FIREFIGHTERS GATHER TO COMPARE EQUIPMENT
Firefighters from nine departments across western Connecticut and in New York gathered last week to compare rescue and fire equipment to prepare for situations when the departments help each other respond to incidents.
Danbury, Bethel, Brookfield, Brewster, Hawleyville, Stony Hill, Sandy Hook, Germantown and Miry Brook fire companies all share a "mutual aid" agreement through which each department will help their neighboring firefighters and rescuers during major incidents or to help cover other localities while their crews are responding to other incidents.
Crews from each of those departments gathered at the Danbury Fire Traning Facility to learn more about the equipment each department uses and which specialty tools and rescue gear each department has and could share if needed.
Local agencies have compatible rescue equipment which include air packs, hydraulic tools, and vehicle stabilization equipment. Some had specialty equipment such as a “man-in-machine” kit to remove an object from a person’s extremity or a “Boat in a bag” which can be carried to a body of water and deployed.
Officials said they plan to host more training days in the future with crews' tankers, aerials and all terrain vehicles to improve shared resources.