Welcome to CSFA!

 

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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Special CSFA Legislative Update from Leon Collins, May 17th, 2017

New Fire Service EMS Caucus in Connecticut General Assembly

Representative Pat Boyd and Representative Brian Ohler have collaborated in a bipartisan effort to organize more support the Fire Service in the Connecticut legislature. Ohler and Boyd, are two legislators who are both also Volunteer Firefighters and are actively recruiting their peers to actively participate as members of a Fire and EMS Caucus sent out a letter to all Connecticut legislators today.

Rep. Boyd is a Democrat from the 50th District representing Pomfret, Eastford, Brooklyn, Union and Woodstock). Rep. Ohler is a Republican from the 54th District representing Canaan, Cornwall, Goshen, Kent, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salibury, Sharon and Torrington.

The two representatives sent out the letter below just this afternoon and several legislators have already responded and are eager to participate:

Greetings,

It is with great honor we announce the resurrection of the bipartisan Fire and EMS Caucus.

This caucus previously drove legislation focused on issues critical to the emergency services provided by women and men who are there when our constituents need it most. Today, those dedicated servants face a myriad of new challenges—from budgetary constraints and technological advances to shifting responsibilities driven by societal change in our communities. Fire and EMS personnel deserve a strong and diverse panel of lawmakers that can drill down on this important subset of public safety issues.

Caucus membership is open to any member of the Connecticut General Assembly—House and Senate.

We kindly ask that you reach out to either of us with questions or your intention to join. Thank you all in advance.

Sincerely,

Rep. Brian Ohler (R)

64th House District

Brian.ohler@cga.ct.gov

Rep. Pat Boyd (D)

50th House District

Pat.boyd.@cga.ct.gov

 

I will explain more about the new caucus at our CSFA meeting tomorrow evening in Wethersfield.

The Apparatus Bill Passed Today!

Also, H.B. 7047 (“The Apparatus Bill”) passed the House today with this amendment with a vote of YEA 139, NAY 5 with 5 legislators Not Voting. We will report how the bill continues to move forward through the Senate.

 

 

Sincerely,

Leon Collins

Legislative Representative
The Connecticut State Firefighters Association
49 Midwood Road
Branford, CT 06405
(203) 494-7842 voice and text
(203) 481-1446 fax
collins@csfa.org email
http://csfa.org website

 

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CSFA Legislative Update: Revised Republican and Democrat Budgets

Revised Republican Budget Proposal

Here is the House Republican revised budget in three documents( House Republican Budget, House Republican Concessions and House Republican Revenue); see page 14 of “House Republican Budget.” Reductions appear in red ink. The other documents contain recommended concessions and revenue proposals.

Some of the reductions to highlight:
1. $2.3 million by enacting a 6 to 1 Supervisor ratio for Troopers.
2. $2 million by reducing OT
3. $2.7 million by cutting OE by 10%

They also restore funding to the Regional Fire Schools:

Other proposals carried over from their original budget proposal:
1. No more than one DC per agency
2. No more than one Exec. Sec. per agency
3. Consolidate Attorneys under AG’s office
4. Consolidate Human Resources in DAS
5. Consolidate Communications in OTG
6. Consolidate IT positions

Revised Democrat Budget Proposal

Here are links for a revised Democrat Budget summary and revised Democrat budget spreadsheet.

 

 

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CSFA Legislative Update with House Bill Status Report – May 16th, 2017 from Leon Collins

Now that the revised Governor’s Budget was released today, everyone awaits the release of the budgets from the both the Republicans and the Democrats which are expected to be released sometime Tuesday, May 16th. Governor Malloy’s latest budget has reduced state contribution to the Regional Fire Schools to zero levels. This is the last thing we wanted to hear, however, many of us have quietly expected this considering CT’s worsening fiscal condition as a result of our state’s growing deficit.

Similar to most agencies and services awaiting necessary state funding, we don’t know what will happen regarding our primary funding needs (i.e., operating budgets of the Regional Fire Schools).

