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The Connecticut State Firefighters Association, Inc. (CSFA)

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Welcome to the Official Website for the Connecticut State Firefighters Association, or CSFA.

(First, please bookmark this website now for easy access to CSFA in the future.)

This is the place to learn everything about CFSA, our mission, our goals and our proud membership of brave Firefighters that spans the state of Connecticut.

We hope that some day soon Connecticut State Firefighters Association membership will include every fire company in the state, volunteer and career, because of the great benefits our members receive. We also hope that the public will learn more of our efforts to help educate communities and Connecticut’s Firefighters on issues related to safety from fire.

Who are the members of CSFA?

The Connecticut State Firefighters Association is a non-profit organization that has more than 26,000 members (22,000 Volunteer Firefighters, 4400 Career Firefighters) and we hope to soon be able to say that every Firefighter in our state is part of our organization.

Coming soon to this website will be a complete list of Fire Departments and Fire Companies that are members of CSFA.

Please make sure that your Fire Department or Fire Company is up-to-date with CSFA membership dues to ensure the best benefits coverage for yourself and family.


Our Officers


  • James O’Neil (Thomaston), President
  • Vaughan Dumas (Orange), First Vice-President
  • Stephan Brown, Jr. (Windsor Locks), Second Vice-President
  • Gerald V. Schaffer (Mansfield Center) Secretary
  • Charles M. Stankye, Jr. (Derby) Treasurer
  • Frank “Fritz” Hilbert, (Mystic), Immediate Past President


(For a complete list of our officers and committees, please visit our “CFSA Officers and Committees” Page.)



 What is CSFA?

The Connecticut State Firefighters Association (CSFA) is the focal organization for Connecticut’s Fire Service Members in matters relating to Federal and State legislative initiatives, Firefighter Death and Disability Benefit Claims and the exchange of pertinent information. CSFA coordinates with the various Fire Service organizations at the national, state and regional levels.

To learn more about us, our mission and our history in Connecticut, please visit our “About CFSA” page.

Why join CSFA?

Over the past five years, the Connecticut State Firefighters Association has paid out almost $1 million in benefits to members and their families. The officers of CFSA, its current members, their families, and many other “friends of the bravest” all know the many benefits of membership in our organization.

To learn more about these benefits and membership, please visit our “CFSA Member Resources” page.

Online Membership Services

We hope this website will become your source for all your CFSA information needs. Both old and new members of the Connecticut State Firefighters Association should review this site regularly for updates regarding events and benefits that membership in our organization provides. There will soon be forms available for downloading, as well as current information for seminars, training, and fundraising.

For more information, please visit our “CFSA Member Resources” page and stay informed!

Support Us

There are countless ways to support Firefighters across Connecticut, but one of the best ways to support your local firefighter is to make a donation to the Connecticut State Firefighters Association (CFSA). Thousands of supporters have kept us going for more than 125 years. Help us to be part of the future as well, visit our “Support CSFA” page.

Keep in Touch with CFSA

For contact information and email links to our officers and committees, please visit our “Contact CSFA” page.

Thanks for visiting!

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CSFA announces the 2014 Annual Convention & Parade in Litchfield, CT – Friday, Sept. 19 – through Sunday, Sept. 21


The 2014 CSFA Convention and Parade – Friday Sept. 19 through Sunday Sept. 21

CSFA and Litchfield Fire Department FD Truck at parade


CSFA welcomes all family and friends of the Fire Service to join the family fun at our 131st annual Convention weekend and parade. This year the Connecticut State Firefighters Association proudly joins the Litchfield Fire Department as it celebrates 124 years of service to the surrounding communities. The festivities include our Annual Connecticut State Firefighters Association Parade and other events. The festivities begin on Friday, September 19 and will last through the entire weekend until Sunday, September 21, 2014.

CSFA 2014 Convention Weekend – Friday, September 19th through Sunday, September 21st

Click here to get right to the 2014 CSFA Convention Weekend Schedule of Events

Click here learn more about the Litchfield Fire Department and watch a video of the wonderful history of the proud Firefighters who have served Litchfield and the surrounding communities for more than a century.

Click here to visit the Litchfield Fire Department website for more information about convention events, hotel accommodations and other FAQ’s.

CSFA Firefighters March

Celebrate 131 years with Connecticut’s Bravest!

