The Avon Volunteer Fire Department (AVFD) is proud to announce it has five new drivers. On Saturday, June 15, 2019, five AVFD members took and passed their 2Q driver’s tests, the prerequisite for becoming qualified to operate AVFD Engines 7, 9, 10, 11, and 14, as well as Ladder 12 and Tanker 20.

AVFD Assistant Chief Ken Sedlak and firefighters Jake O’Malley, Ethan Gillard, Dylan Bernetich, and Jeff Bernetich each received their 2Q fire apparatus driver’s license endorsement. After completing an average of 40 hours of training each, with the assistance of Captain Bobby Sanderson, the volunteers amassed the knowledge and expertise necessary to safely and professionally operate fire apparatus.

“I am extremely proud of these members for stepping up, carving time out of their busy schedules to train, and adding to their skill set,” says AVFD Chief Bruce Appell. “It’s the dedication of members like these who give our department its strength and professionalism and help keep us operating as a volunteer organization.”

The 2Q driver training program is designed to prepare potential fire apparatus drivers for the State of Connecticut Department licensure. Training covers post, during, and pre-trip inspections, brake systems, suspension systems, steering components, and basic maneuvering of the vehicle.

About the AVFD

Incorporated in 1943, the Avon Volunteer Fire Department proudly protects more than 18,000 people living in the 22.6 square mile area that makes up the Town of Avon. The Department’s mission is to provide fire suppression and prevention, life safety and rescue support, as well as other community support to the citizens of the Town of Avon. In addition, the Department provides mutual aid support to those surrounding communities that, in time of need, may request such assistance. Staffed entirely by volunteers, the Avon Volunteer Fire Department prides itself on the selflessness and dedication of its members. The Department operates six companies and 15 pieces of apparatus, including a brush truck, ladder truck, tanker, rescue vehicle, boat, and pumpers. Four stations are located throughout Town – Company 1 on Darling Drive, Company 2 on Secret Lake Road, Company 3 on West Avon Road, and Company 4 on Huckleberry Hill Road. Anyone interested in learning more about the AVFD should call the Avon Volunteer Fire Department (AVFD) at 677-2644, visit www.avonvfd.org, connect on Facebook and Instagram at AvonVFD, or stop by the Company 1 firehouse located at 25 Darling Drive any Monday evening after 7:00.

AVON VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL APPEAL LETTER ON ITS WAY TO MAILBOXES

Board President Galliher Addresses Concerns About Fundraiser

The Avon Volunteer Fire Department’s (AVFD) annual appeal letter should arrive in residents’ mailboxes this week and next. Recalling residents’ concerns upon their receipt of the letters the past couple of years, AVFD board of directors president Michael Galliher would like to remind the community that the letter is not a scam and that the donations made will be received by the Department.

“This is our third year using a bank that requires donations sent via mail in the enclosed return envelope go to an out-of-state mailbox,” says Galliher. “In the past, the Massachusetts mailing address has raised a few eyebrows and people contacted us to ask not only if we were aware of our own letter, but also to make sure we had not hired a fundraising company that would take a portion of the donations made. Then, and now, we want to assure our neighbors that we will absolutely receive the donations, and we will receive them in their entirety.”

If anyone remains leery of mailing a check to an out-of-state address, they have two additional donation options: Either deliver a check in person to AVFD Headquarters at Company 1 at 25 Darling Drive (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) or donate via credit or debit card on the AVFD’s website at www.avonvfd.org.

About the AVFD

Incorporated in 1943, the Avon Volunteer Fire Department proudly protects more than 18,000 people living in the 22.6 square mile area that makes up the Town of Avon. The Department’s mission is to provide fire suppression and prevention, life safety and rescue support, as well as other community support to the citizens of the Town of Avon. In addition, the Department provides mutual aid support to those surrounding communities that, in time of need, may request such assistance.

Staffed entirely by volunteers, the Avon Volunteer Fire Department prides itself on the selflessness and dedication of its members. The Department operates six companies and 15 pieces of apparatus, including a brush truck, ladder truck, tanker, rescue vehicle, boat, and pumpers. Four stations are located throughout Town – Company 1 on Darling Drive, Company 2 on Secret Lake Road, Company 3 on West Avon Road, and Company 4 on Huckleberry Hill Road. Anyone interested in learning more about the AVFD should call the Avon Volunteer Fire Department (AVFD) at 677-2644, visit www.avonvfd.org, connect on Facebook and Instagram at AvonVFD, or stop by the Company 1 firehouse located at 25 Darling Drive any Monday evening after 7:00.

AVFD Plans 12th Annual Food Drive

May 16, 2019

Continuing a tradition that began on September 11, 2008, the Avon Volunteer Fire Department will be conducting its 12th Annual Food Drive to benefit the Avon Food Pantry. This year’s “Start Summer, Stop Hunger” food drive will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2019 from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Stop & Shop located on […]

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AVFD 2nd Annual 5K Run/Walk Postponed

April 16, 2019

The 5K Run/Walk originally scheduled for May 11, 2019 has been postponed until the fall. More information will be available shortly. Please check back. ______________________________________________________________________________ On Saturday, May 11, 2019, the Avon Volunteer Fire Department has been serving the community for over 75 years and is pleased to be hosting its second annual 5K Run/Walk […]

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AVFD Welcomes Engine 13

April 16, 2019

AVON VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT WELCOMES ENGINE 13 New Mini Pumper Replaces Old Brush Truck Earlier this year, the Avon Volunteer Fire Department (AVFD) put into service Engine 13, a new mini pumper. Engine 13 replaces the Department’s old brush truck. “As vital as it is for us to have large pieces of fire apparatus, our […]

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AVFD Plans 10th Annual Blood Drive

March 5, 2019

For members of the Avon Volunteer Fire Department (AVFD), saving lives comes with the territory and opportunities to help people arise every day. Luckily, they aren’t the only people who can save lives – by donating a pint of blood to the American Red Cross, just about anyone can help. On Friday, April 19, 2019, […]

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AVFD Swears in New Chief and Officers

January 17, 2019

AVON VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT SWEARS IN NEW CHIEF AND OFFICERS Bruce Appell Becomes Ninth Chief in the Department’s History, Promotes Officers On Tuesday evening, January 15, 2019, Bruce Appell was sworn in as Chief of the Avon Volunteer Fire Department (AVFD). The 33-year member of the Department succeeds Michael Trick who served as Chief for […]

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AVFD Announces Promotions, New Members, and More

December 20, 2018

Avon Volunteer Fire Department (AVFD) Chief Michael Trick proudly announces the achievements of several members. Firefighter Mark Wilson has been promoted to Lieutenant. Avery Turner has been promoted to Captain in the AVFD Explorer program. Explorers are youth members, 14-21 years of age, who provide support services at emergency scenes. Firefighter Ben Roland passed his […]

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AVFD Presents Annual Awards

December 19, 2018

At its annual dinner in November, the Avon Volunteer Fire Department (AVFD) bestowed several awards, including a special Citizens Award, as well as service stripes, service awards, and line awards. Chief Michael Trick proudly announces the following award recipients and invites the community to join him in congratulating all of them: Citizens Award to Tara […]

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AVFD Receives National Award for Health & Safety Program

December 18, 2018

AVON VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD FOR HEALTH & SAFETY PROGRAM Award Recognizes Success and Excellence in Injury- and Illness-Prevention Initiatives In November, the Avon Volunteer Fire Department (AVFD) was presented with the 2018 International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Volunteer and Combination Officer Section (VCOS) Volunteer Firemen’s Insurance Services (VFIS) 2018 Illness and […]

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