There is still is a chance that the concept of HB 5207 (the bill to fund the operating budgets of the Regional Fire Schools) might be amended to some bill that reaches the floor this session, however, the pathway for that to happen is not evident because so much hangs in limbo at this point with the state budget.

Some good news is that one of the bills we have supported JFed out of committee (HB 7047, “The Apparatus Bill”), however, there was some vocal opposition to the bill last Friday at the Appropriations Committee meeting from some legislators representing smaller towns.

We are making every effort to lobby legislators to have the funding levels for the Regional Fire Schools operating budgets restored to levels that allow us to continue to operate.

As soon as the additional budgets are released, I will post them.

To see the full list of proposed bills that we are tracking, see our updated CSFA House Bill Status Report.

Sincerely,

Leon Collins

Legislative Representative
The Connecticut State Firefighters Association
49 Midwood Road
Branford, CT 06405
(203) 494-7842 voice and text
(203) 481-1446 fax
collins@csfa.org email
http://csfa.org website

 

 

 

 

CSFA Legislative Update with House Bill Status Report – May 3rd, 2017 from Leon Collins

As most of you know by now, the Appropriations Committee did not pass a budget before their April 27th deadline last week. Right now, it is not clear when legislators will come to an agreement on a budget as talks between party leaders and Governor Malloy continue.  We continue to lobby members of the House and Senate to support an increase in the operating budgets of the Regional Fire Schools as part of the state budget they ultimately hand up to the governor we hope before the end of the session. We are all aware that decreased state income tax revenue this year and next will make will make a balanced budget more of a challenge for legislators to achieve.

Several bills we are following have successfully JFed out of various committees. The latest language, bill summaries and OFA Fiscal Notes can be found in the LCO File Copies listed and linked below:

Additionally, the last report we received from the UPFFA regarding the issue of alternative funding for the Cancer Bill (Public Act 16-10) is that the success and direction of the search by the Governor’s Office for funding is contingent on the budget that has yet to be submitted by legislators this session.

House Bill Status Report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To see the full list of proposed bills that we are tracking, see our CSFA House Bill Status Report. This week, I have reduced the number of bills on the status report because several did not pass out of various committees before their JF deadlines.

Please contact me if you have any questions or requests related to legislative issues.

Sincerely,

Leon Collins

Legislative Representative
The Connecticut State Firefighters Association
49 Midwood Road
Branford, CT 06405

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CSFA Legislative Update with House Bill Status Report – April 12th, 2017 from Leon Collins

All,

This week we need Connecticut Fire Service officials from across the state to assist our efforts to acquire funding for the Regional Fire Schools. Right now, our best chance for success is to convince the members of the General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee to support adequate funding for the operational needs of all nine schools. In the Governor’s budget that was released on February 9th, 2017, it was proposed that the current funding for the Regional Fire Schools remain at $20,000 for each school. This level of funding is woefully inadequate and is similar to previously proposed budgets from the Governor.

If you have a legislator on the Appropriations Committee, please ask your legislator to support increased funding for the Regional Fire Schools for the Fiscal Year 2018 and Fiscal Year 2019 biennium budget. At this point, please do not mention a specific funding source for doing this – several are being researched and it is not clear yet which one may be proposed as an alternative to the surcharge proposed earlier this session in H.B. 5207.

Appropriations is scheduled to release its budget by the end of April, so please look at attached list of senators and representatives who are now members of the Appropriations Committee. The list includes all current Appropriations Committee members and the town or cities they represent. If there is an senator or representative from your town or city on Appropriations, write a letter to him or her and send it to the email address provided on the attached list as soon as possible. When you right your note, please send me a copy so I can keep track.

We need everyone to help in this effort and please keep the tone of the notes positive as we try to gain bipartisan support.

To see the full list of proposed bills that we are tracking, see our updated CSFA House Bill Status Report.

Please contact me if you have any questions or requests related to legislative issues.

