Events & Information
Drive to benefit the:
Leukemia & Lymphoma Cancer
Saturday, June 8, 2013
On Saturday, June 8th
members of the Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association Station
76 decided to continue as scheduled despite the weather
forecast with the boot drive to benefit the Leukemia &
Lymphoma Cancer Society.
While days of pouring rain & flooding
just prior to Saturday’s boot drive and with the day’s event
weather in question, it still wasn't enough to dampen the
volunteer’s spirits with participating in this fundraiser.
What a great day it was for the boot drive. With the rain
ending the sun shining and the generosity of the public, the
day was a great success.
The Woodstock Fire Departments teaming
up with L&LCS members Tessa and Emily, we all made a
difference with helping the Leukemia & Lymphoma
Cancer Society fighting blood cancers.
Mission and Goals
The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is:
Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and
improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
LLS is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated
to blood cancer. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research
around the world and provides free information and support
Our Key Priorities will ensure that: The Leukemia &
Lymphoma Society helps blood cancer patients live better,
The need is critical:
An estimated 1,012,533 people in the United States are
living with, or are in remission from, leukemia, Hodgkin
lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma or myeloma. Approximately
every four minutes, someone new is diagnosed with blood
cancer. Approximately every 10 minutes, someone dies.
Leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among
children, adolescents and young adults under the age of 20.
Lymphomas are the most common blood cancers and incidence
increases with age. The survival rate for myeloma is only
41.1 percent. Incidence is more than twice as high among
African Americans as for all other races.
"Michael E. Dougherty, Deputy Chief Woodstock Volunteer Fire
Association, is recognized today for his never ending contributions to
the fire service. His history as a firefighter began in 1978 with the
Town of Yantic where he was a firefighter, EMT, and ultimately a
In 1988 Mike and his wife, MaryJane moved to our beloved Town of
Woodstock. In 1989 he joined the Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association
and, as an established firefighter, recertified his EMS status to an MRT
to serve on the ambulance crew. With his knowledge, experience and
dedication he again quickly rose to the rank of lieutenant and is now
the Deputy Chief of the Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association. He has
served for eight years with the Woodstock Fire Protection Association
and is a past president and now, treasurer.
Mike is a devoted father of three boys, Michael, Kevin and Sean. He
was involved in his son’s Boy Scout Troops and was very active with the
troop outings, trips and activities that help to shape our youth. He
also serves as Vice Chairman of the Woodstock Board of Finance.
We in Woodstock are honored to benefit from his wisdom and knowledge
which, coupled with his commitment and dedication, help to keep our
community safe and strong.
We are pleased to recognize Deputy Chief Michael E. Dougherty for his
continuing service and devotion to our community."
WVFA Station 76 Appreciation Dinner
March 23, 2013
by Jeff Kimball, WVFA
On Saturday, March 23,
2013 the Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association 76
held it’s annual Appreciation Dinner at The Inn at
Woodstock Hill in Woodstock.
The annual appreciation
dinner is held to show appreciation to those who
serve and volunteer by Fire, EMS, Support Team,
Associations and Mutual Aid to assist the residents
of Woodstock and surrounding mutual aid towns.
would like to take a moment to thank everyone who attended
our annual dinner March 23, 2013 at the Woodstock Inn. The
evening was a great success!
A special thanks to our guests included Woodstock
Selectman Mitchell Eaffy, Woodstock Fire Chiefs
Chief Chris Wootton, Muddy Brook Fire Station 75;
Chief Roy Chandler, Bungay Fire Brigade Station 77;
Chief Norm Bernier, Putnam Fire Station 78; and
Christopher Bowen, Eastford Fire & Rescue. The
Support Team members and the members of the
Executive Committee for their efforts in making this
event possible and a night to remember.
L to R
Iris Arsenault and Mike Dougherty
would be remiss in not mentioning the fantastic hospitality
of the staff at the Inn and the incredible meal we were
Thanks to all for your service and dedication and hopes for
another safe and successful year ahead."
Jeff Kimball, President WVFA
Fire Station 81 and Woodstock Fire Departments:
7th Annual Toy Collection
Saturday, November 10, 2012
On Saturday, November 10, 2012, the 7th Annual
Toy Collection was held by members of the Woodstock
Volunteer Fire Association Station 76, Community Fire
Co. Inc. Station 81, Bungay Fire Brigade
Station 77, and Muddy Brook Fire Station 75. Local
area businesses and individuals donated toys and made
monetary donations. All money collected was used to purchase
additional toys. The generosity of the local businesses and
the public was incredible, knowing these are tough financial
times. Toys were distributed to families in Eastford,
Putnam, Thompson, Woodstock and other local surrounding
towns through TEEG in Thompson. The Woodstock Volunteer Fire
Association, Community Fire Company, Bungay Fire
Brigade and Muddy Brook Fire
wish to thank everyone for their contributions, making this
year’s toy drive an unprecedented success, and the dreams of
many children come true.
