Hartford County Hoseline

May 2006 Issue

News From Around Hartford County

The Hartford County Fire Emergency Plan monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday May 17th , 2006 at Bradley Field Airport Fire Department Station One on Spring Lane Ext. Windsor Locks, CT. The meeting will begin at 19:00 hours. Again this year Chief Duffy and Deputy Chief Whalen has extend there invitational to the county to see what new equipment your department have in your stations and he wants you to bring then to the meeting at the airport and to let the plan membership to view all the new apparatus and all so this year Robert Lyman Sales Representative from Twin Lights HME/ Ahrens-Fox Fire Apparatus Sales & Service Emergency Equipment & Parts. Mr. Lyman will be bring to show off a new Demo unit to all the County Chiefs and Officers and to the Plan Membership to look and bring back any information about is products. If all members come early you can view all the new apparatus from 18:00 hours to 19:00 hours.

Also Chief Duffy and Deputy Chief Whalen will have on display the ARFF trucks, the snozzle piercing device, command trailer, Mass casualty trailer and the Department of Justice decontamination trailer. The meeting will be held in the training room on the second floor overlooking the airport runway. So to all County Departments, come out and show support to the crew at the airport that help in protecting us to see that all flights come in and go out safe and to act and be prepared to meet any emergency situation that their need to handle and also a cook out will be serve after the meeting.

The Wilson Fire Company again is sponsoring a bus trip to Fire Expo in Harrisburg PA. This year the trip will be on Friday May 19th. The bus will leave Wilson Fire Department 50 Pine Lane, Windsor, CT. (Station 700) at 5 AM sharp and is expected to return between 11 PM and midnight. For those who have not attended in previous years the Fire Expo is made up 550 booths and over 225 emergency vehicles will be on display. There is a huge assortment of goods to view and purchase, from the newest concepts in fire suppression to the latest release of fire department collectibles. The cost of the trip is $60 which includes the bus, coffee and pastry on departure, admission to the show and dinner with beverages before the return trip to Windsor. There is a limit of 50 seats and tickets will be on a first come first paid basis. If you are interested please call Ken Rosol@ 209-9195 or Paul Goldberg @ 285-1983.

Can you believe that the “2006" Annual Dinner Meeting of the Hartford County Fire Emergency Plan is just around the corner? The event is scheduled for Wednesday, June 21, 2006 at the Farmington Club, 162 Town Farm Road, Farmington, CT. With a social hour beginning at 6:30 PM with dinner to follow. Tickets are on sale now through June 12th at the cost of $20 each and can be obtained from any board member or by calling me, John Coelho at 860 793-0871 or my cell # 860 573-5641.

This year’s keynote guest speaker for the County’s Annual Dinner meeting will be Stephen Coulon who is a Training Officer for the New York Fire Department. Along with a power point presentation that will include many pictures, he will speak on the importance of Fire Apparatus Driver Safety.

Remember!!!!! Circle the date “JUNE 21, 2006" on your calendar, call for your tickets and plan on attending this year’s gala event.

From The Desk of the Secretary: John Coelho

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.

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.


                     Captain: Michael Grimaldi                                             Wilson Fire Department


The Blue Hills Fire Department has just taken delivery of a 2006 Pierce 95' Mid-Ship Tower Ladder.



Upcoming Meetings and Other Events

May 17th 2006Bradley International Fire Department
Station One
Firehouse Rd
Windsor Locks, CT
May 19th 2006Fire Expo
Harrisburg, PA
Leaving Wilson Fire Co.
Station 700 at 5AM Sharp
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.

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.

                                                An Angel on the Highway 109

A drunk man in a Oldsmobile they said had run the light That caused the six-car pileup On 109 that night When broken bodies lay about And blood was everywhere, The sirens screamed out eulogies, For death was in the air.

A mother, trapped inside her car, was heard above the noise; Her plaintive plea near split the air: “Oh, God, please spare my boys!” She fought to loose her pinned hands; She struggled to get free, But mangled metal held her fast in grim captivity. Her frighted eyes then focused On where the back seat once had been, But all she saw was broken glass and two children’s seats crushed in. Her twins were nowhere to be seen;

She did not hear them cry, And then she prayed they’d been thrown free, “Oh God, don’t let them die!”

Then firemen came and cut her loose, But when they searched the back, they found therein no little boys, But the seat belts were intact.

They thought the woman had gone mad and was traveling alone, But when they turned to question her, they discovered she was gone.

Policemen saw her running wild and screaming above the noise in beseeching supplication, “Please help me find my boys! They’re four years old and wear blue shirts; Their jeans are blue to match.”

One cop spoke up, “They’re in my car, and they don’t have a scratch. They said their daddy put them there and gave them each a cone, Then told them both to wait for Mom to come and take them home. I’ve searched the area high and low, But I can’t find their dad. He must have fled the scene, I guess, and that is very bad.”

The mother hugged the twins and said, while wiping at a tear, “He could not flee the scene, you see, for he’s been dead a year.” The cop just looked confused and asked

“Now, how can that be true?” The boys said “Mommy, Daddy came and left a kiss for you.” He told us not to worry And that you would be all right, and then he put us in this car with the pretty, flashing light. We wanted him to stay with us, because we miss him so, But Mommy, he just hugged us tight and said he had to go.

He said someday we’d understand and told us not to fuss, and he said to tell you, Mommy, he’s watching over us.” The mother knew without a doubt that what they spoke was true, for she recalled their dad’s last words, “I will watch over you.”

The firemen’s notes could not explain the twisted, mangled car, and how the three of then escaped without a single scar.

But on the cop’s report was scribed, in print so very fine,

“An angel walked the beat tonight

On Highway 109.”

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