With the many changes in our world the past several months, the Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company has been no different. We have adjusted many of our protocols to those recommended by the CDC, our medical over sight, Middlesex Hospital and our Health Director. We have changed our medical responses and number of responders to limit any possible exposure and transmission of the virus from one to another. When we respond you will see us in full personal protective equipment including a face mask, eye protection and usually a protective gown.
Since Mid-March the Firehouse has essentially been closed to everyone except for those on emergency responses. While we usually welcome all visitors, we cannot due to the possibility of a virus spread. Our members conduct a personal health check each time they come in to respond. Most of our training has been in the form of electronic Google Meets as so many of you are now familiar with. With the recent easing of restrictions, we expect to resume some outside training.
All of our social events have or will be cancelled for this year. Events such as marching in the Memorial Day parade to salute those who have served and our send off to our graduating high school seniors were also cancelled. We did miss everyone at our Easter Flower sale, Pancake Breakfast and golf tournament. With the Durham Fair cancellation, we will also miss all that always supports our efforts. While these fundraising events have postponed some of our plans and purchases that these events fund, we will continue to find ways to complete these projects. Many have donated directly in place of these events and we appreciate all those contributions.
It has been a struggle for all of us in many different ways and trying to complying with every changing protocols. The Fire Company will adapt, adjust and ultimately overcome this pandemic. We urge all to continue to follow all guidance such as social distancing, the wearing of a mask in public and practicing good hygiene. Please remember that we are still here if you need us for any emergency. At some point in the future, this pandemic will be beaten. Then we will once again be serving chowder and Kielbasa and the doors of the firehouse open to all.
Please stay safe and healthy.
For the Officers and Members of the Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company,
The Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company is currently participating in Everyday Hero CT, a program dedicated to increasing the number of volunteer firefighters throughout the state. Eighty percent of all fire personnel in Connecticut are volunteers, and the majority of fire departments throughout the state are experiencing a volunteer shortage. Local fire departments need volunteers of all skill levels and abilities, people willing and able to respond to emergencies whenever called upon.
“The skills and experience gained as a volunteer firefighter are invaluable and have a positive and lasting impact on the lives of others,” says Chief Fred Dudek, Everyday Hero CT program manager. “Those who join their local fire departments sign up for one of the most rewarding opportunities they’ll ever have.”
About the Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company
Established in 1934, the Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. (MVFC) protects and safeguards the lives and property within the boundaries of Middlefield and Rockfall by doing everything within its power to provide firefighting and rescue services, as well as provide mutual aid support to surrounding communities. The MVFC is dedicated to providing for the safety and welfare of the community through the preservation of life, property, and the environment, by maintaining a constant state of readiness through firefighter training, and public education. The MVFC operates out of the firehouse located at the intersection of Jackson Hill Road and Route 157 and utilizes two engines, two tankers, a rescue truck, a pickup/brush truck, a pickup medical response truck, a small boat, and an antique parade engine. Anyone interested in learning more about the MVFC should call 860-349-7142, visit http://www.middlefieldfirect.org/, or stop by the firehouse any Monday night after 6:30.
About Everyday Hero CT
A partnership of the Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association (CFCA) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the Everyday Hero CT campaign is a two-year Volunteer Workforce Solutions (VWS) initiative designed to address the shortage of volunteer firefighters in Connecticut. It is helping achieve a viable and sustainable volunteer firefighter workforce for 15 Connecticut fire departments: Broad Brook Volunteer Fire Department, Cromwell Fire and EMS Department, Gales Ferry Volunteer Fire Company, Gardner Lake Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. (Salem), Greenwich Fire Department, Killingworth Volunteer Fire Department, Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company, Old Mystic Fire Department, Rocky Hill Fire Department, Somers Fire Department, Stamford Volunteer Firefighters Association, Trumbull Volunteer Fire Services, Westfield Fire Department (Middletown), Windsor Volunteer Fire Department, Wolcott Fire Department. Everyday Hero CT is funded by a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant awarded to the CFCA by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to develop a model to enhance the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters. For more information, visit www.EverydayHeroCT.org.