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Hartford LODD
Oct 08, 2014

Our deepest thoughts and condolences are with the Hartford Fire Department and all of the affected families today as they morurn the loss Firefighter Kevin Bell of Engine Co. 16 who died in the performance of his duties at a structure fire in the Blue Hills section of the city on Tuesday, October 7th.

3 other members are receiving treatment for their injuries sustained at the fire and we wish them a full and speedy recovery.  
    
       



Local 830 makes $8,000 donation to Smilow Cancer Center
May 06, 2014


Local 830 is pleased and proud to announce that through our Pink Shirt for the cure for Breast Cancer tee shirt fundraising campaign netted $8,000 which was donated to the Smilow Cancer Center at Norwalk Hospital.  The check was presented to a very happy staff at Smilow in early April 2014.

Local 830 is very proud of our committee, led by the tireless efforts of Brother Ralph Geter and several members who sold tee shirts on the streets of SONO.

Well Done Brothers!
    

 



 


New Recruits, December 6, 2013
Dec 06, 2013
December 6, 2013 The Norwalk Fire Department will be swearing-in four new recruits Monday December 9th at 3pm. Chief Denis McCarthy, Mayor Harry Rilling and Fire Commissioners will be issuing the recruits their oath of service, at Norwalk Fire Headquarters.
LOCAL 830 ENDORSEMENT FOR MAYORAL ELECTION
Oct 17, 2013


THE MEMBERSHIP OF LOCAL 830 IS PROUD TO BE THE FIRST MUNICIPAL UNION TO ANNOUNCE OUR FULL ENDORSEMENT OF MAYORAL CANDIDATE HARRY RILLING IN THE 2013 ELECTION!

We believe Harry Rilling will be a dedicated representative and advocate for the City of Norwalk and its fine and dedicated employees.

Harry was born and raised in Norwalk. He has experience as a union member, a union president, and a department leader. He understands the job of firefighters and all city employees. Harry understands that firefighters are professionals and as our mayor, he will treat firefighters with respect. He will be an open and hands on mayor who will always ensure that firefighters have a seat at the table and are able to give input into how Norwalk’s public safety is run.

Harry wants to create a work environment with high morale for firefighters and all city departments because he understands that this is what contributes to collective success.

Harry’s leadership, determination, and dedication is why we are endorsing Harry Rilling for Mayor of Norwalk.
   

 



Autism Class October 12, 2013
Oct 16, 2013
Norwalk Fire Department Press Release October 12, 2013 Norwalk firefighters are presently receiving training in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Autism. The training is supported by a federal grant and is being taught by first responders that have first hand knowledge of the disease with a family member or relative.
Sandy Hook Fundraiser
Sep 17, 2013
Norwalk Fire Department Press Release September 17, 2013 The Norwalk and Westport Fire Departments along with O’Neill’s Pub are sponsoring a fundraiser to build a playground in South Norwalk. The playground will be built in honor of Allison Wyatt a 6 year old victim of the Sandy Hook tragedy.
Promotion of LT Coleman
Sep 17, 2013
Norwalk Fire Department Press Release September 17, 2013 The Norwalk Fire Department recently held swearing-in ceremonies for 2 newly appointed Lieutenants. Firefighter Charles Papadopoulos and Firefighter Leonard Coleman were promoted to fill vacant Lieutenants positions, due to their standing on the Lieutenants promotional list.
Promotion of LT Papadopoulos June 27, 2013
Jun 27, 2013
This afternoon the Norwalk Fire Department swore-in Charles Papadopoulos as a new Lieutenant, Chief Denis McCarthy and Mayor Richard Moccia issued the oath of service at Norwalk Fire Headquarters.
Swearing in FF Corey Gilchrist June 10, 2013
Jun 11, 2013
NorwalkFire Department Press Release   June 10, 2013   The Norwalk Fire Department swore-in a new probationary firefighter this afternoon with Chief Denis McCarthy and Mayor Richard Moccia issuing their oath of service, at Norwalk Fire Headquarters.
NORWALK FIREFIGHTERS HONORED
Nov 10, 2012

 

