2009 /2010 saw the largest operational change in the North Haven Fire Department in 40 years. The department was the recipient of a SAFER grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The grant allowed the department to expand its career firefighting force for the first time since 1972. The grant, coupled with the overwhelming community support during a budget referendum to accept the grant, also allowed the fire department to begin to provide paramedic level services to the residents and visitors of North Haven. The Town of North Haven hired four Firefighter / Paramedics in September 2009. The four new hires were sent to CT Fire Academy to be cross trained as certified firefighters. They returned to North Haven on December 18, 2009 and fire based paramedic service began on December 31, 2009.
With the addition of personnel, the North Haven
Fire Department is currently made up of 34 career
firefighters. Headquarters Company is located at 11
Broadway. The station houses the administrative offices
of the Fire Chief / Fire Marshal and the Deputy Fire
Chief / Deputy Fire Marshal. Assigned to headquarters
are 4 Lieutenants, who serve as shift commanders, and
28 firefighters. The three volunteer companies are
Montowese Company #2, 282 Quinnipiac Avenue, West
Ridge Company # 3, 1331 Ridge Road and Northeast
Company # 4, 366 Washington Avenue. The companies
are allowed up to 35 firefighters including fire police.
The companies are supervised through the office of the
Fire Chief. Officers in the volunteer company consist
of a Captain, 2 Lieutenants and 2 Foreman. The Fire– Police division are supervised by a town wide Fire
Police lieutenant and by a Fire – Police 2nd Lieutenant
assigned to each company. Fire –Police are supervised
by the volunteer company captains and fall under the
jurisdiction of the Chief of the Department. The North
Haven Fire Department also has one administrative
Also, through a second successful grant from FEMA the
North Haven Fire Department received 1500 smoke
The training of firefighters is a priority of the fire service.
All permanent members of the North Haven Fire
Department, both career and volunteer, are minimally
certified to the Firefighter I level. All of our firefighters
are trained to respond to fire and rescue situations, and
our career firefighters are trained to handle medical
emergencies through the paramedic level. Training
sessions were held daily by our career fire staff through
The Office of the Fire Marshal continues to be busy
with both new developments and existing annual
inspections. Licensing inspections for day cares, liquor
establishments, group homes, educational facilities
and places of assembly are done on an annual basis.
Plan review is conducted for any new building or any
renovation to be sure that the building design meets
compliance with the CT Fire Safety Code.
The North Haven Fire Department apparatus fleet
consists of 7 pumping engines, 1 aerial ladder truck,
2 emergency rescue trucks and 2 command vehicles.
In addition, a small boat is available to aid us in water
rescues and other functions on our rivers and ponds,
an operations trailer has been added to accommodate
specialized equipment and a “Gator” is available to us to
assist in off road incidents.
Public education continues to be a major initiative
starting in the day care centers and elementary
schools and continuing up to civic groups, businesses
and senior organizations. The knowledge gained from
these educational opportunities helps us to maximize
our service and our commitment to you. The North
Haven Fire Department offers a variety of educational
brochures that cover most safety topics.
The Fire Department, as always, proudly partners with all other Town departments, including the Board of Education, to continue to provide exceptional services to the citizenry that we serve. We are still very proud to partner with the North Haven American Legion in providing flag drop off points at our volunteer fire stations for the convenience of our residents. Residents can drop their flag in the red, white and blue containers located at the front of our three (3) volunteer fire stations.
Specific things you can do to help us include the following: