Chester Hose Company News
Where you can come when you want to know what's new with the Chester Hose Company, where we'll be in the community and any other news/events/updates we would like to share!

December 3

Santa is coming 
to Chester by Firetruck!!

Santa will be taking time out of his busy schedule to make his annual trip by fire truck to Chester on Sunday, December 18th!  He is expected to arrive downtown at 5pm but should the weather be not favorable, he will greet children at the Firehouse.

Click here for video of Santa on this special trip!


      Thank you for supporting our annual Wreath Sale! 
 
We are happy to announce we sold out on Saturday! You can find us downtown on Sunday, December 17th as Santa Comes to Town by Firetruck and in the new year as our Junior division sponsors the Christmas Tree Recycling again!  We wish you a Happy Holiday season! To you and your families we wish you a happy, healthy and safe holiday season!

November 16


Help prevent a turkey


fryer fire!


Below are statistics and safety tips about using a turkey fryer and why they can be dangerous courtesy of the US Fire Administration.



Did you know?

Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires.

Snapshot: Thanksgiving Day Fires



Five dangers of deep frying a turkey:
  1. Turkey fryers can easily tip over spilling hot oil across a large area.
  2. An overfilled cooking pot will cause oil to spill over when the turkey is placed inside.
  3. A partially frozen turkey will cause hot oil to splatter.
  4. Turkey fryers can easily overheat and start a fire.
  5. The pot, lid and handles of a turkey fryer can get dangerously hot and cause burn injuries.

Prevent a Turkey Fryer Fire handout

Preventing Turkey Fryer Fires recipe card



HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


October 7

Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 8-14

  • In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.  That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. Here’s this year’s key campaign messages:
    • --Draw a map of your home by using our grid in English (PDF) or Spanish (PDF) with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
    • --Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
    • --Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
    • --Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
    • --Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
    • --Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.
    • (Courtesy of the National Fire Protection Association Website; Fire Prevention Week Public Education Campaign)

September 27

Do you like Apple Pie with or without ice cream and cheese?  How about socializing with your neighbors over a cup of coffee or apple cider on a Fall evening in New England or supporting your local volunteer fire department ??

If you said yes to any of these then we have the event for you!

Join us for the Annual Apple Pie Night
Hosted by the Chester Hose Company Auxiliary
Tuesday October 17th from 6-8pm!

Pies this year will be all homemade!! Mmmm...

Hose Company Fun Fact:  If you've ever attended our Apple Pie night you may have heard the ladies say "Apple Pie without cheese is like a buggy ride without a squeeze"

Serving apple pie with cheese is common practice in parts of New England and the Midwest. (The tradition originated in Yorkshire, England.) It might sound strange if you've never tried it, but fruit and cheese is actually a classic combination – just think of cheese boards and grilled sandwiches with cheese and fruit.

September 11








We REMEMBER


09/11/01

July 2


CALLING ALL


CRAFTERS!!


Join the Chester Hose Company for the 

"Fall Back Spring Ahead" Arts & Crafts Fair


October 21st

10am-3pm


NEW LOCATION!!


Chester Hose Company Headquarters

6 High Street

Chester, CT 06412


Download Registration Information 



Questions or More information:  Email [email protected]


We'll see you at the Fair!!

May 12

CHESTER HOSE COMPANY AUXILIARY SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED


The Chester Hose Company Auxiliary is pleased to announce that they have awarded their 2017 scholarship to two recipients this year. Congratulations to Melissa Howley of Old Saybrook and Mihir Khunte of Higganum. Howley is a graduating senior at Old Saybrook High School in Old Saybrook, while Khunte is a graduating senior at Xavier High School in Middletown.  Melissa will be attending Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT in the fall as an undecided freshman, while Mihir will pursue a career in the Biomedical Engineering field from Yale University in New Haven, CT. The Chester Hose Company Auxiliary as well as the department members would like to congratulate both students on their hard work and dedication to the communities they serve in and wish them continued success in the future. 





