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Project to Replace Outdated Regional Fire School in Burrville Can Begin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the the allocation of $13,186,400 to fund the long-awaited construction project to replace the worn, crumbling and outdated regional fire school located in Burrville that serves the greater Torrington area.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 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 for additional information.


NLCFCA Convention 2016 Committee

Lodging in the Area:



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



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




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



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

Tanger Mall now open


Family Activities             Please call for Hours, Directions & Discounts



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



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


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


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 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



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



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


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



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




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

Thanks in advance fro your support!


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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:



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!

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“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.


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



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

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

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CSFA House Bill Status Report March 30th, 2016

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.


 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

CT Fire Chiefs Host Interactive Summit April 1st & 2nd – Registration extended to include Walk-ins

CSFA Logo 2015Connecticut Fire Chiefs Address Burning Issues in the Fire Service

The Connecticut Volunteer Workforce Solutions Program in partnership with the Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association will be hosting an interactive fire service summit designed to bring together fire departments from across Connecticut to discuss and problem-solve important issues facing the fire service.

The Chiefs have extended the deadline for Summit Registration to include attendees who arrive as Walk-ins.


Please click for more details about the Connecticut Fire Chiefs Interactive Summit April 1 & 2   at the Four Points by Sheraton in Meriden, CT.

CSFA Legislative Update – March 21st, 2016 from Ted Schroll, Jr.

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CT House Bill Status Report from our Lobbyist Ted Scroll, Jr.



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CSFA House Bill Status Report March 21st, 2016

Many bills were JF’d (moved out) of committee this week.  One bill of particular interest is H. B. #5518.  This bill would place a surcharge on a persons homeowners or renters insurance of one half of one percent ( .5% ).  This sum would be used to fund the operating budgets for the regional Fire Training Schools.  The bill started with a 1% surcharge and after funding training, it could have been used to fund equipment purchases for fire departments.  A compromise was agreed to lower the surcharge to .5% and remove the portion that would fund equipment purchases.  The bill was then moved out of committee.
The group that is working on the firefighter cancer bill (H. B. #5262) is still meeting.  Some language has been studied, but not all are in agreement yet.  Hopefully we shall see some information within the 1-2 weeks.
One item I believe that I did not mention last week is H. B. #5544.  Similar to last year, this bill would require municipalities with a population of less than 40,000 and receives less than 12,000 E-911 calls per year would be required to consolidate PSAPs by 7/1/2020 or face a loss of E-911 Commission support, both equipment and funding.
Activity this past week:
H.B. #5274, #5365, #5406, #5411, #5412, #5463, #5518, #5546, S.B. #367, #388, & #423 were all JF’d out of their committees.
H. B. #5262 & S. B. #134 were placed on their respective calendars.
H.B. #5267, #5269, #5299, #5327, #5549, & S.B. #167 are expected on their respective calendars this coming week.
If any questions on any other bills, I am available by email.  Report will be separate.
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
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(VIDEO) Rep. Linda Orange testifies in favor of bills that fund CT Regional Fire Schools

Rep. Linda_OrangeState Representative Linda Orange testifies to support bills that fund CT Fire Schools

Rep. Linda Orange continued her support for the Connecticut Fire Service this week as she testified before the legislature’s Finance, Review and Bonding Committee in support of House Bill 5518. The bill, similar in language to House Bill 5594, proposes a small surcharge on Connecticut homeowner insurance policies in order to fund operating budgets at Connecticut’s Regional Fire Schools. The bills would also fund the expense of certain training costs and fire equipment.

Watch the video: Rep. Linda Orange testifies with CSFA Education Committee Chairman Alan Hawkins

Click the link to watch the video of Rep. Linda Orange and CSFA Education Committee Chairman Alan Hawkins testifying at the Public Hearing for House Bill 5518:

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