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Firehouse hosted Kent Quiz Night

Quiz-Night-poster15This fall the tradition continued and Kent Quiz Night returned through the efforts of the Kent Memorial Library. The very popular and fun Kent Quiz Night was held on Saturday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the Kent Firehouse, 28 Maple Street, Kent, CT. The firehouse has become one of the only places in town large enough to hold the 400+ competitors that flock to the event each year.

The Pub Quiz concept (also known as live trivia or table quizzes) was developed in the late 1970s by Sharon Burns and Tom Porter in the United Kingdom. The objective was to get people into pubs on quiet nights. The idea caught on and has been attracting teams ever since. The evening’s format is as follows: teams of 4 are formed of adults 18 years of age and above before the event.

The Quizmaster, Sarah Marshall, asked prewritten questions and judges marked points as each team answers. Steve Pener served as the Emcee for the evening’s festivities.

“It is a fun night that so many in town look forward to year after year. It’s competitive but also just a good time,” said Sarah Marshall, Co-Director of Children’s Services at the Library, prior to the event. “Having attended the Quiz Night for many years, I thought the Library could benefit from continuing the fun, and thought who better to plan and host the event, than the Kent Memorial Library!” she continued.

At the end of the evening, the highest scoring team was to win a $200 prize, but this year’s top winning team, The Underachievers, turned back the cash prize. The practice has become a tradition for the fundraising event.

Team registration was $50.00 per team of 4, or $60.00 at the door PLUS a bottle of wine.  All proceeds went to the Kent Memorial Library. For more information call 860-927-3761.

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KVFD presents annual awards

The following awards were presented at the Kent Volunteer Fire Department’s annual dinner Saturday night.

Fire Personnel of the Year: John Christen
EMS Provider of the Year: Jeremy Matson
Chief’s Award: Robert Kennedy
Fire Rookie of the Year: Eddie Tuz
EMS Rookie of the Year: Bonnie Donzella
The Bob Soule Award: Mary Ann VanValkenburg
Top 5 Fire Responders: Gary Hock, Alexis Swagemaker, John Russell, Tim Sneller, John Christen
Top 5 EMS Responders: Caralee Rochovansky, Marc Hamilton, Sherman Green, Jeremy Matson, Mary Ann VanValkenburg
100 Call Club: Caralee Rochovansky, Marc Hamilton, Sherman Green, Jeremy Matson, Mary Ann VanValkenburg
Years of Service: Eric Epstein 20 yrs; Jean Speck 15 yrs; Sherman Green 10 yrs; Mike Petrone 10 yrs; Bill Keane 10 yrs; Alex Limbos 10 yrs; and Stacey Kabasakalian 5 yrs.

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KVFD Calls

The Kent Volunteer Fire Department responded to the following calls:

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Call Reports

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Stuff-A-Truck and Parade of Lights Dec. 13

Kent's Parade of Lights in 2012.

Kent’s Parade of Lights in 2012.

Kent Volunteer Fire Department hosted both the Stuff-A-Truck and Parade of Lights on the same day, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014.

StuffATruck2011The volunteers held Stuff-A-Truck to collect items to make the holidays a bit brighter for those less fortunate in the Kent community. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., toys and non-perishable food were collected for the Kent Santa Fund and the Kent Food Bank. Residents were encouraged to stop by the firehouse at 28 Maple Street and drop off an unwrapped toy or food item.

Main Street was lit up for the holiday season thanks to visiting fire departments and KVFD for the Parade of Lights. Trucks lined up on the Kent Green at 5:30 p.m. and began moving at 6, heading south on Main Street and then turning on Maple Street (Route 341) to finish at the KVFD firehouse.

The Parade of Lights has been a recent addition to the holiday festivities in Kent. Many participants add music to the lights adorning their vehicles. In the past, there have been many Santas in attendance and many were throwing candy to children waiting along the roadside.

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Fire Prevention celebrated with Open House, visits

Fire open houseAn open house in celebration of Fire Prevention Week will be held Sunday, Oct. 5 at the firehouse, 28 Maple St., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The activities include:

  • Fire extinguisher training will provide an opportunity to tackle home kitchen fires.
  • Home escape plans
  • Knox promotion – Do you know about Knox boxes and how they can help protect your home?
  • 911 house numbers – Do you have your 911 house number prominently displayed?
  • Smoke detector/CO detector promotion
  • KVFD apparatus will be on display
  • New members are always welcomed. Come learn about how to join KVFD.

Refreshments will be offered.

In honor of Fire Prevention Week, KVFD members will also be visiting the local schools in the upcoming week.

  • On Tuesday, firefighters and Kent Fire Marshal Stan MacMillan will be at Kent Center School.
  • On Wednesday (Oct. 8), firefighters will be instructing youngsters at both the Kent School Early Learning Center and the Kent Community Nursery School on how they can prevent fires and stay safe.
  • On Thursday, a similar program will be presented to students at the Kent Children’s Center.

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Donate online to KVFD

The Kent Volunteer Fire Department is now accepting online donations through PayPal. You can click on the button and set the amount you’d like to give.

