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From the Chiefs Desk

By: Chief James Trzaski

Greetings to all as we enter November, the month of transition into the starkness of winter
but also, the month of Thanksgiving. Thank you to everyone for your time and commitment as
we highlighted fire prevention activities. I'm always impressed by our members who sacrifice
time away from their jobs and families to deliver the important message of safety.
November will be a month of preparation and readiness for the change of seasons. As we enter
our 116 year of existence, Beacon Hose Company has evolved to be a many faceted
organization. Beacon Hose Company has always adapted and accepted the challenges set
before us. Our organization provides many services to Beacon Falls, far beyond our emergency
responses. That being said, I've come to believe that, although we are one organization, we
have two distinct subcategories. Beacon Hose Company has the emergency response branch
which provides exceptional EMS , Fire and Rescue skills. We also have the organizational
branch that provides benevolent and charitable contributions to our members and the public .
Ideally a member would be able to devote their knowledge, skills and abilities to both
branches of our organization, but this has become a challenge. The United States Fire
Administration conducted a study of recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters.
Although I have the answers to their findings, I am now asking our members to answer the

question..." Reasons why people no longer volunteer or why their participation has
decreased? Please take the time to send me your short answers either by e-mail at or drop a note on the Chief's desk. The intent of gathering this
information is to devise a plan to make volunteer opportunities more doable. Perhaps if we
identify some reasons for lack of participation, we can adjust and make the volunteer
experience more appealing.
Have you checked out our updated website? Thank you to Kyle Brennan for his time and
talents. The website has an Active Members Only section, our intent is to keep accurate,
timely information and a calendar of events. We have started to receive feedback from our
"Customer Survey Forms". The forms are sent to everyone we have contacted through an EMS
or Fire response. The feedback from the surveys has been very positive, and we have had a few
with questions on how we operate. I'm very happy with the response from the forms, this
allows us an opportunity to explain how and why we do things, and to identify any areas of
Please check the website calendar for training and activities scheduled for November,
there are several chances to get involved.

I wish everyone a Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving


Fire Calls = 15
EMS Calls = 50
Here comes the COLD!!!!

EMS Members: Remember to keep yourselves and your patients warm and dry this winter.

EMS Cold Weather Tips

~For Your Patients~

Turn the patient compartment heater on HIGH in route to all calls. On scene remember to keep the
ambulance doors closed to retain heat. Keep a towel at the top of the stretcher ~ Use it to cover your patients
head to help reduce heat loss. Extra blankets have been stocked in the ambulances for
cases of multiple patients.
**Pulse Ox Alert** ~ Cold fingers do not give accurate readings. Look for physical signs of cyanosis and
palpate a radial pulse for rate and regularity.

~For You~

Dress for success!! Wear appropriate outerwear and footwear for the weather you will be working in.
Extra EMS jackets and jumpsuits are stocked in both ambulances. Remember ~ You are the most important
person on emergency calls. You must take care of yourself before successfully taking care of your patient.
Refresh your memory!! Take the time to review how to engage the 4 Wheel-Drive in both ambulances.
Fill Er Up!! Please remember to keep the ambulances fuel levels above 3/4 of a tank. Keep a towel at the
foot of the stretcher ~ Use it to cover the patients feet if they are wet or muddy. The towel will help to protect
your clothes from being soiled as you lift the stretcher.


A patient with injuries, chronic illnesses, or other conditions will show the effects of
cold weather much sooner than a healthy person

How are we doing????

In mid-September, we began our BHC Customer Service Survey mailing. Every EMS
patient received a questionnaire and many have been returned with great
responses. In November we will also be sending surveys out to residents that have received fire department
responses. Please be sure to note the residents name and add it on your fire reports.



Ebola Training

During our October EMS Training/Meeting we discussed and reviewed the

possibility of treating and transporting potential Ebola patients. Waterbury
Hospitals Trauma Director Barbara Zarrella, BHC EMS Director Joe Chew and
Assistant EMS Director Ken George have been keeping us up to date on the newest
protocols and procedures. As new information becomes available, we will be
keeping all of our members apprised via email.
All newly released information will also be posted throughout the Firehouse.

Pictured left to right : Matt Rau and John Mis


November 1st ~ 2nd Crew #4

November 8th ~ 9th Crew # 5
November 15th ~ 16th Crew # 1
November 22nd ~ 23rd Crew #2
November 29th ~ 30th Crew # 3

American Legions
Armistice Day Dinner

Saturday, November 8th at 6:00pm

St. Michaels Church Lyceum
$25.00 Per Person ~ BYOB
Call Frank Correnty @ 203-632-8445
for reservations

Beacon Hose Company No. 1

Country Breakfast and Cow Chip Raffle
at the Firehouse on
Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
from 8:00am to Noon
Raffle will be held at 12:30pm
ADULTS $8.00
For further information please call
the firehouse at (203) 729-1470

Math Tutoring

For Adults and Children

Call Sandra Sherman
4 Timberland Way
Beacon Falls, CT


Whats Up At BHC In November

2nd ~ Tanker Drill in Bethany &
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Car Cruise at the FD
3rd ~ Department Monthly Meeting
4th ~ Election Day
8th ~ Tanker Drill in Seymour &
American Legion Armistice Day Dinner
10th ~ Fire Department Training
11th ~ Armistice Day Remember our Veterans!!
13th ~ Fire Police Meeting
15th ~ Flu Shots at BF Pharmacy
16th ~ EMS Meeting
17th ~ SCBA Inspections
23rd ~ Country Breakfast & Cow Chip Raffle
24th ~ Truck Checks
26th ~ Officers Meeting
27th ~ Happy Thanksgiving!!
29th & 30th ~ Christmas Tree Sale Starts

Save a Date
December 6th ~ Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
December 7th ~ BHC Childrens Christmas Party
December 13th ~ Meat-O/Wine-O Details to follow.

Thanksgiving Cranberry Dip

12 oz Bag Fresh Cranberries

1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Pineapple Preserves
8 oz Cream Cheese, room temperature
Ritz Crackers
In a 2 quart baking dish, stir together cranberries and sugar.
Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove cover
and stir to be sure
cranberries have popped and released their juices.
Add pineapple preserves and stir until well
combined. Allow to cool to room temperature and place in
an airtight container in the refrigerator overnight. Spread
cream cheese over bottom of a pie plate or 8x8 baking dish.
Spoon cranberry mixture over cream cheese and
spread out evenly.
Serve with crackers

Community Service

Assistant EMS Director Ken George and the BHC EMS

Division presented a CPR and AED Certification Training
session to 9 Chatfield Farms residents at their Clubhouse in
October. This event was very well received and we plan to
continue on working to train the residents of Chatfield
Farms with life saving techniques and fire safety classes.

Free to a good home!!

Tim DiZazzo is looking for

a good home for his
FREE Trampoline
If interested
Please call (203) 525-3225

We would like to wish our

BHC Family
a Happy Thanksgiving

November Birthdays
2nd ~ Alice Buzgo
6th ~ Elizabeth Edwards
13th ~ Jeffrey DAmico
14th ~ Michael Pratt
17th ~ George Shea
22nd ~ Timothy Hanks


Beacon Hose Company No. 1 is dedicated to the protection of life, property and the
environment from the effects of fire, medical emergencies and hazardous conditions

35 North Main Street

Beacon Falls, CT 06403
Phone: (203) 729-1470
Fax: (203) 723-2209

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