Click here for a copy of our 2014 CSFA Convention Vendor Application. Join the fun and support Connecticut’s Firefighters!

Click here for a copy of our 2014 CSFA Convention Ad Book Application – we graciously thank you for your support!



Please come out and support The Litchfield Fire Department and the Connecticut State Firefighters Association (CSFA)!

Hope to see you there!

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CSFA Legislative Update – May 14, 2014 from Ted Schroll, Jr.

The 2014 regular session of the CT General Assembly came to an end at midnight on Wednesday 5/7/2014.  As you will notice by the number of bills passed on 5/7, there was a flurry of last minute activity.  I am sending along the listing of tracked bills as of Thursday A.M., the “day after”.
As I have mentioned in years past, it’s possible that all legislation is not flushed out yet.  Sometimes it takes a few weeks to find out that there are some issues that appear to die, but show up in some obscure bill at a later date.  One such catch-all can be the budget implementer bill.  This year’s implementer is some 300 pages with just over 250 separate sections.  Already there are two of my tracked bills that were inserted.  Per my list, it would appear that H. B. #5542 and H. B. #5503 died on the calendar.  However, the content of both of these bills are found in the implementer bill.  H. B. #5542, more commonly referred to as the PSA Task Force Bill passed the House but did not get taken up in the Senate.  The proponents of the bill were able to get the entire language from H. B. #5542 inserted into sections 19-22 of the implementer, and the initiative was passed into law.  Some proponents of this issue have referred to this issue as “the single biggest change to EMS in CT in the last 40 years.  The initiatives of H. B. #5503 was similarly passed within section 162 of the implementer bill.  As of 10/1/2014, the UConn Health Center will become it’s own PSA.
Bills of note that did NOT pass were H. B. #5070, the Goshen Vol. F.D./OSHA bill; H. B. #5533, the workers’ comp/PTSD bill for some public employees; and S. B. #439, the EMS A/B recommendation bill.
Some issues that DID pass were S. B. #29, the bonding bill that includes almost $16 Million which it is hoped will provide all the additional needed funding to complete the Regional Fire Training School Capital Improvement Project started in the late 1990’s; S. B. #101 establishes September 27th of each year as First Responder Day; section 6 of S. B. #235 requires DOT to conduct an analysis of the corrosive effects of road chemical treatments.
All Fire Departments and emergency responders should take note and familiarize themselves with the provisions of S. B. #430.  It is my understanding that this bill makes changes to current legislation pertaining to emergency vehicles passing a standing school bus with flashing red lights.  If you note, these changes will take effect on 10/1/2014.
If I am able to find any additional legislative issues that were hidden inside seemingly innocent bills, I will attempt to pass that information along.  Please email if any questions.
Ted Schroll Jr., Legislative Representative
Connecticut State Firefighters Association
703 Ridge Road
Wethersfield, CT 06109-2634
FAX 860-529-7106
CELL 860-402-3865


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CSFA Legislative Update – April 28, 2014 from Ted Schroll, Jr.

I have added one new bill this week.  While scanning through some bills, I came across H. B. #5307.  If passed, it would exempt F.D.’s from the registration fees ($400) for chemical detectors that contain radioactive material.  On the flip side, I will be removing one of the bills next week.  H. B. #5580, which was one of the PSA Task Force bills was referred to the Appropriations committee and they deleted Sections 4-8, which referred to PSA Task Force recommendations.  However, H. B. #5542 which Mary-Ellen Harper has been supporting is still alive and well.  It is also in the Appropriations committee.  They have a meeting on Monday, and it is expected that #5542 will be voted out of committee and back to the calendar.  If any of you have not contacted your local legislator yet to support this bill, now would be the time.  You can contact Mary-Ellen Harper by email at to obtain legislative contact information.
Activity this week includes:
H. B. #5070, #5388, #5503, S. B. #29, #235, & #430 moved from committees to the Senate calendar.
H. B. #5290, #5307, & #5537 moved from committees to the House calendar.
H. B. #5150 & #5531 were passed in the House and moved to the Senate.
H. B. #5542 was referred to the Appropriations committee.
Ted Schroll Jr., Legislative Representative
Connecticut State Firefighters Association
703 Ridge Road
Wethersfield, CT 06109-2634
FAX 860-529-7106
CELL 860-402-3865

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CSFA Legislative Update – April 21, 2014 from Ted Schroll, Jr. with House Bill Status Report


