Recent News and Updates
Line Of Duty Death
October 29, 2012
Belltown honors Lieutenant Russell Neary, a 13 year member of the Easton Connecticut fire Department, who during hurricane Sandy succumbed to injuries sustained while proudly serving his community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his department, his family and his community, you will never be forgotten sir may you rest in peace.
October 29, 2012
During the course of Hurricane Sandy the Belltown Fire Department responded to approximately 30 calls for service over a period of 2 days. This is approximately 5 times the normall call volume for Belltown. The nature of these calls were mostly storm related and due to our location in the city not much related to flooding. Calls included but were not limited to Wires down, transformer fires, trees on top of homes and trees blocking roadways. Prior to the Hurricane Captain Kokkoris and Lieutenant Previs held roll call with all members to brief them on the citywide emergency action plan, mutual aid assistance and restated all safety measures we would take to ensure prompt professional service in every one's time of need. The Belltown fire department throughout the course of this storm maintained full staffing on 2 engines, the tower ladder, the rescue, a utility vehicle and a Chiefs vehicle. Thankfully with our many members and their families here with them, we suffered only property damage and power losses, there were no serious injuries, or house fires. The Belltown fire department is still here after the storm providing services and information to our residents. Our thoughts go out to everyone who has been affected by this storm, not only in our city but our surrounding communities and states affected.
September 24, 2012
After already handling a medical call at 0100 hours, Belltown members were woken up again at 0245 to check on a fire in a kitchen that was supposedly extinguished by the homeowner on Newfield Avenue. Engine 41 and Chief 411 responded, on arrival crew found that a significant fire had broken out in the kitchen and began to extend into the attic. Luckily, the homeowner and her son were able to extinguish the fire with water from the sink and a fire extinguisher. They were initially alerted to the fire by a barking dog, and shortly after a smoke detector. Crews ensured the fire was completely out and requested a fire marshal to investigate.
While we never suggest putting yourself in harms way to extinguish a fire yourself, this incident is a good example of how having smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in the home can make a huge difference. Without a doubt, this fire would have caused considerably more damage to the residence had they not been alerted early and utilized a fire extinguisher to knock down the flames. Finally, calling 911 despite having the fire out is extremely important. Our members are trained and carry the appropriate equipment to make sure no fire is hidden within the walls or ceilings. Later that morning members handled another medical call at Belltown Manor to complete the unusually busy overnight.
House Fire On West View Lane
August 8, 2012
Truck 45 was dispatched along with Turn of River and SFRD units to a possible house fire at 66 West View Lane. On arrival the first due engine company declared a working fire, Truck 45 arrived and was assigned overhaul duties by command. Members operated for about two hours before returning to Belltown.
Motor Vehicle Accident Knocks out power
July 29, 2012
Early on this Sunday morning Belltown units were dispatched to Oaklawn Avenue near Stanwick for a motor vehicle accident with injuries. Members were already aware of a problem when power went out across a good part of the district, including the firehouse. Upon the arrival of the first due engine crew discovered a vehicle with a pole and wires down on top of it. The subject inside the car was not severely injured but could not safely exit the vehicle. Members remained in contact with the individual until CL&P confirmed the power was shut down and units could operate safely. Oaklawn Avenue was shut down most of the day while the utility made repairs.
June 26, 2012
The Belltown Volunteer Fire Department hosted an awards ceremony tonight to recognize the achievements of our volunteers at two emergency incidents. The first incident which occured early in the Summer of 2011 involved a serious motor vehicle accident at the corner of Newfield Avenue and Oaklawn Avenue just one block from the firehouse. The driver of the vehicle, a 17 year old male, suffered serious injuries and was trapped in the car. Against the odds, the patient recently returned and will graduate from Stamford High School. The second and more recent incident occurred on April 29, 2012 when a 57 year old male went into cardiac arrest at his home. Belltown members arrived at the residence within minutes and used a defibrillator to help restore the patient’s heartbeat. After advanced treatment from Stamford EMS the patient was transported to the hospital and has now returned home to his family. Both patient’s and their families were present at the event to meet the firefighters that helped save their lives. In addition, members of Stamford Fire and Rescue, Stamford EMS, and the Stamford Emergency Communications Center all of whom contributed to one or both of the incidents were on hand. Public Safety Director Ted Jankowski oversaw the distribution of the awards before the entire group enjoyed dinner together.
Fire in the Government Center
June 20, 2012
Belltown volunteers had a busy afternoon as the first day of a heat wave hit Stamford. Heavy call volume sent Belltown units out of the district into other areas of the city. Things first got busy when a fire in the basement of the Government Center tied up several Stamford Fire and Rescue units. Belltown was then requested to assist with several patients overcome by heat at the Stamford High School graduation ceremony. While Engine 42 was operating there Truck 45 and Chief 412 responded to a small fire in a condo unit on Hope Street in Springdale. Later in the evening crews handled wires down and burning as well as a stuck occupied elevator at Belltown Manor where one occupant was safely removed. By around 9PM call volume began to slow and all units returned to quarters for the night.
Time to change your clocks and your batteries!
March 11, 2012
Daylight savings time is here! It's time to spring our clocks forward and change the batteries in every smoke detector in your home. Remember to also test your smoke detectors once a month to ensure that they are working. If you live in the Belltown area and need assistance replacing the batteries in your detector, please contact the fire house at 203-323-0626.
Volunteers Donate Fire Alarms
January 18, 2012
In an effort to improve fire safety awareness and education, The Turn of River Fire Department, Long Ridge Fire Company, Belltown Fire Department, & Springdale Fire Compay, collectively known as the Stamford Volunteer Fire Department, are providing free smoke alarms and fire safety information to families in the community.
For more on the fire alarms click here.
Belltown Tower Ladder 45 Relocated During Fatal Christmas Morning Blaze
December 25, 2011
The Officers and Members of the Belltown Volunteer Fire Department extend their sincere condolences to the Badger and Johnson families for their losses in the Christmas morning fire at 2267 Shippan Avenue.
At 05:23 Belltown Tower Ladder 45 was relocated to Stamford Fire Rescue Headquarters to assist in covering the downtown district while Stamford Firefighters operated on Shippan Avenue. Our Officers and Members also commend the selfless efforts of the Stamford Fire Rescue crews who responded to this tragic blaze and exhausted all options trying to rescue the trapped occupants. Their efforts demonstrated true professionalism and should not be forgotten.
Turkey Bingo is Back!
November 9, 2011
Belltown Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting it's 45th Annual Turkey Bingo on November 15, 2011. Doors will open at 6pm, admission is $2 per person and includes one turkey bingo card. Additional turkey bingo cards are available for $2 each. Also available will be special bingo games and a 50/50 raffle. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Come win your Thanksgiving turkey and support your local volunteer firefighters!
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