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 8:00 pm

NORWALK-- Twenty-two Norwalk firefighters and an off-duty Stamford firefighter were honored Wednesday at Norwalk Fire headquarters for attempting to save the lives of two people whose car plunged into the water at Veterans Memorial Park.  Mayor Richard A. Moccia, Fire Chief Denis McCarthy and Fire Commissioner Carol Andreoli recognized the firefighters at the annual retirees breakfast.  "We owe these men a great debt of gratitude and admiration," McCarthy said.  Stamford residents Fleurine and Fontaine were riding in a blue Subaru Impreza at Veterans Memorial Park on the afternoon of Oct. 27, and witnesses said it appeared that Fontaine was teaching Fleurine how to drive. However, some police reports list Fontaine as the driver of the vehicle.  The driver lost control of the car, and the car hopped a curb, went over rocks, through reeds and into the shallow water. The driver's side window was rolled down, and water flooded the cab of the car.  Two Good Samaritans -- off-duty Stamford firefighter Tom Elles and Matt Walker of Norwalk -- dove into the water and tried to rescue Fleurine and Fontaine before firefighters and police arrived.  Eight firefighters and at least three police officers dove into the water. Firefighters broke the back windshield to the car in order to get the victims out of the vehicle. One firefighter cut both of his legs on broken glass during the rescue.  After pulling the victims from the water, firefighters and police worked feverishly with EMS?personnel to revive them. The victims were said to have vital signs when paramedics were transporting them to Norwalk Hospital.  "Most of these guys will tell you that they're just doing their job, and there's no need for awards,"said Deputy Fire Chief Gino Gatto, the commander during the response to the Veterans Park accident. "Well, I disagree."  Fleurine died on Oct. 30, and Fontaine is still being treated at the Intensive Care Unit in Norwalk Hospital.  Moccia said many police officers have told him that they couldn't believe the firefighters were getting off the truck and diving into the water without cold water gear.  "There is no way I?could express my thanks adequately enough," Moccia said.  Assistant Fire Chief Laurence Reilly said the department would like to honor Walker at the upcoming Fire Commission meeting, but they have been unable to reach him. He is asking Walker to get in touch with him by calling (203)854-0242.  For the complete list of the firefighters who were honored, visit The Hour's website atwww.thehour.com.  

Norwalk Fire Department- Firefighter Hector Ramirez, Firefighter Elefterios Petrides, Firefighter James Lyons, Firefighter David Dustin, Firefighter Mark Melynchuk, Firefighter Patrick St. Onge, Firefighter George Baez, Firefighter Anthony O'Marra, Firefighter Joseph Malizia, Firefighter Michael Sniffin, Firefighter David Burrows, Firefighter Michael Cripps, Firefighter Martin O'Marra, Firefighter Richard Ryan, Firefighter Jason Macnevin, Firefighter Alexander Wilson, Deputy Chief Gino Gatto, Lt. Bruce Sanford, Lt. Efstathios Papadopoulos, Lt. Thomas Reidy, Capt. Adam Markowitz and Lt. Robert Juda.

Stamford Fire Department -- Firefighter Tom Elles
 


            


 


NFD Marine 1 Build Nears Completion
Jun 24, 2012


Norwalk Fire Department is awaiting delivery of a 42' North River Boats Fire/Rescue Marine Unit.  It recently has come out of the paint shop at the manufacturer and will be ready for delivery to Norwalk Harbor soon. 


          
 



Brown Appointed to State E-Board
Jan 22, 2012


The Norwalk Firefighters Association, Local 830, is very proud to announce the election of our Vice President, Peter Brown, to the Executive Board of the Uniformed Professional Firefighters Association of Connecticut and his appointment to the office of Vice President of Connecticut District #4.
           


 


New Recruits Sworn
Dec 23, 2011


The Norwalk Firefighters Association proudly welcomes our newest members who were sworn-in today at Fire Headquarters.  They begin tours of duty Christmas Eve. 

Brian Kaley
Andrew Kick
Whitney King
Edgar Lopez

We wish the new recruits a long and successful career.
    
