Community Mailer

Dear Friends and Neighbors:

For the past 86 years the Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company has protected the lives, property and businesses of our community.  The Fire Company responded to over 350 calls for assistance this past year for all types of emergencies.  The Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company is a 100% volunteer organization with a commitment to provide emergency service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The COVID-19 pandemic has required us to operate in a new set of protocols and safety procedures. All of our annual public and fundraising events had to be cancelled in the past year.  As a result of this we are experiencing a shortfall in donations that these events typically supplied.  We are asking for your support to get us through these unprecedented times. 

Please show your support for those who volunteer by donating using the items listed at the bottom of the page.  The contributions will be used to support the fire company’s mission to protect and serve all in the upcoming year.  In past years many new items have been purchased using these funds such as lifesaving medical equipment, advanced technology of thermal imaging cameras and firefighting protective equipment.  Please know that we are here for you and appreciate any amount you choose to donate.  The Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company is a certified charitable 501(c)(3) organization and all contributions may be tax deductible.

Lastly, we continue to need volunteers to sustain the fire company’s operation.  If you or someone you know has the desire and is ready to commit the time to be trained as a professional emergency responder please visit us at middlefieldfirect.org.  We need you to continue the over 200-year traditions of volunteer firefighting.  

Please use the attached form as well as the enclosed envelope for your donation.  Any contribution is greatly appreciated and will be used entirely for the fire company’s benefit.  Thank you for your support in this very difficult time.  We hope to be back soon with flowers at Easter or seeing everyone at the Fair.  

For the Officers and Members, 

 

Peter Tyc

Chief

 

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Emergency Notification Program: Overview

The Town of Middlefield in partnership with the Town of Durham and Regional School District #13 have implemented a state-of-the-art emergency notification system to alert residents about emergencies and other important community news. 

The emergency notification system, powered by Everbridge, enables the Town of Durham to provide essential information quickly in a variety of situations. The system uses listed phone numbers. You may also enter additional ways of contacting you, such as mobile phones, business phones, and email.

Privacy Notice: The Town of Middlefield respects your privacy. All information you provide will be kept strictly confidential and is fully protected.

How Emergency Alerts Work?

The process begins when the Town of Middlefield issues a message about a potential safety hazard or concern. Messages will be sent to all standard voice and text communication devices, including land line phones, mobile phones, e-mail, and more. If you don't confirm receipt of the message, the system will try to reach your second contact number or email address.

NOTE: The system will continue trying to contact you until it receives a confirmation from you.  Please confirm as directed.

Sign Up for Emergency Alerts

There are multiple ways to sign up for the Town of Middlefield's emergency notification system. Residents, businesses, and neighbors with listed telephone numbers have already been included in the system.

Add your contact information to the emergency notification system. Residents and businesses with listed telephone numbers have already been included in the system.

You may use the registration link to include additional ways to contact you. All information you provide will be kept strictly confidential.

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COVID-19 Update

With the many changes in our world the past several months, the Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company has been no different.  We have adjusted many of our protocols to those recommended by the CDC, our medical over sight, Middlesex Hospital and our Health Director.  We have changed our medical responses and number of responders to limit any possible exposure and transmission of the virus from one to another. When we respond you will see us in full personal protective equipment including a face mask, eye protection and usually a protective gown. 

Since Mid-March the Firehouse has essentially been closed to everyone except for those on emergency responses. While we usually welcome all visitors, we cannot due to the possibility of a virus spread.  Our members conduct a personal health check each time they come in to respond.  Most of our training has been in the form of electronic Google Meets as so many of you are now familiar with.  With the recent easing of restrictions, we expect to resume some outside training.

All of our social events have or will be cancelled for this year.  Events such as marching in the Memorial Day parade to salute those who have served and our send off to our graduating high school seniors were also cancelled.  We did miss everyone at our Easter Flower sale, Pancake Breakfast and golf tournament.   With the Durham Fair cancellation, we will also miss all that always supports our efforts.  While these fundraising events have postponed some of our plans and purchases that these events fund, we will continue to find ways to complete these projects.  Many have donated directly in place of these events and we appreciate all those contributions.

It has been a struggle for all of us in many different ways and trying to complying with every changing protocols.  The Fire Company will adapt, adjust and ultimately overcome this pandemic.  We urge all to continue to follow all guidance such as social distancing, the wearing of a mask in public and practicing good hygiene.  Please remember that we are still here if you need us for any emergency.  At some point in the future, this pandemic will be beaten.  Then we will once again be serving chowder and Kielbasa and the doors of the firehouse open to all. 

