AVFD MEMBERS COMPLETE FIGHT FOR AIR CLIMB

Team Included Some of Fastest Climbers, Raised $3,500+

Late last month, several members of the AVFD participated as a team in the American Lung Association Fight for Air Climb in Hartford. Avon was the eighth fastest firefighter team. Individual awards went to: Dave Cappello who finished sixth overall and first in his age group with a time of six minutes, 30 seconds; retired Chief Peter Delap, first in his age group with a time of eight minutes, 48 seconds; Gina Kline, first in her age group with a time of nine minutes and nine seconds; Tracey Keefe, third in her age group with a time of nine minutes and 53 seconds; Dave Costill, third in his age group with a time of 10 minutes, 40 seconds; and Captain Ramona Mansfield, third in her age group with a time of 12 minutes, four seconds. Firefighters Keefe and Cappello climbed while breathing thorough their SCBA! In addition, the team raised about $2,000 for the American Lung Association.

Back row, left to right: Tracey Keefe, Rich Duffy, Rev. Joseph Piccirillo (AVFD Captain and Chaplain), Dave Costill, and Dave Cappello. Kneeling in front, left to right: Gina Kline, Captain Adam Corrado, MD, Captain Ramona Mansfield, and retired Chief Peter Delap.

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 – firefighters, fire police, administrative members, Explorers, active veterans, senior veterans, and associate members, all of whom play a vital role in the safety of Avon. 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 at AvonVFD, or stop by the Company 1 firehouse located at 25 Darling Drive any Monday evening after 7:00.

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

Board President Shillington Addresses Concerns About Fundraiser

This week, the Avon Volunteer Fire Department (AVFD) will mail out its annual appeal letter. Recalling residents’ concerns upon their receipt of last year’s letter in their mailboxes, AVFD board of directors president Rob Shillington would like to remind the community that the letter is not a scam and that the donations made will be received by the Department.

“Again this year, we’re using a bank that requires donations sent via mail in the enclosed return envelope go to an out-of-state mailbox,” says Shillington. “Last year, the Massachusetts mailing address 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 options. They may either deliver it in person to AVFD Headquarters at Company 1 at 25 Darling Drive (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). For those wishing to donate via credit or debit card, the AVFD’s new online donation system will be active at www.avonvfd.org in the next few days.

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 – firefighters, fire police, administrative members, Explorers, active veterans, senior veterans, and associate members, all of whom play a vital role in the safety of Avon. 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 at AvonVFD, or stop by the Company 1 firehouse located at 25 Darling Drive any Monday evening after 7:00.

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AVFD to Hold Annual “Start Summer, Stop Hunger” Food Drive

May 22, 2017

Continuing a tradition that began on September 11, 2008, the Avon Volunteer Fire Department will be conducting its 10th Annual Food Drive to benefit the Avon Food Pantry. This year’s “Start Summer, Stop Hunger” food drive will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Stop & Shop located on […]

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AVFD Swears in New Officers, Appoints New Board Members

May 18, 2017

Avon Volunteer Fire Department (AVFD) Chief Michael Trick proudly announces the appointments of two new officers and the addition of two new members of its Board of Directors. Firefighter Brian Baldwin and Fire Police member Andrew (“Drew”) Bloom have been promoted to the position of Lieutenant. AVFD firefighters Peter Buonome and Matthew Polesel have been […]

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Avon Volunteer Fire Department Plans 8th Annual Blood Drive

March 23, 2017

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 14, 2017, […]

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PHOTOS/VIDEO: November 2016 PPQ & Community Challenge

December 20, 2016

Here are photos from the Physical Performance Qualification and Community Challenge the AVFD held on Saturday, November 19, 2016. And, here is a news segment that aired on NBC CT:

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AVFD Announces 2016 Awards

December 15, 2016

The Avon Volunteer Fire Department announces the following awards for 2016 – congratulations to all members recognized! Line Awards Officer of the Year – Adam Corrado Outstanding Service – Rich Duffy Training Award – Aaron Gelber Unsung Hero – Jay McCaffrey   Service Stripes 4 Years – Jeremy Kaswer and Phyllis Wilson 8 Years – […]

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Special Membership Meeting December 12

November 29, 2016

The AVFD will hold a special membership meeting on Monday, December 12, 2016.  The meeting will take place at Company 1 @ 7:00 p.m. Note: Special meeting agenda will be posted 48 hours in advance of the meeting date and time.  

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