 



Recent Promotions
Oct 19, 2011

 

Four Norwalk Firefighters Promoted

By Steve Kobak
Norwalk Hour Staff Writer

Posted on 10/18/2011

NORWALK-- Four Norwalk firefighters who have nearly 50 years of service between them were promoted Tuesday afternoon at a ceremony in the Charles A. Volk Central Fire Station.  Two lieutenants -- Adam Markowitz and Mark Franzen -- were promoted to captain, and two firefighters -- Scott Rywolt and Nick Giancasporo -- were promoted to the lieutenant rank during the ceremony. Rywolt, Giancasporo and Markowitz are 10-year veterans of the Norwalk Fire Department, and Franzen has served with the fire department since 1994.   "I've been on for so long, and I've served under a lot of good officers that I try to emulate," said Franzen. "I take this job very seriously and, most importantly, I take the safety of the guys on my crew very, very seriously."  The event marked the last promotional ceremony that will be held at the Charles A. Volk Central Fire Station for the next two years while the facility undergoes renovations. Mayor Richard A. Moccia was on hand to administer an oath to the firefighters, and Fire Chief Denis McCarthy spoke at the ceremony.   McCarthy said the department should reflect the commitment of Capts. Scott Ready and Michael Siano, both of whom retired recently after 30 years with the department. Siano and Ready were on hand for the ceremony, and their vacated positions allowed Markowitz and Franzen to move up in rank.  "This is a fire department that prides itself on the fact that it doesn't forget it's retirees," McCarthy said. All four firefighters said their promotion was a natural progression, and they welcome the added responsibility that comes with a higher rank.  "It's a dream come true,"?Markowitz said.  Giancasporo's 8-year-old son Justin attended the ceremony, as did the families of the other promoted firefighters, and Justin said he is proud of his father.  "I feel excited," he said.  Rywolt, who previously served as a volunteer with the Southport Fire Department, said he was relieved to move up in rank, as it was his third time taking the lieutenants' test. He said he has seen the department become more efficient and specialized in the past 10 years, and he hopes to help it progress further.  "The higher up you get, the better you can make the department,"?he said. "I always wanted to take the job as high as you can go with it."
                   



NFD BRINGS GOLD MEDAL HOME IN WORLD FIRE & POLICE GAMES!
Sep 04, 2011

Huge congratulations are in order for one of our own, Brother Firefighter Dale Roos, who has BROUGHT HOME A GOLD!  Brother Roos won the gold medal in his weight class for Powerlifiting in the World Police and Fire Games in New York City..  We are very proud of his accomplishment, as we are quite certain he is as well.

Also, congratualtions to all our competitors who had enormous success in the games.  Our members competed in Basketball, Ice Hockey, Shooting and Surfing and we are very proud of their achievements!

GREAT SHOWING BROTHERS!
             



New Officers Sworn
Jul 03, 2011

The Norwalk Fire Department promoted three Firefighters to Lieutenant and a Captain to Deputy Chief of Training on the afternoon of July 1, 2011, with Chief Denis McCarthy and Mayor Richard Moccia issuing their oath of service, at Norwalk Fire Headquarters.

The four newly appointed Officers will fill the vacancies left by recent retirees or promotions in their respected ranks. Recently retired were Deputy Chief David Lepus (32 years of service), Lieutenant Mario Bologna (32 years of service), Lieutenant Antonio Ortiz (29 years of service) and Firefighter Stanley Huminski with 29 years of service.

The newly promoted officers are Deputy Chief Todd Smith, Lieutenants, Fortunato Capomolla, Roy Gagne, and Mark Conte.

Note: L to R, Mayor Moccia, Deputy Chief Todd Smith, Lt. Mark Conte, Lt. Roy Gagne, Lt. Fortunato Capomolla and Chief Denis McCarthy.

      
 



 


World Fire and Police Games
Jun 03, 2011


The following Local 830 Brothers will be participating in the First Annual World Fire and Police Games in New York City this summer.

Brother Dale Roos - POWERLIFTING
Brother George Baez - BASKETBALL
Brother Brandon Adams - BASKETBALL
Brother Hector Ramirez - SURFING
Brother Bryan Fogle - ICE HOCKEY
Brother Chris Riccio - SHOOTING

Best of luck to all the competitors!


