We had a great morning training/ controlled burn in Pomfret this morning. Thank you to Pomfret for the opportunity to train with them, Hampton, and Williamsville.
Every community could use extra help. There are fewer volunteers to answer an increasing number of calls. Don't underestimate what your contribution could do to help a neighbor in need.
BRANFORD -- Connecticut is facing a crisis when it comes to towns that rely on volunteer departments for fire and EMS coverage. "I would consider it as dire." said Bob Guthrie, a West Haven Volunteer Firefighter. "You look at 83 percent as being served by volunteer communities and I'm willing to bet... ... See more
Thanks to EFR for their excellent work and a shout out to Gagnon Sign for their work lettering the new unit.
FROM THE NEWSROOM: BROOKLYN -- One of the ambulances that has served Brooklyn's Mortlake Fire Company reliably for the past several years was recently returned to the department and is now back in service after being sent out for a bit of renovation work – which was performed by a local company.
WINY spoke with Mortlake Fire Chief Stephen Breen—who returned this January as the acting chief after a four-year hiatus. Breen had previously served in that capacity for four years – and the rest of the department had apparently liked it that way; the renewed chief said he was asked each year to go up for re-election—and he finally surprised them and said he would do it this year.
Breen explained that Mortlake typically makes trade-ins and purchases new ambulances every four-to-five years as needed, depending on mileage and usage. This year, however, Mortlake's Board of Directors decided that the cost of a new purchase would be too exorbitant—and instead opted to have a “re-mount” done. According to Breen, this involved the body of the ambulance, which patients are transported inside of, being removed and re-mounted onto a new cab and chassis.
“That's the part that gets the wear and tear—the motor, the transmission, and the drive-train,” Breen reasoned, adding that the patient compartment was also re-upholstered, fitted with new lighting, and repaired wherever needed.
Eastford Fire and Rescue Sales is the company that Mortlake chose for the job – as that is where the department has gone for repairs and general maintenance for many years. The agreed-upon price tag for the re-mount job was roughly $73,000—which Breen figured is just over 50% of the cost of a new ambulance.
The job took a little under three months, Breen estimated – and the ambulance was delivered back to Brooklyn in late February.
“It's brand new, yet it's familiar,” Breen said of the fire company's old unit. “For those that are providing patient care...it's the same environment that they've been using to for the last several years,” Breen explained. “For those that are operating the apparatus, it's new—like a new car; it's got all the bells and whistles,” the chief laughed.
Tune in to WINY 1350 AM for the full story.
Photo courtesy of the Mortlake Fire Company. ... See more
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