As a professional training day, firefighters from the Woodbury Volunteer Fire Department toured the U.S. Navy’s submarine base in Groton last Friday, Jan. 11 and met their counterparts.
The 17 firefighters from the Woodbury department’s Hotchkissville and Orenaug companies saw how sailors are trained to fight onboard shipfires, rescue procedures, and the decompression chamber. They also discussed professional perspectives and technical matters with the members of the base fire department and its Fire Chief Tommy Clapsaddle.
The highlight for the Woodbury group was several hours aboard the USS Minnesota, a fast-attack nuclear submarine with multi-mission capabilities.
The Woodbury delegation was led by Fire Chief Janet Morgan. They were escorted by Mark C. Jones, a Navy veteran in the base Public Affairs Department, and ate lunch in The Galley with US Navy Capt. Paul Whitescarver, the Groton base’s commanding officer.
The tour was particularly important for Firefighter Geoff Quinn of Hotchkissville whose son Patrick Quinn is a Navy petty officer 2nd class training in Groton to deploy aboard the USS Hyman Rickover, another Virginia-class nuclear submarine nearing final construction at the Electric Boat Co in nearby New London.
“We were impressed with the professionalism and dedication of everyone we met,” Morgan said. “The country’s defense is in good hands.”