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I’m not one to ever turn down baked goods. Beyond that, my thoughts are:
  1. “JOIN THE COMPANY”. Of the total estimated 1,149,300 firefighters across the country, 808,150 are volunteer. That number has decreased 10% in 30 years, while the call volume has tripled.¹

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  2. Our members have a long history of making extraordinary contributions not just to our community, but beyond. David Sanford and Larry Ford, both from Redding, have recently been posthumously honored by being inducted to the Connecticut Firefighters’ Hall of Fame. Yesterday marked the five year anniversary of Marshall Sanford’s ultimate sacrifice for our town. The contributions of these great people and many others in our town are deeply inspirational to our members. If their work inspires you too, then contact your local volunteer fire company and learn about what it means to be a member. We give what we can, but we have to be careful not to give *more* than we can.
  3. Spreading rumors and unsubstantiated reports of events puts us in a difficult position. This is a very difficult time. As a community, we want to know what we can do and for whom we can do it. Right now, what we need is patience and compassion. As we receive official releases from our agency chiefs, let the compassion and decency for which our town is known lead to well-directed and intended action.
  4. When faced with a potentially dangerous situation, your actions have a direct impact on ours. If you take insensible risks, we will in-turn take sensible risks to come to your aid with training, equipment, experience, and professionalism. That being said,
    1. Don’t burn during weather conditions like this. Burn without a permit, and follow the rules of the permit. We’ve had many “very high” fire danger days lately, despite the rain. By staying safe, you keep us safe.
    2. When on the road, yield right of way to emergency responders and vehicles. A flashing blue light on a car indicates a volunteer asking you to please let him or her by. The vast majority of the public ignores these requests. You can lead by example. Give fire apparatus and ambulances plenty of space on our very tight roadways.
    3. Do not drive or walk over, near, or underneath compromised power lines.
    4. If you have a fire alarm system in your home, make sure it is working properly.
    5. Your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors need fresh batteries and replacement at least every ten years.
  5. With regard to our mental and emotional well-being after an incident of this magnitude, the general public’s compassion is greatly appreciated. First responders engage in “Critical Incident Stress Debriefing” at times like this. We have great resources at our disposal. We all consider each other family, and look after each other.
These are the sorts of things we need every day. For the near future, let’s keep our eye on official releases regarding this terrible crash, and respond with compassion and kindness when the time is right.

¹ National Volunteer Fire Council,

They take care of us, let’s return the love….

Friday’s crash involving teens and incidents the last month have put our Fire Dept, EMT workers, Police Dept and volunteers to the test.

We depend on these services to be there when we need them, but do you know that the fire departments and the EMTs are VOLUNTEER. That’s right… no one is paying them to be there for YOU.

Let’s show them our gratitude!

The fire departments and EMS need donations to pay for new equipment. They also need help. Do you have time to give to volunteer?

Can you send food for the Monday night practices (or gift cards), donate movie tickets for their off hours, volunteer to help with non emergency related tasks, bake cookies, write notes to thank them, have your child send a note or drawing? Here are some phone numbers.

West Redding Fire Department
306 Umpawaug Rd · (203) 938-2518

Redding Fire & EMS Co #1
186 Black Rock Turnpike · (203) 938-2520

Georgetown Fire Department
6 Portland Ave · (203) 544-8800

Redding Police Department
96 Hill Rd, Redding, CT 06896
(203) 938-3400

PLEASE CALL FIRST to make sure what you wish to help with, or bring over, is needed and welcome.

Wayside Lane Fire

by Susan Winters


A 911 call for a structure fire came in at 5:11am this morning in Redding.

Fire trucks from West Redding, Georgetown, Bethel, Redding Ridge, and Wilton arrived shortly after to fight the fire.

It appears that the majority of the residence was completely destroyed. An attached garage and apartment were saved.

The home at 11 Wayside Lane is resided in by Elizabeth Shelley, according to an Internet search. No one was hurt. Three pets were on the loose. Unconfirmed reports say the dog has been found and the two cats are still missing, although they escaped from the house before the blaze.

Thank you to our fire departments and firefighters who are always on hand to help. Our three fire departments can use YOUR help. Not just fighting fires… there are opportunities to help with fundraising, training, office, becoming an EMT. Please contact the fire department closest to you and see how you can help.

Georgetown Volunteer Fire Company

Redding Fire & EMS #1

West Redding Fire Department