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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

  • Stephan D. Brown, Sr. (Windsor Locks), President
  • John Carew (West Haven), First Vice-President
  • Michael Gergler (Storrs), Second Vice-President
  • Gerald V. Schaffer (Mansfield Center), Secretary
  • William Coffey (Danbury), Treasurer
  • Vaughan Dumas (Orange), 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!

CSFA Online 2018

CSFA Legislative Update from Leon Collins, February 16, 2018

The most important issue for the Fire Service this week in Connecticut is the Governor’s adjustment to the state budget for the fiscal year ending June 30th, 2019 in HB-5035. A close look at page 6 of the Governor’s Bill ( https://www.cga.ct.gov/2018/TOB/h/pdf/2018HB-05035-R00-HB.pdf ) reveals that operating budgets for the Regional Fire Schools have been zeroed out as in past proposals from Governor Malloy. However, this latest budget proposal shows brackets [ ] around line items T153 and T158 – T166 (the nine Regional Fire Schools), and, that indicates that these budget line items totaling $780,741 are to be altogether eliminated from the state budget if this current proposal is passed in its present form. In fact, it is our opinion that new legislation would actually be required to insert the bracketed [ ] line items back into the state budget moving forward. We feel that passage of this version of the Governor’s budget would be devastating to our Regional Fire School System.

This week, there is a hearing to address HB-5035 and there is an opportunity for public testimony. The Joint Committee on Appropriations’ Regulation and Protection sub-committee will have a public hearing on Friday February 23rd, 2018 at the Legislative Office Building in Room 2C at 5:30PM. I realize that this may be a difficult time for most to plan to attend to offer oral testimony, however, I ask that our membership submit written testimony this week to let the Appropriations sub-committee know that we oppose having the Regional Fire Schools removed from the state budget. Please, we need to make this clear to the members of Appropriations that we feel it makes no sense for Connecticut to bond millions of dollars for much needed fire schools and fail to provide funding to operate them.

Read more by downloading the full CSFA Legislative Update: 02-16-18 in PDF format

Also, please read: CSFA 2018 Fire Service Bill Tracking: 02-16-18

CSFA Legislative Update from Leon Collins, February 9, 2018

The February 6th meeting of the Fire EMS Caucus was well attended by the Fire Service – many thanks.
You can view the recorded meeting on the Connecticut Network below.

Caucus co-chair Rep. Brian Ohler explained that the members of the caucus are presently being polled regarding their support for issues of concern to the Fire Service this session. As soon as the results are released by the chairs, I will forward them in a CSFA Legislative Update.

CSFA Education Chairman Rob Norton presented budget, demographic and other information to the caucus in response to the legislators’ request for that information during the first Fire EMS Legislative Caucus Meeting back in December. Norton also invited the members of the caucus co-chairs and the Training and Education sub-committee to the next CSFA Education Committee meeting. That meeting will be held at the Connecticut Fire Academy in Windsor Locks on Tuesday February 20th, 2018 at 7:00 PM. This will be a closed meeting. The next meeting of the Fire EMS Caucus is scheduled for March 6th, 2018 at 10AM in Room 1E at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. This caucus meeting will be open to the public, and again, I ask that members of the Fire Service attend in Class A uniform if schedules permit.

Read more by downloading the full CSFA Legislative Update: 02-09-18 in PDF format

CSFA Tenth Annual Hall of Fame Dinner

The Connecticut State Firefighters Association
Tenth Annual
Hall of Fame Dinner

Thursday, April 5, 2018
6-7 Open Bar, 7 pm Dinner
Aqua Turf – Mulberry Street, Southington
Cost $40.00 per person
For tickets: CSFA Office (860) 423 -5799,
William Coffey (203) 746 -1424,
or Bob Guthrie (203) 934-7565

