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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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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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CSFA Legislative Update with House Bill Status Report – February 14th, 2017 from Leon Collins

All,

Most importantly, the Insurance and Real Estate Committee will hold a public hearing on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. in Room 2D of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

Proposed H.B. No. 5207 AN ACT IMPOSING A SURCHARGE ON CERTAIN PERSONAL RISK INSURANCE POLICIES TO FUND REGIONAL FIRE SCHOOLS’ OPERATING BUDGETS AND CERTAIN FIREFIGHTER TRAINING COSTS is scheduled for that Public Hearing.

We ask everyone who can possibly attend the public hearing in Class A uniform to be part of a strong Fire Service presence we need to show support for this proposed legislation.

If you would like to submit written testimony for this proposed bill please follow these instructions:

Please email written testimony in Word or PDF format to INStestimony@cga.ct.gov.  Testimony should clearly state testifier name and related Bills.  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 five minutes of testimony.  Bills will be heard in the order listed in the Bulletin.  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 oral testimony at the Public Hearing please contact me, Leon Collins, or CSFA President Vaughan Dumas or CSFA Education Chairman Al Hawkins and we will add your name to the list of people who will testify for the Public Hearing.

Also, the Public Safety and Security Committee will hold a Public Hearing on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. in Room 1E of the LOB.  We are tracking several bills that are on the agenda for that Public Hearing. Bill we are tracking that are on that Public Hearing Agenda are listed below:

H.B. No. 5298 (COMM) AN ACT CONCERNING THE SAFETY OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS AND PATIENTS DURING EMERGENCIES.

Proposed H.B. No. 5299 AN ACT REQUIRING 9-1-1 CALLS TO BE ROUTED TO THE NEAREST PUBLIC SAFETY ANSWERING POINT.

Proposed H.B. No. 5767 AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF GRILLS IN CERTAIN RESIDENTIAL CONDOMINIUM COMPLEXES.

Proposed H.B. No. 6043 AN ACT CONCERNING CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS IN CERTAIN BUSINESSES.

Proposed H.B. No. 6954 AN ACT CONCERNING THE LIABILITY OF CERTAIN MUNICIPALITIES FOR DAMAGES RESULTING FROM FIRE.

S.B. No. 763 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING WORKERS’ COMPENSATION COVERAGE FOR POLICE OFFICERS, FIREFIGHTERS AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS WITH POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER.

H.B. No. 5176 (COMM) AN ACT INCREASING THE PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION FOR LOCAL VOLUNTEER EMERGENCY SERVICE PERSONNEL.

Proposed H.B. No. 5177 AN ACT INCORPORATING THE INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY MAINTENANCE CODE INTO THE STATE BUILDING CODE.

Proposed H.B. No. 5296 AN ACT CONCERNING THE SALE OR DELIVERY OF BODY ARMOR TO FIREFIGHTERS, EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES PERSONNEL.

H.B. No. 6038 (COMM) AN ACT CONCERNING GOOD SAMARITAN PROTECTIONS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS WHO RENDER EMERGENCY MEDICAL ASSISTANCE TO ANIMALS.

H.B. No. 6715 (COMM) AN ACT INCREASING THE PENALTIES FOR THE INTENTIONAL INJURY OR KILLING OF POLICE ANIMALS OR DOGS IN VOLUNTEER CANINE SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAMS.

If you would like to submit written testimony for any of these proposed bills please follow these instructions:

Please submit 35 copies of written testimony to Committee staff from 8:30 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. in Room 1E of the LOB.  Testimony received after the designated time may not be distributed until after the hearing.  Please email written testimony in Word or PDF format to PStestimony@cga.ct.gov.  Testimony should clearly state testifier name and related Bills.  The Committee requests that testimony be limited to matters related to the items on the Agenda.

If you would like to submit oral testimony at the Public Hearing please contact me, Leon Collins, or CSFA President Vaughan Dumas or CSFA Education Chairman Al Hawkins and we will add your name to the list of people who will testify for the Public Hearing.

 

To see the full list of proposed bills that we are tracking, see our updated downloadable and printable

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

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

The Annual Meeting of the Regional Fire Schools for the General Assembly will be held at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on Monday, February 6th, 2017 at 1pm in room 1B.

See the agenda below:

 

Annual Meeting

Regional Fire Schools

February 6, 2017

1pm – 3pm

Room 1B

  1. Welcoming remarks by Rep. Orange
  2. Remarks from invited Guests
    1. Vaughan Dumas, President of CT State Firefighters Association
  3. History/Update Regional Fire Schools by Al Hawkins, Education Chair for CT State Firefighters Association
  4. History/Update by DAS Construction Services by Commissioner Melody Currey and Deputy Commissioner Pasquale “Bud” Salemi
  5. Question/Answer period
  6. Adjournment

 

We would like our membership to attend and create a strong Fire Service presence at this annual meeting. Please attend if you can in Class A uniform. All Connecticut legislators have been invited and Representative Linda Orange will be the legislator coordinating this event.

We ask each of you to reach out as a constituent to your own legislators ASAP and urge them to attend.

