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Welcome to CSFA!

 

The Connecticut State Firefighters Association, Inc. (CSFA)

CSFA.ORG - CT Firefighter Memorial and Academy

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 from Leon Collins, July 11, 2017

All,

I have included below links to the most recent revised budget proposals from the House GOP just released today.

House GOP 4th Revised Budget

In short, the Regional Fire School operating budgets continue to be included in the proposal at the levels previously proposed by the House GOP representatives.

 

http://www.cthousegop.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Round.4.Budget..HRO_.pdf

http://www.cthousegop.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Round.4.Revenue.HRO_.pdf

http://www.cthousegop.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Muni.Aid_.HRO_.6.26.pdf

http://www.cthousegop.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Round.4.Adjustments.HRO_.pdf

http://www.cthousegop.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/State.Employee.Savings.7.10.pdf

 

Most Recent Budget Proposal from Governor

The most recent proposed budget by Governor Malloy on May 15th is in the link below. As previously discussed, the governor’s budget eliminated funding for the Regional Fire Schools and also made additional cuts affecting the Fire Service.

 

http://www.ct.gov/opm/lib/opm/budget/2018_2019_biennial_budget/may15budget_final.pdf

 

We are still waiting for the House Democrats to release their revised budget and that may happen as early as Tuesday July 18th. We have heard that funding for the Regional Fire School will be included in the next proposal from the House Dems, but we have not yet seen that budget.

We will send out the House Dems’ budget as soon as we have access to it.

 

Governor Malloy Signs “Apparatus Bill” into Law

We should also report that Governor Malloy signed the “Apparatus Bill” (H.B. 7047) today. You can download and print a pdf file of the new law on the following link: Public Act 17-175

There is still no news on possible funding for “Cancer Bill” that was passed last year.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

 

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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Save the Date: Oct. 2nd, 2017, Benefit for the CT Fallen Firefighter Memorial

Benefit for the Connecticut Fallen Firefighter Memorial

Please see the letter below from our president and learn how you can help to support our upcoming dinner at the Aqua Turf in Southington to benefit our Fallen Firefighter Memorial:

 

WHAT: Dinner to benefit the Fallen Firefighter Memorial

WHEN: October 2nd, 2017 – Event begins at 5:30pm

WHERE: The Aqua Turf in Southington, CT

 

You can download the letter from our president and fundraiser reservation and donation form.

Pleas spread the word and thanks for your suppport.

 

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CSFA Legislative Update from Leon Collins, June 6th, 2017

No Budget Passed

It appears that the Connecticut General Assembly will not be able to agree on a budget before the close of the legislative session at midnight on Thursday, June 8th.

New Fire EMS Caucus

However, the best news is that two legislators, Representatives Boyd and Ohler, have re-organized a Fire EMS Caucus in a bipartisan effort to give us greater support among our state’s legislators. Both of these legislators are Volunteer Firefighters.

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.

So far, the following legislators have volunteered to participate on the Fire EMS Caucus:

  • William Buckbee (R) New Milford
  • Kim Rose (D) Milford
  • Christie Carpino (R) Cromwell, Portland
  • Gary Byron (R) Newington
  • Ben McGorty (R) Shelton, Stratford, Trumbull
  • David Arconti (D) Danbury
  • J.P. (R) Sredzinski Monroe, Newtown
  • Mitch Bolinski (R) Newtown
  • Michael Winkler (D) Vernon
  • Scott Storms (R) Windsor, Windsor Locks
  • Jay Case (R) Colebrook, Goshen, Torrington, Winchester
  • Linda Orange (D) Colchester, Lebanon, Mansfield, Windham
  • Anna Dauphinais (R) Killingly, Plainfield
  • Rob Sampson (R) Southington, Wolcott
  • Tom Delnicki (R) South Windsor
  • Cathy Abercrombie (D) Berlin, Meriden
  • Henry Genga (D) East Hartford
  • Linda Gentile (D) Ansonia, Derby

I sent individual notes of thanks from CSFA to every legislator who has signed on so far. Please reach out to the legislator from YOUR town or district and let them know we appreciate his or her participation in this effort to help the Fire Service.

The “Apparatus Bill” Goes to the Senate

The most notable action this week for legislation we have been tracking is that the “Apparatus Bill” (H.B. 7047) is now on the Senate Calendar after successfully passing the House by a healthy margin.

Also, there is no news regarding funding sources for the “Cancer Bill” (Public Act 16-10) nor is there news regarding funding for the operating budgets of the Region Fire Schools.

The expectation is that legislators will return later in June to work on the state budget during a Special Session. We will continue efforts to have funding for the Region Fire Schools included in the state budget.

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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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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