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3 Questions for Fire Chief Bill Seward: Aug. 17

William Seward, chief of the North Branford Fire Department, keeps us in the loop of NBFD happenings.

In addition to the regular questions of 'What's new in your department?' and 'What's something residents should know?,' this week North Branford Patch is already thinking about  (sorry kids!) and asks our town officials, including William Seward, chief of the , about their favorite subject to study growing up.

North Branford Patch: What’s new in your department?
Seward: The department staff is working on creating apparatus specifications, which allows for the replacement of Rescue 11 which is operated by . The new vehicle will replace a 1988 unit that is in dire need of retirement.  More importantly, with the challenges that face firefighters today, more room is needed for technical rescue, hazmat equipment and extrication tools.  We are also working on replacing the chassis on Medic 4 as the ambulance has in excess of 120,000 miles to its name.

North Branford Patch: What's something residents should know?
Seward: As we exit the summer and begin to think about cooler months ahead, it is extremely important that citizens ensure that residential smoke detectors are operatable and everyone's home has a working carbon monoxide on each living level of their home.

North Branford Patch: What was your favorite subject in school growing up?
Seward: My favorite subject in grade school was science. 

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Stay tuned for more responses from other officials throughout the week. Want to check out more '3 Questions' topics and see what other officials had to say? Scroll down for more!

Rudy Caparros December 17, 2012 at 09:34 PM
WARNING: FIRST RESPONDERS' use of THE CHLORINE INSTITUTE "C" KIT may cause the catastrophic failure of a chlorine tank car, instantly creating a toxic gas plume with a distance of not less than seven miles. The first mile will have chlorine concentrations of 1,000 ppm, causing death after one or two breaths with no opportunity for escape. TO learn more, see PETITION C KIT, click on "First Responder Warnings."
Jim Gerard December 28, 2012 at 10:44 PM
TOXIC TRAIN SAFETY - A First Responders Petition caused The Chlorine Institute to conduct a five-month study comparing the safety of secondary containment to the chlorine “C”-Kit for chlorine tank cars. The study proved secondary containment to be, by far, the safest technology for containing and preventing releases of chlorine gas. To see secondary containment - search “CHLORTANKER.”

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