 Please stay safe and healthy.

 

For the Officers and Members of the Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company,

 

Peter Tyc

Chief

 

 

Winter Heating Safety Tips

Home Heating Fires Are A Leading Cause of Death;

Most Fires Reported in December-February

 

According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February. With proper precautions, they can be prevented. The Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company offers the following information for staying fire safe while keeping warm this winter.

“There is nothing like coming in from the bitter cold to the comfort of a warm home,” says Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company Chief Peter Tyc. “However, no matter what heat source you choose, there are fire dangers. While it’s easy to take short cuts with heating and put off having the furnace and chimney inspected and cleaned each year, it is absolutely not worth the risk.”

Here are some simple steps can prevent most heating-related fires from happening:

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, such as the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters, or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Have a qualified professional clean and inspect heating equipment and chimneys every year.
  • Remember to turn off portable heaters when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month.

 

In addition, while many enjoy sitting by an open fire on a cold night, open flames inside the home can be dangerous. When using a portable ethanol burning fireplace, be sure to store ethanol fuel in a closed container, away from the fireplace and out of the reach of children. It may not be easy to see the ethanol fuel flame. Always close the lid or use a snuffer to be sure the flame is extinguished before refueling into a cooled fireplace. Use only fuel made specifically for the fireplace. Follow this advice:

  • A portable ethanol burning fireplace, and the fuel, should only be used by adults.
  • Clean up any fuel spillage and be sure all liquid has evaporated before lighting the fireplace.
  • Light the fireplace using a utility lighter or long match.
  • An adult should always be present when a portable fireplace is burning.
  • Place the fireplace on a sturdy surface away from table edges.
  • Never try to move a lit fireplace or one that is still hot.
  • Don’t pour ethanol fuel in a device that is lit or not completely cool. It may result in a fire or injury.
  • Allow the device to cool down for at least 15 minutes before refueling.
  • Extinguish the flame when you leave the room, home or go to sleep.

 

 

Volunteers Needed!

The Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company is currently participating in Everyday Hero CT, a program dedicated to increasing the number of volunteer firefighters throughout the state. Eighty percent of all fire personnel in Connecticut are volunteers, and the majority of fire departments throughout the state are experiencing a volunteer shortage. Local fire departments need volunteers of all skill levels and abilities, people willing and able to respond to emergencies whenever called upon.

“The skills and experience gained as a volunteer firefighter are invaluable and have a positive and lasting impact on the lives of others,” says Chief Fred Dudek, Everyday Hero CT program manager. “Those who join their local fire departments sign up for one of the most rewarding opportunities they’ll ever have.”

About the Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company

Established in 1934, the Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. (MVFC) protects and safeguards the lives and property within the boundaries of Middlefield and Rockfall by doing everything within its power to provide firefighting and rescue services, as well as provide mutual aid support to surrounding communities. The MVFC is dedicated to providing for the safety and welfare of the community through the preservation of life, property, and the environment, by maintaining a constant state of readiness through firefighter training, and public education. The MVFC operates out of the firehouse located at the intersection of Jackson Hill Road and Route 157 and utilizes two engines, two tankers, a rescue truck, a pickup/brush truck, a pickup medical response truck, a small boat, and an antique parade engine. Anyone interested in learning more about the MVFC should call 860-349-7142, visit http://www.middlefieldfirect.org/, or stop by the firehouse any Monday night after 6:30.

About Everyday Hero CT

A partnership of the Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association (CFCA) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the Everyday Hero CT campaign is a two-year Volunteer Workforce Solutions (VWS) initiative designed to address the shortage of volunteer firefighters in Connecticut. It is helping achieve a viable and sustainable volunteer firefighter workforce for 15 Connecticut fire departments: Broad Brook Volunteer Fire Department, Cromwell Fire and EMS Department, Gales Ferry Volunteer Fire Company, Gardner Lake Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. (Salem), Greenwich Fire Department, Killingworth Volunteer Fire Department, Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company, Old Mystic Fire Department, Rocky Hill Fire Department, Somers Fire Department, Stamford Volunteer Firefighters Association, Trumbull Volunteer Fire Services, Westfield Fire Department (Middletown), Windsor Volunteer Fire Department, Wolcott Fire Department. Everyday Hero CT is funded by a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant awarded to the CFCA by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to develop a model to enhance the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters. For more information, visit www.EverydayHeroCT.org.


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