If you cannot drop off 
items on June 10th but would like
to make a monetary donation send to:

Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries
P.O. Box 804
Essex, Connecticut 06426

Questions contact us at: chc7@snet.net

May 2


Thank you for your donations and support!  At Chester Hose Company we were able to raise 324 pounds of food to help put food the table for many families who are struggling.


A special thanks to Kim Tiezzi who works so tirelessly to make sure this drive is a success!


Look for "Fill the Ambulance" in June as we team up again with the 

Deep River Ambulance Association and Adams IGA!

April 23

Last night the Chester Hose Company Incorporated celebrated their members accomplishments over the past year at the annual banquet. Chief Jim Schaefer recognized the following members with the following department awards:

Top Responders:

10th: Aaron Mangan

9th: Vin Germini

8th: Dan Roschko

7th: Brian Ahearn

6th: Mike Ahearn

5th: Julian North

4th: John Ahearn

3rd: Kim Tiezzi

2nd: Dylan Grzybowski

1st: Vito Nanni

Member of the Year:

(Voted by the Membership)

Denise Sypher


Junior of the Year:

(Voted by the officers & Junior Advisors)

Parker Divis


Chief's Award:

Dan Roschko

Years of Service:


5 years: Gwen Johnson

15 years: Merry Berdensey

20 years: Bruce Sypher

25 years: Dennis Jacobs

35 years: Ed Calamari

50 years: William Beni

60 years: Charles "Pops" Greeney Sr.

February 26

It is with deep sadness that the Officers and Members of The Chester Hose Company Incorporated announce the passing of past member and former Selectman Joseph Bergonzi.  Joe was a trustee for 13 years and served for 23 years with the department.  He also served the Town of Chester as a Selectman, Police Commissioner, and Fire Commissioner.   


On December 7th, 1999 by a town meeting vote, the Town of Chester proclaimed December 7th to be “Joseph Bergonzi Day” honoring his service to the town and The Chester Hose Company.  He was later given the title of Honorary Fire Commissioner for life.  Joe will be sorely missed.


Visitation will be held from 4:00PM to 7:00PM on Thursday March 2, 2017 at the Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home, 34 Main Street, in Centerbrook. 


A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 11:00AM at Saint Joseph's Church, 48 Middlesex Avenue in Chester. 


Joseph will be buried with full department honors.


Click here to read Joseph's complete obituary

February 9




Due to the recent snowfall, the Chester Hose Company would like to remind you that a clearly visible, accessible fire hydrant could save your home – or even your life. If a fire hydrant is buried in snow, firefighters can lose valuable time trying to locate it when they first arrive at a fire. You can assist us and perform a valuable public service while protecting yourself, your family and your neighbors by assisting in shoveling out and clearing any fire hydrants near your home during and after a snowstorm.  While we as a department make every effort to clear hydrants after a storm, your assistance is invaluable.  Please take some time now to save precious minutes in case of an emergency....A few scoops of snow today could make all the difference later.



With more snow sure to be on the way, we’d like to offer these suggestions:
  • Know the location of all fire hydrants around your home and neighborhood.
  • Check after each snowfall to see that snow and ice are cleared from the hydrants (at least 3 feet all around).
  • Remember to also clear snow off your roofs to prevent cave-ins.
  • Remember to check-in on your elderly or handicap neighbors as well. 

January 17


It is with a heavy heart that the Officers and Members of The Chester Hose Company Incorporated, announce the passing of Charles F. Greeney Sr., Lifetime Engineer 7-1-2 since 1966 and a 60 year active member of The Chester Hose Company. Charlie or "Pops" as he was known to many around the firehouse, had found pure joy in being a part of The Chester Hose Company. A past Lieutenant, Charlie was an integral part of the department and his knowledge, presence and friendship will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all his family and friends.  

The following are the arrangements of services.


