You are on page 1of 4

From the Chiefs Desk

By: Chief James Trzaski

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed much needed time with family. I am
personally thankful to all of you for dedicating your time, skills and abilities to our residents.
Beacon Hose Company No. 1 members have always shown commitment to Beacon Falls
residents and this year was no exception. From responding to incidents, fund raising,
fire prevention activities, sponsoring families during their times of need and more, our
members display commitment, care and professionalism. THANK YOU!!!
This time of the year proves to be busy, fun and rewarding. As we prepare for the Christmas
season and the beginning of a New Year, we find ourselves occupied with preparing almost
every day. Preparing lists for shopping, preparing our schedules of gatherings and fun,
preparing for dinners and parties.
Emergency services personnel spend the majority of our time "Preparing for the Response".
Although our call load is not overwhelming, some of the incidents we have responded to have
created some challenges. It is our responsibility to prepare for these challenges. So what can
we do to prepare?
First and foremost, are you prepared mentally and physically to respond safely to incidents?
Have you taken the department physical? Have you completed your annual fit test? Have you
attended training on a constant basis to keep your skills sharp? Have you gone to a truck
check night to inspect and familiarize yourself with equipment?
Is our equipment prepared for the response? Our equipment must always be in the "Ready
Mode. Equipment operational checks are key components to a successful outcome of any
incident. Equipment inventory and check list are being updated and are available in the
dispatch room. Stop down on the fourth Monday of the month and participate in a vehicle
check and get familiar with the equipment
Preparing for the response also includes our knowledge, skills and abilities. We take
Firefighter I or EMT during our first year as a requirement. Have you attended any classes or
training beyond your initial training? There are endless training opportunities available
through out the State. Beacon Hose Company No. 1 will pay for your training and supply
transportation as needed. Please make an effort to enhance your knowledge by attending a
course and by attending our monthly training....the second Monday of each month.

On behalf of all the Officers of Beacon Hose Company No. 1


I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !!!

Fire Calls = 18
EMS Calls = 39

Christmas Time at BHC


~BHC CHRISTMAS TREE SALES~
You know you need one and we got em!! Beautiful, fresh-cut Christmas trees will be on sale at the
Firehouse every weekend from Saturday, November 29th until the last tree leaves the lot.
No truck...No problem. We offer free delivery to all points in Beacon Falls.
Our trees are priced to sell. And, although our quality trees sell themselves, we will still need help with sales
and delivery. Michael McGee and Matthew Rau have very generously volunteered their time to organize this
fundraiser. If youre interested in lending a hand, give Mike or Matt a jingle. Theyll appreciate your help!!

~ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING & BONFIRE~

Help us get Beacon Falls ready for Christmas!!


Our Tree Lighting & Bonfire will be this Saturday night, December 6th at 6:00pm
FREE HOT DOGS, HOT CHOCOLATE AND HAY RIDES!!!
Starting at the Town Hall and ending at the Tracy Lewis House

~BHC CHILDRENS PARTY~

Our Annual Childrens Christmas Party will be held at the firehouse on Sunday, December 7th at Noon.
Members children, up to and including 5th grade, are eligible for a gift from Santa. Please RSVP to
Karen Bulinski or Kathy Kelly ASAP with your childrens ages and an idea of 3 items that your children may be
wishing for. We will have The Video Game Truck, a Magic Show and. A VISIT FROM SANTA!!!
LOTS OF HOLIDAY FUN AND PLENTY OF GREAT TREATS TO EAT!!! ALL ARE WELCOME!!!
As always, your help with set up and clean up is always appreciated. See you at the party!!

~MEAT-O & WINE-O~


Holiday Fun For All
Join us for a night of Holiday Fun and Cheer!!
Saturday, December 13th, 2014 from 7:00pm to 9:30pm at the Beacon Falls Senior Center
$5.00 Admission Fee includes 1 Drink Ticket and Appetizers
Pay to play games of chance to win something special to serve at your Holiday Table
TURKEYS ~ HOLIDAY HAMS ~ RIB ROASTS ~ PORK ROASTS
CLAMS ~ SCALLOPS ~ SHRIMP ~ LOBSTER ~ WINE ~ BEER
Please contact Ken George for more information.
Adults, ages 21 and older, are welcome to attend!!

