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Orange Volunteer Firefighters Honor Their Own On Memorial Day

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May 292018
 

Every year, members of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department gather on the town green after the Memorial Day Parade and honor the men who served in the department and have since passed away.

The only thing that was different this year is that the parade was canceled due to rain. But, as we all know the OVFD is on duty 24/7/365 and a little drizzle won’t stop them from carrying out a mission.

A smaller that usual group of firefighters made its way to the firefighter’s memorial at the far end of the green following the Memorial Day Ceremony inside the High Plains Community Center.

Under the command of new Fire Chief Vaughan Dumas, they all stood quietly and listened as Dumas and Deputy Chief Charles Sherwood read the names of the late members.

The men placed a wreath at the memorial stone, then returned to Station 1 on Orange Center Road.

Need A Mattress? Come To The Fire Department Fundraiser On June 16

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May 132018
 

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department is there for you 24/7/365. In order to purchase the equipment and receive the training that they need to serve the town at the highest level, the Department depends upon the generosity of the public and success of various fundraisers — the carnival, Santa’s Helper, pancake breakfast, and now, they are introducing something new.

The OVFD will host its first annual mattress sale at Station #2, 355 Boston Post Road, Orange, on Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This event is open to the public. The Fire Department will turn the station house into a mattress showroom from 10am-5pm.

More than 20 mattress sets will be on display for you to try.  Name brands for less than retail (Simmons, Serta, Therapedic, etc.) all sizes & styles available (latex, gel memory foam, spring).

Starting Set Prices: T ($259) F ($279) Q ($299) K ($499)

Mention THIS POST to SAVE $50 OFF any set

Adjustable power bases, premium pillows, and frames also will be available.

Purchases come with full manufacturer warranties.

Local pick up or delivery is offered about 12 days after the event.

Transactions will be so easy, cash, check, or credit cards accepted.

Financing available – No Credit Needed

 

For more info: btonnecfs@gmail.com

BREAKING: House fire in Orange

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Mar 032015
 

RoadAt around 5:30 pm the Orange F D responded to a house fire at 260 Hemlock Hill Road off of Grassy hill Road.

Derby Fire sent a rapid intervention team and Woodbridge Fire was called to cover the town.

Flames were seen coming from the rear of the home upon arrival.

We will update as more is known.

Fire Department Suffers Giant Monetary Loss

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Nov 162014
 

Carnival Chairman Donny Foyer (forefront) and a screen shot of one of the 2014 raffle tickets.

Carnival Chairman Donny Foyer (forefront) and a screen shot of one of the 2014 raffle tickets.

In July, Orange Live was the first to tell Orange residents that the Orange Volunteer Fire Department was in trouble.

The tried and true decades old method of selling Carnival Raffle tickets was squashed by the US Postal Service and ticket sales were down.

By the time all the vendors were paid and the receipts were counted after this year’s carnival, the Volunteers were down by $30,000 from last year according to carnival chairman Donny Foyer.

The carnival is the department’s biggest fundraiser and year-after-year it’s been more than profitable, padding the bank account enough to enable the men and women to purchase the equipment they needs to serve the town of Orange, and to pay for training and turnout gear for every volunteer.

How Will They Sell Tickets?

Since they can no longer send tickets through the mail, the firefighters looked into other options that nearby departments use.

The tentative plan is to mail every resident a card asking if they would like to purchase raffle tickets and if so, how many. The residents would then return the card with the number of tickets marked, along with a check with their donation.

The firefighters will fill out the resident’s information on the tickets, then return the corresponding stubs by mail.

This would mean a significant amount of extra work for the volunteer firefighters, but earning the proceeds that they were accustomed to would be well worth the effort and the additional postage.

When the firefighters decide on a definitive plan, Orange Live will release the information (late in spring 2015 or early summer 2015) so you will know what to expect.

When you help the Orange Volunteer Fire Department’s fundraising efforts, you are contributing to the safety of your town.

 

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Is There For You, Show Your Support For Them

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Jul 282013
 

IMG_4782Members of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department (and the Orange Community Emergency Response Team — CERT) took part in a storm preparation day at Home Depot on Saturday.

Both groups spent about 3 hours talking to the public: Firefighters showed off the Rescue 1 truck and explained  its functions, while CERT provided information and brochures.

The UI and other groups also set up tables and shared information.

Meanwhile over at the Christmas Tree Shop, firefighters greeted shoppers and sold raffle tickets for great prizes that will be on display at this week’s Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival.

For just $5 you can have a chance at winning one of the prizes and you will be helping the volunteer fire department raise money to purchase the training and equipment they need to serve the community.

