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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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FAQs about the New Wage Replacement Benefits Law for CT Firefighters with Cancer

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Basics of Wage Replacement Benefits for Connecticut Firefighters with Cancer

When Connecticut legislators passed House Bill 5262 during the 2016 session, it became Public Act No. 16-10. This new law provides new benefits for all Connecticut Firefighters who contract cancer. Every Connecticut Firefighter should immediately take note of some key points in this legislation.

 

FAQs for CT Firefighters with Cancer

 

  1. Who can file a claim for relief under this new law?

Any Connecticut firefighter, whether paid or volunteer is eligible. The act specifically says that “firefighter” shall also include: any local fire marshal, deputy fire marshal, fire investigator, fire inspector and other classes of inspectors and investigators described in the Connecticut General Statutes section 29-298 which can be found on the following web link (http://www.sots.ct.gov/sots/lib/sots/regulations/title_29/298.pdf).

  1. What is the purpose of the “firefighter’s cancer relief account” that was established by the passage of this new law and who makes determinations on claims?

The moneys in the firefighters cancer relief account shall be used solely for the purposes of providing wage replacement benefits for up to 2 years to firefighters who are diagnosed with a condition of cancer. A panel of Fire Service representatives and one representative for state municipalities determines acceptance or denial of all claims.

  1. What forms of cancer are covered by the new law?

A firefighter shall be eligible for wage replacement benefits for any condition of cancer affecting the brain, skin, skeletal system, digestive system, endocrine system, respiratory system, lymphatic system, reproductive system, urinary system or hematological system that results in death, or temporary or permanent total or partial disability.

  1. Are there special conditions or criteria that must be met for any firefighter with one of the covered cancers to file and collect wage replacement benefits?

Yes, there are several criteria that must be met. Every Connecticut firefighter should be aware of all of these conditions immediately. Failure to meet these conditions may result in a firefighter’s failure to qualify for wage replacement benefits. The required special conditions are as follows:

  • Such firefighter successfully passed a physical examination upon entry into such service showing no indication of cancer.
  • Such firefighter has not used any cigarettes or any other tobacco products within 15 years of applying for wage replacement benefits.
  • Such firefighter has worked for not less than five years on or after the effective date of this section as:
    • an interior structural firefighter at a paid municipal, state or volunteer fire department
    • a local fire marshal, deputy fire marshal, fire investigator, or fire inspector at the time such cancer is discovered, or should have been discovered.
  • Such firefighter has complied with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act standards described in 29 CFR 1910.134 and in 29 CFR 1910.156 for a period of not less than five consecutive years. (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.134 can be found on the following link: https://www.osha.gov/dte/library/respirators/major_requirements.pdf  OSHA 29 CFR 1910.156 can be found on the following link: https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=9810
  1. Can someone who is no longer actively serving as a firefighter collect wage replacement benefits under this new law?

Yes, the new law says that any individual who is no longer actively serving as a firefighter but who otherwise would be eligible for wage replacement benefits may apply for such benefits not more than five years from the date such individual last served as a firefighter.

  1. Is there a requirement for physical examinations if someone wishes to file a cancer claim?

Yes, a firefighter or individual applying for wage replacement benefits shall be required to submit to annual physical examinations, including blood testing, during his or her active service and for a period of five years after the date such individual last served as a firefighter as a condition of receiving such benefits.

  1. When can someone file a cancer claim for wage replacement benefits under this new law?

This new law becomes effective February 1st, 2017. The effective date for a firefighter to be eligible to file a cancer claim for wage replacement benefits is July 1, 2019. Firefighter must have worked a minimum of 5 years and must not be more than 5 years retired.

  1. How do these wage replacement benefits affect my employer and other benefits and claims?

Employers must still maintain health and welfare benefits while a firefighter receives benefits from the firefighter’s cancer relief account. Firefighters may still file a Worker’s Compensation claim but cannot file for both simultaneously. Documentation will be required, e.g., presence at structure fire, activities completed, record of duration and exposure to the products of combustion, heat, etc. as defined by the International Agency on the Research on Cancer.

 

To download these FAQs, click the following link:

 

Frequently Asked Questions – The Basics of Wage Replacement Benefits for Connecticut Firefighters with Cancer

 

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It’s not too late to participate! Help CSFA Convention 2016… We Need Fire Trucks!!!