The General Assembly continues to move along at it’s usual pace.  The House met two days this week; the Senate met one day.  Because of the short session year, some bills are only now being published and placed on their respective calendars.  You will note that some of those just arriving on the calendars are being referred to other committees for perusal.  With only approximately 2.5 weeks left in the regular session, it is starting to get near “crunch” time.  And, they have yet to debate the budget for the second part of the biennial.  When the Speaker adjourned on Thursday, he noted that they will not be in session on Monday, but that all legislators should expect to meet almost daily for those next 2.5 weeks.
Activity for last week includes:
H.B. #5030, #5388, #5537, & #5542 were placed on the calendar for the first time.
H.B. #5070 & #5503 passed the House and were sent to the Senate.
H.B. #5290 & #5531 were passed out of committees and placed back on the calendar.
H.B. #5580, S.B. #56, #235, & #439 were referred from the calendar to different committees for action.
I am available if any questions.
Ted Schroll Jr., Legislative Representative
Connecticut State Firefighters Association
703 Ridge Road
Wethersfield, CT 06109-2634
FAX 860-529-7106
CELL 860-402-3865

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CSFA Legislative Update – April 14, 2014 from Ted Schroll, Jr. with House Bill Status Report



The 2014 session of the General Assembly moves closer to adjournment.  There is approximately 3.5 weeks left to the end of the regular session.  There is not too much to report this week among the bills we are tracking.  Several more bills came out of LCO and were placed on the calendar.  The House met two days and the Senate met one day.  The Senate passed three bills which moved to the House.


Activity included:

The Senate passed S.B. #66, #100, & #101 which now move to the House.

H.B. #5070 was referred to the Public Safety committee, passed out of committee, and is back on the calendar.

S.B. #56 was referred to the Insurance committee, passed out of committee and is back on the calendar.

H.B. #5290 was referred to the Appropriations committee.

H.B. #5531 was referred to the Planning & Development committee.

S.B. #235 & S.B. #430 were referred to the Judiciary committee.

H.B. #5503, #5541, #5580, & #439 were placed on the calendar for the first time.




Email if any questions.


Ted Schroll Jr., Legislative Representative

Connecticut State Firefighters Association

703 Ridge Road

Wethersfield, CT 06109-2634

FAX 860-529-7106

CELL 860-402-3865

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CSFA Legislative Update – April 6, 2014 from Ted Schroll, Jr. with House Bill Status Report

As of this past Friday all committees are closed to any new legislation.  If bills have not had any committee action by this time, they are considered DEAD for this session.  I have noted these items on this week’s listing in case there are any questions.  I will be removing them from the list next week.  I have also added some new bills this week as some issues have appeared.  Those include:
H.B. #5290   (See explanation on list)
S.B. #29        Bonding Bill–The bonding sub-committee added $15,777,672.00 in new bond money for the Capital Improvement project for the Regional Fire Schools.
S.B. #235      Provisions of  H.B. #5288 (Road Chemical Study) were moved into this bill.
S.B. #269     Changes to alcoholic liquor permitting for those volunteer companies or departments that may have an interest.  You could get one permit for multiple events per year.
I mentioned the DEAD bills.  This means that the certain bill number is dead.  It is always possible that the same issue may rise in another bill as an amendment, similar to S.B. #235 & H.B. #5288 as noted above.
Activity this week included:
H.B. #5070, #5290, #5531, #5533, S.B. #100, #101, #235, #269, #426, & #427 were moved onto the calendar.
S.B. #29 & #100 were passed out of committee.
H.B. #5035 was referred from the House to the Appropriations committee.
The General Assembly will be in session on Wednesday & Thursday next week.  Email with any questions.


Ted Schroll Jr., Legislative Representative
Connecticut State Firefighters Association
703 Ridge Road
Wethersfield, CT 06109-2634


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CSFA Legislative Update – March 11, 2014 from Ted Schroll, Jr. with House Bill Status Report




The 2014 legislative session continues.  New bills published this week include H.B. #5503, #5507, #5531, #5533, #5537, S.B. #386, #416, #426, #427, & #430.


Three more new bills are to be published tomorrow (Monday) morning, H.B. #5541, #5542, & S.B. #439.


Public Hearings next week:

3/10     Judiciary           S. B. #386

3/11     Public Safety    H. B. #5531, #5533, S.B. #426, #427, & #430.

