399 Route 169 ∙ PO Box 222                                        Station 76                                 S. Woodstock, CT 06267

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Whitcraft LLC Donates Laptop

December 7, 2007

by Don Chrzan

Left to Right:

Colin Cooper, Steve Child and Jeff Paul

On December 7, 2007, Deputy Chief Steve Child presented a plaque to Colin Cooper (CEO) & Jeff Paul (President) of Whitcraft LLC located in Eastford, CT.  Whitcraft LLC was asked by WVFA EMT member Don Chrzan; Information Technology Manager of Whitcraft to purchase an Acer Aspire Intel dual-core laptop for Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association.  The laptop will be used to store critical call information, members records, power-point training seminars, and have ability to hookup to ET-276 during emergencies. The Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association wishes to extend a sincere thank-you for Whitcraft’s kindness. www.whitcraft.com

Participants in the 6th Annual

Holiday Dazzle

Light Parade in Putnam, CT

Sunday, November 25, 2007


WVFA is proud to introduce their Newest Firefighters

Left to Right: Joseph Thienel, Eric Young,

Jim Collins, Ben Young and David Chrzan

Open House & Food Drive

held on Saturday, October 27, 2007

With the help & the generosity of the public at WVFA's recent Open House and Food Drive, we were able to collected approx. 20 cases of non-perishable food items, along with monetary donations and were delivered directly to the Daily Bread in Putnam. We thank all of you who donated.

But, More Help is Needed - In recent weeks, newspaper reports have indicated the food banks are in extreme crisis, and are in desperate need of non-perishable food items or monetary donations. Please, donate to a local food pantry or food bank of your choice, to make a difference for a family or an individual in need. Thank you.



Woodstock Fair 2007

Labor Day Weekend

August 31 & September 1, 2, 3, 2007

by Sue Calaman

Labor Day Weekend saw incredibly beautiful weather for the four days of the Woodstock Fair.  Almost 220,000 people attended, enjoying food, entertainment, and agricultural exhibits, as well as the many vendors who sold a wide variety of products and services.

The Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association provided fire and emergency medical services, assisted by many members of surrounding departments, including Pomfret, Putnam, Thompson, Killingly, Eastford and Brooklyn.

In addition, the WVFA ran their annual food concession, providing “Good Food at Fair Prices”.

The members of the Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association wish thank the many area fire and EMS personnel who volunteered their time during the Woodstock Fair.  It is evident that our community works as an organized team and is a testament to the integrity of everyone involved.


Woodstock's EMS ringside at

Professional Bull-riding Show

Saturday, July 14 & Sunday, July 15, 2007

by Iris Arsenault

Members from the Woodstock EMS were stationed ringside at the Professional bull-riders Show held at the Woodstock fairgrounds Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15.

Ambulance R576 was close by the ring.

Bull-riders from the USA, Brazil, Guatemala all competed against each other as part of the ongoing World Cup Bull-riding Tournament, with Brazil winning the competition.

Saturday night had a few bull-riders requiring first-aid medical attention with one transport to the hospital before the night was thru. Sunday had no injuries.

Barrel racing was also a spectacular event where the women showed their horse riding skills, racing around the barrels.

This professional bull-riding event was very exciting and there were lots of cheers, oozs and ouches both days, raising the excitement level for all those who attended.

Saturday's Crew

Left to Right: Dustin Wonoski, Jennifer Blackmer, (Bull-rider Joe Osborne) and Iris Arsenault


Sunday's Crew

Left to Right: Phil Emond, Barbara Zakrzewski, Iris Arsenault, Dustin Wonoski and in Center: Ashley Zakrzewski


CT Public Health Commissioner’s Annual Individual

EMS System Impact Award recipient is:

Hamilton Foote

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

by Karen Munroe

The Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association (WVFA) is proud to announce that on Wednesday, May 23, 2007, L. Hamilton “Ham” Foote received the CT Public Health Commissioner’s Annual Individual EMS System Impact Award at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.  This award was established in 2005 to recognize an individual who has contributed to the EMS system in the State of Connecticut as a whole, and for their contribution on impacting any facet of out-of-hospital care.

Mr. Foote currently serves as the President of the Eastern CT EMS Council.  He has been a member of the council for 15 years, serving as their president for the last five years.