Bring Your Fire Truck to Help the Connecticut State Firefighters Convention Sept 16-182015-05-03_1014

It’s not too late to be part of tradition and celebration at the CSFA Convention in New London County this year. Just because there won’t be a parade at this year’s convention weekend does not mean that your Fire Department Apparatus can’t be a part of the show! The New London County Fire Chiefs are still looking for more trucks for the public to view. Read more about how you can help with your truck: http://nlcfca.com/fire/trucks/

We Need Fire Trucks! The Older, the Better!

Hope to see you next weekend in New London County. We’ll try to get more info posted on next Sunday’s Training Seminars in the next day or so.

Thanks and please spread the word!

 

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2016 Application for CSFA Membership for download with Membership Rules

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Application and Rules for CSFA Membership and Benefits

To download an application for membership to the Connecticut State Firefighters Association, simply click on the link below.

We have also included on this page an excerpt of all CSFA rules pertaining to membership and benefits from the most recent revision of our CSFA By-Laws.

Please contact any of our CSFA officers if you have any questions.

 

CSFA Membership Application

Click on the following link to download the Connecticut State Firefighters Association (CSFA) Application for Membership

 CSFA Membership Rules & Dues

Section 1.The members of this Association shall consist of Department and Company Members. All individual members of each fire company, volunteer Fire/Police Patrol and rescue squad, ambulance squad, fire prevention staff, training staff, dispatch staff, repair staff, shall by virtue of their membership in such companies be members of this Association and entitled to funds distributed by it, so long as said individual continues as a member by complying with the By-Laws. The minimum age shall be sixteen (16) years. Whenever in these By-Laws the words he or she appear it shall, where appropriate, be changed to he or she. Industrial fire companies or fire brigades are not eligible for membership except those that are full time paid companies that furnish mutual aid in the area in which they are located.

Section 2. Department Members are Chiefs, District Chiefs, Assistant Chiefs, Deputy and Battalion Chiefs, Fire Marshals, Deputy Fire Marshals Master Mechanics, Training Directors, Communications Directors, if they are sole occupants of those bureaus or

divisions, State Fire Control Officer, and District Fire Control Officers of the Forestry Division of the Department of Environmental Protection of the State of Connecticut. This section is applicable to career, volunteer or combination fire departments.

Section 3. Application for membership by a Company shall be in writing and have the endorsement of the Fire Chief of the city, town, district, or municipal district where located, which application accompanied by the prescribed sum or sums as required and

hereinafter stated, shall be filed with the Secretary and presented to the Executive Committee and thereupon no objections appearing shall be eligible to be become a member. Application for membership as a department member shall be on individual form in writing, endorsed by the proper fire department authority accompanied by the regular amount of the prescribed fee, which application shall be filed with the Secretary to be presented to the Executive Committee for election and if such applicant is eligible shall become a member.

Section 4. All companies, volunteer fire/police patrols, rescue squads, and department members represented in the Association must be in full accord and in good standing in the fire department where they are located, and if at any time they are not so, they shall forfeit all rights to membership in this Association.

Section 5. All Past Presidents shall be Life Members, entitled to all privileges of membership, and shall be exempt from payment of dues.

Section 6. The Executive Committee or the convention in assembly may at its discretion, elect honorary members of the Association. Such members may attend meetings, but shall not participate in discussion or vote on any questions and shall be ineligible to hold office or receive benefits.

Section 7. Any firefighter who is not a department member may apply to become an associate member. Associate members are not entitled to any benefits or a vote by virtue of their membership. Dues will be in accordance with Article III, Section 3.  

Section 8. Sustaining membership shall be open to manufacturers, vendors, and fire/emergency organizations. Representatives of Sustaining Members may attend meetings, other than closed sessions of the Executive Committee, but shall have no voting rights. Certificates of membership shall be issued annually to Sustaining Members. Sustaining Members shall also receive permission to use the Association Logo in their advertising and in addition will receive preferred booth space at the Annual Convention. Dues will be in accordance with Article III, Section 3.

