2019 Incidents
1st TFD Cadillac Chemical truck comes home

August 10, 2019 - Several members of the company traveled to the Connecticut
Fire Museum in Manchester to return the Ponemah Mill’s 1915 Cadillac Fire Truck
back to Taftville. The truck originally belonged to the Ponemah Mill Fire Company
and was donated to Us back in the 1950’s. In the early 1970”s the vehicle was sold
to a private collector. Members of the company brought it back to Taftville on
several occasions such as the department’s 75th and 100th anniversary and for
the villages 150th celebration. Members plan on restoring the truck to running
condition. A special thanks goes out to
Kleeman’s Auto from Norwich for donating
the flatbed to transport her home.
1st LUCAS Device in City is Placed In Service

August 7, 2019 - The 1st Mechanical CPR Device in the City of Norwich was
placed in service.  This unit performs uninterrupted, effective CPR on a
cardiac arrest victim.  Update - within the 1st week in servoce, this device was
used on two cardiac arrest victims and both patients arrived at the hospital
with pulses.  

Norwich Bulletin Article  
Century Old Tree falls on Apartment building

August 7, 2019 - At 10:20hr after clearing from a medical aid call we were
dispatched to a tree on a house on Taftville-Occum Rd. ET-21 and Rescue 2
under the command of Asst Chief Hadam responded and found a large tree
on an apartment building with structural damage. Check of the building proved
no injuries to residents but due to the damage, the city building official placed
the building uninhabitable and the American Red Cross was requested to
assist 6 families and pets with displacment.
Engine & Tower to Yantic Basement Fire

July 30, 2019 - At 06:30hrs this morning, Tower-25 & ET-22 responded
automatic aid to the Yantic Section of the city for a possible basement fire in a
single family dwelling on DuPont Ln. Crews arrived to find a smoke condition in
the building, no visible fire. Upon investigation it was determined the cause to
be a dryer belt. The building was ventilated. No injuries were reported.
Motorcyle accident on Blissville Rd

July 12, 2019 - At 15:30hrs Taftville Fire was dispatched to a motorcyclist
down on Jewett City Rd. 2 Engines and the Rescue responded and found a
motorcyclist down with non-life threatening injuries on Blissville road which
runs parrall to Jewett City Rd. Medical Aid was provided by Taftville EMT’s until
the arrival of an American Medic. Patient was packaged and taken to Backus
Hospital. Blissville Rd was closed for about 1 hour while Norwich PD
Smoke Investigation from Illegal Burn

July 9, 2019 - Yesterday's smoke investigation/illegal burn call is a frequent
call we respond to especially on the weekends and we find residents are
unaware of the burning ordinance/guidelines for the City of Norwich. This
ordinance was developed as like most ordinances or laws because in the past
these fires created a public nuisance, seriously injured or killed residents and
city leaders felt this needed to be implimented. NOTE : We do not make these
ordinances, but once a complaint has been lodged we have to enforce them.
Below is a list of fires allowed and their restrictions
Link to City Ordinance below
City Burn Ordinance
Tower-25 Extracts Victim from 3rd floor of Apartment Building

July 8, 2019 - We were dispatched for Medical aid on Norwich Ave.  Upon arrival
Tower-25 was requested to extract a victim who could not be removed normally
due to a medical condition.  Tower=25 set up in front of the building, and extracted
the medical patient from a 3rd floor window right into the back of an awaiting
ambulance.  As this may seem like a rare event, we actually have performed this
type of rescue many times in the past.  Sometimes it is the safest and easiest was
of extraction.  The patinet was trasnported for further medical treament
Hunters Ave Apartment Fire

May 18, 2019 - Last night at 18:17hrs while Squad-2 was operating a call for
medical aid, a 2nd call for a building fire on Hunters Ave was dispatched. ET-21
and Tower-25 arrived to find a moderate smoke condition pouring out of a 3 story
late 1800's, 6 family apartment building, M/A from Occum & Yantic was requested.
Crews went to work and found a active kitchen fire on the 1st floor. Tower 25's
crew while conducting searches for victims in the fire apartment removed 3 dogs
and 1 cat. All occupants were accounted for and out of the building. Taftville
firefighters and American paramedics worked for 45 minutes to render aid to the
family pets using the Wag'N O2 Fur Life pet masks. Unfortunately those pets
succumb to their injuries. The fire was contained to the fire apartment. The
Norwich FMO are investigating, the Red Cross is assisting the families
City of Norwich Dwelling Fire

March 31, 2019 - Last night at 21:48hrs, Car-2, Tower-25 and ET-21 responded
to McKinley Ave on a 2nd Alarm assignment for a building fire. Crews had heavy
fire volume on the 2nd and 3rd floors of a 3 story multi-family dwelling. Within short
time, crews had withdrawn from the building and tower ladder operations had
commenced to knock down the fire to make conditions tentable for interior
operations. All Norwich Career and Volunteer crews worked for hours to search for
hidden fires.
Photo by Ct Fire Photographer Steve Frischling
City of Norwich Dwelling Fire

Feb 3, 2019 - This morning at 09:14hrs Car-20, ET-22 & Tower-25 respond on
the 2nd Alarm assignment to the Greenville section of the city for a building fire.
ET-22 assisted with fire suppression on the 2nd/3rd floors and Tower-25
assisted with ventilation and overhaul. The incident was upgraded to a 3rd
Alarm. No injuries reported. Cause is under investigation.
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.
Taftville responds to Jewett City House Fire

Dec 13, 2020 -  at 06:23hrs Taftville Tower-25, ET22, & Sq-2 responded to a
dwelling fire on North Main St in Jewett City.  Crews assisted with searching for a
missing occupant and fire suppression efforts.   Crews worked for 2 1/2 hours to
extinguished the fire.  Thank you to Occum for covering our district.
Taftville responds to Griswold House Fire

Dec 2, 2020 - Yesterday was a busy day for the members of the fire company.  At
15:30hrs our FAST team was requested to the town of Griswold for a house fire.  
Upon arrival our duties changed to laying a 1000 ft 5” supply line from Rt165 to
the scene and then engage in fire suppression and ventilation duties.  Sq-2 was
requested with additional manpower. Total of 11 firefighters responded while
another 5 staffed the Taftville station.
Taftville Responded to Yantic 3rd Alarm
November 17, 2019 at 12:17hrs Taftville was summoned for aid for a residential
building fire in the Yantic section of Norwich. Car-2, Tower-25, ET-21, & Squad-2
responded with 15 firefighters.  Tower-25 arrived with 6 firefighters and was
assigned 1st due truck company duties which was ventilation and search for
victims.  The crews were split and attended their duties.  In the photos you will see a
hole in the roof made by firefighters to assist the escape of high heat and super
heated gases from the building making it tenable for interior crews.  As many panic
when they see fire from the roof, that is how we have been trained in ventilation, it
is designed to ventilate for victim survival, assist with fire suppression and this is a
normal process.  ET-21 and Squad-2 assisted with fire suppression and overhaul
on floors 2 & 3.  Crews were on scene for 4 hours.  Thank You to the Occum,
Baltic, City of Norwich Eng-2 FD's for covering our district and responding to a
Medical aid call for a unresponsive person in the our district.
Old Canterbury Tpke Dwelling Fire
Oct 20, 2019 - Taftville fire with Mutual Aid from Occum, Yantic, tankers from Baltic
and Lisbon operated at a dwelling  fire on Old Canterbury Tpke.. Pic from bystander