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2018 Officers Elected

The Kent Volunteer Fire Department elected the following officers for 2018:

Fire Chief-Alan Gawel
President- Bonnie Donzella
Assistant Fire Chief- Gary Hock
Assistant Fire Chief- Wendell Soule
Ambulance Chief- Mike Petrone
Assistant Ambulance Chief- Mary Ann VanValkenburg
Captain-John Russell
Captain-Tim Limbos
Lieutenant- Audra Petrone
Lieutenant- Eddie Tuz
Treasurer- Caralee Rochavansky
Engineer- John Christen

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Open House offers tips and live fire demo

The Kent Volunteer Fire Department held an Open House and Fire Prevention Day Oct. 14 at the firehouse.

Residents were invited to use a fire extinguisher on live fire to practice how to put out a fire. There were also demonstrations by the volunteer firefighters. Two small buildings were constructed and then set on fire to show the difference in fire suppression between a home with a sprinkler system and one without. Captain Tim Limbos narrated the demos.

“Some other parts of the country have adopted residential sprinklers into their fire code, but Connecticut has not,” Limbos explained. “You can see the difference they make at keeping a fire at bay. It gives people a lot more time to get out of a house.”

A second structure was ignited and then observers could see how quickly the wooden building went up in flames.

Firefighters also demonstrated how much fire would result from putting a frozen turkey into a pot of boiling oil in an effort to show how not to cook a turkey during the demonstration.

There was also a demo of arson detection. Detective Paul Makuc of the state police’s Fire and Explosive Investigation Unit demonstrated how his accelerant detection dog, Cora, is able to search a fire scene and detect accelerant even after a building has burned to the ground.

Videos from the event are posted on the KVFD Facebook page.

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Stuff-A-Truck and Parade of Lights return Sunday, Dec. 3

The Kent Volunteer Fire Department Juniors will host the annual Stuff-A-Truck Sunday, Dec. 3.

The Juniors will again be organizing the Stuff-A-Truck this year 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 will be collected for the Kent Santa Fund and the Kent Food Bank. Residents may stop by the firehouse at 28 Maple Street and drop off an unwrapped toy or food item.

Parade of Lights the same evening

That same evening, the Kent Volunteer Fire Department will host the annual Parade of Lights Sunday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. on Main Street. All are invited to watch the decorated vehicles as they travel from the Kent Green to the firehouse on Maple Street.

Anyone interested in participating in the parade is asked to call 860-488-1239.

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Santa Express Coming December 9

Don’t miss the chance for Santa to come to your house to deliver a gift to your child in a Kent Volunteer Fire Department fire truck!!

Santa will be in Kent Saturday, Dec. 9 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Stops will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

To request a stop on Santa’s route, register below (payment is through PayPal or major credit cards).

Registration Deadline is Nov. 27.


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Please Note:
November 27th – Registration Due (First-Come First-Served Basis)

BY November 30 – Confirmation and E.T.A. of your visit from Santa Claus

December 2nd- Wrapped gift (one per child) must be delivered to the firehouse at 28 Maple St., between 8:30 am and 10:30 am

Download PDF version and mail in to KVFD Santa Express, PO Box 355, Kent, CT.

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Open House Oct. 14 focuses on fire prevention

The Kent Volunteer Fire Department will be holding an Open House and Fire Prevention Day Saturday, October 14, 2017.

This year we will be having some live fire demonstrations showing the importance of smoke detectors and fire protection equipment.  There will also be a cooking safety demonstration. We will offer fire extinguisher training with live fire to practice on. CT State Police’s Arson Investigation Unit will also give a demonstration on the help that they provide to towns.

The Fire Prevention Day Open House will be held 10 am. to 1 p.m. at the Kent Firehouse, 28 Maple Street.

On that same day, ACE Hardware on the Kent Green will be giving away free smoke detectors to the first 100 customers of the day. The store is located at 18 Kent Green Blvd.

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EMT courses offered this September

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by | August 30, 2017 · 12:10 pm

Hundreds attend annual Firemen’s Ball


Community members enjoyed a wonderful Firemen’s Ball Saturday, June 10, 2017 provided by emergency and auxiliary members of the Kent Volunteer Fire Department.

A larger crowd was welcomed with 500 guests in attendance and a large tent was placed in the parking lot, extending the area for dancing and eating out from the firehouse bays.

Guests began to arrive around 6 and the tables filled up with many familiar faces. Mingling over hors d’oeuvres provided by the restaurants in the area, Ball guests were guided to their table and chatted with those around them at the round tables, finding many friends among the guests.

A full roast beef dinner was served. Past Chief Bill Tobin was back with his crew tending the roasts and cooking them to perfection.

All of the KVFD members present, including emergency, veterans and auxiliary, stepped through the crowd single file to the Grand March. It is a longstanding tradition and the Ball attendees responded by saluting the members with a standing ovation.  The six-member Ball Committee was saluted by all. The organizers were Karren Garrity, Jean Speck, Mary Ann VanValkenburg, Leila Erskine, Rebecca Trautman and Darlene Brady.