Annual Woodstock Fair
August 31, September 1 – 3, 2012
Thank you to Emergency Services Volunteers
by Sue Calaman
The members of the
Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association would like to
extend a sincere thanks to all of the area Fire and
Emergency Medical Services personnel who volunteered
their time at this year’s Woodstock Fair. Fire
service standby was provided by the Bungay Fire
Brigade and the Muddy Brook Fire Department, both
The Community Fire
Department from Thompson, as well as Putnam EMS
provided ambulances and crews for EMS responses on
the fairgrounds. EMS coverage for the horse
shows was provided by members of the KB Ambulance
Corps. American Ambulance personnel were also
in attendance, making paramedic service available
for those patients in need of more advanced medical
EMS personnel from many
area departments volunteered their time at the first
aid facility as well as covering the fairgrounds on
foot and standing by at the main stage concerts.
The Woodstock VFA
Support Team generously provided the volunteers with
home cooked food, desserts and beverages.
During the four days of
the fair, 106 people were treated in first aid and
six patients were transported from the fairgrounds
to the hospital via ambulance.
We sincerely appreciate
the cooperation, enthusiasm and professionalism of
our Fire and EMS colleagues. Providing
emergency coverage for an event of this size would
not be possible without their help.
area fire departments come together for:
Casualty Table Top Exercise
Monday, July 23, 2012
by Steve Jorjorian
Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association hosted a mass casualty
table top exercise at station 76, on Monday, July 23rd.
officers from the departments of Community Fire and
Ambulance, Pomfret EMS and Fire, Putnam EMS and Fire, Bungay
Fire Brigade, Muddy Brook Fire Department and Woodstock
Volunteer Fire Association and EMS participated in the
exercise. These departments usually provide, on an annual
basis, personnel and equipment for medical and fire
protection at the Woodstock Fair grounds.
evening started with a review of the Pre-Plan, which
is a basic guideline for operations, equipment staging,
personnel assignments and response to the fair and general
public needs, for all four days of the fair’s activities. In
addition, radio protocols and accountability of personnel
working at the fair were also reviewed.
attendees were divided into two groups, consisting of a
combination of the different departments that would be on
the grounds at any given time. Each group was given its own
scenario of an event that could possibly happen at any time
on any given day. The exercise was limited to.. “the
first thirty minutes” .. of responding to each
scenario. This time
period is critical, in that it can
determine how well a response to an incident is begun.
Factors included in addressing the response were, the
setting up of a command structure, getting
to the scene and securing it, crowd control, animal control,
handling any fire and victim search and rescue needs,
victims, setting up treatment and transport areas, and how
to handle incoming resources responding to the mass casualty
point of this table top exercise was to underscore that on
any given day of the fair, there is a defined level of
staffing and equipment scheduled to be on the fair grounds
and any type of large scale incident would have to be
handled, within the first thirty minutes, by those first
responders until additional help arrived.
2012 WVFA Station 76
March 10, 2012
The Woodstock Volunteer
Fire Association held its annual Appreciation Dinner
on March 10th at the Woodstock Academy cafeteria.
Jackie Desabre and the crew of Flik, the independent
food contractor for Woodstock Academy, prepared the
buffet style dinner. A total of 50 people attended.
This year a few local
businesses were honored for their continued support
of the department over many years. President Scott
Hazelton presented Joseph Carlone of Linemaster
Switch with a plaque for his recent financial
assistance to provide GPS devices for the ambulances
and fire apparatus, as well as refurbishing the
meeting room with new chairs. President Scott
Hazelton presented a plaque to Doug Young of
Woodstock Orchards, honoring the Orchard for its
many years of support and providing snow removal to
Doug Young was also
individually recognized by the department for his
years as the WVFA Captain, having stepped down from
that position in August, 2011. Chief Tim Young
presented Doug with a plaque in honor of his service
to the department.
Deputy Chief Mike
Dougherty reported a total of 550 calls between fire
and EMS - 447 were EMS, 140 were fire, and 37 were a
combination of both. This represents a 3% increase
over the prior year. EMS Captain Sue Calaman
expressed thanks to the continued support of the
voluntary EMS personnel, as well as for the paid EMS
The WVFA Support Team
made sure just about everyone walked away with a
gift – all generously donated by local businesses.
