Avon Volunteer Fire Department (AVFD) Chief Michael Trick recently presented AVFD firefighter and chief medical officer Adam “Doc” Corrado, MD, with a Challenge Coin. In March, when Connecticut legislation pertaining to the limited authority of the incident commander deciding EMS delivery to emergency scenes moved into the public comment phase, Chief Trick asked Dr. Corrado to respond on behalf of the AVFD.
“My request came at a time when Doc, who is employed full time as an emergency room physician, was also working on several other Department projects that demanded his necessary and indispensable medical expertise,” says Chief Trick. “Regardless, a few days later Doc’s draft was in front of me – I forwarded it to the Capital Region Fire Chiefs Association where it was endorsed.”
According to Trick, Dr. Corrado’s dedication to keeping the fire service medically safe and effective, both for first responders doing their jobs as well as those who may require medical attention during an emergency, makes the AVFD a stronger volunteer organization.
Upon becoming AVFD Chief on January 1, 2011, Trick instituted the Challenge Coin program. It exists to acknowledge AVFD members who go above and beyond without being asked. Since then he has awarded six Challenge Coins.
About the AVFD
Incorporated in 1943, the Avon Volunteer Fire Department proudly protects more than 18,000 people living in the 22.6 square mile area that makes up the Town of Avon. The Department’s mission is to provide fire suppression and prevention, life safety and rescue support, as well as other community support to the citizens of the Town of Avon. In addition, the Department provides mutual aid support to those surrounding communities that, in time of need, may request such assistance.
Staffed entirely by volunteers, the Avon Volunteer Fire Department prides itself on the selflessness and dedication of its members – firefighters, fire police, administrative members, Explorers, active veterans, senior veterans, and associate members, all of whom play a vital role in the safety of Avon. The Department operates six companies and 15 pieces of apparatus, including a brush truck, ladder truck, tanker, rescue vehicle, boat, and pumpers. Four stations are located throughout Town – Company 1 on Darling Drive, Company 2 on Secret Lake Road, Company 3 on West Avon Road, and Company 4 on Huckleberry Hill Road. Anyone interested in learning more about the AVFD should call the Avon Volunteer Fire Department (AVFD) at 677-2644, visit avonvfd.org, connect on Facebook at AvonVFD, or stop by the Company 1 firehouse located at 25 Darling Drive any Monday evening after 7:00.