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Norwich Ave Dumpster Fire

January 8, 2019
- At 15:50hra Taftville was alerted to a smoke investigation
on Norwich Ave. Crews arrived to find an active dumpster fire at Quality
Insulation. Crews pulled a attack line and worked to gain access. The winch off
Rescue-2 was used to pull the dumpster from the compactor to gain access to
the bin and extinguish the fire. The cause is under investigation by the
Norwich Fire Marshals Office.
Auto Rollover on South B St

January 5, 2019 - At 08:51hr Taftville was dispatched to a auto rollover on
South B St with a driver trapped. Car-20 arrived and confirmed entrapment.
Crews worked to remove the victim through the windshield. Victim had non-life
threatening injuries.
Auto Rollover on South B St

December 22, 2018 - As of 21:00hrs Car-2, Rescue-2, &ET-22 are currently
operating on School St for a TT unit hung up on the corner in danger of
tipping over. Please avoid the area.
Anniversary History of the fire siren

December 22, 2018 - This Day in Taftville History - On this day 96 years ago, Dec 22,
1922, The Taftville Hose Company installed fire sirens in the village to alert village
firemen of fires. Up to this point there had been recent fires that the village fireman
were not notified of in the area. One recent fire was a duplex fire on Terrace Ave
where the Norwich FD responded after a telegraph notification to the Norwich fire chief
requested help. Workers at the velvet mill had pulled hose off a hydrant to keep the
fire in check. It was not until the Norwich FD had been on scene awhile that Taftville
was notified cause residents didn't know how to notify them. The 1st horn was installed
on the fire station on Merchants Ave. Pictured below. The second was installed on a
power pole behind the mill store on North Second Ave. This horn was attached to a fire
alarm box at the base of the pole. When there was a fire, a person would go to the
box, break the glass and pull down the hook in the box which would activate the siren.
This is where the fireman term " Hook the box" came from. When the siren/horn
activated, the village fireman would run to the station, grab the hosecart and motorized
truck and respond to the box. Once at the box they would get the location of the fire.
Sometimes they didn't need to go to the box as they would see the column of smoke
from the station, or as we call it "A header" As time went on additional sires were
installed until the late 1980's, early 1990's were all but one siren was removed from
service. Today the last siren located on top of the current station sounds about 700
times a year and as in recent decades fire station sirens has been a conversation
piece at local coffee shops or in the news as they disrupt residents lives, but there is
still a need for them. As technology in notification to emergency responders has
developed rapidly, nothing has been more reliable than the 1920 station siren. In
recent major weather events, Cell Phone apps and pagers have not worked due to
phone lines and servers going down, but the station sirens have always worked. Just
last November a resident having a major medical condition summons fireman by
hooking the station box where they received medical aid in minutes. One recent
summer, a child ran down Merchants Ave, hooked the box to report a apartment
building fire. Per national and federal requirements, we as the FD have to provide
more than one way to notify our members of village emergencies and this 1920's siren
has proven time and again its reliability. Hope you enjoyed this bit of village history
and have a little better understanding of why we "still use the siren"
Worker pinned between dumpster and truck

December 23, 2018 - At 08:30hr Rescue-2, ET-21, Car-20 responded to
Norwich Ave for a person pinned by a dumpster. Units arrived to find a victim
with a serious head injury and provided immediate medical treatment. It
appears something failed during off loading of trash causing the dumpster to
roll over the truck pinning the operator against the truck. American
transported and Norwich PD are investigating.
Truck rollover with entrapment

October 27, 2018 - Taftville was dispatched to a auto rollover on Norwich Ave
in front of the bank.  Crews arrived to find the driver unable to get out of the
truck.  Crews worked to remove the driver who had non-life threatening injuries
Pickup Truck Fire on South 4th Ave

October 13, 2018 - Taftville was dispatched to a truck fire on South 4th Ave.
Car-20, Et-21 & Et-22 arrived to find a active truck fire.  a attack line was stretched
and the fire extinguished.  Cause is under  investigation by Norwich FMO
One Auto into the Shetucket River, during search find a 2nd

