Thanks to a substantial grant award by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to the town of Beacon Falls, Beacon Hose will soon put into service new — and urgently needed — vehicle extrication equipment.
FEMA awarded to Beacon Falls on Jan. 6 an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) in the amount of $64,463. With the town’s match of about $3,200, Beacon Hose will soon be able to acquire state-of-the-art spreaders, cutters, rams, and stabilization equipment.
A substantial portion of Beacon Hose’s emergency responses are for motor vehicle accidents on Route 8. It’s no secret that the stretch of highway that runs through our town is a frequent spot for accidents, and the new equipment will not only improve our emergency capabilities, but it will lessen our reliance on some equipment that has been in service for more than 30 years. Metro North’s Waterbury railroad line also runs through town.
More than a dozen Beacon Hose EMS members trained at the beginning of January in a Tactical Emergency Casualty Care class that culminated in an active shooter simulation at Woodland Regional High School on Jan. 14.
This EMS-focused training taught skills to provide emergency care in a chaotic situation with focus on rapid patient assessment, triaging, providing lifesaving interventions, and handling bystanders.
In the classroom portion of the training Jan. 7, members learned techniques and methods needed to treat victims of mass shooting situations while still in harm’s way. Some of the field treatments included application of tourniquets in less than 10 seconds, advanced airway maneuvers, and taking cover under fire. Members used pig necks to practice cutting open airways to insert breathing tubes.
Beacon Hose’s favorite season is chock full of events in 2022. Here’s what’s on tap!
CHRISTMAS TREE SALE
Our longtime tradition of the Christmas tree sale will return to our parking lot on weekends after Thanksgiving. We’ll open up Black Friday, and then we’ll be here Saturdays and Sundays thereafter until we’re sold out. We are open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. during the sale.
Trees cost $70. We also have wreaths (12 inches for $20, 20 inches for $35), and ornaments ($10). As always, we offer custom tree trimming and free delivery to Beacon Falls residents. Cash, checks, and cards are accepted.
Beacon Hose is set to host the latest edition of one of our most popular events: the Thanksgiving Meat-O!
Our Thanksgiving Meat-O night will be Saturday, Nov. 19, from 6-9 p.m. at the firehouse. A $5 admission fee includes a snack box and your seat at a table. The features of the night are games of chance to win something special for your Thanksgiving table. We’ll have turkeys, hams, roasts, seafood, raffle baskets, mystery turkeys, and more up for grabs!
We aren’t doing reserved seating, but we do require a head count if you plan on coming. Only those 21 and older are allowed, and the event is BYOB (alcohol is allowed). To give us your head count, please complete the form below, message us on social media, call the firehouse (203-729-1470), or email firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov. 16.
Beacon Hose will host an EMT class beginning Oct. 13 — enrollment is open now!
Classes will be held at Beacon Hose on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (6-10 p.m. nightly) and four Saturdays (8 a.m.-4 p.m.) through January 2023. The course will be taught by experienced ALS and BLS instructors who remain extremely active in responding to calls in our area.
The course fee is $975, which includes books, a class T-shirt, blood pressure cuff and stethoscope, CPR/AED certification, and emergency vehicle driver training certification. The course also includes all opportunities for ambulance ride time and experience in local emergency departments.
This class is open to any Connecticut resident, not just those from Beacon Falls. While membership at Beacon Hose is not required, the course could lead to an opportunity to join our department, too! Becoming an EMT not only gives you lifesaving skills to help others, but it can also lead to rewarding career opportunities.
If you’re interested in signing up or learning more about the course, send an email to email@example.com and we’ll get you started!