Water Witch Hose Company has received a $5,000 training grant from the National Volunteer Fire Council. The company has 47 volunteers who serve 22,500 residents over 40 square miles. All members are required to certify at Firefighter I, and most advance their training to Firefighter II.
The New Milford company is one of 10 across the country to receive the funding from Josh Cellars Vineyards, which was created by Joseph Carr as a tribute to his father, a volunteer firefighter and U.S. Army veteran.
The grant money will be used in New Milford for training on modern day forcible entry and firefighter survival and rescue. The classroom and practical skills sessions will teach firefighter to enter a structure with the least amount of property damage and advanced techniques to protect their crews and mutual aid partners.