September 4, 2018 - At 18:35hrs on Monday evening The Taftville/Yantic Dive
team was requested by the Lisbon FD to retrieve a auto that accidentally rolled
into the Shetucket River. When the team arrived they interviewed the vehicles
owner and crews took to the water to search for the vehicle using sonar. Crews
found the vehicle and marked it. When the divers went down to recon the vehicle,
the divers were surprised to find a 2nd vehicle in the water. That vehicle was
marked, and crews started recovery of the 1st vehicle. Then a heavy duty wrecker
was used for the 2nd vehicle which turned out to be stolen form 2009. It took over
3 hours to recover both vehicles. No injuries were reported. Ct State Police are
investigating both incidents. Thank you to the members of the Lisbon FD for their
support and manpower. Photos from various sources used with permission.
Jewett City 2nd Alarm House fire

August 22, 2018 - Last Night at 23:00hrs Taftville ET-22 & Tower-25 was
assigned to a building fire in the Jewett City section of Griswold. Taftville crews
joined crews from Jewett City FD, Griswold FD, Lisbon FD, Plainfield FD, and
Yantic FAST. Griswold Chief arrived first and reported a well involved vacant
house fire. This is the 2nd time we have been to this building and due to the
damage from the 1st fire, this was a DO NOT ENTER building. Large bore attack
lines and blitz monitors were deployed to attack the fire. It took roughly 3 hours to
extinguish due to fire hidden deep in the building behind collapses walls and roof
sections. The cause is under investigation
Taftville used "Jaws of Life" to free trapped driver

August 7, 2018 - At 09:28hrs Taftville FD was dispatched to an auto accident in front
of the Sacred Heart Church on Providence St. PD on scene reported extrication was
needed. Units arrived to find a single occupant of a car vs pole, heavily entrapped
with life threatening injuries. Under the command of Car-429 (Dept Safety Officer)
crews started removing 2 doors, B post, part of the fender and rolled the dash off the
patient. Yantic Rescue-3 was added to the call per our protocol for a back-up heavy
rescue truck. 2 American Paramedics and 1 EMT provided medical care to the
patient. Taftville crews extricated the victim in 16 minutes. A Trauma Alert notification
was made and American transported the victim to Backus in Norwich for stabilization,
then transfered to Hartford Hospital with life threatening injuries. Thank you to the
Yantic Fire Co for responding with Rescue-3 and helping us pick up after the incident.
Even though Rescue-3 wasn't needed, it is always reassuring to know your there
when and if we need you.
Mathieu St House Fire

July 26, 2018 -On Sunday 07/22/2018 at 19:03 hrs, Taftville was dispatched to a
building fire at 33 Frank St. Members were in the station for a meeting at the time of
the alarm and could see the smoke from the station. ET-21 and Tower-25 arrived
within 2 minutes of the alarm to find fire involving the breezeway, extending up the
rear to the 2nd floor. Attack lines were deployed and fire suppression began. Due
to many factors such as weather, Poor hydrant pressure, Etc a 2nd alarm was
requested by Chief Jencks, which brought Occum, Yantic, City Eng-2 and Mohegan
Tribe into the scene. Due to this house being located on a hill with little hydrant
pressure. Occum was instructed to lay a supply line from South B St into the scene
and pump the water up the hill. The fire was knocked down in 20 minutes from time
of alarm. One firefighter was treated and transported for a illness due to weather.
The cause in under investigation
Norwich Ave House Fire

June 29, 2018 -At 11:15hrs this morning we were dispatched to 50 Norwich Ave for
a building fire. Upon confirmation of a working fire by the PD and numerous 911
calls, the alarm was upgraded.  Crews stretched hoselines to the fire room and
extinguished the fire. All occupant got out safe and no injuries were reported. We
would like to Thank Norwich Local 892, Occum fire, Yantic and Mohegan Tribe for
their assist. Everyones prompt respond made for a quick resolution to this incident
that could of been worst due to the size of the house and weather conditions.