Mr. L. Hamilton "Ham" Foote

Ham has been a member of the WVFA since July 14, 1952.  Over the years he has served as a firefighter, and continues to play a valuable role as an active EMT.  He is a charter member and was instrumental in establishing the Woodstock Emergency Medical Services for the Town in 1976.  Ham spent countless hours training members of WEMS in CPR, driver training, and other emergency medical services skills over the last 31 years.  Since his retirement in 1996 from American Optical, Ham’s consistency in responding to EMS calls during the week has filled an essential need to staff the ambulance when many volunteers are unavailable.  Ham has dedicated over 30 years to running the WVFA infield at the Woodstock Fair. He also serves as the chairman of the WVFA house committee.

Please join the WVFA in congratulating Ham for his well deserved recognition by the Commissioner of the CT Department of Public Health.   This award is a tribute to his hard work and dedication for the Town of Woodstock and the State of Connecticut.

Woodstock Station 76 hosts

EMS Skills Not Found in the Book

Instructor: Charles Jaskiewicz

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

by Sue Calaman

On May 30th, WVFA was pleased to host Charles Jaskiewicz, who presented "EMS Skills Not Found in The Book". Charles is an RN and Paramedic, as well as EMS instructor with 33 years of EMS experience. The program was a big hit at the 2007 EMS Conference in March of this year.

42 members from 12 area departments attended the class. The presentation was lively and informative, and included innovative ideas that even seasoned EMT's found useful.

Included were new ideas for assessment, treatment, patient immobilization and transport, as well as additional tips for patient care. A practice session followed the presentation, and everyone came away with something new.

WVFA would like to thank Charles for taking the time to come to Woodstock to share his knowledge and expertise with the EMS community in the Quiet Corner.

4th of July Jamboree

2007 Firefighter's Water Polo Challenge

held at the East Woodstock Common

on Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

Woodstock Vol. Fire Association defended their title, and held onto their championship water polo title for this fun & exciting competition between the town's 3 fire departments.

2007 Winners:

1st Place - Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association 76

2nd Place - Bungay Fire Brigade 77  3rd Place - Muddy Brook Fire 75

2007 WVFA Team: Lucas Young, Joe Thienel, Jim Collins,  & Eric Young       Photo: Erica Chrzan

WVFA Members Participate in the 2nd Annual

Jog with Judy 5K Road Race

Saturday, May 5, 2007

by MaryJane Dougherty

On Sat. May 5th several of our members volunteered their time at the 2nd Annual Jog with Judy Road Race on Roseland Park Rd. Over 500 supporters turned out for this event in memory of Judy Nilan that raises funds in support of the many worthwhile causes that Judy was passionate about and for the programs that she pioneered for the students at the Woodstock Middle School.
    Some of our members that participated in the race included our President, Scott Hazelton, dive team member Barry Kromer, Support Team members Shirley Faucher, Kristen Bentley, Molly Thienel, Kim Putnam and MaryJane Dougherty who was part of the organization committee for the event.

Left to Right: Phil Emond, Susan Jankot (Muddy Brook), Iris Arsenault, Mike Dougherty, Sue Calaman & Don Chrzan

#326 Kristen Bentley

WVFA Support Team

MaryJane Dougherty

WVFA Support Team Chairperson

#53 Scott Hazelton

WVFA President

Molly Thienel

WVFA Support Team

and Wyatt


"Small Deeds Done Are Better Then Great Deeds Planned"

taken from a sign at South Woodstock Baptist Church

    The two ambulances were staffed by EMT Phil Emond, EMT Don Chrzan, EMT Sue Jankot (Muddy Brook) on Rescue 676 and EMS Captain EMT Sue Calaman, EMS Lieutenant EMT Iris Arsenault and Fire Officer MRT Mike Dougherty on Rescue 576.
    Fire Lieutenant Jonathan Roy of Roy's Tree Service took time out of his work day and offered his "emergency" services by quickly responding with his bucket truck when the balloon arch broke loose and became entangled in the overhead wires.

WVFA Fire Lieutenant Jonathan Roy of Roy's Tree Service

#65 Barry Kromer, WVFA Dive Team

#30 Tyler Young, is the son of

Support Team Member Donna & Fire Captain Doug Young.

#53 Scott Hazelton is not far behind.

