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New Canaan Fire Department

60 Main Street
New Canaan, CT 06840
Station: Headquarters
( 203 ) 594-3140

 
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Winter Safety Tips from our Family to yours!
   
Friday, December 5, 2014 
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Winter means a lot of things: snow days, sledding, hot cocoa, holiday gift-giving. It also means, more than in any other season during the year in America, residential building fires. Every year in the United States, winter residential building fires result in an estimated average 3,825 injuries and $1.78 billion in property loss, according to the The United States Fire Administration (USFA). Research also shows that fires in one- and two-family dwellings account for a whopping 67 percent of all winter home fires, and such fires occur mainly in the early evening hours, peaking from 5 to 8 pm. So how do you keep your family safe during those months you want to stay inside the most? Start by following these winter fire safety tips: Fireplaces & Wood Stoves. Of course, if you live in a cold-weather city or community, you have to find a way to heat your home during the tough winter months. A home fireplace or wood stove can bring an extra element of nostalgia, color and togetherness to your family's winter. But it's also highly important to exercise caution when you get a good fire crackling at the homestead. Have your home's chimney or flue inspected by a certified professional at least once every year, always use a protective screen in front of open fireplaces, and keep combustible materials at least three feet away from fireplaces or wood stoves. Additionally, you should completely extinguish fires before leaving your home or going to bed. Place ashes (which can remain hot for days) into a non-combustible container, and store the container outside and at least three feet away from combustible materials such as decks and wall siding. Fire-Free Furnaces. Inspect your furnace for damage before using it for the first time every year. Always use a bonded, licensed and insured contractor to service, replace or install your gas or electric furnace. Exercise caution when extinguishing or relighting pilot lights on gas furnaces. And if you smell gas, turn off the furnace and immediately leave your home. From a safe place, call both the gas company and the fire department. Portable Heaters. They're often referred to as "space heaters" and, according to National Fire Protection Association statistics, account for about one third of home heating fires and approximately 80 percent of the home heating fire deaths. Most of these fires are caused by owners not properly maintaining the portable heater, or the use of unsafe portable heaters. But rest assured there are several steps you can take to use portable heaters safely. Always keep the heater at least three feet from furniture, walls and anything that could ignite from the heat, and keep children and pets away from portable heaters at all times. Be sure to turn off portable heaters, unplug them if they plug into the wall and wait for them to cool before going to bed or leaving the room. You should also ensure portable heaters are positioned on a level surface, if they get knocked over easily, the heated part of the device could touch a flammable surface and spark an ignited fire (some portable heaters include sensors that cause the heater to shut off automatically if it tilts over). Finally, check electric portable heaters for cord damage, other damage and missing parts before and after each use.

 
Promotions are official
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 
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Congratulations to the newly promoted New Canaan Fire Department Officers. Lieutenant Mike Baker was promoted to Captain and will be assigned to Group 3. Firefighter Duffy Sasser was promoted to Lieutenant and will work on Group 4.


 
Hartford Fire Department mourns
Monday, October 13, 2014 
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The New Canaan Firefighters of Local 3224 wish to extend their deepest thoughts and prayers to the Hartford Fire Department, City of Hartford and the Family of Brother Firefighter Bell. Rest in peace, our Brother.

 
DELAYED..... New Engine 1 is in service
Engine 1
   Engine 1
Thursday, August 21, 2014 
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With great anticipation, the "New" Engine 1 was placed in service in the beginning of July. The rig is running as the 1st due engine for the Town of New Canaan. It is outfitted with a full set of Holmatro extrication tools 800' of 1 3/4" hose, 500' of 2 1/2" hose, 400'of 3' hose and 1400' of 5". Engine 1 has a remote control deck gun to safely operate with minimal manpower from a safe distance. This engine has the ability to carry 4 Firefighters and the operator to any and all emergincies.

 
New Engine 1 is ready for delivery
Monday, April 28, 2014 
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A few members of the truck committee went to Wisconsin last week for the final inspection of the "New Engine 1". The trip was a great success and we are now awaiting the arrive of the newest engine of the fleet. Thanks again to Marion and all of their employees for their hard work and great craftsmanship with their products.

 
   
   
Winter season safety tips
Be smart, be safe!
   Be smart, be safe!
Saturday, December 7, 2013 
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**** PRESS RELEASE****



 Recognizing that wood stoves and fireplaces are a common heat source in homes, the New Canaan Firefighters are concerned of the increased threat of an unintended fire as outdoor temperatures drop. While there are several ways that a stove or fireplace may cause a fire, experience in Shelton and throughout Connecticut demonstrates that fires resulting from improper disposal of ashes and lack of chimney cleaning are among the most common. Serious fire damage has resulted when homeowners have disposed of ashes in plastic or cardboard containers, boxes, and bags. Creosote build-up in chimneys, which is the result of incomplete combustion, has also led to many fires. Both fire causes are very easily preventable. For example, use of a tightly covered metal container for removal of ashes that is kept outdoors a safe distance from the house or any combustible structure can prevent a fire and save lives.