 

Deputy Fire Chief Details Complicated Rescue

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May 022013
 

The demolished bucket under which a man was trapped on Tuesday.

The demolished bucket under which a man was trapped on Tuesday.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department is made up of highly trained 100% volunteer man (and woman) power.  At any time day or night, the volunteer firefighters drop whatever they are doing to respond to all sorts of calls.

On Tuesday, April 30, around 12:11 p.m., the Fire Department was called to 513 Kanuga Trail on a report of a large residential propane tank that was leaking after it was struck by a tree.

Deputy Fire Chief John Knight was the fire officer in command. He spoke to Orange Live about the incident the following day.

“The call we got was for a tree that had fallen on a propane tank, the dispatch was not for a tree on a person,” he said. “It was Fire Marshal Tim Smith who made it known to us that a person was trapped under the tree.”

When the Fire Department arrived, the police, AMR and Tim Smith were already there, and indeed a tree had fallen and a person was trapped under it.

“There were a couple of other issues going on: a propane tank that supplies the house with fuel had been knocked over by the tree and was leaking; the tree had gone through the roof of the house,” Knight said, “But the fire department’s main concern was the victim that was trapped under the tree.”

He said this was a situation where the firefighters had to develop a plan by seeing what equipment they had available that could be of use.

Mike’s Towing was on scene, so they put a strap around the tree to make sure it wouldn’t move any further; the fire department used its air bags to raise the tree off the bucket (from the tree trimming truck) that had landed on the victim; and a Hurst Tool (Jaws of Life) was used to lift the bucket off the victim so he could be removed.

“We’ve had complicated calls before and no two are the same. This was definitely a complicated call, but the training that we’ve done with the equipment that we have is what helped this call have a successful outcome,” he said. “There’s no book you can go to for instructions on what to do, you just have to rely on the training you do with the equipment you have and know your personnel.”

“That’s what we did. We had our trained personnel and we accomplished what we needed to do,” he said. “I haven’t heard about the patient’s condition, but we all hope he is okay.”

The last we had on the victim was that he was in critical, but stable condition at Yale-New Haven Hospital. We’re not sure of the extent of his injuries.

From the original story:

Contractors were removing a tree at a private residence and made a cut in the tree top about 20-feet up.
When it became apparent that the tree as not going to fall in the right direction, the arborist in the bucket (you know the kind on the work trucks) tried to get out of the way and either jumped, was thrown, or fell from the bucket.

The worker landed on the ground, the bucket landed on top of him, pinning his lower extremities (legs) and the tree landed on top of the bucket trapping the man.

The tree also knocked over one of two large residential propane tanks causing a leak and a potentially dangerous situation. Electricity to the home had to be turned off for safety reasons.

Smith said the extrication was complicated, because of the different layers of danger (propane tank leak, unstable tree, injured worker) the rescuers had to plan everything strategically and move things carefully all at once and it took about 40 minutes to complete.

AMR and a Doctor from Yale (Sharps Team) monitored the patient during the ordeal, then accompanied him to the hospital. The Public Works Department was brought in to help and was ready to jump in as needed.

The Woodbridge Volunteer FD stood by at Station 1 and Milford firefighters stood by at Station 2 in the event of another emergency in town while Orange volunteer firefighters were on Kanuga Trail.

Officers from the Orange Police Investigative Services Unit (ISU), interviewed the man’s co-workers and were working on the initial report, but the entire investigation will be turned over to OSHA.

Natural Gas Scare At The Orange Congregational Church

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Mar 302013
 

OCC steepleThe Orange Volunteer Fire Department was called to the Orange Congregational Church on Meetinghouse Lane at 10:22 p.m. on a report of a strong odor of natural gas coming from an elevator shaft and boiler room.

First responders did not smell anything, but continued to check inside and outside of the church.

Within minutes many of the department’s apparatus were in the center of town ready to take any necessary action.

The response was knocked down to non-emergency.

At 10:33 p.m. another fire officer detected the odor of gas near the boiler room and a meter was being sent to the basement.

Moments later, at 10:35 p.m. the chief requested a Gas Company representative respond to the church.

Aerial view of the Orange Congregational Church

Aerial view of the Orange Congregational Church

Gas Company Rep. arrived shortly before 10:55 p.m. His meter showed ZERO reading.

Chief Gagel began releasing Fire personnel from scene around 11 p.m. He signed out at 11:20 p.m.

Apparently, there was a gas pipe that had been repaired may have had a small leak.

NOTE: The OCC did not have a Holy Saturday service scheduled tonight, so no plans were interrupted. The first Easter Sunday Service here is the traditional Sunrise Service at 6:30 p.m. behind the parsonage.