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BHC Remembers Past Asst. Chief Kevin Swan on 10-Year Anniversary

kevin-swan-headshotWe remember Past Asst. Chief Kevin Swan, whom we lost in a line-of-duty death in 2010, 10 years ago today.

Kevin died March 10, 2010, after suffering a heart attack while responding to a call. He was the captain of the Beacon Hose Fire Police at the time. He was a member of our department for nearly 50 years, during which time he served as assistant chief and an active member of our area’s two major chiefs’ associations.

Beacon Hose bestowed full honors upon Kevin’s passing, including a funeral procession down Main Street led by our 1929 Seagrave.

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A Look Back at Beacon Hose’s Last Decade

We’ve reached the end of our 12th full decade at Beacon Hose — these last 10 years have been one hell of a ride! We chose 15 photos that tell some of the most important and memorable times of the 2010s at Beacon Hose.

There have been big-time fires. We’ve responded to natural disasters — in more ways than one. Our members have enjoyed statewide recognition. We’ve said goodbye to some of our dearest men. We’ve enjoyed good times, added new apparatuses, and have continued our role as the centerpiece of our community.

Scroll through the 15 pictures to see some of our most significant times of the decade. Thanks to all of you for your support throughout the last 10 years (and beyond) — here’s to a wonderful new decade!

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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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BHC Plans Christmas Mega-Day Dec. 7 with Santa Visits, Parade, and Movie

UPDATE: Thanks for your support!

Beacon Hose’s favorite season is chock full of events in 2019, including a few changes to some of our traditional events along with our annual Christmas tree sale! If you’re looking to join our new Christmas parade or schedule a time for a special visit with Santa at the firehouse, read on!

CHRISTMAS PARADE AND MOVIE

The Beacon Falls tradition of parading around the Hill section of town for Christmas lightings isn’t going anywhere — we’re just spicing it up this year! Instead of an unorganized stroll around the neighborhood ending with a fire, we’re hosting a Christmas parade that will end with a movie and refreshments at Beacon Hose!

The festivities will begin at 6 p.m. at Beacon Falls Town Hall and continue to St. Michael’s Church and the Beacon Falls Congregational Church. Coming along to each stop will be a Christmas parade of decorated firetrucks, trailers, and other vehicles (more on that below, including how to join and where to watch). It’ll all end at Beacon Hose, where Santa will visit, we’ll have refreshments, and we’ll show “Elf” on a jumbo projector screen starting a little after 7 p.m.!

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BHC Christmas Tree Sale Tradition Continues

UPDATE: We are sold out. Thanks for your support — Merry Christmas!

The annual tradition that is Beacon Hose helping our neighbors celebrate Christmas is returning once again to the firehouse with the start of our Christmas tree sales!

The sale will begin once again this year with a special Black Friday sale for those looking to get a head start on the Christmas season. We’ll continue Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 30-Dec. 1) and the three weekends after that (Dec. 7-8, Dec. 14-15, Dec. 21-22) until supplies run out. We’ll be at the firehouse each day of the sale from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. (We will close on Nov. 30 at 3 p.m. for our scavenger hunt.)

The fresh-cut trees cost $50 each, and free delivery is available to all Beacon Falls residents. We’ll also custom trim any tree to specifications — they generally run anywhere from six to eight feet tall. We will also be taking over wreath sales from the former Boy Scouts troop — details will be posted soon.

Those who would like to buy a Christmas tree without leaving their own home can also call the firehouse at 203-729-1470 during any of the sale hours.

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