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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 CSFA, 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

 

  • Vaughan Dumas (Orange), President
  • Stephan D. Brown (Windsor Locks), First Vice-President
  • Stephen Stewart (New London), Second Vice-President
  • Gerald V. Schaffer (Mansfield Center) Secretary
  • William Coffey (Danbury) Treasurer
  • James O’Neil (Thomaston), 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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An urgent message from the CSFA Pres re: our work toward cancer coverage for all CT Firefighters

CSFA Logo 2015All members, please read the following note from the president of the Connecticut State Firefighters Association:

Ted Schroll and Leon Collins attended a meeting of the firefighter’s cancer working group on January 27, 2016. It has been discussed that only firefighters who are CURRENTLY CERTIFIED as interior firefighters (both career and volunteers) will be eligible for this benefit if the legislation is passed. The Connecticut State Firefighters Association has been tasked with obtaining the number of volunteer firefighters who are CURRENTLY CERTIFIED as interior firefighters. The chairperson is referring to the Required Minimum standard OSHA 1910.156(c) (2) standard which requires training “at least quarterly”. It is believed by most that once a firefighter has been certified continued education is not required. If a member does not participate in training drills “at least quarterly” that does not mean that they have maintained their certification.

We are seeking your assistance in this endeavor. All of you have helped in the past, and we are calling again. We cannot possibly make calls to all 300+ fire companies in the State of Connecticut. We are also asking those of you who are Chief’s, Training Officers, or hold an administrative office please forward the number of firefighters certified as interior firefighters in your department, not a full training record.

If you are a member of of any fire service associations (CT Chiefs, Career Chiefs, CFDIA, CFMA, etc.) please forward this email so they can pass it along to their association email distribution lists.

The information needed is what you would provide to OSHA if it was requested. Remember, we only need the number of firefighters certified as interior firefighters, not a full training record.

Once you have that information email it to Leon Collins at collins@csfa.org. Leon will compile the information on a spreadsheet.

Please understand that this request is time sensitive, the legislative session starts Wednesday February 3, 2016. We need your co-operation ASAP. Be as accurate as you can. Since we do not know how these numbers will be interpreted, either over counting or under counting is not suggested; just accurate numbers. We DO know that the numbers will be used to determine extent of coverage. One statement that was made to us was that failure to provide any information would quite probably result in disallowing the entire benefit for volunteer firefighters.
Sincerely,

Vaughan I. Dumas
President, CSFA

 

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Place your business in our CSFA Hall of Fame Dinner ad book for 2016

Support Connecticut Firefighters and Promote Your Business

We are currently accepting ads for our Connecticut State Firefighters Association (CSFA) ad book to help defray the costs of the Hall of Fame Dinner 2016.

This year’s ad book will measure 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and is the perfect opportunity to congratulate the recipients or promote your products our organization.

Program Book Price List

Center Page          $175.00

Rear Cover            $145.00

Inside F/Cover       $130.00

Inside R/Cover       $130.00

Full Page                $125.00

Half Page                 $75.00

Business Card          $35.00

 

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

 

 

Forward ads to:

William Coffey, 45 Beaver Brook Road, Danbury, CT 06810, (203) 746-1424 coffey@csfa.org

***Ads must be received by March 25, 2016***

 

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CSFA Announces 2016 Hall of Fame Nominees and Annual Dinner on April 7, 2016

CT Firefighters prep for CSFA Hall of Fame Dinner 2016

It’s time to buy your tickets and make plans to celebrate the best of the Bravest – the Connecticut State Firefighters Association has announced CT Firefighter Pipe Band 042815

the list of Nominees to be honored at the 2016 CSFA Hall of Fame Dinner.  Firefighters and many others statewide are once again working together to organize and present the Connecticut State Firefighters Association Eighth Annual Hall of Fame Dinner. So much has been going on behind the scenes as the event date draws near:

Thursday, April 7th, 2016.

CSFA invites members friends and families to celebrate and honor the achievement, dedication and commitment of members present and past.

