About the Fairfield Fire Department
The Fairfield (Connecticut) Fire Department responded to over
nine thousand two
hundred (9200+) calls for help during 2011. Those calls for help occurred throughout
the entire 32 square miles of Fairfield, at all times of the day and night, and in all
weather conditions, including severe storms and floods.
The Fairfield Fire Department responds to more than just fires. Emergency
medical calls ranging from cardiac arrest to childbirth are just a few of the
medical emergencies we respond to. Fairfield Fire Department has been designated by the
State Department of Emergency Medical Services as the Emergency First Responder in our
community. In addition to basic level care, Fairfield's Firefighters also are trained to
utilize defibrillators as well as administer medication for patients having
reactions. Many Connecticut fire departments don't respond to emergency medical calls,
they are handled by an outside service at an additional expense to the community.
The Fairfield Fire Department is a founding member of the
Hazardous Materials Response Team. Many fire departments do not respond to hazardous
materials incidents, regardless of the emergency nature. Those towns and cities are forced
to have private contractors on retainer, and pay handily.
Fairfield firefighters also train for Specialized Rescue Operations. Known
as "SPECOPS," members of the department train for confined space rescue as
well as other technical rescue emergencies. This training is continuous and
When measured against any fire department, the Town of Fairfield gets the
most service out of their firefighters. Additionally, the services rendered by the
Fairfield Fire Department go well beyond emergency response.
Armed with knowledge, equipment and training, Fairfield Fire Fighters managed
many reports of domestic terrorism. The Fairfield Fire Department continues
to prepare for such homeland defense missions.
Thousands of other responses for public need are not reflected in the above statistics.
Many of these non-emergency activities help reduce the number of emergency calls for help
from our citizens. Smoke Detector Surveys, fire safety education of the public and private
school children, fire inspections, pre-fire planning, O.S.H.A. mandated training of
firefighters, police officers, public works employees and school maintenance staff, and
many other efforts now make up the daily routine within our organization.
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