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"WEST HAVEN When Allingtown firefighters respond to the scene of a serious accident, they have to wonder whether their aging Jaws of Life will get the job done."
"WEST HAVEN The Board of Police Commissioners is expected to name a new chief of police at its first meeting of the new year."
"WEST HAVEN Detective Domenic Vinci is suing the police chief and Board of Police Commissioners, claiming political grudges led them to unfairly punish him on two occasions and wage an ongoing campaign of harassment and intimidation against him."
"WEST HAVEN Allingtown Fire Chief Peter Massaro was basking in relief the day following the narrow victory Tuesday night of the fire district budget and accompanying tax increase."
"WEST HAVEN Firefighters in Allingtown breathed a collective sigh of relief Tuesday night when a last-ditch effort to pass a budget and save the district from possible collapse succeeded though by a narrow margin."
"Since it appears any current deficits would need to be resolved before consolidation, how this is paid for will be a concern."
"WEST HAVEN When Allingtown residents attend an emergency budget hearing Tuesday night, they will be asked to vote in favor of a $4.6 million budget with a tax increase of 1.25 mills."
"WEST HAVEN - Some residents are accusing Allingtown fire commissioners and the fire chief of using "scare tactics" to pressure voters into passing a budget next week."
"WEST HAVEN - The West Haven Police Department appointed Officer Kimberly DeMayo to the force Friday, Dec. 5, bringing the department up to full staffing."
"WEST HAVEN Police are investigating a security breach at their impound lot behind the station, in which heroin was apparently stolen from a vehicle being held as evidence, a police source said late Monday."
"WEST HAVEN West Haven Fire Department Chief James P. O'Brien says fire district consolidation language he proposed to the Charter Revision Commission would allow for consolidation, but not empower the city to take over the three districts."
"WEST HAVEN For the third time since May, taxpayers Friday night rejected the budget proposed by the Allingtown Fire Commission, a move Fire Chief Peter Massaro recently warned will have dire consequences for the department."
"WEST HAVEN The West Haven Fire Department is looking for a few good firefighters preferably those certified as paramedics."
"WEST HAVEN Five months after Allingtown voters shot down the proposed budget over an unpopular tax increase, fire commissioners will try a third time to get a budget with a proposed tax increase to pass."
"WEST HAVEN As the Allingtown Fire Department continues to battle budget woes, a commissioner who moved out of the district last month has been replaced."
"WEST HAVEN Acting Fire Chief David Collins has been chosen for the top spot in the West Shore Fire Department, capping off a year of numerous retirements including those of the former chief and deputy chief."
"WEST HAVEN Emergency dispatcher John Carew is not scheduled for his once-a-week shift because his role as Center District fire commissioner violates the dispatch workers contract, according to Police Chief Ronald M. Quagliani."
"WEST HAVEN The question of whether recently elected Center District Fire Commissioner John Carew has a conflict of interest because he works part-time for the citys emergency dispatch center is back on the table."
"WEST HAVEN The long-debated and controversial subject of fire district consolidation is back on the table in West Haven, and fire officials say, more than ever before, now is the time to explore the option."
"WEST HAVEN The West Shore Fire Department is in line for a $150,000 gift from Yale University, which will help the financially strapped district buy a badly needed new firetruck."
"WEST HAVEN - After more than three decades with the West Shore Fire Department, Chief Harold "Hal" Burns has decided to retire after two years in the top spot."
"WEST HAVEN Firefighters in the Allingtown Fire Department will soon be a little safer after the arrival of new protective gear, expected in the coming weeks."
"WEST HAVEN Commissioners of the West Shore Fire Department are looking for volunteers to staff two new committees one to revise the outdated home rule ordinance and one to act as a financial advisory board."
"WEST HAVEN In the face of mounting budgetary woes, members of the Allingtown Fire Department forged forward Monday with a swearing-in ceremony for the new chief, deputy chief, a captain and two firefighters."
"WEST HAVEN After taking a hit from the loss of tax revenue with Bayer HealthCare leaving town, the West Shore Fire District made a deal with the city this week, securing a portion of Yale Universitys voluntary payments."