Thursday, January 19

At Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home

Visiting hours from 5 PM to 7 PM

 

Friday Services, January 20

Church Services at 10 AM at the United Church in Chester

January 15

The Chester Hose Company Inc will host its annual "Chilly" Chili Cook-off, in conjunction with the Chester Winter Carnivale, on Sunday, February 19, 2017 from 11am-1pm at 6 High Street.

Fire Departments, restaurants, and caterers will be serving up their savory chili preparations in a competition for the "People's Choice Award," "Best Table Presentation," and "Best Firehouse Chili Award."

Attendees will purchase a $5.00 ticket which will allow them to taste the chili and place their vote.

December 12

Don’t put your Christmas tree in a landfill this year…

Let The Chester Hose Company Juniors recycle it!!

100% of the proceeds will go to support The Juniors who are currently raising funds to go to training camp at The CT Fire Academy. 

 

Two Convenient Options:

Curbside pick-up on Sunday, January 8th or January 15th (your choice)

Available at homes in the Town of Chester only. Choose which day you can have your tree out to the curb by 8am and sign up by completing this form. An email confirmation will be sent to you along with information on how to submit your donation. 

(Suggested donation is $15-$25 per tree)

Or

Drop Off any time after 12/31/2016 & before 1/16/2017

Drop your tree off at the Chester Town Garage in the marked area anytime between December 31-January 16. Payment can be left in an envelope & attach it to the bottom of the tree with a rubber band. Please consider placing the envelope in a ziploc bag in case of inclement weather. 

(Suggested donation $5)


** Please note-For safety reasons, we cannot accept trees with tinsel, flocked trees, trees with nails, artificial trees, wreaths with metal shape wires, or trees with any other metal attached.  Please remove all bags, tree stands, decorations and lights from trees**


Have an artificial tree, no tree or simply want to donate to the fundraising efforts of The Chester Hose Company Juniors?  

You can!

Checks can be made payable to Chester Hose Company Inc. or CHC 

(write Juniors in the memo area)

Mail to: The Chester Hose Company Incorporated

PO Box 214 Chester, CT 06412

Questions about this event or the Junior Divison?? 

Send an email to [email protected] or

Call 860-526-0019 and leave a message for Courtney O’Neil, Junior Advisor

October 18

We can't wait for Apple Pie Night!

Our "witches and ghouls" have been hard at working prepping this year's HOMEMADE pies!


Tuesday, October 25 6-8pm
at Chester Hose Company!

Proceeds benefit the annual
Chester Hose Company Auxiliary Scholarship

"Furry Friends" of The Chester Hose Company do their part and give back

September 2016...The Chester Hose Company was the recipient of a donation which will help save more lives!  Donated by Dog Scout Troop 188 (based out of Ledyard) on behalf of Homeward Bound Adoptions CT Inc., a 501c3 which helps rescues (dogs), a Wag’n O2 Fur Life pet mask oxygen kit was placed in service on the primary ambulance unit for the town.

 

“We appreciate the dog scouts donation to the department,” Chief Jim Schaefer said. “We are in the business of saving lives and a pet's life is just as important as that of a human’s and unfortunately a human mask cannot be used on animals.”  Many people view their pets as members of the family, so this is just one more service that the members in Chester can use to further help their residents in a time of need.

Pictured above are (L-R) Chief Jim Schaefer with Carbon, Medical Coordinator Jeff Wickland, Dog owner Sue Hotkowski holding Copper,​ and Charlotte Dzialo-a future rescuer of Homeward Bound.  Carbon, Copper & Susan are all members of Dog Scout Troop 188.

The pet rescue kits each contain three oxygen masks in various sizes, oxygen air tubes, a carry bag, laminated instruction sheet, kennel lead and an instructional video.

 

“The various sizes will allow firefighters to assist a wide range of animals from a guinea pigs and rabbits to large dogs and horses,” said Jeff Wickland, Medical Coordinator for the department.