A live band, Those Guys, played through the evening. After the Grand March, the dancing began and continued for hours. Many went home with tired feet and smiles on their faces, having enjoyed a wonderful community event with friends and neighbors.

The evening is thought of as a “grown up prom” and marks the ushering in of the summer season in Kent.

See the KVFD Facebook page for videos from the event.

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Firemen’s Ball Traditions

The KVFD Firemen’s Ball has used several different venues- including the Community House, the parking lot at the Town Hall, Kent Center School’s ball field to indoors in the gym.  South Kent School was also home for the Ball for a number of years.

Then the Ball began to outgrow the indoor places in town so it was moved to a tent, then two tents and even one year with three tents. For 5 years the Ball was hosted in the indoor ice arena at Kent School.

“Some of the traditions were hard to give up” said Mary Ann VanValkenburg, a long-time committee member. “For years we used to go out in the fire trucks, knocking on doors to sell Ball tickets.  It was a lot of fun and people seemed to enjoy the idea of the fire truck driving through their neighborhoods and pulling up to their house.  But many times no one was home.  It was extremely labor intensive and we had to find another way to reach everybody.”

Invitations are now mailed to homes in Kent.

There is a very busy group of people who spearhead the effort for the Ball, which is one of  Kent’s largest town-wide events, but there are countless individuals and businesses in town who truly jump through hoops to help the KVFD host its annual Ball.

“We have a great group working on the ball – it is truly a collaborative effort.” stated Leila Erskine, Ball co-chair. “The key has been having a good sized and diverse committee.  Every year we aim to improve the event and make as many people as happy as possible.”

“There are so many townspeople who help out in different ways”  Rebecca Trautman added.  “Each year a group of non-KVFD members fold all of the napkins for the tables, local restaurants and commercial kitchens provide many of the appetizers for the evening, businesses help with everything from selling tickets to the decorations and the table linens, even the garbage cans and dumpsters are provided for the evening.”  Truly an amazing collaborative effort.

“So when you arrive at the Ball this year,” VanValkenburg said, “just take a moment to appreciate the wonderful community we live in and realize that it does in deed take a village to host a Ball.”

The Ball will be held on Saturday, June 10 at The Kent Volunteer Fire Department firehouse.  Doors will open at 6 p.m.  Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., followed by dancing.  Tickets are $35 per person and $40 at the door.  Table reservations may be made by emailing or calling 927.3080.  Tickets may be purchased at Kent Fabrics and Kent Wine and Spirit and Town Clerk’s office in Town Hall.  They can also be purchased on line.

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Spaghetti Dinner funds CPR device

Kent Republican Town Committee Chairman Scott R. Harvey(left) presents a $7,000 check to Kent Vol. Fire Dept. Ambulance Chief Mike Petrone(right). Kent Republican Town Committee members and Spaghetti Dinner Co-Chairs Susie Rundall and John Grant look on.

A large crowd of 174 people took advantage of a fundraising dinner May 12 offered by the Kent Republican Town Committee to raise funds for a new CPR device for the Kent Volunteer Fire Department.

A Spaghetti Dinner was held May 12 at the firehouse to purchase a second Lucas 3 Chest Compression System, which is a CPR device. The manufacturer states it is designed to “help improve outcomes of sudden cardiac arrest victims and improve operations for medical responders.” The unit performs 102 compressions per minute with a depth of 2.1 inches.

The meal included fresh made pasta, sauce, meatballs, fresh picked organic salad, bread, and pies by local baker Patsy Stroble.

KVFD has one device that was provided to it from a grant from New Milford/Danbury Hospital. The dinner raised funds for a second device for the second ambulance.

Kent Republican Town Committee Chairman Scott R. Harvey(left) presented a check to Kent Vol. Fire Dept. Ambulance Chief Mike Petrone (right) during the June 5 KVFD meeting. Kent Republican Town Committee members and Spaghetti Dinner Co-Chairs Susie Rundall and John Grant were present for the presentation.

Fund raising efforts continue to purchase the LUCAS 3. Tax deductible donations can be made to the KVFD at P.O. Box 355 Kent, CT 06757. Please indicate LUCAS 3 in the memo section on the check.

A second LUCAS 3 Chest Compression System will be purchased with proceeds from the May 12 Spaghetti Dinner.

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Volunteer Firefighter Day scheduled April 23

The Kent Volunteer Fire Department will observe Volunteer Firefighter Day April 23 at 10 a.m. at the Kent firehouse, 28 Maple St. and invites all residents to stop by.

Interested residents are invited to visit and see how fire apparatus operates, check out the “Jaws of Life” hydraulic tools and have a refresher on how to use a fire extinguisher. Participants will have an opportunity to try on a set of turnout gear. EMTs will be giving blood pressure checks and giving training on lifesaving Hands-Only CPR.

Lunch will be served and volunteer members will be on hand to discuss what is involved in joining KVFD as a member.

For more information, email or call 860-488-1239.

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