Not only did Ted Ackley III, relative of Poquonnock Bridge Fire District board president Alan Ackley, lose his home to explosion and fire Tueday, 10 February 2015 at around 4 pm, he lost the two dogs inside. The home burned two minutes from the Fort Hill firehouse Alan Ackley closed, a two minute run from the firehouse closed by Alan Ackley. On 15 January 2015, firefighters saved three cats and a dog from a burning home at 215 Crystal Lake Road, just a short run from the fully staffed, taxpayer supported, career fire department at the Sub Base.
ask your local actuary
This is not fiction. The history of disaster and emergency service response demonstrates time and again that the odds catch up sooner or later with bad public safety decisions made by incompetent leadership. Ask your local actuary.
Oh, and the long delayed combination ladder/pumper is schedule to arrive at the PBFD Long Hill firehouse on Wednesday, 11 February 2015, the Long Hill firehouse that is a five minute run from the location of the Ted Ackley III destroyed home at 168 Indian Field Road, a two minute run from the closed Fort Hill firehouse. Did we say the Fort Hill station was closed by Alan Ackley to save money? Allegedly. Hope Ted Ackley appreciates his tax break.
state fire marshal will investigate
The state fire marshal will investigate and should given the political implications of the fire, but the odds are that the fire was not arson. It happened in broad daylight. It happened at a time of year when space heaters, gas furnaces, and oil furnaces cause explosions and fires. I once walked in full gear to the trailer home next door to the Fort Hill firehouse to stop a runaway oil burner with a dry powder extinguisher. The only run that year on foot. We had a home burn in the middle of the night in the Indian Field subdivision when an oil furnace failed, but I’ve written about that elsewhere.
Arson or accident or equipment failure, questions need to be asked, such as: Could the two dogs have been saved and more of the home saved with a first due response from the now closed Fort Hill firehouse? Now imagine if those pets living in Crystal Lake and Indian Field homes were people.
it remains to be seen
And once the state fire marshal conducts the investigation and issues a report, it remains to be seen if Alan Ackley will be held accountable for the decision that closed the firehouse that delayed the response that destroyed the house that killed the pets in the home that Ted built. Probably not. Ted could use some of that tax money he saved to take Alan to court for damages or his property insurance company could do that, but probably not. Stuff happens. Houses burn. You have to expect to pay some price for having a fire district run by like a liquor store by a liquor store owner and a fire district board packed with unelected toadies. Remember, the Ackley family owns a trailer park with no hydrants surrounded by water mains.
And just what seems to be the Yuhas family connection with Ted Ackley III?
Barry Roberts Greer, editor
author, Pipe Nozzle, Of Cowards and Firefighters, Seven Two, Engine 10