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Friday, August 19, 2016


Is the Comcast Xfinity Theater in Hartford putting concertgoers in danger.

The attached video originally posted on twitter would seem to answer that question as YES.

The video was shot during a melee in the parking lot  before the recent Rascall Flatts concert in Hartford. The Comcast Xfinity Theater has seen violence over the years by concertgoers who arrive early and many drink heavily in the parking lots. Many of those drinkers are underage juveniles dropped off by their parents. This "babysitting" process then puts an undue burden and strain on Hartford Police and EMS and local hospitals who must deal with the results of the problem. As well as endangering the safety of decent concertgoers

You can view the original twitter posting here

At the very least this behavior highlights the need for additional Police and Security coverage  to ensure the safety of Comcasts customers. If this was any other entertainment venue, the City would be moving to shut them down until the problem was corrected

This behavior also endangers the handful of Hartford Police Officers assigned to patrol the parking lots during these events. Those numbers need to be increased to ensure orderly behavior for all attending.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


Today at the semi-annual meeting for the Commission on Professional Credentialing at the Fire Rescue International conference in San Antonio, TX, Hartford Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director, Reginald D. Freeman was elected by his fellow Commissioners to serve as Chair for the Center for Public Safety Excellence’s, Commission on Professional Credentialing. The commission provides professional credentialing for fire and emergency services officers. As described by the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc., “this internationally-accepted model recognizes professional accomplishments and competence in fire and emergency services and offers fire and emergency service personnel career guidance and planning.” The Commission offers credentialing for:
    • Chief Fire Officer (CFO) – Open to chief officers serving at or above the rank of Battalion Chief
    • Chief EMS Officer (CEMSO) – Open to chief EMS officers with a minimum of 10 years emergency medical services field or system experience as an Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, Registered Nurse, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, or Physician.
    • Chief Training Officer (CTO) – Open to administrators of training programs in fire and emergency service agencies.
    • Fire Marshal (FM) – Open to fire marshals or fire prevention officers having responsibility over a fire prevention bureau or management responsibilities over code enforcement, education, fire investigations, and engineering or other aspects of fire prevention programs.
    • Fire Officer (FO) - Open to all junior officers, company officers or those who have served in an intermittent acting status for 12 months.
“I am honored to serve in the capacity of Chair for this exceptional commission” said Chief Freeman. He went on to state, “professional credentialing is absolutely critical to the overall advancement of the fire service by providing objective tenements that are systematically assessed on an individual basis.” Chief Freeman is the youngest and first minority to serve as Chair for the Commission on Professional Credentialing.  Chief Freeman will attend his first Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc. board meeting this Friday, August 19, 2016 as the new Chair during the Fire Rescue International conference in San Antonio, 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016



 Reginald Freeman, Chief of the Hartford Fire Department, would like to recognize the efforts and personnel of the Emergency Services division for their life saving and professional administering of naloxone (also known as Narcan) since November of 2015. Out of 172 instances that the drug has been used in unresponsive and non-breathing patients, 135 lives have been saved. That number equates to a 78.5% save rate.  Narcan (naloxone) is a prescription medicine that blocks the effects of opioids and reverses an overdose. It is reflective of the training and recognition of the need for the drug by our first responders that 135 people are still with their families and loved ones.
The Hartford Fire Department is committed to providing the best emergency response care to its residents and visitors. The utilization of this life saving drug has assisted the fire department in meeting the standard of the department's motto.
"We serve to save."