On Tuesday afternoon (March 9), I watched as our Litchfield Fire Department experienced a “perfect storm” that tested training and established procedures, with our crew rising above the challenge.
At 1:22 p.m. the department was dispatched to a reported ground cover fire that had spread to nearby properties. Shift Commander/Captain Handshy’s crew and volunteers arrived on scene, reviewed the situation and upgraded the incident to a box alarm, which brought in mutual aid from eight other area departments. A second local crew arrived with the ATV and attention was given to area structures. After battling high winds the fire was contained in less than three hours and our crews returned to the station at 5:30 p.m.
During this time three off-duty and one volunteer firefighter remained in the main station to cover any additional calls. At 3:30 p.m. two of the standby crew were dispatched for an ambulance call for a citizen who fell. At 4:09 p.m. this ambulance crew and two remaining at the station were called to a vehicle fire on Corvette Drive. At 4:53 p.m. these same standby crews were called to a rubbish fire at Litchfield Plaza.
This measured response would happen any other day with other crews and leadership from our chief and Captain Glover if on duty. Off-duty personnel respond as needed as can be shown from the response of this day. Due to the training and adherence to established procedures, our city was served as it should be with no loss of life and minimal loss of property.
I applaud the sacrifice and dedication of these professionals and volunteers to the benefit of our community. I urge you to go out of your way to thank our police, fire and city crews for the excellent services that they provide. I hope that you will never need them, but be assured that they will respond when you call.