    



 


Five new recruits to start work on Norwalk's firefighting force
May 24, 2011

Five new recruits to start work on Norwalk's firefighting force

 

 
NORWALK HOUR
Staff Report
May 23, 2011


The Norwalk Fire Department welcomed five new recruits Monday with Chief Denis McCarthy and Mayor Richard Moccia issuing their oath of service at fire headquarters.  The five newly appointed firefighters graduated from the Connecticut Fire Academy on Thursday, May 19, after 14 weeks of training.  They start work today with an orientation to the department, and then they'll begin a year's probation assigned to one of the department's four platoons.  The new firefighters are; Chad Boudreau, Jesse Granton, Ryan Hart, Thomas Reich, and Michael Vinci.  Boudreau is a graduate of Staples High School in Westport. Before joining the Norwalk Fire Department, he was a carpenter in his father's business for the last eight years since graduating high school. He is a Certified EMT-B.  Granton is a graduate of New Fairfield High School. Previously to joining Norwalk Fire Department, he was a personal trainer.  Hart is a graduate of Ansonia High School. He attended New England Technical Institute and previously worked as an E-2 electrician at Jay Marrone Electric in Derby.  Reich is a graduate of Pine Bush High School ,Pine Bush, N.Y. He attended Orange County Community College, Community College of the Air Force. He is an 11-year member of the 105th N.Y. Air National Guard Unit in Newburgh N.Y. Previously to joining the Norwalk Fire Department, he was a federal firefighter at Fort Monmouth, N.J.  Vinci is a 2004 graduate of Norwalk High School. He attended Norwalk Community College and received an associates degree in fire technology and administration. He previously was an electrician. He holds a 100 Master Captains License.

                  




 


Maggio Promoted to Captain - Norwalk Citizen Article
Apr 16, 2011
From The Norwalk Citizen Newspaper: Like a lot of kids, Jonathan Maggio loved fire trucks when he was growing up.  But unlike most kids, Maggio was able to turn that love of bright red trucks and their towering ladders and snaking hoses into a rewarding career over the past two decades.
Recent Promotions
Apr 01, 2011

Recent Promotions

Congratulations to 3 Local 830 Brothers on their recent promotions:

Captain Chris King is promoted to Deputy Chief (Assigned to the Training Division)

Lieutenant Jim Hines is promoted to Captain (Assigned to E4)

Firefighter Tom Reidy is promoted to Lieutenant (Assigned to E2)

There will be a Induction Ceremony to swear in these new officers on Friday, April 1, 2011 at 3:30PM at Fire Headquarters on Connecticut Avenue.



Norwalk gets $600K for state-of-the-art fireboat
Mar 27, 2011

 

 
 
NORWALK
By ROBERT KOCH
Norwalk Hour Staff Writer
March 25, 2011


The Norwalk Fire Department soon will be in the market for a fireboat capable of detecting chemical, biological radiological, nuclear and explosive threats.  On Friday, Mayor Richard A. Moccia's office announced that the city received confirmation that it will receive a Critical Infrastructure Grant Award under the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Port Security Program.  The grant amount totals $600,000 and will cover the cost of the high-tech fire boat, according to Norwalk Fire Chief Denis McCarthy, who is also the city's director of emergency management.  The Fire Department has received proposals from several fire boat manufactures and will issue a formal request for proposals in the coming weeks. The department expects that design and construction will be completed by late summer, according to a press statement from Moccia's office.  Moccia and McCarthy credited Katherine Pytleski, the city's grants administrator, for writing the successful grant application. Said Moccia: "Katherine's work on this grant was praised by the reviewers and it became the model for successful grant applications by other Connecticut communities."  The $600,000 award is part of a comprehensive Area Maritime Protection Plan in which the Fire Department has participated. The plan provides resources for coastal communities to develop their capabilities to respond with other agencies to marine emergencies in their local jurisdictions and in Long Island Sound.  Such regional coordination was demonstrated during the U.S. Airways crash-landing in the Hudson River in 2009. The cities of New Haven, Bridgeport, Fairfield and Greenwich also received grants under the program, according to the press statement.  According to McCarthy, the Norwalk Fire Department has developed a marine firefighting capability over the past several years in response to the development of the city's shoreline and the busy recreational and commercial harbor. Lieutenants Tim Morrisette, Jon Maggio, Mike Pirri, and Firefighter D'Acunto are credited with the effort in partnership with the Norwalk Police Marine Division.  So far, more than 20 Norwalk Fire Department personnel have been trained to operate the city's current 24-foot fire boat, which was commissioned July 10, 2007.