~BRING SANTA HOME~


Whats better than Santa and his sleigh??? Santa in a BHC Fire Truck!!! And he wants to come to your house
for a Pre-Christmas Eve visit. On Saturday, December 13th Santa will be in Beacon Falls to make special
house calls to all the good little boys and girls and BHC will provide his ride.
If you are interested in Bringing Santa To Your Home, Raymond Buzgo would like to know.
Please call Ray at 710-7917 or send an E-Mail to bringsantahome@beaconhose.com.
We are also looking for a few good elves to assist and escort Santa on his travels.
Ray will let you know ~Where and When~

EMS WEEKEND CREWS


December 6th ~ 7th Crew #4
December 13th ~ 14th Crew # 5
December 20th ~ 21st Crew # 1
December 27th ~ 28th Crew #2

Wednesday,
November 26th, 2014
Jack-Knifed
Tractor Trailer Into
The River
Pictured:
(Left to Right)

Michael Rupsis,
John Mis, Vehicle
Driver and
Andrew Leeper.
Great work to all that
responded to this
call!!
Photo by Ken George

Whats Up At BHC In December


1st ~ Department Monthly Meeting
6th ~ Annual Tree Lighting & Bonfire
6th & 7th ~ Christmas Tree Sales
7th ~ BHC Childrens Christmas Party
7th ~ Pearl Harbor Day
13th ~ MEAT-O & WINE-O
13th ~ B.F. Cong. Church Cookie Walk
13th ~ Bring Santa Home
13th & 14th ~ Christmas Tree Sales
19th ~ Christmas Lunch at the Firehouse
20th & 21st ~ Christmas Tree Sales
21st ~ 1st Day of Winter
25th ~ Merry Christmas
31st ~ Happy New Years Eve

Ahhhh.Success!!!!!
Assistant EMS Director Ken George would like to thank all of our BHC Members, Family and
Friends for helping with our Country Breakfast. We served over 250 breakfasts and certainly
could not have done it without your help!! Also thank you to ALL for the outstanding work at
the Cow Chip Raffle and to Thomas the ??Bull?? for stopping by and helping out!!

Gooooooo-Bag
Are you PREPARED?????? Do you have a Go-Bag stocked and ready in your car??
You never know what youre responding to so prepare yourself for the worst!!
Pack a bag with a complete change of clothes including footwear, a towel, travel sized
toiletries and any other necessities you may need if you are involved in a Messy or Wet call
or just to be prepared during winter weather.
Kurts Winter Tip: Use your car floor mats to cover your windshield at night to keep the
frost, snow or ice from blocking your view!!!!
Can you
guess who
this little
Christmas
Cutie with
his dad is???
Did you
guess last
months
couple??
It was.
Artie and
Janet
Norton!!!!!

Waterbury Exchange Clubs


1st Responder Award
Our Administrative Assistant Gretchen Carlson
received recognition Thursday, November 20th at the
Waterbury Exchange Club's First Responder
Breakfast. Gretchen was nominated by Edgar
Rodriguez and was chosen as the honoree. The
Exchange Club will be having this event annually. It
was great that Beacon Hose Company No. 1 was
represented and congratulations to Gretchen and
thank you for all that you do!!

For Sale
Brand-new
3 Piece Cordless phone set
Best offer!!!!!
Contact Gretchen
At the firehouse!!

December Birthdays
1st ~ Janet Norton
17th ~ Jamie Linley

Happy Anniversary
to Past Chief and Mrs.
Douglas Bousquet

Visit us at www.beaconhose.com
Like us on Facebook
BEACON HOSE COMPANY NO. 1 MISSION STATEMENT

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