3/14     Public Health    H. B. #5503, #5537, S. B. #416.

3/14     Plan & Dev.       H. B. #5507.


Of the new bills to be published tomorrow morning, 2 of them should be of special interest to the fire service.  H.B. #5542 is the bill that concerns the recommendations of the PSA Task Force.  It will have to watched closely.  It was originally thought that this bill would have a public hearing on 3/14, however the agenda for that hearing is published and the bill is not on that agenda.  For those with an interest, keep close contact with Mary-Ellen Harper for the latest.


The other bill that should be of special interest to the fire service is S. B. #439.  Section #1 of this bill could be interpreted as an attempt by the EMS Advisory Board to circumvent CGS 7-313 AUTHORITY OF A FIRE OFFICER.  This legislation has been discussed before.  This original legislation was instituted for a reason.  There can be only ONE Incident Commander at a fire/emergency scene.  It is definitely NOT in the best interest of the fire service to allow any attempt to “water down” the existing statute.  A public hearing has not been scheduled yet, but this could be the same day as the PSA bill.  We will need your input when the hearing occurs.

Ted Schroll Jr., Legislative Representative

Connecticut State Firefighters Association

703 Ridge Road

Wethersfield, CT 06109-2634

FAX 860-529-7106

CELL 860-402-3865



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CSFA Legislative Update – March 4, 2014 from Ted Schroll, Jr. with House Bill Status Report





Not much to add from last week.  I have added 3 bills to the list; H.B. #5288, H.B. #5388, & S.B. #289.  H.B. #5288 came across our radar this past week when a legislator asked me to source out fire departments that may have corrosion problems with apparatus as a result of chemical road treatments being used on CT’s roads.  When I inquired, my surprise was that a number of you responded with those concerns.  The bill had a public hearing on Friday and several of you provided testimony to support the issue.  Thanks for your response.


H.B. #5388 & S.B. ##289 were added as they may be of interest to fire marshals.  Both of those bills will have a public hearing on Tuesday, 3/4.  I will attach the public hearing notice to this message.  I am available if any inquiries.


As an F. Y. I., it is expected that a public hearing for the PSAR Task Force report will take place within the next week or so.  I would suggest that if you have an interest in this issue, that you start preparing some testimony for that hearing.  If I understand correctly, the report (approx. 35 pages) is available from Dept. of Public Health website.  Go to and source the DPH site.  You may also contact Mary-Ellen Harper, Director of Fire & Rescue Svcs. at the Farmington F.D. at  I believe that the committee is only required to give 3 days notice of the hearing.  You are not required to attend the hearing if unable, but you are able to submit testimony electronically.  We were given a tentative date of 3/14 or 3/19.  I will notify all as soon as I am aware of the date.



*Public Safety and Security Committee


Tuesday, March 4, 2014


The Public Safety and Security Committee will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 12:00 P.M. in Room 1B of the LOB.  Please submit 45 copies of written testimony to Committee staff at the time of sign up.  Testimony submitted after sign-up may not be distributed until after the hearing.  Sign-up for the hearing will begin at 9:00 A.M. in Room 1B of the LOB.  The first hour of the hearing is reserved for Legislators, Constitutional Officers, State Agency Heads and Chief Elected Municipal Elected Officials.  Speakers will be limited to three minutes of testimony. Bills will be heard in the order listed in the Bulletin. Unofficial sign-up sheets have no standing with the Committee.


SUBJECT MATTER:   Internet sweepstakes cafes, movie theatres, resident state troopers, building officials, tuition raffles, crane operations, keno, penalty for assault on fire officials, the automated number plate recognition system, state marshals, disposal of medication













Ted Schroll Jr., Legislative Representative

Connecticut State Firefighters Association

703 Ridge Road

Wethersfield, CT 06109-2634

FAX 860-529-7106

CELL 860-402-3865



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CSFA announces Hall of Fame Dinner next month, Wednesday April 9th, 2014

Save the date, get tickets for the CSFA Hall of Fame Dinner 2014

CSFA Hall of Fame Dinner

CSFA Hall of Fame Dinner

The Connecticut State Firefighters Association proudly announces its Fifth Annual Hall of Fame Dinner to celebrate the dedication and achievement of its members past, present and future. Join us as we come together with our and families and friends from across the state.

