May 242015

A view of the rear of the home and the propane tanks. (courtesy of Art Williams)

A view of the rear of the home and the propane tanks. (courtesy of Art Williams)

The devastating fire that destroyed a beautiful raised ranch on Derby Milford Road in a very short time on Saturday actually could have been much worse.

There was a danger right around the corner, that our volunteer firefighters were warned of before they arrived yet they still jumped right in and did their job. The danger — two giant propane tanks — in plain sight at the rear of the home as the fire poured out of the structure.

Imagine the injuries (or worse) that firefighters could have suffered if the tanks exploded.

Thankfully, there were no injuries.

The remaining structure continued to sizzle through the night and firefighters stood watch until about midnight to make sure no hot spots re-ignited.

Apr 252015


Orange Fire Station #2

On March 4, the Orange Fire Department took delivery of a 2014 Smeal pumper with a 1,500 GPM pump and 1,000 gal tank of water. The new Engine 34 will replace the old 1987 truck.

Chief John Knight announced this at the Annual Firemen’s Dinner.

On Sunday, April 26 at 4 p.m. the OVFD will have the new truck blessed at Fire Station #2 on the Boston Post Road, and then take a department photo as they celebrate their 90th anniversary of serving the community.


Apr 042015

IMG_8053If you were out and about today (Indian River Road/Marsh Hill Road area) you may have seen fire trucks lining the road and firefighters in the street holding boots.

For a few hours early this morning and afternoon the Orange Volunteer Fire Department held a boot drive to raise money for the department.

Drivers, both Orange residents and out-of-towners, were generous and made the firefighters’ efforts well worth the time.


Mar 042015

oThe Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host its 6th annual Pancake Supper  at Chip’s Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Rd., Orange on Wednesday, March 4, with two seatings. There will be an early seating at 5:30 p.m. and late seating at 6:30 p.m.

The special menu includes Pancakes, Eggs, choice of Bacon or Sausage and a beverage.

Cost is $10 for Adults, $5 Children 10 and under. Tickets must be purchased in advance as a limited number of seats are available.

Tickets may be purchased from any Auxiliary member or at Knight’s Inc. 286 Boston Post Rd. Orange.

All proceeds benefit the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

For further information, email Lynn@ [email protected] or visit their website at www.orangevfd.com

Originally Published on: Feb 11, 2015 @ 18:13

Second Publishing on: Feb 28, 2015 @ 12:13


Feb 032015

Orange Volunteer Firefighters clear a hydrant

Orange Volunteer Firefighters clear a hydrant

Tonight, after coming home from a full day’s work at their paying jobs, our Orange volunteer firefighters will be out in the freezing cold on Hydrant Detail.

They’ll be shoveling out the fire hydrants in YOUR neighborhoods that are covered in snow and ice.

The firefighters know all too well how long it takes to clear a hydrant, and how precious those extra minutes are when they have to get to a home for a fire emergency.

If YOU have a hydrant near your home, PLEASE shovel it out.

Jan 152015

Screen Shot 2015-01-14 at 6.38.37 PMThe Orange Volunteer Fire Department’s Santa’s Helper program has gone global, and our own “Elf Mama” Annie Davis has been getting phone calls from around the world since a Subway company newsletter was delivered to EVERY Subway from here to Timbuktu and beyond.

Davis, an associate member of the OVFD, who began the Santa’s Helper fundraiser 20 years ago to raise money to buy rescue equipment for Orange’s all-volunteer Fire Department, also happens to work at Subway World Headquarters in Milford.

When someone in the office learned about the unique program, and that another employee, Eric Sudol, who also is a Subway Shop franchisee, fed Santa and his elves on Santa’s Helper delivery night with 80 SUBWAY to Go! boxed meals (prepared by 3 Sandwich Artists— Debbie, Donna and Kim — at his Milford store) She gathered information and wrote a little story for the company newsletter.