Dues

Section 1. Each Engine, Truck, Hose or Squad Company, volunteer Fire/Police, Industrial Fire Company, Ambulance Squad, Fire Prevention Staff, Training Staff, Dispatch Staff, Repair staff, shall pay a membership fee per the schedule listed in Section 3. Dues are payable on or before July 1 each year. The dues for the first year of membership will be covered for the balance of the first year that a member joins the Association. The Secretary of the Association may request a current roster of any fire company of fire department upon written notice to the Captain or Lieutenant of the Company or the Chief of the department. Unless this is received by the Secretary within 30 days, any claim of the firefighter in this unit may be held and not processed pending the receipt of the list of names. In volunteer fire companies or departments with stations in addition to the headquarters company, each station shall be considered by this Association to be a separate company, even though they may have the same company or Department Officer’s and each company must join the Association as a separate company member.

Section 2. The annual dues shall be paid on or before the first day of July in each year, in advance, for the ensuing year and all company and departments who fail to pay said dues within six months after said first day of July shall thereupon, and by reason of such failure cease to be members of this Association, and cannot again become members except by new application made in regular form and paying the prescribed fee for new membership. Sustaining memberships are due and payable on the first day of July of each year. Sustaining membership shall be for a period of one year.

Section 3. DUES SCHEDULE

NEW MEMBERSHIPS AND REINSTATEMENTS:

COMPANY DUES:                                                                                   $80.00

ANNUAL DUES:

COMPANY DUES:                                                                                   $80.00

NEW MEMBERSHIPS AND REINSTATEMENTS

DEPARTMENT MEMBERS                                                                         $35.00

ANNUAL DUES:

DEPARTMENT MEMBERS:                                                                       $35.00

SUSTAINING MEMBERS ANNUAL DUES                                                 $250.00

 

CSFA Rules about Benefits: Injury and Line of Duty Death (LODD)

 

Benefits for Disability or Injury

 

Section 1. Members shall be compensated for disability, disease or injury incurred while performing fire duties as defined in Article VIII if funds have been provided for that purpose by the State of Connecticut as follows:

  1. Full-time career members: At a per diem rate as set per Article IX Section 7(Saturday’s and Sundays omitted). Said benefit will not be paid for the first seven days of any period of sickness or injury. Members submitting more than one set of claim papers for the same injury and fire duty date shall not have the first seven days omitted on their second or subsequent set of papers if they have not returned to fire duty, however, if they return to duty, but again request claim papers due to recurrence, the first seven days of any period of sickness or injury shall be omitted.
  2. Any member as defined in Article XI, Section 2, who is paid no more than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) annually and all volunteer members, as a per diem rate set per Article IX Section 7(Sunday omitted) for each day of the period of sickness or injury.
  3. Said benefits will continue so long as the member is unable to attend to ordinary business by reason of such injury or sickness, unless terminated by action of the Executive Committee. Full-time career members shall cease to be eligible for benefits on the day of their retirement from any career or industrial fire department; this will not affect any benefits as defined in Article X, Section 1.

Section 2.  Except for sub-sections (a) and (b) listed below, any career firefighters assigned to a volunteer fire company by the proper fire department authority shall be considered, for the purpose of the Association, to be a member of the said volunteer fire company. The firefighter shall be entitled to benefits as provided in Article IX, Section 1a provided the volunteer fire company to which the said career firefighter is assigned, shall be a member of this Association.

  1. Whenever the number of career personnel in a single volunteer company exceeds sixteen, they will be considered a separate entity and must have their own company membership.
  2. Whenever the number of career personnel in multiple volunteer companies or fire stations in a municipality exceeds thirty (30) they must have their own company memberships. Each additional increment of thirty (30) must also have a separate company membership.

Section 3. In no case shall benefits be paid to a member of this Association for injuries received or sickness contracted in the performance of regular routine house work in and about the fire station.

Section 4. No claim for benefits, except for Section 5, shall be considered for a recurrence of an injury unless such recurrence shall incapacitate the claimant within one year from the date of the return to duty from the injury for which the recurrence was claimed.

 

Section 5. In case of corrective surgery directly attributable to a previous injury, the time limit may be extended to two years provided that: (a) The claimant notifies the CSFA Secretary prior to the expiration of the time limit as provided for in Section 4 of this

article, or (b) the claimant submits a sworn statement from the surgeon in charge, if they are different persons, linking the surgery to the original claim, and (c) the Extension is approved by the Executive Board of the Connecticut State Firefighters Association.