Sincerely,

Leon Collins

Legislative Representative
The Connecticut State Firefighters Association
49 Midwood Road
Branford, CT 06405
(203) 494-7842 voice and text
(203) 481-1446 fax
collins@csfa.org email
http://csfa.org website

CSFA: Thanks to all who helped make our 2017 Hall of Fame Dinner a success

Connecticut State Firefighters Association Hall of Fame Dinner 2017

Congratulations to our members who we honored this year at our annual Hall of Fame Dinner.

Firefighters, families and friends once again celebrated those of us who have risen above the ranks with their exemplary service. We express our greatest appreciation for their many years of commitment and hard work.

CSFA Hall of Fame Class of 2017

William Abbott (Hartford)

Edward B. Amatrudo (Poquonnock Bridge, Noank, Westbrook, Nichols, Branford, North Branford)

Wayne Fletcher (Ashford)

Charles Flynn (Suffield/Wethersfield)

Burt Hale (Westfield)

Kevin Kowalski (Simsbury)

James O’Neil (Thomaston)

George H. Quinn (Bethany)

Clarence Rees (Bethel)

David A. Sandford (West Redding, Danbury, Wilton, Westport)

Robert G. Sawyer III (North Stonington)

And a special thanks to WFSB’s Kevin Hogan who emceed our top event of the year at the Aqua Turf in Plainville.  This year, to show our appreciation, CSFA presented Kevin with a gift of $250 to be donated to the Channel 3 Kids Camp. We hope our gift helps their wonderful program.

Special Thanks to WFSB and our Master of Ceremonies Kevin Hogan

CSFA presents $250 Check to Kevin Hogan and the WFSB Kids Camp

Again we’d like to thank all of this year’s inductees and their families for their dedication and service over the years.

 

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Hope you’ll join us Fire Service Day at the Capitol, Wednesday, March 29th

Fire Service Day Starts with Breakfast at the Officer’s Club at 8am

Hope to see you at the Capitol this Wednesday for Fire Service Day. We begin the day with a breakfast at 8am at the Officer’s Club in the State Armory sponsored by Shipman’s Fire Equipment Co.

Breakfast at the State Armory will be Sponsored by Shipman’s

Our sponsor will also be showcasing two new products that Fire Service representatives should find very interesting: the Scott Sight Mask and the Scott RIT Pak Fast Pak will be on display and available for demonstration at the breakfast.

Click this link to see a youtube  video on the the Scott Sight Mask.

Click this link to see a youtube video on the RIT Pak Fast Pak.

Fire Service Day at the Capitol – See you at the Legislative Office Building March 29th!!!

Fire Service Day, March 29th, 2017

Thanks for your support!!!

 

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CSFA Legislative Update with House Bill Status Report – March 23rd, 2017 from Leon Collins

All,

HB 5207 (AN ACT IMPOSING A SURCHARGE ON CERTAIN PERSONAL RISK INSURANCE POLICIES TO FUND REGIONAL FIRE SCHOOLS’ OPERATING BUDGETS AND CERTAIN FIREFIGHTER TRAINING COSTS) had a public hearing but has stalled in the Insurance and Real Estate Committee. The best news is that we still have a commitment from Sen. Tim Larson to assist Rep. Linda Orange’s bill perhaps by amending it to another bill in Public Safety and Security Committee.

Additionally, we had a good long meeting with Sen. Steve Cassano and his staff today March 23rd in which we discussed how the senator might use his SB 538 (AN ACT APPROPRIATING FUNDS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY SERVICES AND PUBLIC PROTECTION TO FUND FIRE TRAINING SCHOOLS) to help in our efforts with Rep. Orange’s HB 5207. We discussed some alternative funding sources and have another meeting on Tuesday to follow up the research Sen. Cassano has asked his staff to do between now and then.

HB 5089 (AN ACT ELIMINATING THE CITIZENS’ ELECTION PROGRAM AND TRANSFERRING FUNDS TO STATE AND REGIONAL FIRE TRAINING SCHOOLS) has not had any movement in the Government Administration and Elections Committee. Rep. Sampson has not provided any further action on the bill.

