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To minimize injuries, and property loss from fire, hazardous conditions, rescue situations, and other disasters, by providing excellent state of the art, life and
property conservation, emergency and educational services while recognizing our people as our most important resource and the key to our success!

 Mike Berry Sworn In as EMD

Simsbury Fire District's Mike Berry, the Assistant Emergency Management Director, was sworn-in by Town Clerk Ericka Butler during a private (due to Covid-19 restrictions) ceremony as the new Emergency Management Director on July 1st, 2020.  Mike is  replacing Kevin Kowalski who is retiring next month having served as the town's Emergency Management Director for many years.  This recommended appointment by the Town Manager was approved by the Select Board during a recent June meeting.  Mike has served as the Assistant EMD under Kevin Kowalski for a few years and has been a key coordinator during the recent Covid-19 Pandemic in helping to secure supplies for the town's emergency services and businesses.

 

 

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During the late morning of April 15th when Simsbury was in the middle of stay at home lock down due to the COVID-19 Pandemic  a fire started in the dryer in the  home of Richard, Trina and daughter Kate Cardinal.  The Volunteer Members of the Simsbury Fire Company responded which included members who are friends and neighbors of the Cardinal's.  The fire was quickly extinguished and fortunately was contained to the dryer.  The fire did fill the basement with smoke which was removed through the use of ventilation fans by the fire company.  The fighterfighters then removed the dryer from the basement to a safe outside location.  The Cardinal Family was very grateful for the prompt response by the SVFC and recently presented the Fire Company with 3 shopping bags full of non-perishable food items. Fire District President Gary Wilcox, Tower 12 Engineer Steve Petrella and Fire Chief Jim Baldis were on hand to accept the generous donation. 

Included was this letter from daughter Kate which truly says it all:

"Our family is extremely grateful to the Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company for rushing to help us on April 15, 2020. In the middle of the pandemic and on my dad’s birthday, they removed a burning dryer from our basement. Because of their quick response and professional knowledge there was no damage to our home, our family dog, and ourselves. My mom, dad and I are especially grateful to our neighbor Gary Wilcox who was the first on the scene and has been a leader in the fire department for decades. I also want to personally thank Mr. Petrella who was my sixth grade science teacher at Central School and is a dedicated fire fighter. He was part of the amazing team that showed up to help us that day.  We are so thankful for all the kindness and support our fire department gives to Simsbury citizens.  With heartfelt gratitude. Kate Cardinal, Simsbury High School sophomore (daughter of Rich & Trina Cardinal)"

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Flags flew at half staff and Buntings in place for two week following the passing of Ladies Auxiliary Member Lucy Bowman who passed away on Sunday, May 17,2020.

Here is a posting from the Ladies Auxiliary:

The SVFCLA is incredibly sad to announce the passing of active member Lucy Bowman. Our thoughts are with her family at this time.

For those of you that may not have had the pleasure of meeting Lucy, she gave our organization 57 active years. If not for Lucy and the late Marion Kerr, we would not have the SVFCLA today. The organization as it is now, owes them everything.

Lucy spent her life in service to her family, her friends and her community and we are lucky she chose to dedicate so much of herself to the Auxiliary. The membership of the SVFCLA is honored to have known her and will miss her dearly. Rest In Peace Lucy, we’ll take it from here.

Here is a beautiful photo tribute to Lucy that was put togehter by Honorary Life Auxiliary Members Carol Post and Bobbie Kowalski.

Lucy Bowan Tribute

 

 

Notice from President Gary Wilcox

In these unprecedented times all of us at the Simsbury Fire District and Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company have had to adjust to the new normal in every facet of everyday life. All involved on every level of our fire service have done an outstanding job in meeting every demand and challenge we have recently faced and will continue to face. The Fire District and Fire Company is well staffed and  ready to respond to protect and serve the residents of the Town of Simsbury. The health and safety of our volunteer first responders and our district employees is our highest priority. In addition, our ongoing commitment to response readiness through emergency training and emergency planning continues using new technology and distance communication methods. It is this training and planning that gives us the ability to perform the tasks we face each and every day, We are very proud of the men and women that serve in their capacities throughout our organization. Thank you each and every one of you for all you do!

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