LT Justin Cappetta
Fire Fighter of the Year
One of the recipients of the 2019 Connecticut District Exchange Club’s Salute
to Connecticut’s Bravest Award at the October 17th ceremony.
Lt Justin Cappetta joined Nomad in May 2016 with a wealth of fire service
knowledge and experience already under his belt. Following in his late
father’s footsteps, he was a very active member of the North Haven Fire
Dept. from 2007 to 2016, serving as lieutenant for part of his tenure. Justin
rapidly gravitated toward apparatus work. Upon his election to the rank of
lieutenant he was tasked with overall management of our fleet. This
includes day-to-day truck maintenance, supervision of monthly apparatus
maintenance details, and arranging annual inspections. He also serves as the
chair of the committee that designed our new tanker, now on order and
expect to be delivered mid-2020. A career fire fighter at the Newport Naval
Station FD, where he is currently assigned to Ladder 72, Justin continuously
works to enhance his knowledge and skills. He recently completed Incident
Safety Officer and Aerial Operator certification classes this year. Justin is a
constant presence around the firehouse, and always has time to help other
members with an apparatus issue. His smile and always-friendly manner
makes him very approachable. He provides steady leadership both at the
firehouse and the incident. In his relatively short time with Nomad, he has
become one of the hardest-working core members of Nomad, and is well
deserving of the recognition as Connecticut’s Bravest!
Important Event Information from the Town of Madison:
Free Shuttle Bus Service:
Durham School Services will provide school buses to and from the intersection of West Wharf Road and Surf Club Road and the following parking lots, beginning at 7:00 p.m.:
- Samson Rock Drive/Stop & Shop
- Railroad Station on Bradley Road
- Rt. 79 Commuter parking lot at I-95
Following the end of the fireworks, all busses will return commuters to these parking lots. Buses will run until all potential passengers are accommodated
- No parking will be allowed at posted areas of West Wharf and Surf Club Roads. Permanent and temporary no parking areas will be enforced and vehicles found in a hazardous location will be subject to towing at the owner’s expense.
- West Wharf Beach parking lot will be cleared of vehicles from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon and again at 5:00 p.m. Vehicles may be towed at the owner’s expense.
- Vehicles parked at East Wharf Beach will not be allowed to leave the parking lot until all pedestrian traffic has cleared the area.
- Parking WILL be allowed on the north sides of Middle Beach Road, Middle Beach Road West and along Island Avenue (due to a large number of planned parties).
Road Closures and Traffic Control:
The following roads will be closed to vehicular traffic in the direction noted below at approximately 8:00 p.m.
- West Wharf Road (southbound)
- Surf Club Road (westbound)
- Middle Beach Road West (westbound)
- Island Avenue (southbound)
This closure may occur earlier if vehicle/pedestrian traffic levels are greater than normal.
Following the fireworks, Police Officers will direct traffic out of the Surf Club and other venues.
- Traffic leaving the Surf Club will be directed to form two outbound lanes.
- Vehicles in the northbound right lane of West Wharf Road will exit onto Route 1 eastbound (right); vehicles in the northbound left lane of West Wharf Road will exit onto Route 1 westbound (left)
- There will be no inbound traffic into the Surf Club until authorized by the senior Police officer on-scene
- No southbound traffic will be allowed on West Wharf Road.
Shuttle Bus & Parking: Madison Park-and-Ride Commuter Lot, off I-95 Exit 61 at CT Route 79/Durham Road in Madison, CT.
Surf Club Park: 87 Surf Club Road, Madison, CT
Every year, about 13,000 people are treated for injuries in hospital emergency departments due to the mishandling of live, misfired and waste consumer fireworks (CPSC Fireworks Information Center). In addition, fires resulting from fireworks cause over $20 million in direct property damage (NFPA).
The fire service must take a proactive stand to educate the public about the safe transportation, storage, use and proper disposal of these explosive devices.
“Consumer fireworks are defined as any small firework device designed to produce visible effects by combustion and which must comply with the construction, chemical composition, and labeling regulations of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.”
