Welcome to the New Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department official website. Please enjoy your visit and feel free to use any resource we offer. Please visit often as our site will be regularly updated and enhanced. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. You may email the website manager (also a member) directly from the bottom of any page or you may go to the contact page for information on how to contact a fire department representative or division of the NFVFD.

NFVFD is an all volunteer fire department that is comprised of three fire companies:  Ball Pond Fire Co, Fire Company A, and Squantz Engine Co. We currently are comprised of over one hundred active members, and many associate members. Please view our ABOUT US page for more information on who we are.

 

 

 

Christmas tree safety tips

Safety Tip

 

Each year, fire departments respond to an average of 210 structure fires caused by Christmas trees. Carefully decorating Christmas trees can help make your holidays safer.

 

Picking the tree

 

    If you have an artificial tree, be sure it is labeled, certified, or identified by the manufacturer as fire retardant.

    Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

 

Placing the tree

 

    Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 1" - 2" from the base of the trunk.

    Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.

    Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.

    Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.

 

Lighting the tree

 

    Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.

    Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of LED strands to connect.

    Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.

    Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

 

After Christmas

 

    Get rid of the tree when it begins dropping needles. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home. Check with your local community to find a recycling program. Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.

 

 

Are you cleaning out your closet?

Well, don’t throw away those old clothes, shoes, sheets and blankets. Help support Red Cross local programs and services!

We welcome the public’s donations of used clothing, shoes, sheets and blankets. You can donate your items to the Red Cross bin located at the

Company "A" Firehouse 302 Ball Pond Road New Fairfield, CT 06812

Bin is located next to antenna tower

 

 

There is nothing more important than the safety of your family. Everyone in your home needs to know how to behave responsibly to reduce the likelihood of experiencing a fire. However, because fires can start at any time without warning, it is also very important that the members of your household know how to react in the event of a fire. It's a good idea to review fire prevention and safety tips with your family every fall, and several other times throughout the year.

 

The Importance of House Numbers for Emergency Vehicles

In the case of an emergency being able to have the Police Department, Emergency Medical Service (E.M.S.) and the Fire Department find your house quickly is important. If you have no house numbers either on your mailbox or on your house, critical time is lost.

 

A difference in minutes can mean the difference between life and death.  Fire fighters are equipped with many tools to help improve their arrival time.  One of these tools is a maps & GPS of their designated area(s). However, house numbers are imperative for a quick reference.  The more camouflaged  the harder it is to find the numbers, the longer it will take emergency personnel to arrive at the scene.  So you may be wondering, what are some of the requirements for house numbers? How small is too small? What about colors? According to the Live Safe Foundation, here are some of the basic requirements:

 

Must be Arabic numerals. Fancy numbers or numbers that are spelled out may be aesthetically pleasing but are very difficult to read from the street.

Need to be a minimum of four inches high and in a contrasting color to their immediate background. Brass or bronze numbers are difficult to see in the day or nighttime.

Must be displayed on the front of the dwelling and visible from the street.

If the dwelling is located more than 45 feet from the front lot line, the number should be displayed on a gate post, fence, mailbox, or other appropriate place that will make it visible from the street from all directions when approaching from the street.

Cannot be obstructed by shrubs, trees, decorations, etc.

For more information regarding specifics of New Fairfields requirements, you can refer to the town building code ordinance in the Manner of Numbering and System section and also the Address Numbers section.

 

 

 

 

All donations made to NFVFD are tax deductible and are used 100% to fund the operations and expenses of the New Fairfield Fire Department. We are an all-volunteer service that prides itself on its ability and reputation to protect and serve New Fairfield.

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New Fairfield Vol. Fire Dept.

P.O. Box 8307

New Fairfield, CT 06812

 

Chief

Bruce Taylor

203-312-5732

nfchief@newfairfield.org

Treasurer

Jeremy Hutchings

 

 

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