"WEST HAVEN - Family, friends and local dignitaries gathered for a ceremony Monday to officially swear in James P. O'Brien as chief of the West Haven Fire Department."
"The audit delay also is holding up the completion of the three West Haven fire districts audits. "
"WEST HAVEN The West Shore Fire Department is slated to receive $250,000 in state funds to pay for capital improvements such as roof work, painting and the installation of energy-efficient windows."
"WEST HAVEN The good news for West Shore district taxpayers is fire commissioners say they are committed to openness in communication and airing of problems."
"MILFORD Students in Platt Technical High Schools automotive department are taking part in a unique assignment: restoring a 1952 Mack A model fire truck for West Havens Allington Fire Department."
"What would you do if checks totaling $3.2 million showed up in the mail? Keep them? Spend them? Call up the sender and ask if there had been a mistake?"
"WEST HAVEN The Sampietro family legacy in Allingtown closed another chapter this week when Fire Chief Victor J. Sampietro announced his retirement after 32 years in the Allingtown Fire Department."
"WEST HAVEN Some residents arent buying into the alls well that ends well attitude among top city and fire officials regarding $3.2 million in overpayments made to the fire districts last year."
"WEST HAVEN As West Haven continues to dig out from a $14.4 million deficit, new information shows the city overpaid its three fire districts $3.2 million in tax allotments last year."
"WEST HAVEN The revolving door of chiefs at the Center Districts fire department has swung again, this time with newly appointed acting interim Chief Edward Sweeney resigning his post."
"WEST HAVEN - Robert S. Schwartz's first day as acting fire chief was hectic, even though the fire alarms weren't blaring."
"WEST HAVEN Fire Chief William L. Abbott will retire on Monday, seven months after ascending to the top rung of the West Haven Fire Department. Abbott announced his retirement at a recent meeting of the Center Fire Districts fire commissioners, giving two weeks notice. The move came as a surprise to at least one commissioner and other city officials, they said Wednesday."
"WEST HAVEN Two incumbents vying for their second terms as fire commissioners got mixed results over the weekend, with Joseph P. Callahan Jr. winning re-election, while Mary "Tina" Peckingham was defeated by newcomer John Biancur."
"WEST HAVEN After several years of negotiations, the West Shore Board of Fire Commissioners plans to enact Friday a major change to firefighters pension plans. The plan is designed to curb district spending, something that district residents have been complaining about for the past year."
"Bridgeport's Fire Department has been awarded a $240,000 federal grant for new turnout gear."
"WEST HAVEN While most kids in the 1940s and '50s relied on toys for fancy, William S. Johnson Jr. diligently kept track of the old fire alarm bell. "
"WEST HAVEN Less than 11 hours after a fire ripped through the four-story Sawmill Road apartment complex and forced more than 70 residents into Wednesdays pre-dawn chill, Millicent Daniels returned to gather belongings and recall the "nightmare" she endured."
"WEST HAVEN There was no public forewarning and barely a crowd, but an era of the West Haven Fire Departments leadership under Chief William S. Johnson Jr. ended suddenly Wednesday with many tears."
"WEST HAVEN A team of state assessors would like to make the Police Department the 17th state-accredited law enforcement agency in Connecticut and would like input from the public in formulating its final decision."
"WEST HAVEN Repairing the leaking Benham Hill fire station roof appeared to be a lost cause due to bids that exceeded the budget, until fire officials turned to the citys new Building Oversight Committee."
"WEST HAVEN Who else will be "punished" during contract negotiations to help save the citys spiraled finances other than West Haven teachers? Will the police take an obligated hit? How about the three independent fire districts?"
"WEST HAVEN The West Shore Taxpayers Association and the districts fire commission agreed recently to work together on a solution for the $30.8 million unfunded pension liability. In an effort to reduce future pension obligations, the fire commission agreed to ask the firefighters union to consider revisiting the contract to reduce the overall pension obligation."