The Class of 2018 Inductees
Thomas Bartram, Sharon Fire Department
WayneJ. Bindas, Hartford, Granby & Lost Acres
Edward Flynn, New Haven
Michael Gergler, Eagleville/Mansfield
Thurston “Doc” Howard, Waterford (Deceased)
Richard Palmer, Eagleville/Mansfield
Theodore “Teddy” Smith, Beacon Hose Co. 1 (BeaconFalls)
Timothy S. Wall, North Farms (Wallingford)
Richard E. Whitehouse, Ashford

CSFA Legislative Update from Leon Collins, February 2, 2018

The CSFA has new important information to report regarding plans for the next meeting of the Fire EMS Caucus on February 6th. See details in the latest Legislative Update from Leon Collins.

CSFA Legislative Update – 02-02-18

Fire EMS Caucus meeting minutes –  January 9, 2018


CSFA Legislative Update from Leon Collins, January 26, 2018

The weeks brief CSFA Legislative Update from Legislative Rep. Leon Collins reminds us that the next Fire EMS Caucus meeting will be February 6th, 2018 at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford at 10 AM Room 1E.

Click to download CSFA Legislative Update 01-26-18

Call for Testimony at the Codes and Standards public hearing on January 24th

Good afternoon all,

I request that all Fire Service Groups Presidents who are available please come to the Codes and Standards public hearing on January 24th at 10:00 at the LOB in Hartford and provide testimony if you can.   The Connecticut Codes and Standards Committee will receive public comments on the proposed 2018 IRC which is requiring fire sprinklers in all new townhouses in our state. This critically important step would bring Connecticut closer to compliance with the current national model fire and safety codes regarding sprinklers.  The CT Fire Sprinkler Coalition, the CFMA, and the NSFA, are supporting this important change in fire sprinkler protection in CT.  The CT Home Builders members will at the LOB testifying against this change on this date.

I am requesting all Fire Service Groups come in uniform to show support for fire sprinklers in CT.   If you cannot attend, please submit a letter of support by February 16th to:

Department of Administrative Services
Office of the State Building Inspector
450 Columbus Blvd. Suite 1303
Hartford, CT 06103

Thanks for your support.

Walter Summers, Fire Marshal
Mail: 1540 Sullivan Ave., South Windsor, CT., 06074
Office: 232 West Rd.
860-282-0669 Ext 1

CSFA Legislative Update from Leon Collins, January 19, 2018


I would like to remind our membership that you should reach out to the appropriate Fire EMS Caucus
sub-committee chairperson regarding any legislation that you would like to see passed during the
upcoming 2018 legislative session of the Connecticut General Assembly.  The next scheduled Fire EMS Caucus meeting is February 6th, 2018, at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Room 1E at 10:00AM.

Please see and share the CSFA Legislative Update – 01-19-18.

Small Town Fire Chief Roundtable & Training II – March 10, 2018

Presented by the New England Volunteer Fire & Ems Coalition (NEVFEC) and its sponsors:
National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
You’re invited to the
Small Town Fire Chief Roundtable & Training II
Massachusetts Fire Academy, Springfield Campus
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Join your fellow chiefs and other leadership from small towns across New England to discuss and learn how to use NFPA Standards to benefit your department, how to increase and improve training, and how to recruit more volunteer firefighters.
7:00 AM     Registration (coffee & donuts) 
8:00 AM     Welcoming Remarks
                       Speaker Chief Kevin Quinn 
                       Joining the NVFC
8:15 AM      Fire Chief Authority under NFPA Standards
                        Speakers Chief Joe Maruca & NFPA Representative
9:00 AM      Break (coffee & water) 
9:15 AM      UL Presentation – Science of Modern Fire Behavior
              Speaker TBA                    
10:30 AM    Five Ways NFPA Standards Help You take Care of your People, Equipment                                   and Apparatus
                        Speaker NFPA Representative  
11:15 AM   Recruitment (retention specifically excluded from this title) 
   Make Me A Firefighter Program and the NVFC Recruitment Portal
   Speaker NVFC staff or Chief Kevin Quinn 
12 Noon     Lunch (short mid-lunch presentation)
             Simple Steps for Cancer Prevention
             At least half of the lunch period will give chiefs an opportunity to network
1:00 PM      Recruiting & Retaining Women in the Volunteer Fire Service
   Speaker FF/EMT Lisa Evans 
1:45 PM      Break (coffee, soft drinks & water)
2:00 PM      Training Program Management for the Volunteer/Combo FD & NFPA 1410
                       Speaker Chief Joe Maruca 
3:00 PM     Panel Discussion – Challenges of Today’s Volunteer/Combination Fire Chief                                 Moderator Chief Kevin Quinn 
4:00 PM    Closing Remarks
Limited to 45 attendees.
For more information, contact Mike Bird at 508-295-2716 or mabird@verizon.net.

