AVFD Recognizes Four, Welcomes Three, Promotes Two


Department Recognizes Four, Welcomes Three, and Promotes Two

Avon Volunteer Fire Department (AVFD) Chief Michael Trick proudly announces the achievements of several members – one who has been assigned to his medical residency, three who completed Fire Officer I training, three who have joined the Department, and two who have been promoted to Lieutenant in the Explorer program.

Lieutenant Jeremy Kaswer has graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and will be leaving the AVFD to do his medical residency in Emergency Medicine at Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York. Lt. Kaswer joined the AVFD in 2012 and was promoted to Lieutenant in 2017.

Lieutenant Bobby Sanderson, former Lieutenant John Ryan, and Firefighter Mark Wilson have all completed their Fire Officer I certification.

Marita Corrado, Benjamin Schroder, and James Devanney were all sworn in as regular members of the AVFD.

Finally, Collin Millward and Sam Schwarzhaupt were both promoted to Lieutenant in the AVFD Explorer program. Explorers are youth members, 14-21 years of age, who provide support services at emergency scenes. 

AVFD Celebrates 75 Years in 2018

This year the AVFD celebrates its 75th anniversary. Following a 5K road race on April 14 and an emergency services day on May 5, the main event marking the milestone will be the AVFD’s hosting of the 135th Annual Connecticut State Firefighters Association Convention and Parade along with a carnival featuring food trucks the weekend of September 14-16, 2018.

The 135th Annual Connecticut State Firefighters Association Convention and Parade will take place from Friday, September 14 through Sunday, September 16, 2018. The weekend’s events will kick off on Friday morning with an Executive Luncheon held at George’s Pizza & Restaurant in Unionville at 11:30. There will be an Irregulars Dinner meeting at AVFD Company 1 (25 Darling Drive) that evening at 6:30.

On Saturday, the Convention meeting will take place at Avon High School (510 West Avon Road). Following the meeting will be a President’s Reception at Company 1.

On Sunday, a parade will step off promptly at noon. Line up will begin at 8:00 a.m. at Avon High School, and the parade route will follow West Avon Road South to Thompson Road and end at the M.H. Rhodes property across from Thompson Brook School. Shuttle buses will run from Thompson Brook School to Avon High School from 8:30-11:45 a.m.

Open houses at all four fire stations are planned for October 13, 2018. The AVFD will keep the community informed about all 75th anniversary events via its website (www.avonvfd.org) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AvonVFD). 

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.