Before Use:



• Have the chimney inspected annually and cleaned if necessary by a professional. Even with burning proper wood, creosote can build up over time.



• Wood stoves should be of good quality, solid construction, and design. Purchase wood stoves evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).



• Be sure the fireplace or stove is installed properly. Wood stoves should have adequate clearance (36 inches) from combustible surfaces and proper floor support and protection.



• Use fire-resistant materials on walls around wood stoves.



• Install a stovepipe thermometer to help monitor flue temperatures.



Safe Use:



• Prevent the build-up of creosote within chimney flue by properly seasoned wood. Do not burn “green” wood.



• Don’t build roaring fires in fireplaces. Keep fires small. It is possible to ignite creosote in the chimney by overbuilding the fire.



• A stove should be burned hot twice a day for 15-30 minutes to reduce the amount of creosote buildup.



• Do not burn paper or trash within a stove or fireplace. Flaming paper will rise with the smoke and can ignite creosote build-up or roofing materials.



• Do not use flammable liquids to start or accelerate any fire.



• If synthetic logs are used, follow the directions on the package. NEVER break a synthetic log apart to quicken the fire or use more than one log at a time. They often burn unevenly, releasing higher levels of carbon monoxide. Do not burn synthetic logs within stoves.



• Never burn charcoal indoors. Burning charcoal can give off lethal amounts of carbon monoxide.



• Always use a metal mesh screen in front of the fireplace opening, to prevent embers or sparks from jumping out, unwanted material from going in, and help prevent the possibility of burns to occupants.



• Leave glass doors open while burning a fire. Leaving the doors open ensures that the fire receives enough air to ensure complete combustion and keeps creosote from building up in the chimney. Close glass doors when the fire is out to keep air from the chimney opening from getting into the room. Most glass fireplace doors have a metal mesh screen which should be closed when the glass doors are open. This mesh screen helps keep embers from getting out of the fireplace area.



• Keep air inlets on wood stoves open and never restrict air supply to fireplaces. Otherwise, you may cause creosote buildup that could lead to a chimney fire.



• Keep flammable materials away from your fireplace mantel. A spark from the fireplace could easily ignite these materials. Clear the area around the hearth of debris, decorations, and materials that can burn.



After Use:



• Allow ashes to cool completely before disposing. Store removed ashes in a tightly covered metal container and locate outdoors a safe distance from the house or any combustible structure. DO NOT place ashes in boxes, bags, or containers. Never store ashes on a wood deck, within a garage, or anywhere near the house.



• Before you go to sleep, be sure your fireplace fire is out. NEVER close your damper with hot ashes in the fireplace. A closed damper will help the fire to heat up again and will force toxic carbon monoxide into the house.

Finally, as in every season, have working smoke alarms installed on every level of your home, test them monthly and keep them clean and equipped with fresh batteries at all times. Know when and how to call “911” for help. And remember to practice your home escape plan.




 
South Fire District mourns the loss of a Brother
Monday, October 14, 2013 
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New Canaan Firefighters of Local 3224 shares our condolences with Local 3918 South Fire District and the family of FF Osiecki. RIP Brother!

South Fire District firefighter Michael Osiecki of Middletown passed away Sunday following a medical emergency.

Since July 1988, Osiecki served with Middletown's South Fire District, wearing badge number 32. On Thursday night, he helped out with the St. Vincent De Paul Amazing Grace food pantry's soup fundraiser by making his blazing hot and not-so-hot firehouse chili.

South Fire co-workers posted the sad news on the station's Facebook page, saying, "he proudly served our nation as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps after graduating high school."

As a member of South District Firefighters Local 3918, Osiecki held multiple positions within the union, including president. "Always a champion of labor issues that affected firefighters, especially those that involved health and safety," the station's Facebook page, says, he served on various committees for the Uniformed Professional Firefighters Association and Connecticut AFL-CIO.

He was also a long-time councilor for the Connecticut Critical Incident Stress Management team, a volunteer, not-for-profit organization which provides support following a critical incident event. 

In December 2009 Osiecki spoke to legislators at the State Capitol in Hartford against then Gov. M. Jodi Rell's $470 million proposed budget cuts which he said would affect the fire training school program and ongoing training of firefighters.


 
Don't forget to change your batteries
Thursday, October 3, 2013 
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As we approach the time of year to change our clocks (Fall back!!), please don't forget to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and Carbon monoxide detectors!!!


 
Don't forget to change your batteries
Thursday, October 3, 2013 
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As we approach the time of year to change our clocks (Fall back!!), please don't forget to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and Carbon monoxide detectors!!!


 
Congratualtions to Firefighter Craig Morrell
Thursday, August 1, 2013 
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After 24 years of service to the NCFD, Local 3224, Firefighter Craig Morrell will hang up his helmet. As of August 1st, 2013, FF Morrell will be a retired Firefighter. Congratulations on your retirement and stay well our Brother!


 
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