When asked why she chose The Chester Hose Company, Susan Hotkowski, member of Dog Troop 188 and President of Homeward Bound CT simply said, “They do a lot for this community as responders and provide our residents with a sense of security in a time of need.  They deserve to be given back to.”


The Wag'n O2 Fur Life Program is a nationwide campaign.  To learn more about the kits, visit www.petoxygenmasks.org

THANK YOU FOR VISITING US AT THE FAIR

Many of you took our challenge and dunked our "chickens" at the fair over the course of the weekend! 

Check out our video montage for highlights from the weekend!   Thank you as always for your continued support!  

Chester Hose Company President, Chuck Tower (left) and Chester Hose Company Auxiliary President, Sylvia Miksa (right) were both sent clucking into the warm waters of the Dunk Tank Chester Fair weekend, as part of the Chester Hose Company Juniors annual dunk booth fundraiser at the fair.  Additionally, we thank Art Linares and Bob Siegrist for their support as well!  A photo montage of the weekend's events can be found by clicking here  

July 2016

The annual department elections were held during the monthly meeting on July 6th.
The following individuals were elected to serve the Chester Hose Company for the 2016-2017 year.

Fire Chief –Jim Schaefer
Deputy Fire Chief—James Grzybowski
Assistant Fire Chief—John Brainard
Battalion Fire Chief—Kim Brainard
Captain—Sara Blaschik
1st Lieutenant—Jacob McNally
2nd Lieutenant—John Saunders
Medical Coordinator—Jeff Wickland

President—Charles Tower
Secretary—Karen Graham
Treasurer—Denise Sypher
Quartermaster—Gwen Johnson
Steward—Bruce Sypher
Board of Trustees—Dennis Jacobs (to serve a 3 year term)



Congratulations to the newly elected!  We also wish to  say THANK YOU to those who served in elected positions during the 2015-2016 year who will be stepping down, for their dedicated service to the Department.  Those individuals include:

Allen Alonzo (Assistant Chief)
Kim Tiezzi (Medical Coordinator)
 Susie Currier (Secretary) and
Emily Masters (Treasurer).

June 2016...A BIG THANK YOU goes out to everyone that came out this weekend with food donations for the Stuff-The-Ambulance Food Drive. The Adam's drop-off location, manned by Deep River and Chester Ambulances took in 1172 pounds of food donations from that will go to help The Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries.

March 2016



Thank you to everyone who came out to this year's Easter Egg Hunt!  The kids enjoyed finding the eggs hidden throughout the grass and not a single egg went untouched!  The turnout was good and all of the Easter Bunny's friends hope to see you again next year


February 2016...Felise Cressman of Chester, recently visited the Chester Hose Company and its members during the February monthly meeting to discuss her new initiative, reducing water bottle waste and the amount of plastic used in the Chester community.  

According to the Container Recycling Institute, Americans use some 42.6 billion single serving water bottles a year and 8 out of 10 end up in landfills or incinerators.


Cressman wants to do something about those numbers. and ensure that no plastic bottles from Chester add to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, or, closer to home, blot the Connecticut River or Long Island Sound.


“I really wanted to do something to reduce the use of plastic water bottles. My goal is to have Chester be the first town in Connecticut to undertake a project to do that,” she said.


As a thank you for all that the volunteer members do for the Town of Chester, Cressman distributed water bottles to members in attendance asking only that they spread the awareness of her project and use the water bottles instead of plastic drinking bottles.  

December 2017

We want you have a happy Hanukkah. So, keep these safety tips in mind.

  • Never leave lighted candles unattended.
  • Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
  • Place the menorah on a fire-resistant surface away from drapes, curtains, and wood cabinets.
  • Use electric menorahs instead of lit candles for window displays, making sure to check that wires are not frayed.
  • Be very cautious when cooking with hot oil to protect your skin from burns
  • DO NOT douse an oil fire with water.....Instead turn off the heat and cover the pan with a lid.It’s always a good idea to keep a fire extinguisher nearby

November 2015

Pictures from our Halloween Kids Night Out can be found on our Facebook page! 
Check it out and Like us today at https://www.facebook.com/chesterhoseinc

Local Business Fundraiser Benefits Chester Hose Company

August 2015....As Chester resident and business owner Suzie Woodward's store Lark (a spirited adventure) located at 4 Water Street approached it's one year anniversary, Woodward knew she wanted to do something to give back to the community that had supported her business.  And so was born "Summer Market Smash", a collaborative art venture between the countless customers and Lark to benefit four nonprofit organizations from Chester.


