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105 years of service celebrated at Kent Firemen’s Ball

Members serve dinner during the 2015 Firemen's Ball.

Members serve dinner during the Firemen’s Ball.

The Kent Volunteer Fire Department celebrated  105 years of service to the Kent community by hosting the annual Kent Firemen’s Ball June 11, 2016 at the Kent Firehouse, 28 Maple St.

The Firemen’s Ball has a long tradition in Kent, with residents and neighbors coming together for a night of dinner and dancing, frivolity with friends old and new, and a celebration of community.

The event was held June 11 with the doors opening at 6 p.m. .

The 2016 event was catered for the second year by Freund’s Farm Market in North Canaan.

For more photos, see the KVFD Facebook Page.

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Dance the night away at the Firemen’s Ball

The Kent Volunteer Fire Department will hold the 2017 Firemen’s Ball on June 11 and is offering online ticket sales and table reservations this year.


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2017 Firemen’s Ball will be held Saturday, June 10

A large crowd gathered at the 2011 Firemen's Ball.

A large crowd gathered at the 2011 Firemen’s Ball.

The Kent Volunteer Fire Department will be celebrating  106 years of service to the Kent community by hosting the annual Kent Firemen’s Ball  Saturday, June 10 at the Kent Firehouse, 28 Maple St.

The building will once again be transformed for a night of dining and dancing. Everyone will want to get their tickets early. Tickets are $30 per person but $35 at the door. Tickets will go on sale the first week in May. The price includes dinner. You may bring your own beverages, mixers will be available.

Reservations are strongly encouraged Call 860-927-3080 (or email KVFDBall@kentfire.org) to reserve individual seats or a table of 10.

Tickets are also available by mail. Send a check to KVFD Firemen’s Ball, PO Box 355, Kent, CT 06757. Tickets will be held at the door. Please be sure to indicate that the check is for the Firemen’s Ball.

The Firemen’s Ball has a long tradition in Kent, with residents and neighbors coming together for a night of dinner and dancing, frivolity with friends old and new, and a celebration of community.

Doors traditionally open at 6 p.m. Dinner is served at 6:45 p.m.

There will be unique and interesting drawing baskets to take a chance on as well. There are lots of different prizes that are available during the “opportunity drawing.”

Members will work their decorating magic to turn the apparatus bays into a festive venue.

The evening is BYOB with setups available. For more information , email ball@kentfire.org.

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Kent Tower 1 now in service

After months of upgrades and training, Kent Tower 1 is officially in service today and ready to respond.

 

 

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2016 Officers

The Kent Volunteer Fire Department officers for the 2016 calendar year are as follows, as elected by the membership:

Chief: Eric Epstein

President: Alan Gawel

Asst Chief: Gary Hock

Asst Chief: Wendell Soule

Ambulance Chief: Mike Petrone

Asst Ambulance Chief: Bonnie Donzella

Captain: John Russell

Captain: Tim Limbos

Lieutenant: Audra Petrone

Lieutenant: Jim Shaw

Secretary: Caralee Rochovansky

Treasurer: Jim Canning

Engineer: John Christen

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Parade of Lights and Stuff-A-Truck called successes

The Parade of Lights from December 2014 .

The Parade of Lights from December 2014 .

Kent Volunteer Fire Department held t its Stuff-A-Truck and Parade of Lights on the same day, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2016.

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The 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. Twenty five children received gifts through the effort.

Main Street was full of lights 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.

Children were busy collecting candy thrown out on the street by many of the vehicles and floats.

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Fire Prevention Week observed

Fire Prevention Week was observed Oct. 4-10, 2015. Several volunteers joined Fire Marshal Stan MacMillan at Kent Center School this week. Fire safety and fire prevention messages were shared with the children, as they are every year.

Here are some images of the visit.
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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 Calls

The Kent Volunteer Fire Department responded to the following calls:

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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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