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HARTFORD FIRE CHIEF CARLOS M. HUERTAS SWEARING IN CEREMONY

 

March 13, 2014 (Hartford, CT)  A promotional ceremony for Hartford Fire Chief Carlos M. Huertas is scheduled for Friday, March 21, 2014 at 1200 in the atrium of City Hall located at 550 Main St. in Hartford, CT. Huertas was confirmed as the permanent Fire Chief for the City of Hartford and will serve as the City’s 37th Fire Chief. Carlos M. Huertas is a Hartford native and has been a firefighter since June 18, 1980. He was promoted to Lieutenant in November 1988 and then to the position of Captain in April 1998. On September 11, 2002, Huertas was promoted to Deputy Fire Chief. Chief Huertas accepted the position of Assistant Fire Chief of Emergency Services and Deputy Emergency Manager on February 14, 2011. On June 10, 2013, Chief Huertas was named the Interim Fire Chief of the City of Hartford Fire Department by Mayor Pedro E. Segarra. 
 

Carlos attended Central Connecticut State University, Hartford State Technical College, Albertus Magnus College and Manchester Community College; focusing on fire related courses. He is presently enrolled at Columbia Southern University completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Science. Huertas is a certified Fire Marshal by the State of Connecticut, which allows him to investigate fires, enforce the life safety code as adopted by Connecticut, and apply laws and regulations relative to hazardous materials.


Huertas served the Air National Guard for 20 years and retired with the rank of Tech Sergeant. As a member of the Air National Guard, Huertas was trained as a fire-rescue man and fire inspector with a special emphasis on fire investigations and hazardous materials. Huertas is certified by the U.S. Department of Defense as: Fire Officer 1, Fire Inspector, Fire Instructor, Airport Firefighter and Hazardous Materials Incident Commander. Huertas is also a self-proclaimed historian of the City of Hartford.

Carlos M. Huertas is an active member of the community and is one of the founding members of the Society of Latin American Firefighters. Huertas is past president of the Association. Carlos is the proud father of four beautiful children.


In addition to the Fire Chief’s swearing in, a badge pinning will take place for Fire Marshal Roger Martin and additional awards will be presented as well. Please join us.

Contact: Captain James McLoughlin, PIO
Office: 860-757-4505
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Keeping Your Home Safe and Warm This Winter

(December 31, 2013) With its cold and often stormy weather, winter presents many safety challenges both indoors and out. Being prepared and following simple safety tips can help you stay safe and warm this season.

Keeping Your Home Safe and Warm

Follow these safety tips from CDC, the National Fire Protection Association, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to prevent injuries and deaths related to heating your home.

  • Install a smoke alarm near bedrooms and on each floor of your home. Test it monthly. If it has a 9-volt battery, change the battery twice a year.
  • Install a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm near bedrooms and on each floor of your home. If your alarm sounds, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission suggests that you press the reset button, call emergency services (911 or your local fire department), and immediately move to fresh air (either outdoors or near an open door or window). Know the symptoms of CO poisoning: headache, fatigue, dizziness, and shortness of breath. If you experience any of these symptoms, get fresh air right away and contact a doctor for proper diagnosis. When in doubt, call 911.
  • Make sure heating equipment is installed properly. Have a trained specialist inspect and tune up your heating system each year.
  • Keep portable space heaters at least 3 feet from anything that can burn, including bedding, furniture, and clothing. Never drape clothing over a space heater to dry.
  • Keep children and pets away from space heaters. Never leave children in a room alone when a space heater is in use.
  • If you use a kerosene heater, you should be aware that they are ILLEGAL to use in the City of Hartford.
  • Have your fireplace chimney and flue inspected each year and cleaned if needed. Open the flue and use a sturdy fireplace screen when you have a fire. Burn only untreated wood; never burn paper or pine branches--pieces can float out the chimney and ignite your roof, a neighbor's roof, or nearby trees.
  • If you use a wood-burning stove, have the chimney connection and flue checked each year. Make sure the stove is placed on an approved stove board to protect the floor from heat and coals.
  • Never use your range or oven to heat your home, even for a short time.

For more information and winter safety tips, please see this website: http://www.kidsource.com/safety/winter.safety.cold.html

Contact: Captain James McLoughlin, PIO
Office: 860-757-4505
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253 High Street
Hartford, CT 06103
860-757-4500 main
860-722-2805 fax

HARTFORD CITY HALL ADDRESS: 550 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103 PHONE: (860)757-9311 HOURS: 8AM - 5PM