As a result of the severe weather that Hartford had to deal with over the past weekend, fires and EMS calls played in small role in HFD's emergency responses.
HFD responded to over 253 emergency calls, many of them weather related.
On February 15th, HFD responded to 98 emergency calls and on February 16th they responded to 155 calls for service. The total HFD responses for the period was 376 weather /cold weather related calls.
According to HFD Chief Reginald Freeman, on several occasions he heard radio conversations that the dispatcher stated that resources were down to "zero" due to the numerous simultaneous calls. Despite that workload, Freeman stated that the District Chiefs and the company officers and all personnel working handled the task with "poise and professionalism", rising to the task of meeting the emergency needs of the people of Hartford.
Freeman also stated that at the direction of Mayor Bronin, the City, HFD as well as few faith based organizations partnered together to ensure the safety of Hartford's people and make sure they had a safe place to keep warm during the sub zero temperatures. In addition to the City and HFD, the Asylum Hill Congregational Church and the Hartford Rescue Mission graciously opened their doors for approximately 120 residents. Both organizations also provided hot meals during that period.
Both organizations were given the "Chief's Award of Excellence" for their efforts this week by Chief Freeman and presented by Councilman Jimmie Sanchez, The City Council's Public Safety Chair.
I received a call yesterday from a business person who experienced frozen pipes bursting in his building overnight Sunday. He was impressed by the efforts of HFD to what he called their "efforts above and beyond" to assist his cleanup efforts and removing the water from his business .