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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.

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