16 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Ch. II (1–1–02 Edition): PART 1507—FIREWORKS DEVICES
Protecting Your Health After A House Fire
Written by Jennifer Amstell, a local contributor to NMVFC
A house fire is clearly an extremely hazardous situation, but there are long lasting effects that may not be as obvious. In the short-term, the hard work of the community and firefighters often makes injury unlikely, as last year’s Warpas Road blaze showed. However, smoke inhalation can lead to respiratory ailments and in the long-term will increase the risk of heart disease and COPD, according to UW Medicine. Furthermore, mold, smoke particulates and structural damage can also set in to fire damaged homes, leading to damaged health. Smart fire prevention is the first step to maintaining your safety, but in the worst case situation, there are further steps to take.
Fire damage and mold
Mold can be one of the most harmful issues in any home, let alone a smoke affected one. Mold can create and exacerbate allergies, making it advantageous to have a house as free from spores as possible. Fire damage creates the perfect conditions in which mold can flourish. For example, one notable public building fire in OR resulted in rapid onset of mold in building cavities. This creates costly and complicated cleanup costs, but most importantly, poses a risk to your family’s health. Ensure you proof your home from mold in the case of house fire and make use of professionals – Madison tech gurus CL&P are one example of companies focusing in on the effects of accidental damage.
Residual smoke particles
Many houses work with sophisticated HVAC and airflow systems that, by design, ensure pollutants in the home leave and don’t linger in rooms. To enhance this, many families now deploy air filters to improve quality further. A house fire can put paid to all of this. Extensive cleanup needs to be taken, either professionally or between the community. In the event it does not, there are risks; smoke particles will stay in the atmosphere for a long term, and as the EPA notes, this will lead to lung damage if unfiltered.
Tackling structural damage
House fires will have many obvious impacts with clean-up tackling the symptoms. However, what is less obvious is structural damage. After a house fire many home owners will ensure a full survey is carried out, and this will often be necessary in order to obtain new insurance after a payout has been completed. Despite this, problems can arise further down the line. Take a vigilant eye so you don’t lose your family home, and make sure you actively maintain your property against any potential future problems.
A house fire is a devastating incident for any family, but with the help of the fire service and community, many will move back and enjoy their home once more. As a result, it’s incredibly important to be vigilant of the potential long-term problems a post-fire home will present. Do this, and you can safeguard your happiness and your family’s health.
On Saturday, January 26th North Madison Fire took center stage, winning first place in the Madison Chamber of Commerce 4th Annual Souper Bowl Competition!!!
3rd Place: St. Margaret’s Knights
2nd Place: Madison Hose Company No. 1
1st Place: North Madison Vol Fire Co
3rd Place: Cafe Allegre
2nd Place: Madison Beach Hotel
1st Place: Donahues Madison Beach Grill
Congratulations to all participants and to the chamber for putting on another successful event, We are looking forward to next year!
How to Safely React to Vehicle Fires
Written by Jennifer Amstell, a local contributor to NMVFC
You might think that vehicle fires only occur in action movies, but the truth is 33 car fires are reported every hour in the United States. November of last year saw exposed power lines fallen in Madison, illustrating that you never know when or how a fire may start. Luckily, this incident did not result in any roadside or vehicle fires, thanks to community respondents. Still, for the sake of personal safety, it’s best to be prepared by knowing what to do when faced with a vehicle fire.
Good news; many vehicle fires can be prevented by properly maintaining the vehicle you’re driving. Most in-car fires are caused by fuel leaks or split fuel lines. Take your ride in for a tune-up once every year to make sure it’s in good working order. If your car begins to blow fuses frequently or you smell burning, get professional help asap. If you smell burning while driving and/or see smoke, pull over immediately, shut off the engine, and exit the vehicle. It’s also a good idea to keep a fire extinguisher in your vehicle. You never know when you might need one.
Car fires can happen in different areas of the vehicle; they’re not limited to under the hood. Be alert for signs of fire near areas like near the wheels/brakes, on the dash, and beneath the vehicle. If a fire does erupt but is contained, get everyone out and attempt to use a fire extinguisher if it’s easily accessible. If the fire is large, beneath the hood, or quickly spreading, don’t try to put it out yourself at this point. Get at least 200 feet away, and call for emergency assistance. If you don’t have your phone on you, do not go back in to get it. Instead, flag someone down (safely), or go to a public nearby place to ask for help.