Show Your Support for Connecticut’s Firefighters

We are currently accepting adds for our ad book/program to help defray the cost of the event. Our publication will be distributed at the event and throughout Connecticut’s “firefighting community”. An advertisement in our 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″  ad book/program is the perfect opportunity to congratulate the recipients or promote your own products, services or organization.

When: Thursday, April 9th, 2014

6-7pm  Open Bar

7pm- until  Dinner and Festivities

Cost $35.00 per person



The Aqua Turf Club, 556 Mulberry Street, Plantsville, CT

For Tickets:

CSFA Office (860) 423-5799 William Coffey

(203) 746-1424 Bob Guthrie (203) 934-7565


Program Book Price List

Center Page          $175.00

Rear Cover            $125.00

Inside F/Cover       $125.00

Inside R/Cover       $125.00

Full Page                $100.00

Half Page                 $75.00

Business Card          $25.00



The Class of 2014 Inductees

  • David J. Dagon,  Mansfield
  • John Gaspar, Naugatuck
  • Christopher Guari, Brooklyn (Deceased)
  • Charles N. Harrington, Simsbury (Deceased)
  • George N. Koser, Litchfield (Deceased)
  • Richard H. Nicol, Middlebury
  • Salvatore Pitruzzello, Portland
  • Paul Rapanault, West Haven
  • Charles M. Stankye III, Derby
  • Ronald Stolz, Yantic
  • John Reardon, New Haven (Deceased)
  • Donald H. Swanson, Sr., Cromwell
  • James Wilkinson, Milford


Please make your check payable to CSFA and include your artwork/advertisement.

Forward ads to:

William Coffey

45 Beaver Brook Road

Danbury, CT 06810


Deadline for Ad Publication

Please note that all ads for publication in the 2014 Connecticut State Firefighters program must be received by March 25, 2014 – thank you for supporting your local Firefighters!


CSFA Hall of Fame Award Details and Requirements

Purpose: To recognize a present or former member(s) of an organized Fire Department who has served both his or her department and state association(s) above and beyond normal expectations over an extended period of time. They shall have demonstrated leadership and have shown themselves to be a motivating force for the betterment of the Fire Service throughout Connecticut and the United States. These persons shall have contributed in a positive way to the enrichment of the Fire Service organizations they represented. Recipients’ names will be placed in alocation of prominence as a remembrance of their efforts which have benefited and improved the Fire Service of the state.

Eligibility: Any Firefighter who has served in a Fire Department and who has contributed to the betterment of the Fire Service on a local state or national level.

Nomination: Only one nomination shall be submitted annually and must be a recognized member of a fire department or a recognized fire service organization in the state of Connecticut the nomination shall include positions, deeds, accomplishments and awards of distinction. Review of nominations will be made by the CSFA awards committee. Awards as a result of brave actions will be given under a separate format administered by CSFA.

Applications: To be completed on CSFA application forms and received by the CSFA Awards Committee no later than July 1st. Persons nominated by a Fire Department shall be on CSFA applications and signed or countersigned by the active Chief of Department as well as the submitter. Those nominated by a state association shall be signed by the current president. All applications will be kept on file and reviewed in subsequent years.

Awards: To be made annually at the Hall of Fame awards dinner. A pin and plaque of accomplishment will be awarded to each recipient or their family in case of posthumous award. The number of awards to be presented each year will be recommended by the Hall of Fame Committee to the Executive Committee of CSFA at the February meeting.


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CSFA sadly reports the passing of Rep. Elaine O’Brien (D), a supporter of the Connecticut Fire Service

Connecticut State Representative Elaine O’Brien (D) 61st House District (East Granby, Suffield, Windsor) loses battle with brain cancer

Rep. O'Brien


It is with great sorrow that CSFA shares the news of the recent death of State Representative Elaine O’Brien, a resident of Suffield and longtime public servant.

As Vice-Chairman of the Connecticut’s legislative Appropriations Committee, and as a member of the Commerce and Transportation Committees, State Rep. O’Brien was instrumental in the passage of House Bill # 6454 that provides additional protection for Connecticut firefighters working at motor vehicle accident scenes and in fire station work zones. During the 2013 legislative session, House Bill # 6454 became Public Act 13-200 which also doubles the fines for violations in highway construction work zones statewide. For more about State Rep. Elaine O’Brien, please visit her official website.

Also, Governor Malloy has ordered that Connecticut flags be flown at half staff until State Rep. Elaine O’Brien’s interment.


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