Section 6. In case of exposure to chemicals, other materials or infectious diseases, which might prove to be injurious to the firefighter’s health, a claimant will be given ten years from the incident date to file claim papers, provided a claim report had been filed with Secretary of this Association within one year of the incident, which caused his disability, and he is still a member of the fire department where the incident occurred. A claim of this type must be approved by the Executive Committee..

Section 7. From time to time, but not less than annually, the Executive Committee shall establish per diem rates for benefits to be paid pursuant to Article IX, Section 1. In establishing said per diem rates the Executive Committee shall consider funds available from start appropriations, if any, as well as funds from all other sources. The per diem rate for new claims shall be the rate in effect when the claim is presented, not the rate as of the time of occurrence. The per diem rate for all claims may be amended by action of the Executive Committee so long as said amendment is consistent with the availability of funds. Nothing in this section shall prohibit the Executive Committee from establishing a per diem rate of no dollars ($0.00) if funds are not available for the payment of benefits.

 

ARTICLE X

Total Permanent Disability

Section 1.When any member of this Association has sustained disability, injury, or sickness arising out of fire duty as defined in Article VIII and has received benefits as provided in Article IX, the member may establish said disability as Total and Permanent and be able to receive benefits as provided in said Article IX provided

  1. Proper application has been made for benefits as provided in Article XIII.
  2. The disability has been established as permanent by a physical examination made by a physician appointed by the Executive Committee. Said physician must regularly have an office in a town other than the town in which the applicant resides and the physician is not the applicant’s regular physician. The expense of the examination shall be borne by the Association.
  3. The member submits to additional physical examinations as the Executive Committee may, from time to time direct.
  4. During the period in which benefits are paid, the member is not employed. If it is established that the member is employed, the Executive Committee may discontinue benefit payments forthwith.
  5. That before any benefits are paid under this article, they be approve from year to year by the Annual Convention.

 

  1. That before being acted on by the Annual Convention, the Executive Committee shall have considered the matter and made a recommendation to the Annual Convention. In making said recommendation the Executive Committee shall consider the amounts of funds available from state appropriations, if any as well as funds from other sources.
  2. The rate for new claims shall be the rate in effect when the claim is presented, not the rate as of the time of the occurrence.

 

  1. The rate for all claims may be amended at the Annual Convention or by the action of the Executive Committee at any regular meeting, so long as said amendment is consistent

with the availability of funds. Nothing in this Article shall prohibit the setting of a rate of ($0.00) if funds are not available for the payment of benefits.

  1. Upon approval of a claim for Total Permanent Disability, the disabled member will not be required to file periodic claim papers as required in Article XII.

Section 2. Any member receiving benefits under Article X shall receive in addition there to, for each natural or legally adopted child of said member under eighteen years of age (as further qualified in paragraph “F” of Article X) a sum set by the Executive Committee per day until each child becomes eighteen years of age, and as each child becomes eighteen years of age, said payments for such child shall cease.

Section 3. Upon the death of any member receiving benefits under Article X, death benefits will be paid as provided in Article XI.

 

ARTICLE XI

Death Benefits

Section 1. In case of death of a member due to disability, disease, or injury arising out of fire duty as defined in Article VIII, there shall be paid from funds provided for the purpose, by the State of Connecticut, such amounts as hereinafter indicated:

a.(1) To the spouse of the deceased a benefit, in the amount of which shall be determined at the end of the fiscal year during which the death occurs. The Executive Committee shall determine the amount of funds available or the payment of death claims from state appropriations and shall divide said funds equally among the spouses of said deceased firefighters. The maximum death benefit so determined shall be set by the Executive Committee.

a.(2)(a.) To each natural or legally adopted child of the deceased under eighteen years of age (as further qualified in paragraph “F” of this section) a sum set by the Executive Committee per week until each child becomes eighteen years of age, and as each child becomes eighteen years of age, said weekly payments for such child shall cease. For the purpose of this article “child” shall include each natural or legally adopted child of the deceased and any person under the age of eighteen years who qualifies as a “dependent” of the deceased as defined in United States Internal Revenue Code in effect at the time of his death.

  1. In the event that no spouse survives the decedent but there are children under eighteen years of age, then said weekly benefit set by the Executive Committee for each child shall be paid to the legally appointed guardian of said child or children under the same conditions as provided in “a” above. The proper officers of this Association shall authorize the payment of the sum set by the Executive Committee for funeral expenses of the decedent and the sum set by the Executive Committee to be paid to legal guardian of the said child or children for the benefit or education of said children.
  1. If there is no spouse or children under eighteen years of age, but there is a child or children over eighteen years of age, said death benefit may be expended by the proper officers of this Association toward funeral expenses, any unexpended balance shall be paid to such child or children.
  2. If there is no spouse or children but there is a dependent parent or parents, then said death benefit may be expended by the proper officers of this Association toward funeral expenses and any unexpended balance shall be paid to said dependent parent or parents.
  3. If there is no spouse or children or dependent parent or parents, then the proper officers of this Association may expend an amount set by the Executive Committee toward funeral expenses.
  4. Provided further: That no weekly benefits as herein before provided shall be paid to or for the benefit of any minor child or children between the ages of sixteen and eighteen years unless it is affirmatively shown to the satisfaction of the Executive Committee of this Association that such child or children are regularly attending a duly constituted and accredited day school during regular school periods, and the Executive Committee’s decision as to whether or not such child or children between the ages of sixteen and eighteen are entitled to weekly benefits, shall be final.
  5. The term “parent” herein includes the natural parents, the parent by adoption or the stepparent; but such parent shall not receive any of the benefits for which provision is herein made unless such parent shall have been actually dependent for support on the decedent at the time of the firefighter’s death Dependency, in every case, shall be determined by the Executive Committee of this Association and its decision shall be final.
  6. The term “proper officers of the Association” shall mean a committee consisting of the President, the Treasurer and the Secretary.

 

ARTICLE XII

Association Funds

Section 1. No claims for benefits of any nature shall be paid from the Association funds.

 

ARTICLE XIII

Filing of Claims

Section 1. It shall be the duty of any member who may be entitled to benefits, as provided in Article IX, to notify the officer in charge of his company or department of his sickness or injury. Said officer shall notify the Chief of the department who shall apply to the Secretary of the Association for a form “Application for Benefit Claim Papers”. Said form “Application for Benefit Claim Papers” must be applied for, filled out and returned to the Secretary of the Association within 60 days after receiving the injury or contracting the sickness. In case of reoccurrence within twelve months (as provided in Article IX, Section 4) the “Application for Benefit Claim Papers” must be made to the Secretary within 60 days of the first day the claimant cannot report to his regular occupation. The time for requesting for requesting “Application for Benefit Claim Papers” may be extended beyond 60 days by the Executive Committee for good reason shown but said extension will not exceed twelve months from the date of injury or sickness except in the case where a firefighter’s health may have been affected by exposure to chemicals, other materials or infectious diseases, in which case said extension shall not exceed 120 months from the date of the incident, providing Hazardous Exposure Verification Form has been filed within the time limits of Article IX. When the “Benefit Claim Papers” are received they shall be filled out and certified by the Chief of the Department; but no company, volunteer fire-police patrol, rescue squad or department officer enable him to conform to the requirements of the prescribed forms , he may make a written application fore relief to the Executive Committee who are empowered to make any order that justice may require; and if said Executive Committee refuse relief asked for in said application, said applicant may appeal to the Association at its Annual Meeting to refer the claim to the incoming Executive Board for final action.

 

Section 3 .No claim papers shall be sent in to the Secretary of the Association covering a period of more than 100 days of disability. When a disability extends more than 100 days, additional claim papers must be filled out for each 100 day period or less.

 

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Gov. Malloy’s Bond Commission Approves $13.2 Million for New Torrington Fire School in Burrville

Project to Replace Outdated Regional Fire School in Burrville Can Begin

CSFA thanks Gov Dan Malloy for torrington Burrville Fire School bonding approval

CSFA thanks CT Governor Dan Malloy for the $13.2 million bond allocation approval

Torrington Fire School Project to Begin Soon in Burrville

Members of the Connecticut State Firefighters Association thanked Governor Malloy in Hartford for the bond allocation approval Tuesday morning. Pictured above from left to right: Chief James Koser, Litchfield Fire Department and CSFA County Vice-President; Chet Haber, Director of Hartford County Fire School; Assistant Chief Richard Winn, West Hartford Fire Department and Director of Torrington Regional Fire School in Burrville; Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy (D); Chief Leslie Schull, Baltic Fire Department and Director of the Eastern Connecticut Fire School in Willimantic ; Al Hawkins, CSFA Education Committee Chairman and Director of the Eastern Connecticut Fire School.

CT Bond Commission Approves $13.2 Million for Burrville Fire School

Torrington Fire Training School in Burrville, CT

Torrington Fire Training School in Burrville, CT

The Connecticut Bond Commission approved the the allocation of $13,186,400 to fund the long-awaited construction project to replace the worn, crumbling and outdated regional fire school located in Burrville that serves the greater Torrington area. The Bond Commission meeting at the Legislative Office Building late Tuesday morning July 12th went quickly as Governor Dan Malloy led the proceedings and announced nearly $189 million dollars in total spending for the state.

The CSFA Education Committee awaits bonding allocation approval for similar regional fire school projects Beacon Falls, Cheshire and Willimantic.

 

 

 

 

 

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Update: CSFA 2016 Convention Details and Schedule for New London County, Sept. 16-18

CSFA Logo 2015Here’s the latest for the upcoming convention weekend:

 

 

                        New London County Fire Chiefs’ Association

 

                           2016 Firefighters Convention Committee

                                    PO Box 221, Oakdale CT 06370-0221

 

 

May 15, 2016

Dear Brother Firefighters,

The New London County Fire Chiefs Association will be hosting the 133rd annual Convention of the Connecticut State Firefighter Association the weekend of September 16, 17, and 18 2016. Since the New London County Fire Chiefs Association accepted the honor of hosting the Convention at the last minute after the previous department backed out, there will not be a parade. However, all other activities will be hosted. In place of a parade, training opportunities will be available.

The following lists the activities and the locations:

Friday, September 16, 2016

CSFA Executive Board Luncheon, 11:30, Flanders Fish Market, 22 Chesterfield Rd, East Lyme, CT         06333

Irregulars Association Dinner and Meeting, 6:30 PM, Chesterfield Fire Co, 1606 Hartford -New London Turnpike, Oakdale, CT 06370

Saturday September 17, 2016

Connecticut State Firefighters Association 133rd Annual Convention, East Lyme High School, 30 Chesterfield Rd, East Lyme, CT 06333

Presidents Reception, Cohanzie Fire Department, 53 Dayton Rd, Waterford, CT 06385

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Training Opportunities, East Lyme High School. All classes will run from 9 am to 1 pm. Cost of each class is $25.00. Visit the NLCFCA web site at http://nlcfca.com/fire/training/ for application nformation

Class #1     Solar Panel Firefighting

Class #2     How to pass the physical agility class CPAT

Class #3     Bomb Squad Outreach

Class #4     A forcible entry custom class

Class #5     Hot topics in EMS

Monitor the New London County Convention 2016 web site at http://nlcfca.com/fire/ for additional information.

 

NLCFCA Convention 2016 Committee

Lodging in the Area:

 

EAST LYME:

The Days Inn, 239 Flanders Road          860-739-6921 (Renu)

Exit 74 off I-95                               20 Rooms reserved – $80 per night

 

Sleep Inn, 5 King Arthur Drive             860-739-1994

Exit 74 off I-95

 

Rocky Neck State Park, Campground, 244 West Main Street      860-739-1339

 

NEW LONDON:

Holiday Inn, 35 Governor, New London            860-433-7000

 

MONVTILLE/UNCASVILLE:

 

Hyatt Place, 2049 Norwich-New London Turnpike, Uncasville   860-383-1234

Exit 9 off I-395, then Exit 6 off RT 2

 

Mohegan Sun Casino, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd.                 860-862-8000

Exit 9 off I-395                               toll free 888-226-7711

 

Spa at Norwich Inn (the), 607 West Thames St. 860-425-3500

Exit 9 off I-395, then Exit 6 off RT 2

 

PRESTON:

Foxwoods Resort & Casino, 39 Route 2             860-312-3000

Tanger Mall now open

 

Family Activities             Please call for Hours, Directions & Discounts

 

EAST LYME/NIANTIC:

Book Barn, 55 West Main Street         860-739-0277       4 locations

 

Children’s Museum, 409 Main Street  860-691-1111       inside & outside

 

Niantic Boardwalk – mile long waterfront stroll      860-739-6931

 

Niantic Cinema, 279 Main Street         860-739-6926

 

Rocky Neck State Park, 244 West Main Street        860-739-5471

 

GROTON:

Nautilus Museum, adjacent to the Sub Base             860-694-3558 (closed Tuesday)

 

Fort Griswold State Park, Park Avenue                   860-449-6877

MONTVILLE/UNCASVILLE:

Mohegan Sun Casino & Resort            860-862-8000       toll free 888-226-7711

1 Mohegan Sun Blvd.      Exit 9 off I395

 

Nature’s Art – The Dinosaur Place,     1650 Route 85       860-443-4367

 

MYSTIC:

Mystic Aquarium, 55 Coogan Blvd.    860-572-5955

 

Mystic Seaport & Library, 75 Greenmanville Avenue,      860-572-0711

For information & directions 860-572-5315 toll free 888-973-2767

 

Olde Mystic Village Shopping, 27 Coogan Blvd.,             860-536-4941

 

NEW LONDON:

Coast Guard Academy

 

Lyman Allyn Art Museum, 625 Williams Street,               860-443-2545

 

Ocean Beach Park, 1225 Ocean Avenue,                           860-447-3031

 

Fort Trumbull State Park, 90 Walbach St.     860-444-7571

 

NORWICH:

Slater Museum, 305 Broadway Avenue,                            860-887-2506

 

St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 211 Broadway Avenue – The Door of Mercy

 

PRESTON:

Foxwoods Resort & Casino, 39 Route 2                  860-312-3000

 

Mashantucket Pequot Indian Museum                     1-800-411-9671

Open Wednesday – Saturday 9-5

Tickets: Adults $20.00               Children 6-17 $12.00

Seniors 65+ $15.00      Children 5 & under FREE

 

WATERFORD:

 

Harkness Memorial State Park, 275 Great Neck Rd.          860-443-5725

CSFA Firefighters in New London County 2016 Convention, Sept. 16-18

CSFA Awards photo 2Connecticut State Firefighters Association 2016 Convention, New London!!!

For the past several weeks, firefighters across the state have been at work behind the scenes preparing for the annual CSFA Convention Weekend. CSFA Awards photo 1The Connecticut State Firefighters Association is proud to announce that the New London County Fire Chiefs Association has stepped up to sponsor, coordinate and arrange event planning for our 2016 annual convention.

CSFA Convention Weekend is always a full of activities that focus on firefighters and firefighting, and, is also a wonderful time to connect with old friends and families who support Connecticut’s Bravest.

CSFA Convention Weekend 2016 – Friday, Sept. 16th,  through Sunday Sept. 18th, New London

 

We hope to see you again at this year’s annual meeting and at otIMG_5640her activities we have scheduled throughout the entire weekend. There will not be a parade this year, however, there will be award ceremonies, seminars, events and other activities for firefighters and their families to connect with each other and to meet and connect with the communities they serve and protect.

 

 

 

 

 

CSFA 2016 Convention Weekend Events

  • Annual Connecticut State Firefighters Association Meeting (all members are welcome and encouraged to attend)
  • Firefighter training events & seminars
  • Annual Meeting of the Irregulars
  • CSFA Legislative Awards Ceremony

For more information on events, for vendor forms and Convention schedule updates, please visit The New London County Fire Chief’s Association website at http://nlcfca.com/fire/convention2016/

Thanks in advance fro your support!

 

CSFA Online 2016

 

 

CSFA Seeks Support to Restore CT Firefighters Memorial – Fundraising Dinner Monday, June 6th

Dinner for CT Firefighters Memorial to be Held at Aqua Turf in Southington

There has been a lot going behind the scenes for the past several weeks to help raise money for the maintenance of the Connecticut Firefighters Memorial CSFA_-_CT_Firefighters_Memorial_in_Windsor_Locks_050216located in Windsor Locks near the Connecticut Fire Academy. Presently, the monument needs some costly maintenance to replace and restore some of the granite panels that have worn prematurely. The Memorial Committee of the The Connecticut State Firefighters Association hope that friends and families of the Fire Service will spread the and come out to support restoration of the memorial to pristine condition.

Please read the recent letter from CSFA President Vaughan Dumas asking all to support the necessary restoration:

 

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To copy the letter in a .pdf file please click the following link: CSFA Letter for Aqua Turf Fundraiser on Monday, June 6th, 2016

Thanks in advance for your support!

