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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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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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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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