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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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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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