According to sources, something positive happened at the Hartford Fire Department earlier today. Apparently, inspectors from the State of Connecticut Department of Health showed up unannounced for a surprise inspection at Engine 16 on Blue Hills Avenue. The inspectors were apparently there for a check of the first responder status and emergency preparation of Engine 16.
Engine 16 is the same apparatus that was detailed in weekend reports regarding deficient equipment and empty air-bottles. Engine 16 was also the home apparatus of firefighter Kevin Bell just before he died.
Although no written reports are available at this time,one HFD source said Engine 16 "passed with flying colors"
You would think that the HFD administration would already be doing this on every piece of apparatus in the City, but it is good to know that the State health Department can take the initiative to make sure things are right. Maybe Chief Waller you should be dropping into Fire Stations instead of padding your overtime on fire calls where you aren't needed.
Oh well Terry, it was good while it lasted