Eastford's Chris Bowen receives Gerald Ferrari Award

Courtesy of 1st Responder Newspaper

Chris Bowen of Eastfoed Fire and Rescue recieves Ferrari Award

On Monday, May 20th Chris Bowen of Eastford Fire and Rescue Sales was honored by the Connecticut State EMS Council with the Gerald Ferrari Award at the State Capitol in Hartford, CT. State Senator Tony Guglielmo also recognized Chris for his support of Emergency Medical Services in the State of Connecticut.

Chris is the Owner and President of Eastford Fire & Rescue Sales, Inc. in Eastford, CT. EF&R is a distributor for Life Line and Crestline ambulances. Eastford Fire & Rescue Sales has been a source of quality emergency vehicle repairs and service for over twenty years. EF&R has a complete Parts and Service department, as well as a full service paint and body shop. EF&R services the entire ambulance including the chassis. EF&R also performs remounts and builds other custom emergency vehicles such as paramedic intercept units, rescue trucks, and other types of command and support vehicles for both fire and EMS agencies.

Chris believes that service is the most important aspect of any business, but especially for an emergency vehicle dealer. Servicing emergency vehicles is a tremendous responsibility and must be performed with both speed and accuracy. Chris goes on to say, “We also believe that servicing volunteer organizations requires a special attention to convenience for the volunteers. That’s why Eastford Fire & Rescue Sales provides free on-site service and pick-up and delivery service. It's hard enough finding volunteers to cover shifts and answer calls without worrying about finding two spare people to shuttle an out-of-service vehicle to and from the garage.” This is among the many reasons Chris was nominated for this award by the Connecticut State EMS Council.

The Gerald Ferrari Award was established to recognize persons who are behind-the-scenes Supporters of Emergency Medical Services. It is an award to honor those who are part of the system in a non-hands-on manner. This award is to recognize individuals who are not necessarily Emergency Medical Services practitioners, but rather, the unsung heroes whose work is often behind the scenes and may go unnoticed and unappreciated, persons whose efforts may positively change or enhance EMS.