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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

Winner drawn for 2017 Ice Watch

Assistant Fire Chief Wendell Soule drew the winning 2017 Ice Watch ticket at KVFD’s monthly meeting Monday, March 6. The winner, Crystal Ohmen of Lakeville, will share the $515 with the department. A drawing took place due to the lack of ice on the river.

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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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KVFD presents annual awards

The following awards were presented at the Kent Volunteer Fire Department’s annual dinner Saturday night.

Fire Personnel of the Year: John Christen
EMS Provider of the Year: Jeremy Matson
Chief’s Award: Robert Kennedy
Fire Rookie of the Year: Eddie Tuz
EMS Rookie of the Year: Bonnie Donzella
The Bob Soule Award: Mary Ann VanValkenburg
Top 5 Fire Responders: Gary Hock, Alexis Swagemaker, John Russell, Tim Sneller, John Christen
Top 5 EMS Responders: Caralee Rochovansky, Marc Hamilton, Sherman Green, Jeremy Matson, Mary Ann VanValkenburg
100 Call Club: Caralee Rochovansky, Marc Hamilton, Sherman Green, Jeremy Matson, Mary Ann VanValkenburg
Years of Service: Eric Epstein 20 yrs; Jean Speck 15 yrs; Sherman Green 10 yrs; Mike Petrone 10 yrs; Bill Keane 10 yrs; Alex Limbos 10 yrs; and Stacey Kabasakalian 5 yrs.

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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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