Doug Young was honored for his service to
the department and accepted the award for Woodstock
Carlone of Linemaster Switch
Deb Pratt (right) receiving her award for service to
the fire department. Left to Right: Chief Tim
Young, President Scott Hazelton and Deb Pratt.
Woodstock Fair 2011 Coverage
Labor Day Weekend
September 2-5, 2011
The Woodstock Volunteer Fire
Association wishes to extend a sincere thanks to all area
Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel who
volunteered to stand by during the 2011 Woodstock Fair.
Fire assistance was provided by the Bungay Fire Brigade and
the Muddy Brook Fire Department, both from Woodstock.
The Community Fire Department from Thompson and Putnam EMS
sent ambulances and crews to stand by for EMS requests on
the grounds. Fair Horse Show EMS coverage was provided
by members of the Pomfret Fire Department. American
Ambulance personnel were also there, providing paramedic
service for those patients in need of more advanced care.
In addition, EMS personnel from many other area services
volunteered their time at the First Aid facility.
During the four days of the Fair, there were over twenty
requests for ambulance service, and over one hundred people
were treated in First Aid.
We deeply appreciate the cooperation and professionalism of
our Fire and EMS colleagues. An event of this size
would not be possible without your help.
May God bless the many souls who lost their lives,
on September 11, 2001, at
the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and on airline
flights 11, 175, 77, & 93.
The courage and sacrifice shown by the FDNY
firefighters, the NYC Police, and
other NYC EMS will never be forgotten. History will
Bungay, Muddy Brook and WVFA:
Woodstock Fire Department's Family Picnic
Sunday, August 21, 2011
by Iris Arsenault
game with members from all 3 departments.
A good time was had by all of those
who attended the fire departments family picnic held at Roseland Park. Members from
the Woodstock’s three fire departments, Muddy Brook Fire
Dept. Station 75, Bungay Fire Brigade Station 77 and
Woodstock Volunteer Fire Assn. Station 76 got together for
an afternoon of fun, horseshoes, a softball game, snow
cones, lots of good food and plenty of laughs.
While the thunderstorms were hovering,
the storm quickly moved out for the dept. members to
complete a friendly game of softball before the grilling began. Team
Chandler won the game over Team Wooton. (Final score will
not to be disclosed.)
After the softball game members
enjoyed all the barbequed food and desserts, before
returning for another game of horseshoes.
Organized by members from Muddy Brook,
to be held in a central location incase a emergency call
this was the 2nd annual picnic where members and
their families from each department were able to mingle, and
get to know each other better in a non-emergency situation,
while enjoying the day and having some fun.
WVFA 76 Members Jon
Roy, Iris Arsenault and Jeff Arsenault
Seth Spalding, MBFD & Mike
Lawrence, BFB & unknown young man.
Muddy Brook Member "Grizz"
ready to grill.
Local CT Area Fire
Departments Team up for a:
Tornado Storm Relief Boot
Neighbors helping Neighbors in Massachusetts
Boots ready to start the boot
Saturday, June 18, 2011
by Iris Arsenault
On Saturday, June 18th
from 8am to 1pm, four local Connecticut fire
departments from the Northeast corner teamed together for a
Tornado Storm Relief Boot Drive to raise money
for their neighbors in Massachusetts. Community Fire
Station 81, Woodstock Vol. Fire Assn. Station 76, Bungay
Fire Brigade Station 77 and Muddy Brook Fire Dept.
Station 75 organized this boot drive in less than 2
weeks. With Community Station 81 accepting donations at two
locations in Thompson, and the Woodstock fire departments
accepting donations at two locations in Woodstock, the total
boot drive raised approx. $5521.95 with all donations
to be given to their neighboring towns of Massachusetts who
were the victims of the devastating June 1 tornadoes.
Jeff Arsenault, WVFA Station 76 and
Brenda Houghton, Bungay Station 77
The generosity from the public and the
community was overwhelming. People from Ohio, Maine, New
York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut and beyond donated at
the boot drive. The fire department members received many
thank yous from donators for doing this to help out the
Massachusetts towns. A thank you came from a woman who lives
in Monson who was directly affected from the tornadoes was
travelling thru Woodstock when she stopped to thank the fire
department members for what they were doing. Another woman
from Sturbridge whose house was damaged on Fiske Hill in
Sturbridge even stopped to make a donation and say thank
Donations being collected.
