New Canaan Fire Department

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In Storm’s Wake, New Canaan Firefighters Step In To Remove Ripped American Flag Tangled in Tree Downtown

District officials spotted Old Glory straightaway, returning to their offices at Forest Street and Locust Avenue on Friday after a blustery winter storm that brought gusts of up to 50 mph to New Canaan. Those high winds had separated an American flag from its pole on the district’s leased property downtown and flung it into the upper branches of a nearby tree, where it was torn apart by more gusts, too high for district employees to reach. Cheryl Stolba, an administrative assistant to the New Canaan Public Schools’ director of finance and operations, contacted the property’s manager immediately. “I wanted to see it corrected as soon as possible, it just seemed a shame to have the flag hanging that way,” said Stolba, a longtime district employee and daughter of the late William Stolba, a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. When she heard that a veteran who worked in the office building across the street had seen the discarded flag and was saddened by the sight, “that was even more impetus for me to get someone to deal with the flag properly,” Stolba said. Continue Reading →

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Fire Marshal: Low Temps Raise Concerns about CO Poisoning, Ash Disposal

As the temperature drops as it has been (and appears for at least the near future) I begin to worry about a couple of things—carbon monoxide or ‘CO’ poisoning and fireplace ash disposal. With the cold weather we tend to close up our homes and our heating systems are working overtime to keep up with the demand. We also want to warm up our cars before we venture out into the cold abyss. Recently, we have talked about how improper disposal of fireplace ashes is such a big problem (firefighters just held their drawing for free ash disposal cans). However, a fire in Weston on Christmas Day destroyed a garage/barn. Continue Reading →

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New Canaan Fire Department, Weed & Duryea Team Up for ‘Ash Disposal Bucket’ Giveaway

New Canaanites starting now can avail themselves of a free promotion for a safety tool that experts call critical to avoiding home fires. By filling out and submitting this form—also available in person at Weed & Duryea and New Canaan Fire Department headquarters—residents can put in for one of four metal ash disposal buckets. Designed for safe disposal of hot embers and ashes from a fireplace, the buckets are “very important,” according to New Canaan firefighter Jim Pickering. “We have had, through the years, numerous fires with the misplacing of the fire ashes, either in the garbage, we have had a maid vacuum up ashes and put the vacuum in closet and the vacuum starts a fire,” Pickering told “And then we had the Stamford fire where the grandparents and kids passed, they say it was started because of fireplace ashes. Continue Reading →

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Firefighters Put Out Early-Morning Blaze Tuesday at Hemlock Hill Road Home

Firefighters before dawn Tuesday put out a blaze that started in the basement of a northern New Canaan home, officials said. No one was injured in the fire at 50 Hemlock Hill Road, according to Fire Marshal Fred Baker. The New Canaan Fire Department at 2:45 a.m. was called to the Colonial on a report of smoke in the basement, according to Baker. The homeowners had been alerted to the problem by their dog and fire alarm system, in that order, Baker said in a press bulletin issued to local media. “Using thermal imaging cameras, firefighters found a small fire burning behind a wall in the finished basement which was quickly extinguished with minimal damage,” Baker said. Continue Reading →

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Fire Marshal: Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries

“There is no greater tragedy than one that could have been prevented.” I cannot take credit for this statement—however, I could not agree more and the tragedy of home fires and the devastation they inflict is a perfect example. And when the prevention is as easy as installing and maintaining smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors it becomes more ironic. This year daylight savings time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5. (Remember “Spring ahead – Fall back”). Continue Reading →

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