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MEDIA ALERT: Connecticut Fire Departments to Celebrate Volunteer Firefighter Day

MEDIA ALERT

Fire Departments to Celebrate Volunteer Firefighter Day on Sunday, April 23, 2017

WHO: In celebration of Volunteer Firefighter Day in Connecticut and the start of National Volunteer Week (April 23-29, 2017), more than 60 fire departments will hold open houses at nearly 80 locations throughout Connecticut at the same time on the same day (April 23, 2017, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.). Visitors to the fire houses will be able to talk with volunteer firefighters about the work they do, see demonstrations, explore fire apparatus and turnout gear, get a tour of the fire house, and fill out an application.

More than 80 percent of all fire personnel in Connecticut are volunteers, and the majority of fire departments throughout the state are experiencing a volunteer shortage. Local fire departments need volunteers of all skill levels and abilities, people willing and able to respond to emergencies whenever called upon, as well as support personnel such as fire police, administrative assistants, and more.

WHAT: Volunteer Firefighter Day is part of Everyday Hero CT, a program dedicated to increasing the number of volunteer firefighters throughout the state. A partnership of the Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association (CFCA) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the Everyday Hero CT campaign is a two-year Volunteer Workforce Solutions (VWS) initiative designed to address the shortage of volunteer firefighters in Connecticut. It is helping achieve a viable and sustainable volunteer firefighter workforce for fire departments throughout Connecticut. Everyday Hero CT is funded by a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant awarded to the CFCA by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to develop a model to enhance the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters.

  • Connecticut has more than 300 fire departments staffed by over 26,000 firefighters, 83 percent of whom are volunteers and are professionally trained.
  • Volunteer firefighters can be called upon 24 hours per day, seven days per week to abandon the warmth and comfort of their homes in the middle of the night or during a holiday celebration, leave the fun of family gatherings on sunny summer afternoons, enter burning buildings, rescue stranded hikers and struggling swimmers, extricate victims from automobiles, and more.
  • Volunteer firefighters save their communities millions of dollars every year.
  • The majority of fire departments throughout Connecticut are experiencing a volunteer shortage.

A press conference will take place on Sunday, April 23, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company at 406 Jackson Hill Road, Middlefield.

Elected officials will speak; volunteer firefighters will talk about why they joined their departments.

WHEN: Sunday, April 23, 2017 | 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Almost 80 fire houses throughout Connecticut (see list below)

CONTACT:   Laura Ward | WardComm Public Relations | 860.573.4809 (call or text) | laura@wardcommpr.com

 

Fairfield County (alphabetical by town)

Brookfield Volunteer Fire Company

92 Pocono Road, Brookfield

 

Easton Volunteer Fire Company

1 Center Road, Easton

 

Stratfield Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.

400 Jackman Avenue, Fairfield

 

Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Company, Inc.

34 Hawleyville Road, Newtown

 

Dodgingtown Volunteer Fire Department

55 Dodgingtown Road, Newtown

 

West Redding Volunteer Fire Department

306 Umpawaug Road, Redding

 

Echo Hose Hook & Ladder Co. 1

379 Coram Avenue, Shelton

 

Long Ridge Fire Company

366 Old Long Ridge Road, Stamford

 

Turn of River Fire Department

268 Turn of River Road, Stamford

 

Long Hill Volunteer Fire Company

Station 1, 6315 Main Street, Trumbull

Station 2, 5400 Main Street, Trumbull

Station 3, 4229 Madison Avenue, Trumbull

 

Nichols Fire Department

Station 1, 100 Shelton Road, Trumbull

Station 2, 582 Booth Hill Road, Trumbull

 

Trumbull Volunteer Fire Company

Station 1, 860 White Plains Road, Trumbull

Station 2, 100 Daniels Farm Road, Trumbull

 

Weston Volunteer Fire Department

52 Norfield Road, Weston

 

Hartford County (alphabetical by town)

Bloomfield Center Fire Department

18 Wintonbury Avenue, Bloomfield

 

Broad Brook Fire Department

125 Main Street, Broad Brook

 

Town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS

Canton Station: 14 Canton Springs Road, Canton

Collinsville Station: 51 River Road, Canton

 

East Hartland Volunteer Fire Department

34 South Road, East Hartland

 

Warehouse Point Fire Department

Station 138: 89 Bridge Street, East Windsor

 

