website www.hcfep.org and go to the site Join Email Group.

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 Chaplain 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

From The Desk of the Secretary: John Coelho

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 hers 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 name so it can be read off at the board meetings and plan meetings.

Rebecca Matthews Benefit Pasta Supper

Rebecca Matthews is a 16 month old who is in need of blood transfusions and other medical tests. Rebecca is the daughter of a dedicated Plainville Volunteer Fireman. This benefit pasta supper is to help offset medical expenses endured by the Matthew’s Family. Rebecca’s dad protects the Town of Plainville, let’s all support him and his family during this difficult time. On Saturday, March 18th , 2006 between 4:00PM–8:00PM at Plainville Fire Headquarters 77 West Main Street, Plainville, CT. 06062.

The costs of the supper are Adults–$6.00 Children 6-12 & Seniors–$5.00 Children under 6–Free

This Month's Poem

Our website at www.hcfep.org is always adding new information and by browsing around you can find interesting tidbits and other sites that might grab your curiosity. This month’s poem is one that I found and would like to share it with you.

Tears Of A Firefighter

One day my son asked me, dad?
What does courage mean?
At first I simply answered,
No fear of certain things,
Then in that same instant,
I looked across the street,
I saw my neighbors running,
And jumped up from my seat.
As I ran out the front door,
I saw what had torn their lives,
The house that they had built and loved,
Was burning before my eyes.
We quickly called the firemen,
And the minutes seemed liked years,
Then they came from everywhere,
To battle our biggest fears.
They swiftly set up their weapons,
And clad their armor in a flash,
Then they faced the dragon,
A monster of fire and ash.
They boldly rushed into the flames,
To face the devil and pick a fight,
Risking the very life they held,
For another on that night.
No one was trapped inside that home,
But a life was still at stake,
For they have seen many homes lost,
And have seen many hearts break.
So once again they fight their enemy,
A war they can never win,
For if they win the battle,
The devil runs to burn again
But while the devil was in the house,
They walked into his fire,
Facing his evil talons,
With water and stare.
They saved my neighbor’s home,
And the houses all around,
They cleaned their weapons,
Letting their armor fall to the ground.
It wasn’t until morning,
That I realized what all had taken place,
When I went into the house,
I saw the scar of the devil’s face.
That is when I turned to my son,
And answered the question again,
Now a wiser man I said,
When you think of courage, son,
Think always of the firemen.

Planned Meeting

March 15th 2006North Thompsonville Fire Department
439 Enfield Street
Enfield, CT

Other Events

Sat. March 18th 2006 Benefit Pasta Supper
Plainville Fire Headquarters
77 West Main Street
Plainville, CT.
Time: 4PM-8PM
Adults $6
Children 6-12 $5
Children under 6 FREE

Upcoming Meetings And Other Events

April 30th 2006 Connectictu Fire Photographers Association 2006
Firematic Flea Market & Photo Show and
Antique Apparatus Show sponsored by
the Simsbury Volunteer Fire Department.
Held at the Hartford Insurance, Hopmeadow
Street, RT 10 and 202, Simsbury, CT
May 17th 2006Bradley International Fire Department
June 21st 2006Hartford County Fire Emergency Plan
Annual Dinner Meeting
Farmington Club, Farmington, CT.

The meetings are always held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month and start at 19:00 hours.

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