Fire EMS Causus Meeting – 2-6-2018

Please spread the word and save the date for the next Fire EMS Caucus meeting on Tuesday, February 6th, 2018, at the Legislative Office Building, Room 1E, at 10 a.m.

CSFA Legislative Update from Leon Collins, January 5, 2018

A reminder to everyone from CSFA that the next meeting of the Fire EMS Caucus is scheduled to be held on Tuesday January 9th, 2018 at the Legislative Office Building in Room 1E at 10AM. More details from the caucus meeting last month are in the attached legislative update from Leon Collins, CSFA Legislative Representative.
 

Sincerely,

Leon Collins

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

CSFA Online 2018

CSFA Legislative Update 01-05-18

FIRE-EMS Causus 12-19-2017 Meeting minutes

CSFA Annual Legislative Committee Mtg List of Issues for 2018

Fire EMS Caucus Meeting 1-9-2018

January 9, 2018 – Meeting of the Fire EMS Caucus

Legislative Office Building, Room 1E, Hartford, CT
Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 10:00 a.m.

Fire EMS Caucus meeting minutes – January 9 2018

Fire EMS Caucus Meeting 12-19-2017

December 19, 2017 – First meeting of the Fire EMS Caucus

Legislative Office Building, Hartford, CT

Minutes of the 12-19-2017 meeting

Join Us for the 134th Connecticut State Firefighters Association Convention in Taftville, Sept. 15th-17th

Taftville Fire Department Celebrates 100 Years of Fire Service, Sept.15-17th

We hope to see you at our 134th Annual Connecticut State Firefighters Association Convention this year!

We are proud to celebrate our annual convention in conjunction with the celebration of 100 years of Fire Service by the Taftville Fire Department.

Taftville Hosts CSFA 2017 Convention

 

We welcome family and friends of the Fire Service to joins in the celebration as our parade returns to our convention festivities. We expect fire departments from  across the state to join us in eastern Connecticut September 15th-17th, 2017. For more information and details, please visit the Tafville Fire Department 2017 Convention webpage.

 

 

 

 

 

To Register for the Parade at the CSFA 2017 Convention

To register for the parade (Parade registrations due August 15th) go
to the Taftville Fire Department website:

http://www.taftvillefire.org/2017Parade.html

 

For Hotel Information for the 2017 CSFA Convention in Taftville, CT

Hotel Information here:
http://www.taftvillefire.org/2017Hotels.html

 

 Special Attraction at CSFA 2017 Convention in Taftville: 9/11 Mobile Memorial

In 2013, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation created a mobile exhibit as a tribute to all those whose lives were sacrificed on September 11, 2001. The 9/11 NEVER FORGET Mobile Exhibit is a tool to educate America’s youth about the historic events of that day. Welcomed around the country, from communities in Phoenix, Arizona to Tampa, Florida, the 9/11 NEVER FORGET Mobile Exhibit – a high-tech, 53-foot tractor- trailer, which unfolds into a 1,000 square foot exhibit, serves as a poignant reminder of that tragic day.

 

CSFA Online 2017

 

 

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

CSFA Online 2017

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.

 

CSFA Online 2017

 

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

CSFA Online 2017

 

 

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

 

CSFA Online 2017

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.

 

 

CSFA Online 2017