Events & Information
Fire Departments along with Community Fire Station 81
4th Annual Toy Collection
Saturday, November 14,
by Karen Munroe
On Saturday, November 14, 2009,
the 4th Annual Toy Collection was
held by members of the Woodstock Volunteer Fire
Association Station 76, Bungay Fire Brigade Station
77 and Community Fire Co. Inc. Station 81.
Residents of Woodstock and surrounding towns defied the
inclement weather to donate over 865 toys and make monetary
donations, which will be used to purchase additional toys.
The incredible generosity of the public was awe-inspiring
and befitting of the holiday spirit. Toys will be
distributed to families in Eastford, Pomfret, Putnam,
Thompson, Woodstock and surrounding towns. The
Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association, Bungay Fire Brigade,
and Community Fire Company wish to thank everyone for their
contributions, making this year’s toy drive an unprecedented
success, and the dreams of many children come true.
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Toy donations given to members
of the Woodstock Volunteer Fire Assn., Community
Fire & Bungay Fire Brigade. These fire departments
have teamed up for this year's 4th Annual Toy
Collection which made it a huge success.
Some of the boot money
collectors, members from Bungay Fire Brigade,
Woodstock Volunteer Fire Assn. and Community Fire.
Left to right: Brenda Houghton, BFB; Don
Chrzan, WVFA; Chris Plasse, CFC and Jeff Arsenault,
Woodstock Fair 2009 Coverage
Labor Day Weekend
September 4-7, 2009
WVFA Station 76 would like to say
thank you to all the individuals and
departments who participated and volunteered
at the Woodstock Fair First Aid building
along with providing standby coverage and
mutual aid assistance for this year’s
Woodstock Fair: Bungay Fire Brigade,
Muddy Brook Fire Dept., Putnam EMS & Fire,
Community EMS, Pomfret EMS, Woodstock Fair
organization & security, WVFA Support Team,
QV Dispatch, and especially all the
WVFA members who gave up endless
hours to make sure things went smoothly.
could not have been a success without support &
participation from our Woodstock members, and surrounding
Station 77 provides instruction
Monday, June 15, 2009
Brigade Station 77 came to WVFA Station 76 for a night of
class instruction and a hands-on extrication drill.
Participants were trained on how & when to use certain
extrication equipment. Also explained was the importance on
working together during an extrication emergency call, and
assisting the extrication team on getting the job done as
smoothly & safely as possible.
like to thank Bungay members for the opportunity to
experience this extrication training, taking the time to
provide the training and for a job well done.
Osterman representatives provide training:
Woodstock Propane Drill
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
by Mike Dougherty
Wednesday evening May 13, members of B.F.B.,
M.B.F.D. and W.V.F.A. participated in a propane
drill. Osterman Propane representatives gave a
presentation covering propane properties, the effects of
temperature, combustibility, container design and
construction, transportation safety features and common
problems encountered. An overview of tactics and strategies
for incident mitigation was provided followed by an
opportunity for question and discussion. Osterman supplied a
large variety of props including a bulk delivery truck
(Bobtail), two service vehicles a propane powered pick-up
truck, tanks of various sizes, valves and regulators. The
highlight of the evening was the opportunity to take line in
hand and extinguish the gas tree as part of an organized
team. This live fire exercise consisted of two, four
man groups coordinated by a lead person to advance toward
the burning prop (gas tree), simulate the closing of a valve
and backing out. Two Osterman representatives and an officer
remained in close contact with the advancing teams and a
separate line simulating tank cooling was maintained for
safety. Woodstock E.M.S. was on hand for support and
re-hab. The Woodstock Fire Departments wish to thank
Osterman Propane for the opportunity to experience this
training which promotes both effectiveness and a higher
degree of safety for all.
want to take this opportunity to thank Crabtree & Evelyn
for the use of their facilities and the W.V.F.A. Support
for supplying refreshments for all those who participated.
Roseland Park Source to Sea Event:
Woodstock Dive Team
Saturday, May 9, 2009
On Saturday, May 9, 2009 The
Woodstock Dive Team displayed some of their gear at the
Roseland Park Source to Sea Event. George and Wendi
Molnar from WVFA along with Allan Kelly from MBFD were on
hand to answer any questions.
There was plenty of interest
from the kids who attended, (and their moms). It was a
Girl Scout Junior Troop #65033
with members from: BFB-Chief Josh Bottone, WVFA-Capt.
Sue Calaman & MBFD-Capt. Seth Spalding.
EMS Captain Sue Calaman
excepting the donation on behalf of the Woodstock
Volunteer Fire Association Station 76.
Woodstock Girl Scout Troop #65033 donate
Pet Rescue Breathing Apparatus
Saturday, May 2, 2009
On Saturday, May 2, 2009, Woodstock
Girl Scout Junior Troop #65033 donated (5) sets of pet rescue-breathing
apparatus to each of the Woodstock's fire departments: Woodstock
Volunteer Fire Assoc. Station 76, Bungay Fire Brigade Station 77, and
Muddy Brook Fire Dept. Station 75 members.
ladies worked very hard to raise the necessary funds to
purchase the pet rescue breathing apparatus by selling Girl
Scout cookies and receiving private donations from the
public at a fundraising event.
Thank you to
everyone in Girl Scout Troop #65033.
girls in the troop are:
Catherine Navan, Emily Crandall, Lindsay Young, Sydney
Correia, Caroline Loftus, Katrina Leighton, Alexandra
Whitehead, Madison Dean and Troop leader - Christine Navan.
Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association awarded
$22,066.00 FEMA Training Grant
been awarded a 2008 FEMA grant for $22066.00 to use for
training the members of the department.
of this grant is for training funds to bring our members
into full compliance with the NFPA 1001 standards and the
new NIMS/ICS (National Incident Management System/Incident
Command System) requirements. (For reference, if your
department is not NIMS compliant, you are pretty much
eliminated from being awarded future grants).
Some of the training topics include:
Basic Vehicle Operation and Apparatus Safety
Advanced Emergency Vehicle Operations
Firefighter Safety and Survival
Incident Safety Officer / Fire Suppression
Health and Safety Officer
Traffic Control for Emergency Responders
Basic Pump Operations
National Incident Management System
the terms of the FEMA grant award, the training must be
completed by December 10, 2009. This will mean many
hours of classroom and hands on training, but we believe it
will be worth it to keep each of us safe as we serve our
Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association -
399 Route 169
PO Box 222
S. Woodstock, CT 06267