During the month of July, those who stopped into Lark were invited to leave their "mark" on one of four art canvases, thus creating a one of a kind work of art.  A silent auction was held and at the conclusion of the auction, four community groups were awarded checks from the highest bidders.  Woodward saw this as a way to "pay it forward" to the community and organizations within it that had given her business success over the past year.  In addition to the Chester Hose Company, the Chester Food Bank, Chester Library and the Chester Historical Society also recieved donations from highest bidders.  


Pictured above, Chester Hose Company Assistant Chief Allen Alonzo, graciously accepts a check from Suzie Woodward, owner of Lark. Woodward presented Alonzo with a $100 check from Sarah Renois Judge and Graig Judge of Killingworth who placed the winning bid on the Hose Company canvas titled "Daring to Save" pictured below.  Also pictured, is the Judge's daughter Fiona leaving her mark on a canvas during the Sunday Market and the final canvases created to be bid on.

August 2015

Jim Schaefer: Ready for ‘Huge Responsibility’ of Chief of Chester Volunteer Fire Company




Chester Hose Company Chief Jim Schaefer was recently featured in the Valley Courier as Person of the Week.  

We congratulate him on his success to date in this new role.



Read the full article here

July 2015...LARK IS PAYING IT FORWARD IN CHESTER

Pictured here Chester Hose Company EMT Diane Jepson watches as Chief James Schaefer "leave his mark" on one of the pieces of artwork available for the silent Auction. The Hose Company will be one of four Chester nonprofits to benefit from Lark's silent auction event.  




Lark at 4 Water Street in Chester, is celebrating one year in business by hosting a "Summer Market Smash", a collaborative art effort in grateful response to the village of Chester and countless customers who have made Lark’s first year so amazing.


During July leave your silent auction bid at Lark for one or all of the paintings. Four Chester nonprofits will benefit from the collaborative creativity.

Pay it forward with Lark! Send those bids sky high!


Hours:  

Tuesday - Sunday

10:30 AM - 5:30 PM


July 4

The members of the Chester Hose Company would like to wish everyone a Happy and Safe 4th of July!


Please remember safety when handling fireworks or enjoying time with family and friends during the holiday weekend.

June 2015....The Chester Ambulance Association presented their annual scholarship from the Diana Grzybowski Scholarship fund to Kelly Feola.  Kelly will graduate this June from Valley Regional High School and pursue Nursing at Salve Regina.

Visit the Chester Hose Company Auxiliary Page of the website to read their 2015 recipient announcement




      
            
        Pictured here is Feola receiving her award from Ed Grzybowski. 

June 2015--On June 7th, members of the Chester Hose Company teamed up with members of the Deep River Fire Department to participate in the annual Firefighters Competition sponsored by Old Saybrook Fire Department.  Combined, the Deep River/Chester combo team  took home trophies for the following events:

  • 3rd Place in Add-A-Length
  • 2nd in the Suppression Course
  • 2nd in Water Ball.


Great job to all who participated!



For more pictures of the Competition and team practice before CLICK HERE




Pictured here are team members:

Front L-R: John Kollmer (DRFD), Rich Kollmer (DRFD), Jim Schaefer (CHC) and Rob Diley (DRFD)

Back L-R: Steven Budney (DRFD), Dylan Grzybowski (CHC), Brandon Dole (CHC),Ryan Miner (DRFD), Roger Clapp (CHC & DRFD) and Julian Norton (CHC).  Not pictured is team member Jessica Grote (DRFD).

