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Parade Schedule for 2014

This year the Kent Volunteer Fire Department will be attending and marching in the following area parades:

Pine Plains Hose Co., Pine Plains, NY:  Step off 1500 hrs  Saturday 6/7/14

Washington Volunteer Fire Dept., Washington, Ct.:  Step off 1900 hrs  Friday 6/20/14

Sharon Fire Department, Sharon, CT (125th Anniversary): Step off 1730 hrs  Saturday  6/28/14

Amenia Fire Company #1, Amenia, NY: Step off – 1700 hrs              Saturday   7/5/14

Millbrook Fire Department , Millbrook, NY: Step off – 1800 hrs  Saturday  7/12/14

J.H.Ketcham Hose Co. Dover Plains, NY:  Step off – 1800 hrs          Saturday  7/19/14

Canaan Fire Company, North Canaan, CT: Step off – 1800 hrs       Saturday  7/19/14

Pawling Fire Department, Pawling, NY:  Step off – 1900 hrs            Friday    8/8/14

Bridgewater Fire Dept., Bridgewater, CT: Step off – 1830 hrs         Friday      8/15/14

Mahopac Vol. Fire Dept., Mahopac, NY (100th Anniversary): Step off – 1500 hrs   Saturday  8/23/14

Litchfield Fire Dept., Litchfield, CT (state convention):  Step off – 1200 hrs              Sunday      9/21/14

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New brush truck arrives

Brush 2 is now in service.

Brush 2 is now in service.

KVFD has received its new brush truck and put it into service. It was one of the apparatus featured in the Memorial Day parade May 26.

The 2014 brush truck is a custom built four-wheel drive on a Ford F 550 with a tank carrying 300 gallons of water and 1,000 feet of forestry hose. The truck has the capability of serving as a pumper as well.

The truck replaced an old Army surplus Jeep that dated back to the mid-1960s. Fire Chief Eric Epstein said it cost just under $160,000 and KVFD supplemented funds provided by the town through the capital plan.

 

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Kent named Heart Safe Community

Kent Ambulance Chief Mike Petrone, right, with Assistant Ambulance Chief Mary Ann Van Valkenburg and Jean Speck, a Kent resident and EMT and a representative of the  state Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS).

Kent Ambulance Chief Mike Petrone, right, with Assistant Ambulance Chief Mary Ann Van Valkenburg and Jean Speck, a Kent resident and EMT and a representative of the state Department of Public Health.

Kent Volunteer Fire Department was recognized with a special award May 17 by the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

Kent has been named a HEARTSafe Community by the Department of Public Health. It started the HEARTSafe Communities program in the spring of 2006 to foster community environments that improve the survival odds for people suffering sudden cardiac events, such as cardiac arrests or heart attacks.

A HEARTSafe Community promotes and supports the American Heart Association’s “chain of survival,” which is cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training in the community; public access to defibrillation through strategic placement of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for use by trained community members; trained and equipped first responders and early advanced care.

Kent is one of 109 towns and cities in the state that have achieved the three-year HEARTSafe designation, along with seven companies located in the state.

Kent has demonstrated its commitment toward ensuring that its residents and visitors receive the early lifesaving response proven to increase the chances of survival for heart attack victims.

Designation as a HEARTSafe Community represents a true community effort. Most importantly it recognizes the citizens throughout the community that took the time and effort to become CPR and AED certified.

It has been proven that educating the public to recognize cardiac events will save lives by proving prompt emergency response and care, starting with informed and trained bystanders and continuing through first responders to advanced pre-hospital emergency care.

The HEARTSafe Community program was developed in Massachusetts and spread to many New England states. It is hoped that the program will spread across the country.

There is a clear need for this program. Only 13 percent of Connecticut adults know all the proper heart attack signs. These signs include recurring chest discomfort or pain, pain in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach; shortness of breath; and other symptoms that may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or light-headedness.

For more information, see www.ct.gove/dph/heartsafe.

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Pet O2 masks donated

Susan Schullery’s dog, Sadie, tries on one of the oxygen masks with the help of Ambulance Chief Mike Petrone, who shows how the oxygen is hooked up.

The Kent Volunteer Fire Department now has specialized rescue equipment that can help animals thanks to the generosity of two residents.

Susan and Robert Schullery recently purchased and gave KVFD a kit that contained three different sized pet oxygen masks. Susan Schullery read a report about a New Jersey fire department saving 20 dogs using similar masks donated by a local humane society. When she learned KVFD did not have the equipment, she decided to buy them for her local fire department.

“I thought this could be your pet they are saving,” she said.

The expense was about $90 but it was one that they were willing to make. She purchased them online from Yuko’s Inc.

“If it saved one animal, to me it is worth it,” she said.

Ambulance Chief Mike Petrone said that the fire department does not have many calls where it is asked to assist animals. He anticipates the masks will be used when pets are involved in carbon monoxide exposure and structure fires.

However, the large-size mask was put to use a few weeks ago when a 140-pound Burmese Mountain dog needed to be rescued from the Appalachian Trail. The dog was lethargic and had to be carried down from the trail.

Assistant Chief Gary Hock was one of the rescuers who helped the dog June 10. They were not able to actually put the close-fitting cone-shaped mask on the dog’s mouth. “He didn’t like it. We had to keep it about an inch away,” Hock said.

The oxygen flow has to be administered differently for animals, Petrone said. “Animals do breathe differently. The flow is a lot less,” he said. The pet masks have been positioned on the fire department’s rescue truck because that truck is expected to be used on calls when pets might need assistance, Petrone said.

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Engine 2 Wetdown July 22

Kent Volunteer Fire Department invites all to a “Wetdown” to see its newest fire apparatus Sunday, July 22 from noon to 3 p.m.

Engine 2 is a custom pumper created for KVFD by KME Fire Apparatus of Nesquehoning, PA. The 2012 engine carries 1,000 gallons of water and 30 gallons of foam. It has a 1,500 gallons per minute Hale pump on board and a Foam Pro 2001 foam system.

There are four different ladders on board, as well as a Command light tower, a 10 kw generator and a remote-controlled deck gun. There are 1,500 feet of five-inch hose and 800 feet of smaller hose.

The truck has a number of technological improvements over the 16-year-old pumper it replaces. The pump is electronically controlled and it has an air prime system.  There is a backup camera that includes both side views as well as the rear. All of the lights, except the light tower, are LED lights.

The cab seats six people and there are air pak seats with the self-contained breathing apparatus ready for immediate donning. Each seat has a monitor system for seatbelts. The radio system allows communication with both the Litchfield County and Dutchess County frequencies.

KVFD’s truck committee met for nine months to plan for the truck purchase. It was delivered after 13 months of work. Engine 2 will be put into service this month after fire department members are fully trained on its use.

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