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Beacon Hose to Host Recruitment Open House April 9

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Beacon Hose will be one of about 80 volunteer fire departments around the state to be hosting a recruitment open house as part of Volunteer Firefighter Day in Connecticut.

Have you ever thought about volunteering your time to join us as a firefighting, EMS or fire police member? We know the thought of it can be both interesting and intimidating, but we’ll be happy to answer all of your questions and show you some of what we do. We’ll also explain both the rewards and commitments of being a member.

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Beacon Hose Remembers Past Asst. Chief Kevin Swan

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

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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Impromptu BHC Training Video Goes Viral on Facebook

On Feb. 15, a few Beacon Hose members sat around the firehouse trying to figure out an idea for a quick training exercise. In just a few moments of tinkering, former lieutenants Cal Brennan and Paul DeGeorge whipped up a five-stage drill that ended up being the basis of a viral Facebook video.

This five-stage drill included a one-minute drill (gearing and packing up), following a hoseline, dragging a heavy dummy, taking 10 swings of a sledgehammer, and blindly navigating through an entrapment hazard.

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Beacon Hose Extinguishes Dumpster Fire at Station-Glo

Beacon Hose responded Feb. 19 at 4:30 p.m. to Station-Glo on Noe Place and South Main Street for a dumpster fire.

Engine 3 was first on scene with a full crew and worked to open the dumpster to extinguish the fire. Engine 2 and Rescue 4 both joined the scene shortly afterwards.

The fire was contained to the dumpster, although there was some exposure to the structure. An investigation found smoke in the attic, but the structure was ventilated and there was no extension. The dumpster was overhauled and crews left the scene. A total of 17 members responded to the scene. The incident is under investigation.

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