Davis said she’s received requests for information from several people from across the country who are interested in starting Santa’s Helper programs for their own volunteer fire departments. (Something she is happy to provide)

Davis works on the project 9 months (or more) each year — really! It’s a lot of work, but she loves the energy that abounds when Santa and the elves return to the station after they deliver the gifts, and the response she gets from families after their visits.




Dec 132014

The look of wonder on their faces speaks volumes.

The look of wonder on their faces speaks volumes.

Santa’s Helper is one of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department’s most magical traditions.

Now in its 20th year, Orange Live is asking participants to share their most treasured memories of Santa’s Helper and what it’s meant to you and your family.

Send us an e-mail to [email protected] (this is NOT a Link) with “Santa’s Helper” in the subject line by Saturday, Dec. 20. Include a Photo of your special Santa’s Helper visit with your submission if you have one.

Orange Live will publish as many of your stories as possible. Then, Elf Mama, who’s been the backbone of the event for two decades, along with firefighters and elves, will choose their favorite one(s) and the winner(s) will receive a special prize.





Jul 152014

For as far back as longtime residents can remember, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department has mailed raffle ticket booklets to every home in town  a couple of months before the  annual Carnival.

The event which serves as the department’s major fundraiser, begins on July 31 and runs through Aug. 3

The reason you haven’t received your tickets yet is (in short) because the Postal Service said “no.” Something about regulations.

The direct mail tickets were a main source of revenue over the years and the fire department is worried that ticket sales will be low because of the Postal Service’s decision.

Unfortunately, this has proved to be the case this year.

According to Fire Chief John Knight, in spite of their best efforts, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department is seeing only a fraction of the sales compared to  2013.

“On opening night of the carnival last year, we’d sold more than $60,000 in raffle tickets. So far, this year because we couldn’t mail them out, we’ve only sold about $12,000,” Knight said.

The scene at the Martino's home at 2 a.m. on Jan. 21.

The scene at the Martino’s home at 2 a.m. on Jan. 21.

“We sent out a letter last month explaining this to residents,” said Knight. “We’ve set up several locations for people to pick up tickets, and hope they’ll come out and buy them.”

The firefighters have set up tables at the town concerts and a couple of locations on weekends, even gone door-to-door. At homes, they often hear, “Oh, I got mine in the mail.” The fact of the matter is, residents received a letter from the fire department, but no tickets.

The fire department depends on the raffle proceeds to fund equipment, training and other necessities that are not included in the town budget. It’s not for them, it’s for you.

If you have an emergency at home or are in a car accident, you’re relieved to see the fire trucks rolling up because you know they have the equipment and know how to help save you and/or your property.

Without the ticket sales the Orange Volunteer Fire Department will be at a loss when it needs something that will help YOU.

So when you see the firefighters canvassing your neighborhood, or sitting at a table outside of your favorite store, please remember that they are volunteering their time to bring the tickets to you, just as they volunteer their time to come to your assistance when you need them.

Orange Volunteer Firefighters at work for you... for free... 24/7

Orange Volunteer Firefighters at work for you… for free… 24/7

This year’s raffle prizes

A little different than the offerings from past years. There are no trips, but the three top prizes would be more than enough to pay for just about any trip you would want to take with your family.

For just $5 per ticket you have a chance of winning one of the following prizes:

1st prize – $5,000 Visa Gift Card

2nd prize – $4,000 Visa Gift Card

3rd prize – $2,000 Visa Gift Card

4th prize – $1,200 Gift Certificate – Diamond Designs, 500 Boston Post Road

5th prize – Apple iPad WiFi 16 GB – Best Buy, 53 Boston Post Road

BRUSH FIRE6th prize – $300 Gift Card – Trader Joe’s, 560 Boston Post Road

7th prize – $250 Gift Card – Knights, Inc.,  286 Boston Post Road

8th prize – $200 Gift Card – Ben’s Service Center, 115 Boston Post Road

9th prize – Tickets to the New Haven Open at Yale Tennis Tournament

10th prize – $100 Gift Card – Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road

How Do I Purchase Tickets?

