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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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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

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 recruitment@kentfire.org or call 860-488-1239.

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Learn CPR – Saturday, Feb. 25

KVFD will offer a class to the public on Saturday Feb. 25 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the firehouse, 28 Maple St., Kent.

Learn simple steps to help save a life including Adult, Child and Infant CPR and Choking, how to use an AED and “Hands Only” CPR!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

9:00-11:00am

@ KVFD 28 Maple St. Kent, CT

$5 Donation

For more information, email recruitment@kentfire.org

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Holiday events delight

ParadeofLightsPic2016KVFD offered a variety of holiday events during the month of December 2016.

StuffTruckPIc2016The festivities began with the annual Stuff-A-Truck event Dec. 4 that was organized this year by the KVFD Juniors. The teens collected unwrapped toys in Rescue 8 and donated them to the Kent Santa Fund to make the holidays much brighter for families and children in need in the town of Kent.

 

Santa Express returned Dec. 10 and Santa made more stops this year in Engine 5 around town to deliver SantaExpress2016presents this year. Excited children received the gifts during the special delivery.

 

On Dec. 18 the Parade of Lights traveled from the Kent Green, down Main Street to the KVFD Firehouse. The rain stopped to make way for the decorated vehicles to light up the night. Spectators lined up, braving a cold wind, to watch and cheer on the parade participants.

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Hands Only CPR sessions offered

CPR_POSTERThe Kent Volunteer Fire Department offered a new version of CPR instruction that only involves hands, no mouth-to-mouth required. The sessions were held during the Kent Sidewalk Festival Saturday, Aug. 6 and Sunday, Aug. 7. 

“Two Steps To Save A Life” is a 15-20 min hands only CPR course by the American Heart Association to teach anyone and everyone how to offer help should they witness a cardiac arrest.

EMTs Mary Ann Van Valkenburg and Jean Speck were on hand to provide instruction on this life-saving technique.

 

 

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