From North or South:

Take Interstate 91 to the Mass Pike (I-90) then follow the directions below.
From the East and West:
Take Mass. Pike (I-90) to Exit 6; go straight through the toll booth. At the traffic light, turn left onto Interstate 291 and immediately take the first right, Exit 6. Go straight through the first stop light at Fuller Rd. At the second light, turn left onto Route 141 (East Main St. which turns into Worcester Rd.). Go for 1 mile then turn left onto Grochmal Ave. The campus is less than 1/4 mile on the left.
Register Today 

(includes lunch, all training materials and
an All State NVFC individual one-year membership)

135th Annual Connecticut State Firefighters Association Convention: Avon, September 14- 16, 2018

The Avon Volunteer Fire Department is honored to be hosting the 135th Annual Ct. State Firefighters Association Convention & Parade September 14- 16, 2018. The festivities are in conjunction with their 75th Anniversary celebration.

Schedule of Events:
Friday, September 14:
11:30 am: Executive Luncheon, George’s Restaurant, 9 School Street, Unionville
6:00 pm: Irregulars Meeting, Avon Fire Department Company 1, 25 Darling Drive (RSVP to Steve McMahon – stevemcmahon38@alt.net)
6:00 pm -10:00 pm: Carnival & Food Truck Festival, M H Rhodes Facility, 99 Thompson Road (Ride special: purchase wristbands for $25.00 & ride all night for 1 low price)

Saturday, September 15:
7:00 am: Vendor & Convention set up, Avon High School, 510 West Avon Road
9:00 am: Registration Convention Meeting, Avon High , 510 West Avon Road
10:30 am: Convention Meeting Starts, Avon Fire Dept. Company 1 25 Darling Drive (Presidents Reception following the Convention Meeting)
11:00 am-10:00 pm: Carnival & Food Truck Festival, M.H. Rhodes Facility, 99 Thompson Road
9:30 pm: Fireworks

Sunday, September 16:
8:00 am: Parade Check in, Avon High School, 510 West Avon Road
12:00 pm: Parade Step off
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Carnival & Food Truck Festival
5:00 pm: Trophy Presentation

For full details, and registration information, please click here to download the complete registration packet.

CSFA Legislative Update from Leon Collins, January 12, 2018

The feedback that I have received from members of the Fire Service is that the first two meeting of the Fire EMS Caucus have gone very well. For those who could not attend and have not yet viewed the proceedings, the meetings are available to see on the following links:
1st Fire EMS Caucus Meeting on December 19th, 2017 – http://www.ctn.state.ct.us/ctnplayer.asp?odID=14831
2nd Fire EMS Caucus meeting on January 9th, 2018 – http://www.ctn.state.ct.us/ctnplayer.asp?odID=14876

The next Caucus meeting is scheduled for February 6, 2018

Follow this link for more from Legislative Representative Leon Collins:  CSFA Legislative Update 01-12-2018

CSFA DAS 2018 Legislative Proposals – 01-08-18, CSFA DESPP_2018_Legislative Proposals – 01-08-18