CSFA 2017 House Bill Status Report

 

Click the following link to view the full CSFA 2017 House Bill Status Report

(Tip: The links in the left column of the above downloadable .pdf will take to the cga.ct.gov website page for each bill where you can access the latest version of the bill.)

Also, we have added several new bills to our House Bill Status Report since our last update.

New bills that we have added to the list of bills we are tracking this session include:

  • H.B. 5894 – AN ACT CONCERNING DISBURSEMENTS FROM THE TOBACCO SETTLEMENT FUND AND MONEYS RECEIVED FROM TOBACCO TAXES.
  • H.B. 6038 – AN ACT CONCERNING GOOD SAMARITAN PROTECTIONS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS WHO RENDER FIRST AID TO POLICE DOGS.
  • H.B. 6039 – AN ACT DEFINING PEACE OFFICER TO INCLUDE TELECOMMUNICATORS.
  • H.B. 6042 – AN ACT PERMITTING THE USE OF GRILLS ON OUTDOOR PATIOS AT CONDOMINIUMS.
  • H.B. 6043 – AN ACT CONCERNING CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS IN CERTAIN BUSINESSES.
  • H.B. 6049 – AN ACT CONCERNING ANNUAL INSPECTIONS FOR FIRE DEPARTMENT APPARATUS.
  • H.B. 6283 – AN ACT EXPANDING THE “MOVE OVER” LAW FOR VOLUNTEER FIRST RESPONDERS.
  • H.B. 6359 – AN ACT INCREASING THE CIGARETTE TAX RATE.
  • H.B. 6486 – AN ACT CONCERNING THE MEDICAL TREATMENT OF DOMESTIC ANIMALS BY FIRST RESPONDERS.
  • H.B. 6680 – AN ACT CONCERNING THE FUNDING OF MUNICIPAL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS.
  • H.B. 6690 – AN ACT ALLOWING EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES PROVIDERS TO CARRY A FIREARM.
  • H.B. 6694 – AN ACT REQUIRING A CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORDS CHECK FOR PERSONS WHO ENROLL IN A CLASS FOR CERTIFICATION AS EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES PERSONNEL.
  • H.B. 6712 – AN ACT CONCERNING THE ASSAULT OF POLICE OFFICERS, FIREFIGHTERS OR EMERGENCY MEDICAL PERSONNEL.
  • H.B. 6715 – AN ACT INCREASING THE PENALTIES FOR THE INTENTIONAL INJURY OR KILLING OF POLICE ANIMALS OR DOGS IN VOLUNTEER CANINE SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAMS.
  • H.B. 6717 – AN ACT CONCERNING THE “MOVE OVER” LAW FOR VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL PERSONNEL.
  • H.B. 6721 – AN ACT EXPANDING THE “MOVE OVER” LAW FOR VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL PERSONNEL.
  • H.B. 6909 – AN ACT CONCERNING WORKERS’ COMPENSATION COVERAGE FOR FIRST RESPONDER DIVE TEAMS AND K9 SEARCH AND RESCUE PERSONNEL.
  • H.B. 6915 – AN ACT INCREASING THE PREVAILING WAGE THRESHOLD FOR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT REMODELING PROJECTS.
  • H.B. 6953 – AN ACT RELEASING CERTAIN MUNICIPALITIES FROM LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES RESULTING FROM FIRE.
  • S.B. 156 – AN ACT CONCERNING FUNDS FROM THE TOBACCO AND HEALTH TRUST FUND.
  • S.B. 243 – AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL FIRE APPARATUS SAFETY AND TESTING.
  • S.B. 538 – AN ACT APPROPRIATING FUNDS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY SERVICES AND PUBLIC PROTECTION TO FUND FIRE TRAINING SCHOOLS
  • S.B. 763 – AN ACT CONCERNING WORKERS’ COMPENSATION COVERAGE FOR POLICE OFFICERS, FIREFIGHTERS AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS WITH POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

To see the full list of proposed bills that we are tracking, see our CSFA 2017 House Bill Status Report.

The most recent notable activity of the bills we are following: February 1, H.B. 5176 referred to Joint Committee Public Safety and Security; January 26, H.B. 5294 change of reference to the Joint Committee on Appropriations; H.B. 5296 referred to the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Security and reserved for Subject Matter Public Hearing; February 2, H.B. 5767 reserved for Subject Matter Public Hearing; February 1, H.B. 6038 referred to the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Security; February 2, H.B. 6043 Reserved for Subject Matter Public Hearing by the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Security; January 30, H.B. 6283 reserved for Subject Matter Public Hearing by the Joint Committee on Transportation, January 24, H.B. 6690 referred to the Joint Committee on Public Health; January 24, H.B. 6694 referred to the Joint Committee on Public Health; January 30 H.B. 6717 reserved for Subject Matter Public Hearing.

Please note that the following Public Hearing dates have been set:

H.B. 5755 – February 10 (Joint Committee on Public Health)

H.B. 6049 – February 6 (Joint Committee on Transportation)

H.B. 6717 – February 6 (Joint Committee on Transportation)

 

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

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