The East Haddam Fire Department, which has raised funds to refurbish its first firetruck, a 1931 Buffalo, and was…More recently given a manual 1977 ladder truck courtesy of the Essex Fire Department, maintains an active Firemans' Fund through charity events like its popular tip-a-firefighter, also sponsors family events such as touch-a-truck, Easter egg hunts and Halloween parties.
Servicing a town that has shown regular population growth at 3 percent each year, this 15-member all-volunteer ambulance company that began more than 40 years ago operating out of an old blue Cadillac is constantly seeking volunteers and regularly hosts membership drives. In the past, residents were asked to give $5 annually to support this service but is now reimbursed by Medicare and private health insurance companies. Last year, the corps responded to 526 calls, with each requiring at least two emergency medical technicians. Training costs are reimbursed.