Echo Hose volunteers on their way to Oklahoma to deliver donations

Volunteers with the Echo Hose Volunteer Ambulance Corps in Shelton are on their way to deliver donations to the first responders affected by the devastating tornado in Moore, Okla.

Upon hearing of the devastation from the May 20 tornado, the Shelton Fire Departments, Police Department and EMS organized and coordinated relief efforts. During the past several weeks, there has been an outpouring of support from the community to support this effort.

Echo Hose EMS Chief Mike Chaffee said, “We are enthusiastic to be able to support our fellow brethren in their time of need.”

First responders selflessly protect and serve the community in spite of disasters personally affecting them.  First responders continue to provide essential services at great sacrifice while they are trying to rebuild their lives at the same time.

Jeff Caporaso, special operations leader and community outreach member, stated, “I am excited and thankful for the great support our community has demonstrated in the support of our fellow first responders. We are also grateful to U-Haul for donating a trailer to make the delivery possible.”

Caporaso is joined by Echo Hose EMS Treasurer Tim Greer in making the 1,600-mile trip to Oklahoma, leaving from Shelton EMS headquarters at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 21.

Anticipated arrival at Moore Fire Department headquarters in Oklahoma is Sunday, June 23, at 8 a.m. Additional details can be found at or by calling 203-924-5510.

About Echo Hose Volunteer EMS

Echo Hose Volunteer Ambulance Corps is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization providing emergency medical services to Shelton residents.  Corps members respond to more than  5,000 emergency calls per year with transporting ambulances, first-responding vehicles as well as special operations equipment.

Through its training center, the Echo Hose EMS annually educates more than 250 new EMT students as well as provides refresher training for over 150 EMS professionals. In addition, state EMT testing services are utilized by more than 1,000 students per year.

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