Greenwich Fire Department Seeks Volunteers. Do You Have What it Takes?

Pictured: First grader, Gabriela Estela, gets a lesson in fire safety from Sound Beach Fire Department’s Firefighter George Lattanzi. Her teacher, Mrs. You (far left), and Deputy Fire Marshal, Chris Moynahan (far right), look on while classmates Tess Keegan, Patrice Reyes, Sylvester Vagner and Niclas Nobile assist by holding the hose.

Sound Beach Fire Dept Firefighter George Lattanzi  and Deputy Fire Marshal, Chris Moynahan visiting elementary school children in Greenwich to share a lesson in fire safety.

The Greenwich Fire Department is currently participating in Everyday Hero CT, a program dedicated to increasing the number of volunteer firefighters throughout the state.

Eighty 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.

“The skills and experience gained as a volunteer firefighter are invaluable and have a positive and lasting impact on the lives of others,” said Chief Fred Dudek, Everyday Hero CT program manager. “Those who join their local fire departments sign up for one of the most rewarding opportunities they’ll ever have.”

The mission of the Greenwich Fire Dept centers on the preservation of life and property in the Town of Greenwich against the ravages of fire.

The Greenwich Fire Dept is a combination fire department consisting of 106 uniformed career and approximately 102 volunteer firefighters.

Responding to over 4,200 emergency calls annually, the men and women of the Greenwich Fire Dept are trained and equipped to handle a wide range of threats. This all-hazard approach prepares firefighters for many types of calls ranging from minor fire alarms to structure fires, motor vehicle accidents, and hazardous materials incidents.

Fire apparatus consists of 14 Engines, three Ladders, Fire Patrol, and a Heavy Rescue. The Fire Department operates this equipment out of eight fire houses within Greenwich (and Banksville, New York).

Anyone interested in learning more about the Greenwich Fire Department should call Brian M. Kelly, Volunteer Recruitment Officer at (203) 618-8877, email: BKelly@greenwichct.org  or visit the Town of Greenwich website.

About Everyday Hero CT

A partnership of the Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association and the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Everyday Hero CT campaign is a two-year Volunteer Workforce Solutions initiative designed to address the shortage of volunteer firefighters in Connecticut.

It is helping achieve a viable and sustainable volunteer firefighter workforce for 15 Connecticut fire departments. Everyday Hero CT is funded by a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response 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. For more information, visit www.EverydayHeroCT.org.

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