The Connecticut State Firefighters Association, Inc. (CSFA)
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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An Update for CT Firefighters from the CSFA Lobbyist at the State Capitol:All,As the end nears, there is more activity. I have pared down the listing this week to remove all of the bills that have died. We continue to work on passage of H.B. #5871 the Cancer bill & H.B. #6776 the Just Cause bill. The Connecticut Council of Municipalities (CCM) and the Council of Small Towns (COST) continue to vehemently oppose both of these issues. We did meet with representatives of both of these agencies at the request of the Speaker. I’m not certain that we made any headway in either direction. They kind of told us that they were very busy and had other things to work on. But we have now done as the Speaker requested and will attempt to move forward. The UPFFA are leading the efforts on the cancer bill and we are supporting them. We are working the Just Cause Bill.Activity this week include:H.B. #6792 & H.B. #6864 passed the House and moved to the Senate.S.B. #631, #975, & #999 passed the Senate and moved to the House.S.B. #800 & #808 were moved out of the Appropriations committee and back onto the calendar.Email with any questions.
A Note to CT Firefighters about “Just Cause” Legislation from the CSFA lobbyist at the State Capitol
A Note for CT Firefighters about “Just Cause” Legislation
Subject: Just Cause Legislation
Reply-To: T SCHROLL <email@example.com>
A little over a week ago, I asked specific Fire Chief officers to contact their local legislators to pass H. B. #6776, AN ACT CONCERNING JUST CAUSE DISMISSALS FOR MUNICIPAL FIRE CHIEFS out of the Planning & Development committee. All I asked, did so, and we were successful.Now I am back again. You are the constituents for your elected officials. You are the ones they work for. You are the ones who provide for our success at the General Assembly. I am fortunate to be the vehicle you use, but the legislators react to you. The above mentioned bill is now on the House Calendar. I have been informed that sometime within the next 3-4 days, this bill will be brought forth for passage.For all you fire chiefs, used to be chiefs, wanna’ be chiefs, and any others who have an interest, I am asking once again for your assistance. If you are able to support this issue, please contact your local legislators and ask them to vote YES on House Bill #6776. This bill has to pass the House and then the Senate within a relatively few days (less than 3 weeks left). So here’s what I am suggesting. Everyone has a local Representative and a local Senator. They don’t see each others mail. If you put together one email and change the names, you can send the same email to both. Simple. They will never know the difference.It does work. When we/you did this for the Planning & Development committee, at least three legislators told me they voted our way because they were contacted by their local Fire Chief. And at least 2 of the 3 would have been NO votes. As I have stated on past issues, your email (yes an email, not a letter) need not be overly involved. Just ask them to support passage of House Bill #6776.I realized that I have not explained the bill. For those not aware, a municipality must have a good reason (JUST CAUSE) to dismiss a Police Chief. The same is NOT true to dismiss a Fire Chief. You only need to be “given notice in writing of the specific grounds for such dismissal and an opportunity”…..for a hearing. This legislation will provide that higher level of employment protection for you as a Fire Chief. That is the simple explanation. Some municipal authorities are opposed to this bill. CCM is opposing it. Some would like to REMOVE this protection for even the Police Chiefs.Please support this legislation if you can. It is important that this be accomplished within the next few days. Once again, those who are able, please use any and all email trees you may control to make contact with as many of our peers as possible. You may not be a Chief Officer now, but if you aspire to move in that direction, you could be protecting your future employment or position.
A Special Note from Ted Schroll, Jr., May 12, 2015:
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Beacon Falls to host 2015 Convention, Events in Oxford and Seymour
CSFA welcomes all family and friends of the Fire Service to join the family fun at our 132nd annual Convention weekend and parade. This year the Connecticut State Firefighters Association proudly joins the Beacon Falls Fire Department as it celebrates 115 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 18 and will last through the entire weekend until Sunday, September 20, 2015.
CSFA 2015 Convention Weekend: Friday, Sept. 18th – Sunday, Sept. 20th
For more information, please visit the Beacon Falls Fire Department’s special link for convention weekend events.
Click the following link to see the 2015 CSFA Convention Schedule.
Please click the following link for more information on the CSFA 2015 Parade to be held Convention Weekend
Click here for 2015 CSFA Convention Advertising Information.
Click here for 2015 CSFA Convention Local Hotel Information.
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The Connecticut State Firefighters Association Honors the Best of the Bravest
Hundreds of Firefighters from across the state celebrated with families, friends and colleagues at the Seventh Annual Hall of Fame Dinner for the Connecticut State Firefighters Association.
Once again, the event was tremendous success and CSFA would like to thank everyone who helped to make the event a memorable tribute to this year’s honorees.
The CSFA Hall of Fame Inductees for 2015
From left to right starting in front: John “Jack” Platt, Jr., Mohegan Fire Co./Montville; Reverend Edward Goetz, Haddam; Ruby White, widow of Robert White, Westfield (Deceased); Cathleen Connor Goetz, Haddam; Kathleen Keenan, daughter of John Keenan, Long Ridge/Stamford (Deceased); Wayne Sandford, East Haven; Larry Black, Watertown, Ralph Black, Jr., New Haven Haven; John Walsh, Willimantic & Hartford; Maurice McCarthy, Jr. for Maurice McCarthy, Sr., Waterbury (Deceased), Richard Symonds, Jr., Tolland; Frank “Fritz” Hilbert, Mystic. George H. Thompson, Willimantic (Deceased) was also honored as 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee.
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CT Firefighters prep for CSFA Hall of Fame Dinner 2015
Once again, tradition prevails and firefighters statewide are working together to organize and present the Connecticut State Firefighters Association Seventh Annual Hall of Fame Dinner. So much has been going on behind the scenes as the event date draws near:
Wednesday April 8th, 2015.
CSFA invites members friends and families to celebrate and honor the achievement, dedication and commitment of members present and past.
The Class of 2015 Inductees
Larry Black, Watertown
Ralph Black, Jr., New Haven
Cathy Goetz, Haddam
Rev. Edward Goetz, Haddam
Frank Hilbert, Mystic
John Keenan (Deceased), Long Ridge, Stamford
Maurice McCarthy, Sr. (Deceased), Waterbury
John Platt, Jr., Mohegan Fire Co., Montville
Wayne Sandford, East Haven
Richard Symonds, Jr., Tolland
George H. Thompson (Deceased), Willimantic
John Walsh, Willimantic/Hartford
Robert White (Deceased), Westfield
Event: CSFA Seventh Annual Hall of Fame Dinner
When: Wednesday, April 8th, 2015, 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 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 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 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 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.
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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