Five AVFD Personnel Attain 2Q Licensure

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, 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.