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Six Honored for Cardiac Save in September 2018

At Beacon Hose’s monthly meeting on March 4, we recognized our crew that made a code save back in September on Morning Wood Drive. We had received the report of an unresponsive male in his 70s, and EMT Kevin O’Connell immediately responded from his nearby home and began CPR. Upon arrival, Beacon Hose units deployed both the AED (which delivered four shocks) and our new LUCAS device (for the first time on a call).

We are happy to report that the patient was released from the hospital in relatively quick fashion and has been doing well since. The patient’s doctor told the family that early, quality CPR gave the patient a chance to survive.

Beacon Hose EMS Director Peter Monti, along with Waterbury Hospital, recognized the crew that responded: from left, Matt DeGeorge, John Lubinski, Sherrie Lubinski, Howie Leeper, and Jeremy Rodorigo. (Kevin O’Connell was unable to attend.)

Once again, a terrific job by our dedicated volunteers in helping to secure a positive outcome!

BHC St. Patrick’s Day Shirts, Fleece Blankets on Sale Now

UPDATE: Orders have now closed. Thanks for your support!

Just in time for one of Beacon Hose’s favorite holidays — St. Patrick’s Day! — we’re rolling out our second St. Patrick’s Day shirt!

This black T-shirt comes in both short-sleeve and long-sleeve. We’ve customized our Maltese cross patch to reflect the Irish heritage of many of our current and past members, and the back of the shirt combines the Celtic cross with our four main fire apparatuses.

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Chief DeGeorge, Captain Brennan Beacon Falls’ New Fire Marshals

Major congratulations go out to Beacon Hose Chief Brian DeGeorge and Capt. Cal Brennan, who recently passed their exams to become certified Connecticut fire marshals and were sworn Jan. 28 as Beacon Falls’ newest fire marshals!

Both men spent months taking long days’ worth of classes and rearranging work schedules to earn this achievement. We’re looking forward to making the connection between Beacon Hose and the fire marshal’s office even closer and more efficient in the months and years to come. Congratulations!

For more information about the Beacon Falls Fire Marshal’s Office, including how to get in touch, click here.

Beacon Hose Reports Busier-Than-Average Call Volume in 2018

Another year is in the books, and it was a very busy 2018 for Beacon Hose in a number of ways. Of course, we enjoyed unbelievable support at our fundraisers and community events, but our emergency responders were also busier than ever.

Beacon Hose responded to 363 fire/rescue calls in 2018, a dramatic increase from the usual average of 250-300 calls. Many of those calls — more than 110 of them, in fact — came in the immediate aftermath of the tornado that struck Beacon Falls on May 15.

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Reviewing Snow Ordinances and Fire Hydrant Clearing

It’s a good time for Beacon Falls residents to refresh themselves on the town ordinances involving snow and ice removal from their sidewalks, as well as rules about street parking during snowstorms. Here are the key details to remember:

  • Residents must clear snow and ice away from public sidewalks adjacent to their property in a timely manner after a snowstorm. The ordinance specifies this be done within 12 hours of the end of snow (after 7 a.m.).
  • Residents and private contractors may not clear snow from sidewalks or driveways into a public street.
  • Residents cannot park on public streets for more than one hour while town workers are clearing snow.

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