The idea began when a member Chris
Plasse from Community Fire Company Station 81 contacted
members of Woodstock’s WVFA Station 76, and Bungay Fire
Brigade Station 77 and said “we need to join forces and
activate our toy drive team to do something for our
Massachusetts neighbors affected by the tornadoes”. And,
without hesitation, all three of Woodstock’s fire
departments including Muddy Brook Fire Dept. Station 75 were
activated to join forces with Community Fire to complete the
boot drive team.
Children wanted to donate into
the boot to
Aaron Perry from Bungay Station
We would like to thank those who took
the time to donate and their patience when travelling thru
the boot drive locations. Without all your generosity, the
success of helping neighbors in Massachusetts would not have
“Neighbors helping Neighbors, doesn’t have to stop at the
When asked the question:
Why did you decide to have your department join in?
"Bungay’s motto is neighbors
helping neighbors and with the tragedy of the tornadoes
being so close to Woodstock we wanted to help our neighbors
to the north"
Roy Chandler, Fire Chief-Bungay Station 77
Muddy Brook Station 75
Bungay Station 77 members collecting donations.
aid departments assist Bungay Fire Station 77 with
saving the house:
Structure Fire on Center Road
Saturday, June 11, 2011
by Iris Arsenault
On Saturday, June 11th, the
Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association Station 76,
along with other area town fire departments went mutual
aid to assist Bungay Fire Brigade Station 77 with a
structure fire. The call went out indicating a barn
attached to the house. While most of the barn is a total
loss, the main part of the house was saved. Great team
work by all of those involved.
receive awards at:
Danielson ceremony celebrates
EMTs and residents
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
died on top of Julie and Mark Francis’
Christmas tree on Nov. 21, 2010. The
78-year-old Woodstock Valley man had been
loading a stately conifer onto the couple’s
car at his tree farm.
On Wednesday, six months later, Krushefsky
stood at the center of Danielson’s Imperial
Room banquet hall, posing for pictures with
the Francises, who called 911 that day.
Their call, Emergency Medical Services
workers said, started the chain of response
that saved Krushefsky’s life.
“I thought, ‘This was the end, I’ll never
survive this,’” he said of the seconds after
But then, he said, there were people
pounding on his chest, slapping him, cutting
his clothes off and shocking his chest.
“This is why I’m here tonight,” Krushefsky
said, thanking the emergency medical
technicians, paramedics and his grandson,
Bungay Fire Brigade Chief Roy Chandler, for
EMTs and paramedics Iris Arsenault, Michael
Shadone, Susan Calaman and Roland Vespia
were each honored with lifesaving awards
from Day Kimball Hospital for their work in
Krushefsky’s case at the EMS awards dinner
The awards ceremony was part of the annual
National EMS Week, said Ralph Miro, Day
Kimball Hospital’s emergency room nursing
director and EMS coordinator.
The Francises, too, were honored with
lifesaving awards. Though they’re not
medical professionals, Miro said their award
should serve as a reminder that “a major
link in saving someone’s life is calling
Other awards given out Wednesday focused on
how large a role the honorees had played in
affecting the lives of others and shaping
the careers of the medical professionals
The Humanitarian of the Year, Walter Hirtle,
was noted for his commitment to emergency
medical services overseas. Miro read an
email with which Hirtle had sought automated
external defibrillators, among other medical
technology, for Haitian EMS crews. The
defibrillators, Miro read from Hirtle’s
email, would help “save one more.”
Karen and Richard Sanders, the educators of
the year, said they had probably trained
nine-tenths of the paramedics and EMTs in
EMT of the Year Shayne Kettle and Paramedic
of the Year Christopher Colonair were noted
for going above and beyond in teaching and
training new EMTs and paramedics.
Greg Frani, the hospital’s Life Star
coordinator, was given a special recognition
award, as was Barbara Domaleski, an
emergency room nurse at Day Kimball for 51
Danielson ceremony celebrates EMTs and residents - Norwich,
CT - The Bulletin
Woodstock's Dive & Rescue
Ice Dive Rescue Training
Thursday, February 24 -
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Mike Dougherty, WVFA (left) and Allan Kelly, MBFD
(yellow suit) along with other personnel assist with
diver Aaron Perry, BFB.
