CAR SHOW TO BENEFIT LIVE FIRE TRAINING FACILITY

Cars, Vendors, Spectators Wanted for October 21 Event

In their continued efforts to raise money to maintain the live fire training facility in Farmington, the Avon Volunteer Fire Department and Town of Farmington Fire Departments are planning a car show. The event will take place on Saturday, October 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1690 New Britain Avenue in Farmington. The rain date is Sunday, October 22 (same time and location).

Show cars owners and spectators are encouraged to make a donation. All show cars are welcome – antique, classic, sports, and muscle, and there is no cut off year. Donations are appreciated. There will be food, a 50/50 raffle, show car door prizes, and antique and modern fire apparatus displays. Alcohol and pets are not allowed on the premises. For more information or to preregister a car or become a vendor, please call (860) 675-2534.

“Proceeds from the event will be used to fund equipment for the Live Fire Training Facility for firefighters who serve and protect the Towns of Farmington and Avon,” says Jamie DiPace, Avon Fire Marshal. “Every dollar helps and we hope to see a great crowd at the car show.”

For those unable to attend, donations may be made via check made out to the Avon Volunteer Fire Department and mailed to the AVFD at 25 Darling Drive in Avon, CT 06001 or via credit card through the AVFD website at www.avonvfd.org.

About Fire Training

When it comes to fire training, there’s no such thing as enough. As volunteers who train to the level of career firefighter, members of the AVFD are required to recertify at least annually. The AVFD and the Town of Farmington Fire Departments partnered to build a live fire training facility, allowing members to retain the proficiency of their special skills. Firefighters from both departments are able to practice and improve their skills in a realistic setting with a reasonable time commitment, learning how to better protect themselves so they can better protect the residents of Avon and Farmington and their property.

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 ADDS AMPHIBIOUS UTILITY VEHICLE TO FLEET

Fire Chief Michael Trick Says New ARGO Will Help Crews Rescue Difficult to Reach Victims

Avon Volunteer Fire Department (AVFD) Chief Michael Trick proudly announces the addition of a fully amphibious utility vehicle to its fleet of apparatus. Donations from the community have made possible the purchase of the ARGO 8×8 Responder.

“As with any new piece of apparatus, our hope of hopes is that we never have to use it,” says Avon Volunteer Fire Department Chief Michael Trick. “However, we have had rescues in the past where a vehicle like the ARGO would definitely have helped our volunteers reach and rescue people much more quickly. We couldn’t be more grateful to our generous community for the donations that made this purchase possible.”

Over the years, the AVFD has been tasked with several search and rescue incidents along the Farmington River with water conditions that rendered boats virtually useless. To conquer such challenges, the ARGO can negotiate sandbars and rocks and then swim to the next fording location as well as expand a search on land. In addition, the ARGO can transport a crew and equipment to areas accessible only by narrow trails or steep terrain without clearing a trail. The ARGO can traverse moderate snow events and, with the addition of tracks, it can conquer very deep snow.

In late August, the AVFD spent a full weekend training to use the ARGO with representatives from HuDat, the West Haven dealership that sold the vehicle to the Department, as well as ARGO-trained firefighters from Bellevue Fire Department in Cheektowaga, New York who donated their time and expertise to the AVFD for the weekend.

From the Shank’s ARGO website: The 8-wheel drive, amphibious ARGO has it all – a powerful yet quiet, liquid cooled, fuel injected engine, efficient ADMIRAL steering transmission, great top speed handling and best-in-class extreme terrain capability – the perfect balance for all first response situations. With a load capacity of up to 1,150 pounds (521 kg) on land or 1,000 pounds (454 kg) on water, the ARGO 8×8 750 HDi can transport up to six passengers on land, four on water, and features a towing capacity of 1,800 pounds (816 kg). The stretcher unit can also easily be removed and switched out for a Basket (Ferno Traverse). The vehicle also has an 80 gallon water tank without foam or 75 gallon water tank with foam.

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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