July 19, 2013
Connecticut Fire Crew Departing for Canada to help Fight Fires
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that a 19-person fire crew will be departing tomorrow (July 20) at 5:00 am from DEEP Eastern District Headquarters in Marlborough (directions below) to assist fighting long-burning wild fires in northern Quebec. Firefighters will assemble at 3:30 am. The crew, consisting of 19 Connecticut firefighters (nine DEEP employees and 10 private-sector), will be deployed for up to two weeks.
DEEP maintains a roster of agency staff members and personnel from local fire departments who have been certified to fight forest or wildfires. Crew members must complete a rigorous training program and participate in an annual renewal course.
The crew assisting Canada is under the auspices of the Northeast Forest Fire Compact. The Compact is a mutual aid agreement between several northeastern states and Eastern Canadian Provinces.
Directions: Eastern District Headquarters
209 Hebron Road
Marlborough, CT 06447
Phone: (860) 295-9523
From Hartford: Heading east on Route 2, take exit 13. At the end of the exit ramp make a left onto Route 66. Follow Route 66 for 1˝ miles. The driveway entrance to Headquarters is on the left hand side at the Smokey Bear sign.