"WEST HAVEN Besides fighting fires, West Shore Fire Department Lt. Kevin McKeon journeys statewide taking timeless photographs of fire engines. If fact, if theres a fire engine in Connecticut he hasnt taken a picture of, hed like to know about it."
"To the Meyers delight, they chose Hamm, who will be forever immortalized as the man who helped create the Allingtown Volunteer Fire Association on Sept. 23, 1907."
"WEST HAVEN Gladys Padula, a 47-year-old mother of two, died Tuesday at Yale-New Haven Hospital less than 48 hours after she became trapped in a "freakish" flash flood late Sunday."
"WEST HAVEN A newly formed group, the Citizens in Favor of Fire Consolidation, on Tuesday night launched the first of many meetings intended to discuss all angles of consolidating the citys three independent fire districts ..."
"WEST HAVEN - West Shore District Fire Department Chief William G. Donegan confirmed Tuesday he will retire July 6."
"WEST HAVEN - Its almost as though becoming a leader in the Allingtown Fire Department is a hereditary gene in the Sampietro family."
"WEST HAVEN The Allingtown Fire Department is close to becoming a full paramedic service, but that wont become a reality until the Board of Fire Commissioners stops "sitting on their hands for almost one year" and permanently replaces Fire Chief Elmer Henderson Jr., department representatives say."
"WEST HAVEN The annual Memorial Day Parade was the backdrop for some city residents who claim they are fighting fire district taxation without representation."
"The 18.92 percent pay increase West Havens center fire district has approved for its chief adds one more reason why the citys fire districts should be consolidated."
"WEST HAVEN A budget plan that would increase West Shore Fire District spending in 2006-07 by 13.5 percent drew an emotional crowd of nearly 300 to the 88th annual district meeting on Friday."
"WEST HAVEN After 23 years, state Rep. Stephen Dargan, D-West Haven, is stepping down as Center District fire commissioner to concentrate more fully on his duties as a lawmaker."
"The federal government has awarded more than $400,000 to two area fire departments, providing $180,000 for improvements to East Havens firehouses and $225,000 to help buy a new firetruck for the Allingtown Volunteer Fire Department in West Haven, U.S. Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro, D-3, said."
"WEST HAVEN The Allingtown Fire District is headed for federal court with Lt. Peter Massaro, who claims he was discriminated against in the 2001 search for a new chief because hes white."
"WEST HAVEN Three police officers and several firefighters and ambulance workers may have been exposed to the potentially deadly hepatitis C virus earlier this week in an incident in which they had to subdue an allegedly drunk and violent man."
"WEST HAVEN The West Shore Fire District has adopted a $5.56 million budget for fiscal 2003-04 that will raise the tax rate by half a mill, Fire Commission Chairman John Kelly said Monday. "
"WEST HAVEN John Samperi, the Allingtown fire commissioner whose alleged racist remarks set off a firestorm in 2001, has resigned from the board and moved out of the city. "
"WEST HAVEN The pending appointment of Allingtown's first black fire chief has sparked a bitter dispute between Fire Commissioner John Samperi and commission Chairman Aaron Haley, filled with accusations of racial prejudice and dishonesty. "
"The citys three independent fire departments each will receive $20,000, Paolillo said."
"WEST HAVEN - Fire Chief Richard F. Massaro is scheduled to appear tonight at 6:30 at a hearing of the Allingtown Board of Fire Commissioners, which is investigating allegations he made racist comments in a recorded conversation."
"WEST HAVEN Firefighters battled back-to-back two alarm fires early Monday, the first in a Coleman Street apartment building, the second at a Farwell Street business, officials said."
"WEST HAVEN The Allingtown Fire District no longer can pass a budget before the July 1 start of the new fiscal year but hopes to move quickly once new member Aaron Haley takes office, Allingtown Board of Fire Commissioners member John Samperi said."
"WEST HAVEN The West Shore Fire Department will be able to respond to emergencies off the citys shores this summer, faster than you can say "jetboat.""
"WEST HAVEN The city firefighters union is making a push to merge the citys three fire departments, arguing the system is archaic, rife with political interference and results in poor service."