Visit the Fire Department Website at www.OrangeVFD.com 

People’s Bank, 653 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT

Diamond Designs, 500 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT


Orange Fire Station 1
Orange Center Road
Tuesdays, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM, from June 1 through July 29

First Selectman’s Office
Orange Town Hall
M-F 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Knight’s Power Equipment
286 Boston Post Road
M-F 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM; Saturday 8:30 AM – 12 Noon

Chip’s Family Restaurant
321 Boston Post Road
7 days a week, 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Orange Firemen’s Carnival
Orange Fairgrounds
July 31, August 1, 2 and 3 during Carnival Hours

Nighttime fun at the Orange Firemen's Carnival

Nighttime fun at the Orange Firemen’s Carnival

Or contact any of your local firemen [Firefighters will come to different locations around town in the coming weekends making it easier for you to purchase tickets]

Drawing will be held on Sunday, August 3 at 4:30 p.m. at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT

Alcoholic beverages not included

Tickets $5.00/each

This year’s Carnival Includes:

• Family Fun For Everyone

• Free Entertainment

• Spectacular Rides

The Firefighter Class of 2014

The Firefighter Class of 2014

• Family fun-filled rides including a kiddieland for youngsters

Here is a LINK to the online Advance Ride Ticket Wristband page.



IT’S AT THE ORANGE FAIRGROUNDS 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT 06477


Originally Published on: Jul 8, 2014 @ 16:34

Jun 242014

The Firefighter Class of 2014

The Firefighter Class of 2014

Over the past few months, 21 men and women have been training hard to earn their Firefighter One status through the Valley Fire Chief’s Regional Fire School.

You may remember seeing students working on Hazmat training at Fire Station 1 on Orange Center Road on May 4.

The class improvised an emergency situation and learned how to safely decontaminate one another and “victims” then underwent a written test that day as well.

On May 18, the class attended ladder training at the New Haven Fire School, during which they practiced many important skills, including how to balance and carry tall ladders, negotiate them under electrical wires and place it securely against a building.  They worked together in several different scenarios as they would in a real fire emergency, including entering a smoke-filled building.

On June 18, after meeting all required criteria for Firefighter One certification, the students representing 10 departments in the region, gathered at Fire Station 2 for their long awaited graduation ceremony.

Orange First Selectman Jim Zeoli (who was once an active volunteer firefighter) was the guest speaker, and proudly welcomed all the new Orange Volunteer Firefighters.

Arleen Yacobacci, sworn to the Ansonia Fire Department, was Class Valedictorian.

Following are the members of the Class of 2014 and their respective departments:

• Nicholas Adams – Orange

• Alexander Bowyer – Bethlehem

• Austin Buoni – Shelton

• Andrew Cota – Ansonia

• Gary Farrar, Jr. – Ansonia

• Patrick Francis – Woodbridge

• Matthew Hallet – Derby

• Nicholas Holt – Orange

• Christopher Iadarola – West Haven

• Austin Keeney – Orange

• Logan Marsh – Allingtown

• Justin Mayer – Shelton

• Daniel McCue – Shelton

• Travis Nelson – Ansonia

• Samod Rankin – Orange

• Michael Russell – Seymour

• Emma Shriver – Shelton

• Trevor Stewart – Orange

• Evan Stulberger – Stamford

• Matthew White – Orange

• Arleen Yacobacci – Ansonia



May 032014

Firefighter-spongeThe Orange Volunteer Fire Department will host its third annual car wash fundraiser on Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

(Rain Dates Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

The event will take place at Station 2, 355 Boston Post Road.

Cost is $5 per car or truck.

Note from past experience: The volunteer firefighters do a wonderful job.

Originally Published on: Mar 24, 2014 @ 17:36