Droning On In Orange: Fire And Police Train On A Valuable Tool

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Jul 132017

On Thursday, July 13, the Orange Fire Department hosted police and fire personnel from across the state in a special flight training program.

More than a dozen students participated in classroom and hands-on drone operation training. Experts were brought in to teach the class, which will culminate in a required Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) exam.

The men learned the ins and outs of drones and how to fly them safely, but not for play — for use on the job and at emergency scenes.

The weather was a factor in Thursday’s scheduled training, which was split between the air-conditioned room at Station 2 and out in the thick humidity at the Old Tavern Park baseball fields, where 3-4 drones could be flown at once before the rain began to fall.

Orange Fire Marshal Tim Smith said his office acquired a drone about a month ago utilizing grant money.

Drones have proved to be a valuable tool for fire departments, fire marshals’ offices, and police departments during emergency situations.

As a fire marshal, Smith said he can use the drone to fly over buildings to take aerial imagery for emergency planning to note what is on a roof, such as solar panels, HVAC systems, etc. In addition, they can fly over a large complex, such as a senior housing or shopping center and map out points of interest, including fire hydrants, sprinkler connections, and the locations of any hazardous tanks.

Drone operation also will be useful during fires and for fire investigations to get a different perspective that previously could only be done with a helicopter.

Smith said there are strict regulations in place for drone operation and on Friday, the class will be inside preparing to take the FAA Part 107 Airman’s exam.

Another class scheduled in the fall is already filled up, according to Smith.




Reps. Ferraro, Staneski Visit New Haven Vet Center In Orange

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Jul 062017

State Rep. Pam Staneski with the New Haven Vet Center Director, Amy Radivoy and State Rep. Charles Ferraro.

State Reps. Charles Ferraro (R-117) and Pam Staneski (R-119) recently visited the New Haven Vet Center, 291 S Lambert Road Suite 5, Orange, to discuss the services the center offers to area veterans and how the state can better assist Veterans.

Rep. Ferraro, the Ranking Member of the legislature’s Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, said, “The New Haven Vet Center provides quality care and top notch services for our Veterans. Veterans and their families have a great resource right in their backyard and I encourage them to utilize the services offered by the center from their professional and friendly staff. I will continue to work with my colleagues in Hartford to make sure that our state provides the best possible services for our Veterans.”

Rep. Staneski said, “This Vet Center is an extraordinary facility which offers many critical services for our veterans. I want to thank the Vet Center Director, Amy Radivoy for a great conversation and tour; they are integral to the Connecticut veteran community. As lawmakers, we pledge to do anything we can do to better support this Vet Center on a state level.”

Vet Centers are community-based counseling centers with the goal of providing a broad range of counseling, outreach, and referral services to eligible veterans in order to help them make satisfying post-war readjustment to civilian life.

Last year, the Vet Center provided services to over 5900 veterans, which included individual counseling, group counseling, benefits assistance, community education and much more. The center is open Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday by appointment.

For more information about the center, residents can visit www.va.gov or call 203-795-0148.


Are You Ready To Party? Follow The Instructions And Have A Great Time

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Jul 022017

Experienced Independence Day revelers began marking their spaces on the Orange Fairgrounds around noon today in anticipation of a phenomenal musical show and the traditional 4th of July Fireworks.

Food vendors will be in place as early as 5:30 pm.

Vendors include: Chip’s Pancake Truck; Reno’s Pizza Truck; Shoreline Prime Meats & Deli Truck; Spuds Your Way; Cappetta’s Italian Imports; Lemonade Grenade; Szabo’s Seafood; Rita’s Italian Ice; JP Kettle Corn; Action Enterprises

Food trucks open at 6 p.m., Band at 6:30, fireworks at 9:30

A reminder that NO open flames, propane containers, individual fireworks or sparklers are permitted.

While on the fairgrounds, be aware of safety zones (marked in white) and follow the guidance of Orange CERT members. Show courtesy to you fellow residents & make use of clearly marked trash & recycling containers. Parents, please watch your children.

Please enter and leave the fairgrounds with caution and observe directional signs and Police instructions at all times. Stay clear of the “fire line” and the wooded area near the fireworks pit for your own safety.

Be patient at the conclusion of the show as traffic may be stopped while the fireworks people make sure each and every explosive has been blasted.

This is for YOUR safety, so do not give the CERT members or firefighters a hard time. They are not just being “yahoos” they are trained in safety measures and are doing their jobs to make sure you and your family do not get hurt.