Several bills have moved forward in various committees (each bill listed bellow is followed by a link to the latest available version of the bill):

Still no word from the UPFFA or the Governor’s staff regarding progress with finding an alternative funding source for 2016’s Public Act 16-10 (“The Cancer Bill”).

To see the full list of proposed bills that we are tracking, see our downloadable CSFA House Bill Status Report.

Please contact me if you have any questions or requests related to legislative issues.

Sincerely,

Leon Collins

Legislative Representative
The Connecticut State Firefighters Association
49 Midwood Road
Branford, CT 06405

Want to bring in new volunteers to your Fire Department? Come learn how this weekend in Branford!

Learn How to Bring in More Volunteers to your Fire Department

The Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association is working with Volunteer Workforce Solutions again to help train and inform local Fire Departments across the state to take advantage of the training and financial opportunities made available by Phase III of the FEMA SAFER program.

The program is being offered in separate sessions on Saturday and Sunday, March 24th and 25th from 9am to 12:30pm and registration is still available today and at the door.

Go to https://ctvws_phase3.everbrite.com to register for either session.

Learn about Fire Department Financial and Training Opportunities

Where: Branford Fire Department Headquarters

When: Saturday or Sunday, March 24th or 25th from 9am -12:30pm

For more information see the flyer below:

 

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CSFA Legislative Update with House Bill Status Report – March 7th, 2017 from Leon Collins

All,

Most importantly this week, there is a Public Hearing at the LOB in front of legislators of the Finance, Review and Bonding Committee on Thursday March 9th, 2017 at 10:30am in Rm 2E for matters related to Governor’s Bills, specifically,  S.B. 788 is on the agenda ( i.e., AN ACT AUTHORIZING AND ADJUSTING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS, TRANSPORTATION AND OTHER PURPOSES.) The bill itself does not specifically refer to Fire Schools or related issues, however, this is an opportunity to submit testimony to urge and convince every legislator possible to continue the bonding of our Regional Fire Schools. Please email written testimony in Word or PDF format to FINtestimony@cga.ct.gov. The Committee requests that testimony be limited to matters related to the items on the Agenda.  The first hour of the hearing is reserved for Legislators, Constitutional Officers, State Agency Heads and Chief Elected Municipal Officials.  Speakers will be limited to three minutes of testimony.  The Committee encourages witnesses to submit a written statement and to condense oral testimony to a summary of that statement. If you would like to submit oral testimony, at the Public Hearing, please contact me, Leon Collins and I will add your name to the list of people who wish to testify.

Some other bills are moving forward through their respective committees. You can see the list of bills CSFA is actively supporting this session below:

H.B. 5207 To impose a surcharge on the net direct premiums of homeowners and renters insurance policies written on property or risks located or resident in this state, to fund the operating budgets of regional fire schools.

S.B. 27 To expand workers’ compensation coverage in certain situations that result in mental or emotional impairment. (“The PTSD Bill”)

H.B. 7047 To require each municipal and volunteer fire department to maintain the pump and aerial components of such department’s fire apparatus in compliance with the inspection, maintenance and testing requirements of standard 1911 of the National Fire Protection Association. (“The Apparatus Bill”)

H.B. 7092 To require the installation of smoke detection and warning equipment in residential buildings, amend requirements concerning the Fire Safety Code and delete certain immunity provisions regarding local officials’ duty to detect carbon monoxide within a public school building.

S.B. 847 To allow state and local police officers to obtain insurance records from insurance companies to aid in the investigation of fires of undetermined or incendiary origin.

H.B. 6258 To include within the offense of intimidation based on bigotry or bias the act of a person intimidating or harassing another person because such other person is a police officer, firefighter or emergency medical technician.

To see the full list of legislative bills that we are tracking, see our updated CSFA House Bill Status Report.

Please contact me if you have any questions or requests related to legislative issues.

Sincerely,

Leon Collins

Legislative Representative
The Connecticut State Firefighters Association
49 Midwood Road
Branford, CT 06405
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