JULY 1, 2005 – JUNE 30, 2006
The mission of The Branford Fire Department
is to provide the services necessary to minimize the loss of life and/or
property threatened by the hazards of the fire, explosions, medical,
chemical, and rescue related emergencies, through fire suppression, code
enforcement, and conscientious prevention and education.
The focus of the Mission Statement and a
strategic planning effort shall be used to determine what services and
the level of delivery which the Department shall provide as a minimum to
its taxpayers and guests visiting the community. The potential services
cover a wide range of hazards and delivery parameters.
The Branford Board of Fire Commissioners
meets the last Thursday of the month at the Canoe Brook Senior Center.
Meetings are conducted by the Chairman Robert Massey Jr. In addition the
Commission has several committees which oversee apparatus, emergency
medical services, finance and buildings.
The department is directed by Chief John J.
Ahern and his staff consists of one (1) full time Assistant Chief, two
(2) Volunteer Assistant Chief’s four career (4) Deputy Chiefs, twenty
nine (29) career firefighters, and one (1) administrative assistant. The
Department is also supplemented by approximately 50 highly trained
Call volume for the year was 5201 calls,
including eighty (86) structure fires, thirty two (31) vehicle fires,
and eleven (19) brush fires. The balance of the call volume was largely
medical emergencies and various other types of service calls. Overall
call volume increased by 1% over the previous year.
Our budget projections and expectations met
the goals and objectives put forth by the Fire Commission. The addition
of two more daytime firefighters increased our ability to provide
crucial services during these busy hours of the day. Implementation of
additional hours on a third ambulance also increased our ability to meet
the demands of our Emergency Medical Services.
The Fire Department took delivery of a new
ambulance this year and at the same time embarked on a new way of
approaching future purchases of these vehicles. The new ambulance was
built with replacement in mind, meaning the “box” portion of the
ambulance can simply be re-used. While the initial costs for such a
vehicle are more the overall savings to the Town will realized in
The Department is continuing to work
towards our goal of a new Fire Headquarters. A feasibility report was
recently made to the Board of Finance and the building committee
continues to work towards the ultimate goal of a new fire station.
The Fire Marshal’s Office continues to
inspect and maintain a high level of safety for all public buildings.
The office also investigates and reports all fires into the national
fire incident data base. The department is fortunate to have a total of
nine (7) State certified Marshals’ all of whom continue to enhance their
training and fulfill the obligations of their appointment. This office
continues to aggressively enforce the fire code and works closely with
the State Attorneys office in prosecuting offenders. The Fire Marshal’s
Office continues to be very proactive and is now working more closely
with other town regulatory agencies to ensure the safety of the public.
Our Paramedics and Emergency Medical
Technicians are easily the busiest group in our department responding to
about two thirds of all of our calls. Our Paramedic Ambulance service is
among the best in the State and continues to be envied by many
municipalities. The taxpayers of Branford can rest assured that these
individuals are highly trained and continue to provide the best service
possible twenty four hours a day.
Our fire prevention program continues to
run in high gear. The fire prevention trailer is in constant demand by
the schools and various civic organizations and has also been loaned to
other area departments. The ultimate goal of the department is to
prevent fires through awareness and education. This year two new
ordinances were passed by the RTM, one which mandates “lock boxes” at
all commercial establishments, and the other requires the proper
maintenance of all hydrants throughout the Town.
The Board of Fire Commissioners and the
Chief’s office are very proud of our entire staff and applaud their
commitment to excellence. Our members continue to strive to meet the
goals and objectives of our mission statement and have become a highly
regarded department throughout the State. The Branford Fire Department
stands ready to serve the citizens of Branford with highly trained and
dedicated people committed to protect our community.
Robert J. Massey Jr., Chairman
John J. Ahern, Chief