Once everything is said and done, you may eventually wonder if your car is covered by your insurance in the case of fire. Contact your insurance company, take photos of the damage if possible, and get contact information for any witnesses that can testify to your claim. Before attempting to obtain any person items left in the vehicle, get a firefighter’s approval first so you know it’s safe. If the vehicle was towed before you returned to it, ask the authorities where it was taken. Finally, have the vehicle taken to a mechanic in order to determine whether or not it can be repaired to a drivable state. If it can’t, be sure to indicate this to your insurance company.
Fires are intimidating and dangerous beasts, but with fast and appropriate reactions, you can quickly tame it. Knowing what to do in an emergency and staying calm through the process can save lives.
Santa Claus is coming to town!
Have your presents delivered by Santa this year.
LT Gabe Balsamo
Fire Fighter of the Year
One of the recipients of the 2018 Connecticut District Exchange Club’s Salute
to Connecticut’s Bravest Award at the October 18th ceremony
Gabe Balsamo joined NMVFC as a junior firefighter in 2006. His initial responses were on his bicycle from his residence on Summer Hill. Over the years, the bicycle was replaced with a Jeep, and he now has a home of his own on Dorset Lane, where he lives with his wife, Kelsey. Rumor has it that his response time is still the same! For the past 6 years, Gabe has served NMVFC as a Lieutenant and has been a major contributor to the department.
After graduating from Hand in 2009, Gabe went on to attend the University of New Haven. He expanded his education in the fire service by studying Fire Science and Arson Investigation along with a minor in Criminal Justice. Gabe has continued to further his education by taking fire service courses and is currently certified at the Fire Service Instructor 1 level.
In addition to being an active Line Officer, Gabe oversees the company’s fire gear and personal protective equipment, always making sure every firefighter has the proper PPE needed for the job. He also manages the pager program and social media for the department. Gabe brings energy and enthusiasm to everything he does. You know that Gabe is around by his loud voice and laughter that can be heard from any part of the firehouse.
Gabe is an outstanding leader and has a strong passion for the fire service. It shows both on and off the fire grounds. He has taken new firefighters under his wing by showing them the ropes and is always available to answer a question no matter what time, day or night. He is regarded by the junior firefighters as a mentor in fire department related activities and has provided guidance in preparing them for college and life in general. Gabe defines the word dedicated.
This past year, Gabe has responded to over 50% total calls for service that included manning the fire station during the March Nor’easters! For his outstanding dedication and service to NMVFC and the North Madison community, we name Gabe Balsamo as our Spirit of the Company recipient and Firefighter of the year recognized at the 2018 Connecticut District Exchange Club’s Salute to Connecticut’s Bravest
Look, Listen, Learn and Be Aware! Fire Can Happen Anywhere!!
North Madison Volunteer Fire Company invites you to join us for our annual “Open House” scheduled for Sunday, October 7, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Last year NOMAD responded to nearly 400 calls for assistance, many of them involving a fire related incident. Education is the strongest tool we have to reduce and prevent fires. Even with the best efforts, incidents still occur. This year at our “Open House” we will provide training on the proper use of fire extinguishers, tours of the fire station and apparatus to include our new fire engine edition. Children will have the opportunity to put on real firefighter gear and respond to the midnight alarm. There will be a live fire extinguishing demonstration, rides on our antique fire truck, and refreshments. We appreciate the ongoing support of the community and look forward to seeing you on October 7.
On August 4th, 2018 The North Madison Fire Company Chili team traveled to the Farmington Polo Grounds for the Annual Dream Ride experience weekend festivities. Our team competed against 23 other fire departments from Connecticut and New York including our hometown rivals, Madison Hose Company #1 in the 3rd Annual Firemen’s chili cook-off. North Madison’s chili took home 2nd place falling just short to FDNY Engine 262 from 21st street in the city. We like to congratulate all the other winners and also extend a huge thank you to Madison Hose for their great sportsmanship! The best part of the day was getting to work side by side with our brothers from the south. In addition Engine 10-55 took home a second place trophy for best appearing! Thousands of motorcyclists and hundreds of engine enthusiasts venture to Farmington, Connecticut, each year all with the same goal of supporting the Special Olympics and The Hometown Foundation. Participants have journeyed from across the United States and internationally to be a part of the dream. Special Olympics athletes worldwide are given the opportunity to attend The Dream Ride Experience and treasure this lifelong memory. Over the course of this weekend, $2,000,000.00 was raised! We look forward to supporting this great event next year!
For more info visit www.DreamRide.com