 

The Class of 2016 Inductees

Fred Dudek, Jr., Killingworth

Laurence Ford, Redding (Deceased)

James E. Kiley, Newingtown (Deceased)

Ronald L. Littell, Sr., Tolland

Kevin R. McKeon, West Shore (West Haven)

Jon Menti, Stony Hill

Jeffrey Morrissette, Wethersfield (Fire Admin)

John E. Obier, Jr., North Haven (Deceased)

Gary M. Parker, Derby

Charles Perrotti, North Canaan

Kenneth W. Richards, Jr., Olde Mystic

 

Event: CSFA Eighth Annual Hall of Fame Dinner

When: Thursday, April 7th, 2016, 6-7 pm Open Bar, 7pm Dinner

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

Price: $40 per person

Tickets are available at door or call:

CSFA Office (860) 423-5799, William Coffey(203) 746-1424 or Bob Guthrie (203) 934-7565

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 a location 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 makes Firefighters’ Hazardous Exposure Report available for download.

CSFA Logo 2015Firefighters’ Hazardous Exposure Report

As Firefighters face more and more potentially toxic contaminants on the job, it is increasingly important to document each exposure.

Fire Departments here in Connecticut should complete a Firefighters’ Hazardous Exposure Report. (click link for download)

We know that some Departments already use this form, but many more need to begin to document the hazardous exposure that both Volunteer and Career Firefighters routinely encounter.

Using the Firefighter Hazardous Exposure Report helps to track who was exposed, when they were exposed and to what hazards a Firefighter was exposed while working. The form needs to be signed by either Captain or Lieutenant and Fire Chief.

If your Fire Department is not using Firefighters’ Hazardous Exposure Reports, now is the time to start.

Click the link above to download the complete Connecticut State Firefighters Association Hazardous Exposure Report.

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CSFA Firefighters can apply for the 2015-2016 Andrew J. Flanagan Scholarship now

CSFA Logo 2015The Andrew J. Flanagan Memorial Scholarship

The Andrew J. Flanagan Memorial Scholarship program was established in 1974 by the Connecticut State Firefighters Association, the Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association, the Connecticut Fire Marshals Association, and the Connecticut Fire Department Instructors Association, to honor the memory of Andrew J. Flanagan.

About Andrew J. Flanagan

Andy Flanagan was for many years the Training Officer for the New Haven Fire Department, as well as the Treasurer of the Connecticut State Firemen’s Association. Following his retirement from the department as a Battalion Chief, he was appointed the first full-time Director of Fire Training for the State of Connecticut. He held this position until his death in 1972.
Andy was a strong proponent of continuing education for firefighters and was instrumental in establishing the Connecticut Technical College Fire Technology Associate Degree Program. These Scholarship awards are granted in an effort to carry on with his vision.

Several Scholarships will be awarded.

Click this link to download the 2015-2016 Andrew J. Flanagan Memorial Scholarship Application

Please Support the Rev. Edward Goetz Family GoFundMe Page

CSFA Logo 2015Please Support the Rev. Edward Goetz Family GoFundMe Page

Firefighters and friends of the Connecticut Fire Service and EMS communities:

Many of you know our chaplain, the Reverend Edward Goetz and his wife Cathleen Goetz. These esteemed, dedicated and respected Firefighters have helped countless CSFA members and their families over the years. Ed and Cathy are both instructors with the State of Connecticut Fire Academy and the two have provided assistance at critical incidents; Ed is also the Chaplain for several fire departments in the state.

Our Faithful CSFA Chaplain and his Wife (Both Firefighters)  Need Our Help

2015-11-16_1124Now, Ed and Cathy Goetz need our help.

Doctors have diagnosed Ed with pancreatic cancer and he has been hospitalized at the Smilow Cancer Center at Yale New Haven Hospital since Labor Day. Cathy has been unable to work during the past several weeks because of the long commute she makes daily from their home to the hospital in New Haven.2015-11-16_1126
Despite the fact that Ed’s prognosis is not good, he continues to fight bravely each day and Cathy is by his side.

 

 

 

The Connecticut State Firefighters Association asks members and friends of the Goetz family to consider making a donation to the GoFundMe account that has been set up to assist Ed and Cathy through this difficult time. We thank you in advance for your support and prayers.

https://www.gofundme.com/c98gw4za

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CSFA Accepting 2016 Hall of Fame Nominations Until Nov. 1

CSFA Logo 2015Make your 2016 CT Firefighter Hall of Fame Nominations now!