        


 
 


Recent Promotions
Jan 24, 2011

Congratulations are in order for 3 of our brothers on their recent promotions:

Brother Christopher Roos has been promoted to Captain.  He bagan his new role this past weekend on Truck 2 at Station 2.

Brother Adam Tyrrell has been promoted to Lieutenant.  He also began his new rolef this past weekend on E2.

Brother Luca Feola has been promoted to the rank of Fire Inspector and will begin his new duties later this week.

The Executive Board of Local 830 wishes these Brothers great success in their new ranks!

      

 


 


January Retirements
Jan 24, 2011

Congratulations are in order for two of our Brothers on their recent retirements. 

Brother Kenny Hall retires from the NFD with 25 years of dedicated and honorable service to the Firefighting Division as well as the Inspection Bureau of the Norwalk FD.  Kenny also served as our president as well as a member of both the Executive Board and the Negotiations Comittee. 

Brother Bill Stenger retires from the NFD with 32 years of service in the ranks of Firefighter, Lieutenant and Captain.  Billy (with the assistance of his wife and children) co-chaired the Local 830 Baked Potato Tent at the Norwalk Seaport Oyster Festival for many years and the Local especially thanks him for that huge undertaking that raised a great deal of money for the Local, which was donated right back to the citizens of Norwalk.

We wish these brothers long and healthy retirements!
                     

 


 


New Ladder 2 Arrives at Central Station
Dec 24, 2010


New Ladder 2 has arrived at Fire Headquarters. 

It was recieved by KME Fire Apparatus on Thursday, December 23 at 11:30 AM.  It is currently parked at Station 2.  Training and familiarization will begin next week.

 

 


 
Norwalk Hour Reporter Recounts Firefighter's Efforts at Roodner Court Fire
Nov 28, 2010
With 98-year-old Hazel Fuller trapped on a fire escape with
smoke billowing ... Firefighters recount dramatic rescue

Posted on 11/27/2010
NORWALK
By STEVE KOBAK
Norwalk Hour Staff Writer

A 24-year-old woman who was next door to the epicenter of last week's fire in building 23 of the Roodner Court housing complex had a lot to be thankful about this past Thanksgiving. Erica Wiggins, who has a nerve disorder, expressed gratitude to the firefighters who saved her and her 98-year-old grandmother Hazel Fuller from the fire. "I'm happy that they came when they did, and they were able to get me out and get my grandma out," Wiggins said. Norwalk Fire Department Deputy Chief Ed Prescott said fire crews had to act quickly to evacuate residents from the building, and extinguish the flames before the fire caused further damage. He said the fire could have increased in size and caused massive damage if it weren't for the efforts of the firefighters. "Everybody has a part in the game plan," he said. Wiggins said she was asleep in apartment 2F when the fire began at approximately 3:45 p.m. on Nov. 17 in the apartment next door. Smoke from the fire trapped Wiggins, Fuller and four of their family members in apartment 2F, preventing them from making their way to the stairwell. The family realized that firefighters had arrived on the scene after again attempting to brave the smoke and exit the building. Wiggins said a family member opened the door, and firefighters who were in the hallway yelled 'Shut the door. You can't come out this way.' "They got there really fast," she said. The thick, black smoke clouds flooding the stairs and the hallway inside building 23 forced firefighters to evacuate residents through the fire escape, according to firefighters' written reports on the incident. Firefighters smashed a window in the apartment that led to the fire escape and helped two adults and two children access the escape, but Fuller and Wiggins were physically unable to climb out the window and down the stairs on their own. As the firefighters prepared to help the women to safety, heavy smoke began to vent from apartment 2E's windows and cloud the fire escape. The smoke cleared from the fire escape moments later when the flames in apartment 2E began to wane, and the firefighters were finally able to get the two women out of the apartment. "I wouldn't have been able to get out of the window on my own," Wiggins said. The firefighters lent their breathing apparatuses to the women and carried them through the window and down the fire escape. Wiggins arrived downstairs before her grandmother, and she and her family became nervous about her grandmother's well-being.   "Everyone was crying because they were worried about my grandmother, but the guy carried my grandma all the way down the fire escape," she said. In the end, Wiggins was treated at Norwalk Hospital because she suffered a seizure as well as some bruises during the incident. Fuller was treated at the hospital for smoke inhalation. Apartment 2E was destroyed by the fire, and the intensity of the fire may have damaged the infrastructure of apartment 3E, according to Norwalk Housing . . . Authority officials. Wiggins said the hallway in the building still reeks of smoke, but the housing authority eradicated the smell of burnt smoke in her family's apartment. Prescott said all the firefighters who responded to the housing complex fire deserve credit for their hard work. However, the firefighters are humble about their accomplishments, according to Prescott. "They're just like 'Look, it's my job,'" he said.
      