KVFD receives some support from the town’s operating budget and the capital plan. However, a large portion of its annual income comes from fundraising and donations from individuals.

Men and women of KVFD, your friends and neighbors, give their time and learned skills to respond to all manner of emergencies that threaten life and property.  KVFD serves the community professionally and willingly.  To do this, we need your support.  Training courses, mandatory replacement of personal protective equipment, mandatory  annual testing of engine pumps, ladders and hoses, insurance, fuel, vehicle and equipment maintenance, medical supplies, fire house upkeep and utilities are all costly.

There is fierce competition for your donation dollars, nearly every day an organization or charity is asking for financial assistance.  KVFD also asks for your support but at KVFD we ask you to view our request as an investment.  Your investment pays back with a well-equipped, trained, and skilled professional fire and ambulance service.


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KVFD joined 9/11 ceremony

The Town of Kent dedicated a memorial to 9/11 on Thursday, Sept. 11 outside of Kent Town Hall and the Kent Volunteer Fire Department was invited to participate.

The memorial, which is a stone with a plaque on it, is dedicated to James Gadiel, who was killed during the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York.

A color guard from the American Legion Hall Jennings Post No. 153 was also present.

The short ceremony took place outside the front door, where the stone is located. Peter Gadiel, James’ father, shared some words.

The marker states, “In Memoriam to the 2,997 people killed by Islamist extremists on September 11, 2001. Among those murdered at the World Trade Center in New York City was lifelong Kent resident James Gadiel, age 23, a gentleman and a gentle man.”

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Minutes Archive

The following are the archive minutes of the Kent Volunteer Fire Department


January, February, March, April, May, June

July, July – Special, August, September, October, Special Oct. 30, November, December

2017: Executive Committee Meeting Minutes

January, February, March, April, May, June

July, Special-August, Special August 28, September, October, November, December

January, February, March, April, May, June

July, August, September, October, November, December

2016: Executive Committee Meeting Minutes

January: Special Meeting Regular Meeting; February, March, April, May, June

July, August, September, October, November:Special Meeting, Regular EC Meeting, December: Special Meeting


January, February, March, April, May, June

July, August, September, October, November, December

2015: Executive Committee Meeting Minutes

January, February (Special_02032015) (Special_02232015), March, April, May, June

July, August, September, October, November, December


January, Special 01152014FebruaryMarchAprilMay, June

JulyAugust, September, October, NovemberDecember

2014: Executive Committee Meeting Minutes


July, August, September, October, SpecialMeeting_11032014December


JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMay, June

2013: Executive Committee Meeting Minutes
JanuaryFebruary, MarchAprilMayJune



2012: Executive Committee Meeting Minutes
Jan. 11, 2012 SpecialJan. 30, 2012 SpecialFebruaryFeb. 29,2012 SpecialMarchMarch 11, 2012 Special , AprilMayMay 3, 2012 SpecialJuneJune 3, 2012 SpecialJune 24, 2012 SpecialJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember

Personnel Committee Jan. 29, 2012


2011: Executive Committee Meeting Minutes
JulyAugustAug. 22 Special,SeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember




JulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberNovember SpecialDecember

JanuaryJanuary SpecialFebruaryMarchAprilMayJune





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Town approves aerial equipment

The KVFD Aerial was on display during the annual EMS Week open house in May.

The KVFD Aerial was on display during the annual EMS Week open house in May.

Voters approved Sept. 4 a proposal to fund equipment and repairs to the cab and body of the Kent Volunteer Fire Department aerial.

The $118,420 in “bridge funding” was granted from the Five-Year Capital Reserve to the Fire Department. The used aerial truck was purchased earlier this year.

The work will include stripping the cab and body of the truck to remove rust. New England Fire Equipment and Apparatus Repair cited dissimilar metals on the vehicle, combined with environmental effects and a lack of cleaning that has led to the repair needs.  The truck will also be repainted at the end.

The equipment purchase includes two new self-contained breathing apparatus units, as well as radio equipment, a thermal imaging camera, flashlights and charging area, as well as a diesel “scrubber” that will help protect the air in the firehouse.

The funds will be “encumbered” from the five-year capital plan. The fire department had $125,000 dedicated to an aerial truck for four years in the capital plan, but it did not need the entire $500,000 for the purchase price of the used vehicle. There was $120,000 remaining in the fund that was allocated to the aerial for the 15-16 year and will be used this year.

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Aerial training underway

Aerial training that was conducted at the KVFD Firehouse in July.

Aerial training that was conducted at the KVFD Firehouse in July.

The Kent Volunteer Fire Department has been training on its new aerial truck and expects to have the vehicle officially in service in the near future.

President Jim Canning along with several officers and members met with the Board of Finance in July to review the additional equipment needs to properly outfit the truck for service. The town approved the request Sept. 4 during a town meeting.

The Department has agreed to sell the engine received from the White Marsh company and all proceeds from the sale of the truck will be given to the town to help offset the cost of the new aerial equipment.

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