A four-day ice rescue dive training and certification
seminar was held by the Woodstock Dive and Rescue Team which
together consists of members from Woodstock Volunteer Fire
Association Station 76 (WVFA), Muddy Brook Fire Department
Station 75 and Bungay Fire Brigade Station 77 for certified
divers starting on Thursday, February 24th –
Sunday, February 27th. Training seminar was
taught by a team of instructors from World-renowned, Team
Lifeguard Systems, Inc. (www.teamlgs.com),
from Shokan, NY. Two-days of classroom time was held at the
WVFA station and two days ice diving was held at the YMCA
Camp in Woodstock on Black Pond.
Team Lifeguard Systems, Inc. instructors carefully
watch over student divers to assure complete diver
safety and learning. Three of the four instructors:
Left kneeling; Walt (Butch), center standing; Matt,
far right standing; Brian.
Divers simulated frozen water rescues with each individual
diver accumulating more than 50 hours of ice dive training
to obtain their certifications at the end of the day on
Divers and personnel from other area towns in CT, and out of
state from Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and
Delaware participated in this ice dive training. There was
Guilford Fire Dept’s Diver
John Planas listening to
a total of (30) divers and (15) line support tenders.
The Woodstock Dive Team and their department members have
spent many hours preparing for this program along with Dive
Cove, Essex, CT, who in joint effort with the Woodstock Dive
Team helped host this event, to make this rescue ice dive
training seminar a huge success.
Phil Mahoney, a Woodstock
Volunteer Fire Assn. Diver completes his final
spidering to emerge from the final hole for
completion of course requirements.
Thank you to all the members of all the fire departments,
individuals, participants, YMCA Camp of Woodstock, Dive
Cove, and Team Lifeguard Systems who all contributed in
making this diver’s training seminar a huge success.
A special thank you to the Woodstock Volunteer Fire Assn.
Support Team and the Muddy Brook Auxiliary members for
providing breakfast, lunches, coffee and snacks for the
group throughout the entire training.
Ice Dive Event slideshow - click
WVFA and mutual aid depts. battle
Senexet Road Brush Fire
Wednesday, November 24,
Woodstock Volunteer Fire Assn.
Station 76 along with mutual aid from Bungay Station 77,
Muddy Brook Station 75, and West Thompson Station 82 fought
a 3-4 acre brush fire off Senexet Road in the late night and
into the early hours of Thanksgiving morning. Fire was under
control at approximately 2:30-3:00 am.
Fire crews returned to the scene
at 7 am to eliminate any hot spots that may have developed.
WVFA Station 76 would like to thank all the mutual aid
departments who assisted with fighting the fire and also
thank the surrounding town fire departments who stood by
and covered the Woodstock stations.
Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association:
Mass Casualty Drill
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
by Sue Calaman
On Tuesday, August 17th,
the Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association hosted a mass
casualty drill at the Woodstock Fairgrounds.
The scenario involved a fire with propane
gas explosion in the cattle barn. Smoke was generated by
machine to simulate the lack of visibility that would exist
in the event of an actual fire.
Apparatus and personnel responded from
the three Woodstock departments, Community Fire and
Ambulance, Putnam EMS and Fire, Pomfret EMS and Fire, as
well as Mortlake Fire and KB Ambulance. Quinebaug Valley
Emergency Communications provided two dispatchers to run
virtual dispatch for the incident.
30-40 volunteers acted as victims made up
to simulate various levels of injury. They were staged in
and around the barn and extricated by firefighters, then EMS
personnel performed triage and treatment as needed.
The WVFA Support Team provided
much-needed refreshments at the conclusion of the drill.
Such drills are an invaluable part of
emergency services training, especially in the case of a
mass gathering such as the Woodstock Fair. Knowing the
correct procedures in the event of such an incident will
greatly contribute to the saving of lives and property.
WVFA wishes to thank everyone who gave of
their time and expertise, be they emergency workers, makeup
artists, general organizers, cookie bakers, or willing
victims. Without you such an event would be impossible.
WVFA Station 76 Photos
Norwich Bulletin Article & Video click here
"Fake casualties, barn blaze give firefighters learning
Norwich Bulletin Photo Gallery
Fairgrounds Mass Casualty Drill"
Fire Department, Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association
Fire Brigade are celebrating
of dedicated volunteer service to the Town of Woodstock.
present members were invited to attend a celebration dinner
that was held on
Saturday, March 6, 2010
at the Thompson
Speedway’s Raceway Restaurant.
Fire Association is seeking
New Members to Volunteer
The Woodstock Volunteer Fire
Association is seeking new members to volunteer as EMS
personnel and Firefighters. Training and equipment will be
provided. E-mail inquiries to
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