Tackle Trump Parc Stair Climb 2010
Nov 07, 2010



Congratulations to Team Norwalk on their successful participation in the “Tackle Trump Parc Stair Climb” for the American Lung Association on Saturday, November 6, 2010. Pictured above are Local 830 Brothers David Dustin, Timmy Reardon and Jack Kelly. Also in the picture is Johnny Kelly, Strength and Conditioning coach for Team Norwalk.


Firefighters union, city agree on 2-year CBA
Oct 15, 2010
Firefighters union, city agree on contract
Posted on 10/15/2010
By ROBERT KOCH
Norwalk Hour Staff Writer

Norwalk firefighters on Thursday ratified a tentative, two-year collective bargaining agreement with the city that would give them a 2-percent wage increase in the second year but no increase the first year.  Members of the International Association of Firefighters Local 830, which represents about 140 Norwalk firefighters, finished voting on the tentative agreement at the Charles A. Volk Central Fire Station on Thursday. Afterward, the union leadership released a statement announcing ratification of the agreement, which will go to the city's Common Council for consideration later this month.  "The membership of Local 830 is happy to have been able to reach an agreement with the city without having to bring a single issue to binding arbitration," the statement read. "Our members are very aware of the current economic climate and have made several concessions to ensure the final result would be beneficial to both the taxpayers of our fine city as well as the members of our local and their families."  The union declined to release details of the tentative agreement, other than it would take effect immediately, be retroactive from July 1, 2010, and remain in effect until June 30, 2012.  Mayor Richard A. Moccia said the tentative agreement would provide firefighters "basically zero" wage increase in the first year a 2-percent increase in the second year.  In the area of health insurance, the agreement includes higher emergency room and prescription drug co-payments for union members, according to Moccia. "Over two years, it's not going to be a large
impact on the budget when you're looking at a $275 million (budget)," Moccia said. "I think there's been difficulties in the past -- we know about fire contracts -- but I think the (Local 830) members recognized the economic conditions and worked with us." Firefighters voted on the tentative agreement in two voting shifts -- the first on Tuesday and the second on Thursday. On Tuesday, the council's Personnel Committee discussed the tentative agreement in executive session and afterward voted to forward the pact to the full council for action Oct. 26.




Multiple Alarm Job - 45 Wall Street
Aug 15, 2010


Norwalk
Firefighters Battle Multiple Alarm Apartment Building Fire

August 13, 2010

Joseph Coppola, Website Administrator

 

At 04:45 on August 13, 2010, E4, E2, T2, T1, R2 and C2 were dispatched to 45 Wall Street in the city for a report of a structure fire.  A second alarm was struck by Car 2 while enroute and the remainder of NFD companies were called to the scene in minutes after arrival of first due companies.  Initial information included multiple calls from within the building and PD reports of a working fire and residents trapped and jumping.  Companies worked through the morning and the fire was brought under control by 08:00.  Mutual aid was received by Westport, Wilton, New Canaan, Fairfield, Stamford and Rowayton Fire Departments.  It was a total team effort between all the involved fire, police and EMS personnel.