May 2015




Congratulations to John Waterhouse on 25 years of service and being featured in the Valley Courier as a Person of the Week!


Read the full article here

April 2015-RESCHEDULED CHILI COOK-OFF A SUCCESS

Congratulations to the Chili Cook-Off Winners
Best Table Display: The Wheat Market (KISS)
Peoples Choice Award:  Wade's Country Store
Most Unique Chili: Chester's BBQ 
(they will be opening soon in Clinton in the old library building)
Best Fire Department Chili: Madison Hose Company #1


Chester's BBQ

Madison Hose Company #1

March 2015

Scholarship Oppurtunities:


Health Care Related Field Award: The Chester Ambulance Association is offering up to a $1,000 scholarship in the memory of deceased Association founding member Diana Grzybowski. The scholarship is offered to any graduating student from Chester, Chester Hose Company member or child thereof, or any Chester resident entering an accredited school or continuing education program that prepares the person for professional practice in a health related field. Some career pursuits to be considered would include nursing, therapy, paramedic, social work and health administration. Applications may be obtained from the guidance departments of Valley Regional High School, Vinal Technical High School, Xavier High School, Mercy High School, Chester Town Office Building, the Town of Chester website or by clicking here. Applications are due to Chester Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 209, Chester, CT 06412 no later than May 1, 2015. Questions may be emailed to [email protected] .


To obtain information regarding the Chester Hose Company Auxiliary Scholarship, Visit the Members Section of this website and click on the CHC Auxiliary link.   

 


February 2015--It is with great sadness as I remember the life of past chief David Heiney Sr. of OSFD. David was a mentor and a tremendous asset to the Chester Hose Company and to all the Valley Shore departments. He was a true hero and not only cared about the Old Saybrook Fire Department but also shared his passion with his neighbors. Many of the advancements David made were adopted and still used by our department today. As I grew up in our department I learned many things from Chief Heiney and I find myself instilling many of his same values and techniques. As Chief I can only hope to be half as good as he was. On behalf of the Officers and Members of the Chester Hose Company Inc., our sincerest condolences go out to Liz, David, and Will. We take comfort in the knowledge that Chief Heiney’s spirit will forever be engrained in this department as well as all the Valley Shore towns.


James E. Grzybowski, Chief

December 22, 2014

Rest In Peace former member Anthony Camire Jr.

December 2013----The holidays came early to the members of Chester Hose Company during their annual Christmas party when the department was presented with a new Stihl chainsaw to be placed on "The Dengler" the department's all-terrain rescue apparatus.  The chainsaw was a gift from Alan and Karin Blaschik of Alan's Small Engine Repair in Haddam, who generously donated the chainsaw after hearing that the department was looking to make the purchase.  A heartfelt thank you from all the members as the year comes to a close.

November 2013-----Thank you to all the members, contractors, volunteer workers, and friends of the Chester Hose Company who attended our dedication open house Sunday, where our addition was formally dedicated by Reverend Kathy Peters of the United Church of Chester and recognized by Chester First Selectman, Ed Meehan.  A formal dedication was read by Bill Beni & Ed Gryzbowski, co-chairmen of the Building Committee and members of the Chester Ambulance Association (CAA).  Additionally Chief Charles F Greeney Jr, presented a plaque honoring Diana Grzybowski, a deceased member of the Chester Ambulance Association, to her family recognizing her talent and efforts that were put forth to the CAA.  Chester Hose Company President Charles Tower was the MC for the event.

Congratulations to John Divis, for being chosen as a recipient of the 2013 Beacon Awards – we are all very proud of you and for all that you do for the residents of Chester.


As a local news company that's still going strong thanks to the communities it serves, Harbor News/Shore Publishing wanted to find a way to recognize what makes this region so special. The Beacon Awards recognize a few of the outstanding individuals who selflessly step up to help fulfill the Shoreline community's promise as a place of opportunity, well-being, and safety for all.
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