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 eight years.

A lifelong resident of Avon, Appell is in his 23rd year as a career firefighter. He joined the AVFD as a Cadet in late 1986. During his time with the Department, Appell has served 22 years as a chief officer – he has been a lieutenant and a captain at Company 3, a captain at Company 4, a deputy chief, and an assistant chief.

“I have always enjoyed helping people,” says Chief Appell. “As a kid, I used to paint the jail cells for Retired Police Chief Martino during the summer.”

During his time with the AVFD, Appell has served under four of the eight Chiefs to come before him. He has worked on nearly every committee at one time or another and has been involved with the Department’s apparatus replacement efforts for the last 30 years.

As chief, Appell will lead the AVFD’s continued focus on training and the health and wellness of its members, protection and fire safety education of the residents of Avon, recruitment of new members, replacement of apparatus, and overall Department excellence.

Appell is married and has two children.

In his first official act as Chief, Appell promoted the following officers:

Captain Ken Sedlak to Assistant Chief. Assistant Chief Sedlak joined the AVFD in 2002. He has been a member of the Board of Directors and served as president from 2012-2013. He was promoted to Fire Police Lieutenant in 2011 and Captain in 2015.

Captain Ramona Mansfield to Deputy Chief. Deputy Chief Mansfield joined the AVFD in 2009. She been a member of the Board of Directors and served as Secretary from 2013-2014. She was promoted to Lieutenant in 2013 and Captain in 2016. 

Captain Aaron Gelber to Deputy Chief. Deputy Chief Gelber joined the AVFD in 2008. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2013 and Captain in 2016.

Headquarters Director Lynn Sedlak to Captain. Lynn Sedlak joined the AVFD in 2005. She has served on the Board of Directors and became headquarters director in 2012.

Lieutenant Gina Kline to Captain. Captain Kline joined the AVFD in 2004. She has served as the Explorer advisor as well as been a member of the Board of Directors. Kline was promoted to Lieutenant in 2017.

Lieutenant Robert Sanderson to Captain. Captain Sanderson joined the AVFD in 2016. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2017. 

Fire Police Lieutenant Andrew Bloom to Captain. Captain Bloom joined the AVFD as a member of the Fire Police in 2012. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2017.

Firefighter Luis Lema to Lieutenant. Lieutenant Lema joined the AVFD as an Explorer in 2015. He became a regular member in 2017.

Firefighter Francesco Lupis, MD, to Lieutenant. Lieutenant Lupis joined the AVFD in 2016. In his new position he will serve as a leader in the Medical Division.

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 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 (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 Firefighter 1 examination.

Firefighters Luis Lema and Steve DelGallo earned their 2Q fire apparatus driver’s license endorsement, qualifying them to operate certain pieces of apparatus.

Fire Police Captain Ken Sedlak, Firefighter Christian Becker, and Explorer Captain Avery Turner each received Challenge Coins. Established by Chief Trick in 2011, Challenge Coins recognize AVFD members who go the extra step for the Department. On the weekend of the AVFD 75th Anniversary Carnival and Food Truck Festival and 135th Connecticut State Firefighters Convention and Parade, Fire Police Captain Ken Sedlak was assigned the job of accountability officer. Captain Sedlak logged hundreds of staff and visitors over the course of three days, during all times of day and night, and with very little relief. That same weekend Explorer Avery Turner was assigned the job on Explorer coordinator and general duty runner. Throughout the weekend, he moved Explorers around the celebration area to cover assignments, assist handicap visitors, adjust supplies and materials, and remove trash. He was called for assistance numerous times and responded quickly and without question to all requests.

Firefighter John Ryan was elected secretary of the AVFD Board of Directors.

Firefighter Andy Ozmun was elected as Committee Executive of the AVFD Board of Directors.

Firefighter Ray Crozier was voted onto the AVFD Board of Directors.

Maggie Light, Mike Light, Jake O’Malley, and Ben Roland were all sworn in as regular members of the AVFD.

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 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 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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AVFD Wants “YES” Vote for Public Safety at December 12 Referendum

November 15, 2018

AVON VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT WANTS A “YES” VOTE AT DECEMBER 12 REFERENDUM Residents Urged to Approve Appropriation for P25 Radio Communication System  Shall the Town of Avon appropriate $3,890,000 for costs related to the Town and Public Safety Communication Radio System Replacement Project, and authorize the issuance of bonds and notes in the same amount […]

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AVFD Seeks Health and Fitness Coordinator

November 2, 2018

AVON VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT SEEKS HEALTH AND FITNESS COORDINATOR Volunteer Will Manage Department’s Fitness Program The Avon Volunteer Fire Department (AVFD) is seeking a new Health and Fitness Coordinator. A volunteer with the AVFD, the Health and Fitness Coordinator (HFC) is integral to the success of the Department’s Wellness and Fitness Initiative. The AVFD prioritizes […]

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AVFD Receives FEMA Grant for Equipment

September 27, 2018

AVON VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES GRANT FOR FIREFIGHTER EQUIPMENT $277,286 FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant Will Help Fund New SCBA The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security have awarded the Avon Volunteer Fire Department $277,286 through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The money will subsidize the purchase of […]

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AVFD Celebrates 75 Years, Plans Carnival, Food Truck Festival, Fireworks & Parade

August 28, 2018

AVON VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT CELEBRATES 75 YEARS In Honor of Anniversary Year, Department Plans Carnival, Food Truck Festival, Fireworks, and Parade Now more than halfway through its 75th anniversary year, the Avon Volunteer Fire Department (AVFD) is anxiously awaiting the highlight of all the celebratory events planned for the year – its hosting of the […]

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