 

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Veteran firefighters earn promotions
Apr 20, 2010

Veteran firefighters earn promotions

 

NORWALK
By CHASE WRIGHT
Norwalk Hour Staff Writer

The Norwalk Fire Department promoted three veteran officers on Monday to help lead a city service that anticipates significant changes in the future.  Capt. Gino Gatto, Lt. Joseph Coppola and firefighter Bruce Sanford were promoted to their new respective positions Monday afternoon during a special ceremony in the fire headquarters garage on Connecticut Avenue.

"As we look forward the next couple of years, there are going to be significant changes" to this department, Fire Chief Denis McCarthy said. "It's important to recognize that the people we hire and promote are capable of sustaining that change and the challenges that come with it."

The fire department will welcome five new firefighters in May, a new ladder truck in September and a completely restored headquarters by July 2013, McCarthy said.

"Change usually identifies some opportunities but also some challenges," he said. "Having good officers that can deal with those thoughtfully and help us devise the best solutions is vital."

Gatto, a 28-year veteran with the department, reached the highest tested rank that a firefighter can earn when he was promoted to the role of deputy chief of training.  He replaces Edward Prescott, who will fill the vacancy left by former deputy chief Robert Talloni. Talloni recently retired from the NFD after 28 years to head the fire department in Harrisburg, Pa.

"I've always wanted to be on a career fire department, and from day one that I've been here, I've been working toward this," Gatto said. "It's a big accomplishment for me."

Gatto began his fire service career as a volunteer with the Darien Fire Department in 1973. He joined the NFD in 1982, made lieutenant in 1994 and then captain in 1997.  He holds an associate's degree in chemical and environmental science from Norwalk State Technical College, and has four certifications from the Connecticut Fire Academy.  Moving into the Gatto's vacated position of captain is Coppola, a 13-year veteran, who has served as a lieutenant since 2004.

In addition to his role as an adjunct fire instructor with the Connecticut Fire Academy, Coppola is also the acting union secretary for the NFD union. He holds a bachelor's degree in communication science from the University of Connecticut and has six fire certifications.

"Capt. Coppola has earned a reputation for commitment to the fire service both inside the department and throughout the state," McCarthy said. "He has accomplished much in his 13 years with the Norwalk Fire Department, and we're very happy and proud to promote him to the rank of captain."

Sanford takes with him three certifications and a strong family background in fire service as he moves into his new role of lieutenant.

Sanford, who joined the NFD in 2002, will supervise the department's newest recruits, as well as the more experienced firefighters.

Mayor Richard A. Moccia swore in the high-ranking fire officials and thanked them for their long-standing sacrifice to Norwalk. "Over the years this department has changed," he said. "But the one thing that never changes is the quality of people that we manage to attract and ultimately promote."

What does Health Care Reform mean to Professional Firefighters?
Mar 30, 2010

The IAFF has developed a health care reform
fact sheet with important information about what the new health care reform law means for you and your family.

Click here to read the
fact sheet.



Worcester Six
Dec 03, 2009

Thursday, December 3, 2009 marks the 10 Year Anniversary of the Worcester Cold Storage fire that took the lives of 6 brothers of the Worcester, Massachussetts Fire Department.  These brave men died in the line of duty while trying to locate missing civilians and other missing firemen in a vacant cold storage building heavily involved in fire.  Let us not take their sacrifices for granted and remember them on this day and always.

  • Firefighter Paul Brotherton, Rescue Co. 1
  • Firefighter Jeremiah Lucey, Rescue Co. 1
  • Lieutenant Timothy Jackson, Ladder Co. 2
  • Firefighter James Lyons, Engine Co. 3
  • Firefighter Joseph McGuirk, Engine Co. 3
  • Lieutenant Thomas Spencer, Ladder Co. 2

 



Climb of Life
Nov 12, 2009

Congratulations to TEAM NORWALK FD on a successful American Lung Association Climb of Life at Trump Parc in Stamford, Connecticut on Saturday, November 7, 2009.  Team Norwalk came in 3rd place in the FD Division and second in the fund raising category with over $3,700 in donations. 

Firefighter George Baez had the best individual time for the Norwalk Team with a time of 5 minutes and 39 seconds.  Firefighter Greg DiGiovanni earned VIP status for raising over $1,000 individually for the cause.