Linemaster presents GPS Units to WVFA

Monday, March 5, 2007

by Karen Munroe

On March 5, 2007, Joe Carlone, Sr. of Linemaster Switch Corporation presented Captain Doug Young and President Scott Hazelton of the Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association with four Street Pilot Global Positioning Systems (GPS).   These units will be located in the department’s two ambulances, rescue truck #376, and ladder #176, providing emergency personnel with the ability to instantaneously obtain accurate directions to any address during an emergency call, including transfers to out of the area hospitals, or mutual aid to other towns. The units will increase the department’s response time to an emergency scene, saving valuable time.  The Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association wishes to extend its gratitude to Linemaster Switch Corporation for its continued support and generosity. www.linemaster.com


Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Members Attend

11th Annual EMS Educational Seminar

Friday, March 16 & Saturday, March 17, 2007

by Karen Munroe

Despite treacherous travel weather, six members of the Woodstock EMS attended the 11th Annual EMS Educational Seminar in Cromwell, CT on March 16-17, 2007. The seminar provided EMS members with a wide variety of classes from pediatrics to geriatrics, and many other topics to improve their skills as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). Woodstock attendees felt the conference was an excellent resource to learn the latest techniques and issues they face during emergency calls. 

The Woodstock Emergency Medical Services currently has 39 certified EMTs and 10 certified Medical Response Technicians (MRTs). To obtain initial certification, EMTs are required to attend 158 hours of training, including a minimum of 10 hours in an Emergency Room. Standard recertification requirements include 32 hours of training on a biannual basis, along with current certifications in CPR/AED, and blood borne pathogens. Additional training, such as the EMS seminar, is voluntary. Woodstock is fortunate to have so many hardworking, dedicated EMS volunteers.

If you are interested in training to be an EMT or MRT, please contact us at contact@wvfa76.org or click Application to Join to download application.

Did you know...

Star of Life:

Each of the six "points" of the star represents an aspect of the EMS System.
They Are:

Detection Reporting Response On Scene Care Care in Transit Transfer to Definitive Care The staff on the star represents Medicine and Healing.


Annual Meeting

Monday, December 4, 2006

by Karen Munroe

At its annual meeting in December, 2006, the Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association elected its officers for 2007, including Chief Tim Young and newly elected President Scott Hazelton. The department would like to thank Past President Jeff Kimball and Past Secretary Terry Walsh for the many years of service. Please click here on members for a complete list of officers and members.

During the period of 12/1/05 to 11/30/06, the Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association responded to a total of 116 incidents.  These calls included:  20 fires; 37 Rescue & Emergency Medical Service Incidents; 19 Hazardous Condition (No Fire); 9 Service Calls; 29 False Alarm/False Calls; and 2 Severe Weather & Natural Disaster Calls.  Total incidents in 2005 were 114.

The Woodstock Emergency Medical Services responded to 353 calls during 2006.

Toys for Tots

Saturday, November 18, 2006

by Karen Munroe

The Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association (WVFA) held its first Annual Marine Toys for Tots Collection on Saturday, November 18, 2006.  The Quinebaug Valley Young Marines assisted WVFA members in greeting and collecting the toys.  Donors were greeted with hot cider donated by Woodstock Orchards, and a chance to win a door prize.  The 443 toys that were collected will be distributed to Woodstock families, and families in the surrounding area.  Monetary donations were also received.  The following companies donated door prizes:  Crabtree & Evelyn, Finders Keepers, Wal-Mart, and Windy Acres.  WVFA would like to thank everyone that donated the toys that are sure to put smiles on the faces of many children this holiday season.


Open House & Food Drive

Saturday, October 28, 2006

by Karen Munroe

During the Woodstock Volunteer Fire Station's open house on October 28, the group also hosted a food drive of non-perishable items that benefited Putnam's Daily Bread. Despite heavy rain that day, the event received a steady influx of visitors and donations. Woodstock firefighters Tom MacQueen and Scott Hazelton showed interested bystanders a firefighter outfit and donned a self-contained breathing apparatus equipment. The woman's auxiliary packed bags with goodies for children such as crayons, firefighter helmets, coloring books, safety pamphlets, pencils, etc.*  Tours of the firehouse were given to all visitors. Smokey the Bear also made a special appearance.

*The Putnam Reminder


Participants in the

Putnam Dazzle Parade

Sunday, November 26, 2006

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Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association - Station 76

399 Route 169    PO Box 222     S. Woodstock, CT 06267    (860) 928-3163

Email: contact@wvfa76.org