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The North Haven Citizen |

Chief introduces new firefighters to the town

Volunteer firefighters wanted The North Haven Fire Department is looking for members to join the ranks of its volunteer firefighter companies. This is opportunity to serve the community and also a chance to prepare for a full time career opportunity in the fire service. The department offers entry level and advanced firefighting training, structural firefighting gear and help developing character. Occupants must commit to all phases of emergency operations while serving residents, business community and visitors of North Haven The department offers tax abatements and a pension to volunteer firefighters. For more information, contact fire Chief Vincent Landisio at (203) 239-5341, ext. 100.

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Seven new volunteer firefighter, who completed a rigorous training process, were sworn into the ranks of the North Haven Fire Department, which oversees three volunteer companies, Montowese Company #2, West Ridge Company # 3, and Northeast Company # 4. The ceremony took place at the Rec Center during the Dec. 18 Board of Fire Commission meeting last week. At the meeting, Fire Chief Vincent Landisio said he was honored to present the newly certified firefighters, who have passed both practical and written examinations. The department requires all firefighters, both career and volunteer, to be minimally certified by the State of Connecticut at the Firefighter I level. The certification includes training in various procedures, equipment, and skills, including knot selection and tying, methods of forcible entry, and techniques of fire suppression appropriate to different circumstances. For example, certified firefighters must know how to extinguish vehicle fires, which requires

ling to see “when a person comes up in the audience surrounded by his family and he represents a life that was saved by the North Haven Fire Department. That can be a very provocative and compelling and poignant experience.” The board also discussed the construction of the new fire house as well as the renovations to the existing locations. Nuzzalillo said that the renovations to the Chief John P Rosadini Fire Headquarters are going well. “I hope the residents, when they drive by on Broadway, can see the exterior of the building, and it really looks great,” Nuzzalillo said. The fire department is temporarily headquarted in the first floor of the North Haven Town Hall on 18 Church street during the renovation. During correspondence, Nuzzalillo read a letter he sent to Freda as the town prepares for budget season. The letter described the need for a line item to replace an emergency medical unit that is in poor condition. Nuzzalillo said, “As the chief clearly indicated, with over 2400 medical calls this past year alone… that unit gets a lot of work.”

them to know how to distinguish between gasoline and diesel fuel fires and to be aware of the special hazards burning vehicles present, like tires, batteries, and bumpers. Landisio said the certification is a “grueling process.” “It’s refreshing to me as someone who has been in this business for over 30 years to see the youth of our town and the young people of our community commit themselves to the firefighting profession… I love the fire profession, I always have, and it warms me to see young people give back to their communities and join the volunteer fire service,” Landisio said. Landisio said participation in community activities and “the things that they do for people that are in need, it really makes it special for people to be North Haven firefighters.” First Selectman Michael Freda presided over the meeting which included its post-electoral reorganization. Chair Pasquale F. Nuzzolillo returned as chair of the board, Salvatore Muzio returned as vice chair, and Michael J. Zuccarelli returned as secretary. Freda said it was compel-


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