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Reflecting on the 1-Year Anniversary of the May 2018 Tornado

May 15, 2018 … one of the craziest days (and weeks) in the history of Beacon Falls. An F-1 tornado ripped through town, leaving more than 95 percent of our community without power and still leaving its scars in many locations across town. Bear with us for a minute as we remember that wild week and offer a whole lot of appreciation.

Luckily, there were no serious injuries and we all know that the storm could have been a lot worse in so many ways.

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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!

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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Beacon Hose Fights Structure Fire on Beacon Valley Road

Beacon Hose responded overnight on Aug. 30 to a structure fire at 127 Beacon Valley Road. The vacant two-story home was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived around 3:30 a.m.

Chief Jim Trzaski ordered a defensive exterior attack and we extinguished the fire in about an hour. About 25 firefighters, including a mutual-aid ladder truck from Naugatuck, responded to the scene. Citizens’ Engine Co. No. 2 provided mutual-aid station coverage at our firehouse.

There were no injuries, and we had cleared the scene by 7 a.m. The fire was under an arson investigation.

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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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