Manchester 8th District Fire Department

138 Main Street, Manchester

 

Newington Volunteer Fire Department

1485 Main Street, Newington

 

Rocky Hill Fire Department

Company 1: 739 Old Main Street, Rocky Hill

Company 2: 52 New Britain Avenue, Rocky Hill

Company 3: 3050 Main Street, Rocky Hill

 

Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company

Weatogue Station: 251 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury

 

South Windsor Fire Department

Station 3, 232 West Road, South Windsor

 

Suffield Fire Department

Station #1: 78 Mountain Road, Suffield

 

Wethersfield Volunteer Fire Department

Company 1: 171 Main Street, Wethersfield

 

Litchfield County (alphabetical by town)

Canaan Fire Company

4 East Main Street, Canaan

 

Harwinton West Side Fire Department

199 Scoville Hill Road, Harwinton

 

Kent Volunteer Fire Department

28 Maple Street, Kent

 

Norfolk Volunteer Fire Department

20 Shepard Road, Norfolk

Northville Volunteer Fire Department

359 Litchfield Road, New Milford

 

Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department

Station 1: 44 Pleasant Valley Road, Pleasant Valley

 

Winchester Volunteer Fire Department

Newfield Road, Winchester

 

Winsted Fire Department

Station 1: 27 Elm Street, Winsted

 

Middlesex County (alphabetical by town)

Cromwell Fire Department

106 Coles Road, Cromwell

 

Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company

406 Jackson Hill Road, Middlefield

 

Portland Volunteer Fire Company

595 Main Street, Portland

 

New Haven County (alphabetical by town)

Branford Fire Department

45 North Main Street, Branford

 

Guilford Fire Department

Washington Engine Company: 4 Graves Avenue, Guilford

Eagle Hose Company: 120 Whitfield Street, Guilford

North Guilford Fire Company: 3087 Durham Road, Guilford

 

Hamden Volunteer Fire Companies

Station 7: 905 Shepard Avenue, Hamden

Station 8: 420 Dunbar Hill Road, Hamden

 

Town of North Branford Fire Department

Station 1: 1531 Foxon Road, North Branford

Station 2: 1370 Middletown Avenue, North Branford

Station 3: 1958 Middletown Avenue, North Branford

 

North Haven Fire Department

Montowese: 282 Quinnipiac Avenue, North Haven

Northeast: 366 Washington Avenue, North Haven

West Ridge: 1331 Ridge Road, North Haven

 

Orange Volunteer Fire Department

Station 2: 355 Boston Post Road, Orange

 

Southbury Volunteer Fire Department

461 Main Street, Southbury

 

North Farms Volunteer Fire Department

Station #7: 864 North Farms Road, Wallingford

 

Allingtown Volunteer Fire Association

20 Admiral Street, West Haven

 

Wolcott Volunteer Fire Department

Company 1: 395 Central Avenue, Wolcott

Company 2: 58 North Street, Wolcott

 

New London County (alphabetical by town)

Franklin Volunteer Fire Department

5 Tyler Drive, Franklin

 

Old Mystic Fire Department

Station #1: 21 North Stonington Road, Mystic

 

East Great Plain Volunteer Fire Company

488 New London Turnpike, Norwich

 

Oakdale Fire Company

444 Chapel Hill Road, Oakdale

 

Gardner Lake Volunteer Fire Company

429 Old Colchester Road, Salem

 

Salem Volunteer Fire Company

Salem Station 21: 424 Hartford Road, Salem

 

Stonington Borough Fire Department

100 Main Street, Stonington

 

Taftville Volunteer Fire Department

134 Providence Street, Taftville

 

Cohanzie Volunteer Fire Company #5

53 Dayton Road, Waterford

 

Tolland County (alphabetical by town)

Ellington Volunteer Fire Department

Station 243: 6 Nutmeg Drive, Ellington

 

Hebron Fire Department

44 Main Street, Hebron

 

North Coventry Volunteer Fire Department

Station 11: 3427 Main Street, North Coventry

 

Somers Fire Department

400 Main Street, Somers

 

Tolland Fire Department

Station 240: 3 Rhodes Road, Tolland

 

Town of Vernon Fire Department

724 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon

 

Windham County

Atwood Hose Fire Company

24 Wauregan Road, Wauregan

 

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