CSFA Online 2016

 

“Firefighter Cancer Bill” Passes Both CT House and Senate; Awaits Governor’s Signature

CSFA Logo 2015House Bill #5262 Passes CT House Unanimously April 21st, Clears Senate April 26th

Following unanimous passage in the Connecticut House of Representatives last week, House Bill #5262, “The Firefighter Cancer Bill” passed the CT Senate on Tuesday April, 26, 2016 with only one dissenting vote. At this point, we await only the Governor’s signature for this legislation to become law.
When this new law goes into effect, all CT firefighters who contract certain cancers will be entitled to qualify for wage replacement coverage.

Click CT Mirror reported a summary of the “Firefighter Cancer Bill” developments to date. for more details.

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To see the full final version of the legislation that passed click, House Bill 5262, File No. 891

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CSFA Legislative Update – April 17th, 2016 from Ted Schroll, Jr.

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Connecticut State Firefighters Association House Bill Status Report

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House Bill Status Report April 17, 2016

 

All,

The General Assembly was in session for 2 days this past week.  They did not pass anything that I was tracking.
There was a new development this week that I have never seen before.  After the normal budget procedure (Approps budget), the Governor has now submitted a second budget proposal because the committee did not cut enough to make up for the $900 Mil deficit.  I have been told that the Appropriations committee now has to address that proposal.  As a result, the monies that were restored in the Approps proposal were zeroed again by the Governor.  If you remember, the Gov originally zeroed the Reg Fire Schools, and lump summed the CSFA disability and radio accounts.  The Approps committee restored limited funding to 6 schools, but not the 3 municipal schools.  The Gov’s new proposal for all these items is the same as his original.  Right now we do not know where we stand compared to the previous proposal.  When we left the Capitol on Thursday, the Appropriations committee was going to go into a caucus to discuss this issue.
The G.A. is supposed to go into session on Tues, Wed, & Thurs. next week.  It is expected that H.B. #5262 (F/F cancer coverage) will be acted on in the House early in the week.  H.B. #5518 (Fire School funding) was sent to the Finance committee last week.  It is on their agenda to be voted out of committee on Monday.  We are fairly confident that it will be O.K. for Monday.  As we move further along, we may need your email support.  We will keep you advised.
Bill activity this past week:
H.B. #5518 went to Finance, S.B. #134 & #167 went to Appropriations.
H.B. #5274, #5406, #5407, #5412, & #5546 were voted out of respective committees and were placed on the calendar.
You will note that this week’s listing identifies bills that have died in committee or were never acted upon to date.
I am available by 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
Primary Email  thschroll@snet.net
Secondary thschroll78@gmail.com

CSFA Legislative Update – March 30th, 2016 from Ted Schroll, Jr.

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CSFA House Bill Status Report March 30th, 2016

All,
There have been no General Assembly sessions since last week so little has happened to report.  Besides this was a 4 day week.  The House & Senate are scheduled to be in session on Tuesday 3/29.  It has been mentioned that they will be working on the new budget during this session.

MARCH 30TH IS FIRE SERVICE DAY.

 If you are able, come to the Capitol, contact your Representative or Senator, and explain to him/her your opinion on the fire service legislation we are working on.  Tell them why you need cancer compensation medical coverage for on the job toxic exposures.  Tell them why a blue light identifies a volunteer firefighter and why it should continue.  Tell them why the Regional Fire School operating budgets should be funded.  Explain to them why non experts off the street should not be “deputized” to perform routine fire inspections.

I have added one new bill to the listing this week. It is S.B. #464.  Because of the City of Hartford’s economic situation, the bill would allow the city to establish a “Financial Sustainability Commission.”  Normally this is not a bill that we would follow.  However, because the operations of this Commission would be able to make changes in the collective bargaining process for Hartford’s firefighters (CSFA members), we are tracking this legislation.
Other bills continue to move through the system.  Activity the past week includes:
H.B. #5053 was moved to the Planning & Development committee.
H.B. #5267, #5269, #5277, #5299, #5327, #5549, S.B. #167, & #259 were all placed on the calendar.
H. B. #5537 & S. B. #15 were moved out of committee.
H.B. #5272, #5274, #5279, #5365, #5406, #5407, #5411, #5412, #5463, #5544, #5545, #5546, S. B. #120 & #388 are expected to be placed on the calendar during next week.
I am available for 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
Primary Email  thschroll@snet.net
Secondary thschroll78@gmail.com