CONGRATULATIONS BROTHERS!
(Not pictured: Steve Shay)






E1 goes to Trumbull for Mutual Aid
Jun 27, 2009
Yes, it appears to be true, Norwalk Engine 1 went mutual aid to a house fire on Cherry Gate Lane  in Trumbull, CT on Friday, June 26th.  Bloggers are saying that it was a C-Med mixup but, as we always do...when we're called - WE GO.  It appears that the fire had responses from departments all over the area, and the fire was during the height of a serious thunderstorm which was taxing departments in the area.  Norwalk was initially dispatched to the scene but wound up covering Trumbull Center Station 1 until released.

 
Cardiac Bill signed by Governor Jodi Rell
May 14, 2008

Substitute House Bill No. 5629

Cardiac Bill signed by Governor

 

    Substitute House Bill No. 5629, which establishes a rebuttable presumption that "a uniformed member of a paid municipal fire department or a regular member of a paid municipal police department or constable who began such employment on or after July 1, 1996, any condition or impairment of health caused by a cardiac emergency occurring to such member on or after the effective date of this section, while such member is in training for or engaged in fire duty at the site of an accident or fire, or other public safety operation within the scope of such member's employment for such member's municipal employer that results in death or temporary or permanent total or partial disability, shall be presumed to have been suffered in the line of duty and within the scope of such member's employment," was passed by the House of Representatives on April 22, 2008 on a vote of 135 yea and 16 nay, passed by the Senate on April 29 by unanimous vote (consent calendar) and signed by Governor Rell on May 12, 2008.

 

    This legislation, Public Act 08-61 will be become effective on July 1, 2009, will not diminish the benefits of police officers or fire fighters employed prior to passage of this Act, and will provide coverage to law enforcement constables.  The presumption established by the Act is rebuttable by the presentation of a preponderance of evidence by the employer.

 

    The passage of this Act is the result of many years' efforts before the Legislature.  The leaderships of the Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters of Connecticut (UPFFA) and the Connecticut Council of Police Unions (Council 15) had made this issue a priority.  A special acknowledgement goes out to the Chairs of the Labor and Public Employees Committee, Representative Kevin Ryan and Senator Edith Prague, and special thanks to Speaker of the House of Representatives, James Amann, who supported and guided this legislation through the process during the short session of the General Assembly.

 

    A copy of Public Act 08-61 is as follows:

 

Substitute House Bill No. 5629

Public Act No. 08-61

AN ACT CONCERNING WORKERS' COMPENSATION COVERAGE FOR FIREFIGHTERS AND POLICE OFFICERS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2009) For the purpose of adjudication of claims for payment of benefits under the provisions of chapter 568 of the general statutes to a uniformed member of a paid municipal fire department or a regular member of a paid municipal police department or constable who began such employment on or after July 1, 1996, any condition or impairment of health caused by a cardiac emergency occurring to such member on or after the effective date of this section, while such member is in training for or engaged in fire duty at the site of an accident or fire, or other public safety operation within the scope of such member's employment for such member's municipal employer that results in death or temporary or permanent total or partial disability, shall be presumed to have been suffered in the line of duty and within the scope of such member's employment, unless the contrary is shown by a preponderance of the evidence, provided such member successfully passed a physical examination on entry into service conducted by a licensed physician designated by such department which examination failed to reveal any evidence of such condition. For the purposes of this section, "cardiac emergency" means cardiac arrest or myocardial infarction, and "constable" means any municipal law enforcement officer who is authorized to make arrests and has completed Police Officer Standards and Training Council certification pursuant to section 7-294a of the general statutes.



Donna Festa Memorial Fund
Feb 11, 2008

A special memorial fund has been set up in the memory of Donna Festa, daughter-in-law of Retired Norwalk Fire Fighter Pat Festa.  Donna was involved in a tragic accident on February 2, 2008 that took her life.  Her husband, Pat Jr. and her daughter were also involved and suffered serious injuries.  The rehabilitation road is going to be long, so any donations would be appreciated.  They can be sent to:

Donna Festa Memorial Fund
Post Office Box 110461
Trumbull, CT  06611

Please keep the family in your thoughts as they mourn and recover.

 


 




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