Download the CSFA Hall of Fame Nomination Form

Save the Date: Wednesday April 6, 2016 – CSFA Eighth Annual Hall of Fame Dinner

When: Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

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

 

 

CSFA 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees

CSFA 2015 Hall of Fame Honerees

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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CT Firefighter Memorial Service this weekend – Sunday Sept. 27th in Windsor Locks

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Memorial Service for CT Firefighters at Fire Academy,  Sunday Sept. 27th 12:30pm

The 13th Annual Firefighters Memorial Service will be held Sunday, September 27th, 2015 at the Connecticut Fire Academy in Windsor Locks. The service will begin at 12:30pm. Connecticut Firefighters, families and friends statewide are urged to attend as the following Firefighters will be honored:

Edward C. Bastien – Baltic Fire Department (died July 15, 2015)

Kevin L. Bell – Hartford Fire Department (died October 7, 2014)

Francis E. Dwyer – Enfield Fire Department (died December 6, 1973)

Frederick H. Letsch, Jr. – Fairfield Fire Department (died November 7, 1981)

 

“Come honor Connecticut Firefighters; past or present”

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CT Firefighter Convention Weekend 2015 a Big Success

CSFA Thanks Beacon Falls for Hosting a great Firefighter Convention Weekend!

CSFA Firefighter Convention Weekend 2015

CSFA 2015 Convention Weekend Parade

The Connecticut State Firefighters Association would like to thank Beacon Falls and everyone in the Upper Naugatuck River Valley who worked so hard to make our 132nd Annual Convention such a wonderful success. Hundreds joined together as families and friends of the Fire Service from across the state attended events throughout the weekend and showed their support for Connecticut’s Bravest.

The weather could not have been better for our Annual CSFA Firefighter Parade – dozens of entries rolled and marched proudly before the reviewing stand set up on Route 42 in Beacon Falls early Sunday afternoon.

 

CSFA 2015 Convention Parade

 

Hundreds Turn out for the 2015 CT Firefighter Parade

Companies from both Career and Volunteer Departments marched for families and children who stood in awe of their Firefighter heroes. To see more pictures from the 2015 parade, please visit our Facebook page and give CSFA a “like” and a “share”. Again, the CSFA board members would like to thank everyone who made our event something that made us proud.

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See more CT Firefighter Parade 2015 Pictures from Beacon Falls on our Facebook Page!!!

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CSFA Legislative Update – August 21, 2015 from Ted Schroll, Jr.

CSFA Logo 2015All,
With the adjournment of the regular session and the special session of the 2015 CT General Assembly, this report will be the last listing we will be reporting for this legislative year.  I believe that I have been able to discover all items pertinent to the Fire Service for this year.  There are a few items that should be brought to your attention.
House Bill #6987 and Senate Bill #999 both provided for some co-operative efforts between the Fire Service and the Dept. of Public Health / EMS communities.
  • In H.B. #6987, Section 9 adds all levels of EMS providers as mandatory reporters of elderly abuse.  Section 51 of the same bill addresses updates to infectious disease reporting procedures.  Thanks should go to Mary-Ellen Harper of the Farmington F. D. for her efforts in this endeavor.
  • S. B. #999 makes various changes to EMS statutes.  The bill includes language that establishes a hierarchy for determining EMS provider responsibility.  It also specifies that the provisions of the bill do not limit the authority of a fire officer to control and direct emergency activities at an incident scene.  Thanks should go to Chief John Oates of the East Hartford F. D. for his assistance in ensuring that proper statutory language was inserted.
Fiscally, in the state budget bill H.B. #7061, we were able to obtain restoration of approximately 70% of the operating funding for the Regional Fire Training Schools.  This funding had been zeroed out in the Governor’s original proposal.  Also, in S.B. #1501, in the special session, we were able to obtain an additional $10 Mil toward the Regional Fire Training School Capital Improvement Project.
In S.B. #1502, named the budget implementer bill, there were a few section that pertain to the Fire Service.  Section 57 requires that when a landlord rents a dwelling unit, they must include a notice in the rental agreement as to the existence or non-existence of an operating sprinkler system.  Section 166 requires that the Commissioner of DESPP, along with the Commissioners of DOT & DEEP, shall develop and implement an enhanced accident response plan.  Section 215 & 216 includes re-writes of the flashing light and colored light statutes CGS 14-96p & 14-96q.
As a point of information, the cancer benefit for firefighters and the PTSD benefit for police officers did not pass.  Also, the bill that would have required all PSAPs in municipalities with populations below 40K to consolidate, did not pass.
If there are any questions on any of the bills on our listing, you can email me at the address on the bottom of this message.  I will then attempt to answer your question or refer you to an answer.
Ted Schroll Jr., Legislative Representative
Connecticut State Firefighters Association
703 Ridge Road
Wethersfield, CT 06109-2634
Primary Email  thschroll@snet.net
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