At 1511 NCFD units were dispatched to 468 South Avenue at the Saxe Middle School for a mercury spill inside the structure. Engine 4 Rescue 5 Car 3 and Fire Marshall 1 responded with 8 personnel . Once on scene crews discovered a small amount of mercury that spilled from an old piece of medical equipment in a classroom. Over the course of the incident several people were exposed to the product including members of NCVAC and their ambulance. The Fairfield County HAZ-MAT team was requested to the scene along with the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. New Canaan crews secured a perimeter and set up a decontamination area while the HAZ-MAT team metered the vicinity inside the school as well as those who were exposed to the mercury. An environmental cleanup company was called to the scene at which point all fire personnel and apparatus cleared.
At 1445 on an unseasonably warm January day as temperatures rose into the low 70s Cars 1 and 2 Engine 1 Rescue 5 and NCVAC were toned out for an MVAmotor vehicle accident with injuries on RT. 15 Southbound in the area of Exit 37. Car 1 was the first fire unit on scene and confirmed the accident was southbound at the exit 37 off-ramp. Reporting a car versus tree and on fire with one occupant still pinned in the vehicle Car 1 advised all units to expedite. Utility 64 Car 2 on board Engine 1 and Rescue 5 arrived shortly thereafter. The crew from Engine 1 split into two teams one team extinguished the fire in the engine compartment using an 1 34 inch crosslay while the other crew stabilized the vehicle gained access to the patient and prepared the car for a rapid extrication. Once the car was stabilized firefighters from Engine 1 and Rescue 5 went to work extricating the patient from the vehicle. From the time the Jaws-of-Life went to work until the patient was handed to EMS a total of 5 minutes had elapsed. This incident showed great communication and work among all involved agencies. Car 1 had Merritt parkway command.
At 0817 Car 3 Engine 1 Rescue 5 Engine 2 and utility 64 along with NCVAC were alerted for a Motor vehicle accident involving a box truck. It had struck the Metro-North railroad bridge on route 106 rolled over and began leaking diesel fuel from its saddle tanks. Engine 4 in place of Engine 1 took the call after clearing the scene of a prior accident in the North end of town. Car 3 and Rescue 5 arrived on scene to confirm the initial dispatch. The occupants had self-extricated with minor injuries. Engine 4 arrived on scene and helped Rescue 5 control fluids and all hazards. New Canaan PD closed down route 106 at Weed Street and at Lapham road. In addition Metro-North shut down train service on the New Canaan line for about an hour and a half until the bridge was inspected and found to have no structural damage. All fire units remained on scene until 1000 at which point the truck was removed. Car 3 had route 106 command.
On the morning of Tuesday April 24 at 1022 Engine 1 Ladder 3 Engine 2 Rescue 5 Unit 64 Cars 2 and 3 were dispatched to 71 Pine street at the New Canaan Cleaners for a report of smoke coming from the chimney. Engine 1 and Ladder 3 arrived on scene within minutes and reported that the building was on fire with smoke and flames showing from the roof. Engine 2 assumed the second due engine responsibilities and laid in from the plug at Pine and Park streets near the Post Office and supplied Engine 1. Units in operation found the main body of fire to be confined to the area immediately around the chimney but was difficult to access because of its location between the ceiling and roof. Crews from Ladder 3 and Rescue 5 went to work opening up so that the Engine 1s crew could gain access to extinguish the fire. All occupants evacuated the building under their own power. Car 3 had Pine street command and placed the fire under control roughly 15 minutes after the initial dispatch. All NCFC units cleared the scene in about an hour. On a side note congratulations to Firefighter DiIorio for doing a great job pumping his first fire.
At approximately 1920 hours Engine 1 Ladder 3 Engine 2 Rescue 5 Utility 64 and a Wilton Engine RIT were dispatched to a reported structure fire at the Merritt Apartments on the corner of Maple and Park streets. Upon arrival units found smoke and flames showing from the 2nd floor A-side. Initially crews from Engine 1 knocked down the flames with a dry chemical extinguisher believing the fire to be electrical in nature and on the exterior of the structure. Crews from E-1 and L-3 then split up to perform a search for occupants and extension. Upon investigation the crews found one victim still asleep on the third floor and removed occupant from the building. Also crews forced entry into the 1st and 2nd floor apartments and with the use of thermal imaging cameras found fire running through the walls and ceilings on both floors. Interior units opened up and extinguished the fire. New Canaan units had the fire under control in about 20 minutes. Engine 1 remained on scene to assist FM 1 in determining the fires origin.