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"Thursday nights Fire Commission Meeting at Sullivan Independence Hall began with the formal recognition of Emergency Services Chaplain Father Charles H. Allen, S.J. and the presentation by Commissioner Susan Barrett of an Official Citation from the Connecticut General Assembly to Chief Richard Felner for his fifty-third anniversary with the Fairfield Fire Department."
"FAIRFIELD -- Fire Commission members, after spending two hours behind closed doors Wednesday to discuss perso issues and scheduling another special meeting Saturday, steadfastly refused comment on widespread, but unconfirmed reports that a dispute between two top-ranking fire officers may have turned physical."
"This was one emergency call that firefighters at Fire Station 2 on Jennings Road in Fairfield were glad to receive."
"BRIDGEPORT -- The town of Fairfield has filed a claim against the city for reimbursement to cover the cost of repairing a Fairfield firetruck struck by a Bridgeport police cruiser last month."
"Out of almost 500 applicants, three recruits rose to the top, and were sworn in as Fairfield police officers last Thursday."
"There's no sound quite like that of a jail cell door slamming shut. The rattle-rattle-rattle-clang of metal sliding into place is positively chilling, especially if you're on the wrong side of that cell door."
"It is possible that the town will have to begin making contributions to the pension funds that cover town, police and fire employees, something it has not had to do in about a decade."
"All 108 Fairfield police officers participate in the training, which takes place once per year on the 100-yard Sergeant James Covanaugh Firearms Range."
"FAIRFIELD -- The Police Department is launching a new building project at the town's marina to replace a 40-year-old structure that was once a bait shop but now houses the department's marine division."
"Hurricanes, chemical spills, and other large scale incidents can now be better addressed by the Wilton Fire Department and other towns in the region through the use of a new communications vehicle, according to Fire Chief Paul Milositz."
"BRIDGEPORT Construction workers ruptured a natural gas main at Fairfield Avenue near Ellsworth Street Thursday night, closing down the road for nearly two hours and snarling both automobile and train traffic."
"[Fairfield] Firefighter Todd Erickson has been reinstated to his position after being fired for failing to maintain his emergency medical technician certification on March 20."
"FAIRFIELD Fire Chief Richard Felner, a member of the town's firefighting force for nearly 50 years, will continue in his post three more years."
"The Fairfield Police Commission unanimously approved the recommendations for reorganization of the Fairfield Police Department last week, recommendations set forth by Blackburn Strategies, Inc., a consultant hired by the Town of Fairfield in July 2007."
"Gone are the days when it was just the public dialing 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency. Now it also works the other way around."
"FAIRFIELD The 78-year-old Fairfield Police Department is in for major changes."
"FAIRFIELD Officers say they are now better prepared to deal with gunfights like the 2002 shootout between an Ansonia man and police outside the former Boston Billiards on lower Black Rock Turnpike."
"The officer left the car with its emergency flashers on, while assisting the fire department. When he returned the car was stolen."
"FAIRFIELD It sounds more like a medical rescue scene you are likely to see on the television show "ER.""
"BRIDGEPORT In his eulogy for the father, mother and child who died in a horrific fire last Friday, Monsignor Aniceto Villamide asked mourners this morning why the poor suffer more frequently from house fires."
"BRIDGEPORT Investigators on Saturday demolished a single-family West End house in an attempt to track down the cause of a Friday morning fire that killed three people."
"FAIRFIELD Firefighters are investigating why a fuel tank dropped from a firetruck and spilled about 50 gallons of fuel near Osborn Hill School."
"Fairfield Police now have a new tool in their belt, enabling mass numbers of residents to be notified of an emergency."
"FAIRFIELD The Fire Department's new hazardous materials identification unit has been pressed into service after only a few weeks."
"FAIRFIELD In life, Les Hartman's motto could have been: The show must go on."
"Drive less than half-a-mile past the Fairfield border on Fairfield Ave. and a glance to the right might reveal the Quick Start Language Center."
"The Fire Department requested an annual budget of $11,355,034, which Flatto cut to $11,272,218. Included in the Fire Department's budget request was a capital replacement request of $29,000 for protective clothing, which Flatto cut by $12,000."
"Wednesday night's joint meeting of the boards of Finance and Selectmen focused on the budgets of the Police and Fire departments."
"Former Fire Marshal Clarence Darrow, a mentor to many who have served or still serve with the Fire Department, died Monday from complications following surgery."
"Officer James Pauciello's patrol car rolls out of the Fairfield Police Department parking lot as he makes his way onto Reef Road on a cold Thursday afternoon."
"The volunteer fire department, one of two in town, dates to 1920, 37 years before the town introduced its first paid firefighting force. The Southport Volunteer Fire Department traces its roots to 1895."
"The Southport Volunteer Fire Department has withdrawn its request for an immediate hearing at which it would have asked a Bridgeport Superior Court judge to order the Town of Fairfield to dispatch the SVFD to emergency calls."
"In response to the Fairfield Fire Commission's decision to stop dispatching Southport volunteer firefighters to emergency calls, the volunteer company has filed a lawsuit against the town."
"FAIRFIELD - The Southport Volunteer Fire Department, put out of service by the town's Fire Commission last month, is fighting back. Roberto T. Lucheme, the volunteer firefighters' lawyer, filed a lawsuit late last week asking a Bridgeport Superior Court judge to order the town to dispatch the volunteer firefighters on emergency calls."
"Following Thursday's meeting of the Fire Commission, a resolution mandating that all volunteer departments comply with stringent training and certification requirements was unanimously adopted, which has effectively placed both the Southport and Stratfield volunteer departments temporarily out of commission."
"State and town officials met Tuesday in the Emergency Communications Center to learn about a $300,000 communications system installed from Sept. 11 to 13."
"The Representative Town Meeting on Monday approved new contracts with three town unions."
"FAIRFIELD Firefighter Brad Sherman recalled with bitterness Monday how the federal government responded to Hurricane Katrina, one of the nation's worst natural disasters."
"An explosion of unknown proportions was averted on Saturday night when the Fire Department and the state Department of Environmental Protection's hazardous materials team responded and stabilized two chemicals that overheated in the sun."
"After steadily working his way up through the ranks, 27-year police veteran Capt. Dave Peck has been named as the towns next chief of police."
"FAIRFIELD Should retired police officers and firefighters be able to work for the town and collect a pension at the same time?"
"FAIRFIELD The Fire Department's plan to add more fire hydrants and water lines in Greenfield Hill began Thursday."
"FAIRFIELD Fire erupted early Monday in a three-family Villa Avenue house, leaving nine people homeless."
"FAIRFIELD George Gomperts is a man of many hats."
"FAIRFIELD - Perhaps no one was happier than Lynn Thomann and Lynne Pashkoff that the Representative Town Meeting approved the Fire Department's $2.08 million plan to install more fire suppression lines in the town's Greenfield Hill section."
"FAIRFIELD Charles Lawrence, who is moving to the Greenfield Hill section of town in November, thinks the Board of Finance defeated itself in trying to raise money for a $2.08 million fire suppression project in Greenfield Hill."
"Just a few years ago, training sessions on how to deal with weapons of mass destruction would have seemed oddly out of place at Sacred Heart University."
"Area residents will be treated June 19 to two parades for the price of one in picturesque Southport. The first is an old-fashioned street parade that steps off at 11 a.m.; the second a boat parade scheduled to get under way at noon."
"FAIRFIELD - Leaders of two of the town's biggest unions say they don't object to reviewing health-care plans negotiated in their unions' current contracts, acknowledging the agreements allow for that."
"FAIRFIELD -- A Bridgeport woman who reportedly broke her legs and injured her neck and back in a Dec. 4 accident involving her Dodge Neon and a firetruck on Kings Highway Cut-off has filed a notice of intent to sue the town."
"Last month, fireworks erupted over the usually routine election of a chairman when one commissioner challenged the traditional practice of promoting the panel's secretary to the chairmanship. The dispute ended in a 2-to-2 deadlock. "
"Just minutes after telling the Fire Commission Thursday that other municipalities have been sued for failure to inspect buildings in which a fire later injured someone, Chief Richard Felner told members that five Fairfield fire inspectors have resigned. "