Saturday, September 5, 2009

We've Moved

Stop by and check out Jewett City's new location at
Please be patient, the site is still under construction.

Monday, August 10, 2009

8/10/09 Possible Structure Fire Griswold Elementary

Jewett City, Griswold and the Taftville FAST were requested to respond to Griswold Elementary School on Slater Ave. for a reported structure fire on Monday morning. First arriving companies made entry to the building and found a lite haze coming from one of the rooms. A light ballast fire was discovered and quickly extinguished. Mutual aid was released with thank, the Griswold FMO is investigating further.

Ladder and Engine responding

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Jewett City takes top fire prize at muster
Town wins Taftville trophy for 2nd year

Norwich Bulletin

If enthusiasm were water, the Jewett City Fire Department could have put out a string of blazes Saturday.Cheering on themselves as well as offering applause for their opponents, Jewett City repeated as winners of the Taftville Volunteer Fire Department muster for the second straight year. Jewett City finished with 38 overall points while Moosup, which was third last year, came in second with 34. Gales Ferry, competing for the first time, was third with 32.“We’re one big family,” Jewett City rescue Lt. Jim LePage said. “It’s about being fast and having good teamwork.”The family dynamic cut the other way in the form of a sibling rivalry between Jewett City’s LePage and Voluntown Capt. Emile LePage Jr. The Jewett City/Voluntown rivalry was most conspicuous during the five-event competition in which six teams participated.“We just want to beat Jewett City,” Voluntown firefighter Rob Dillon said smiling. “I don’t care if we finish fifth as long as they’re sixth.”Dillon didn’t quite get his wish. Voluntown ended up fourth overall with 22 points. Voluntown did manage to defeat Jewett City in the bucket brigade, finishing first while Jewett City was second. Yet Jewett City outdid its archrival in every other event.Gales Ferry made a strong showing in its initial Taftville muster.“We didn’t practice at all for this,” Lt. Jason Powers said after a second-place finish in the 21⁄2 hose lay. “We’re getting some great exercise and I’m really happy with how we’re doing.”Gales Ferry would have been even stronger had not firefighter Brett Eagan missed the event to care for what teammates said was a “diabetic dog.”Moosup will host a muster Sept. 12. They were feeling confident while working to get Saturday’s second-place trophy. Assistant Chief Jeff Bellavance contrasted the calm of his squad with boisterous Jewett City.“We’re the cool ones,” Bellavance said with a grin. “We can beat them.”The muster was an opportunity to boost morale within departments and cooperation among departments, said Bill Hadam, chairman of Taftville’s muster. It was also an opportunity to reflect on the harsh realities of firefighting in a relaxed atmosphere.“The job is inherently dangerous,” Hadam said. While watching several firefighters get hit in the head during the bucket brigade, he said “Now I remember why we wear helmets.”

Friday, July 10, 2009

Crews made quick work of this truck fire at Mount Pleasant and Ann St. on July 9. First due had a well involved fire with no exposures. Griswold FMO is investigating.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

06/04 Taftville Station Coverage

Engine Tank 156 and Baltic Truck 124 provided coverage at the Taftville station in Norwich Thursday night while Taftville Volunteers worked to control a working fire in a three story apartment building on Hunters Ave. Yantic, Occum, Norwich, East Great Plains and the Mohegan Tribe FAST also assisted with bringing the blaze under control. One firefighter was transported to Backus Hospital for heat exhaustion.

5/15 Mutual Aid to Lisbon

Engine Tank 156 was requested to assist the Lisbon FD with a vehicle fire on Route 12 in the area of Exit 84 off ramp Sunday afternoon. ET 156 arrived and assisted Engine 154 with a quick knockdown. Station 56 was released a short time later.

Firefighters from Lisbon extinguish hot spots

Sunday, May 31, 2009

JCFD Video

Well it's finally complete, the 2009 Rumble in the Borough video. Approximate run time, 10:00. Covering action and trainings from 2007, 08 and 09. I still have many videos and pictures that did not make the dvd, part 2 will come out at a later date.

Cost is $5.00 per dvd.

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leave your name and a contact number, orders will be shipped to the Hill St. station.
Thank you for your support.