8/9/2016 - Five Year Anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene
This August marks the five year anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene. Although designated as a "tropical storm" it caused significant damage in Fairfield and the need to open an evacuation shelter for residents at Fairfield Ludlowe High School. On August 3rd the town Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members trained at Ludlowe to maintain their readiness to open an evacuation shelter as they did in August 2011, as well as in Super Storm Sandy in October 2012. In addition to touring the renovated facility, team members had an opportunity to unload equipment from the Mass Care Trailer provided by the Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, assemble cots and discuss registration procedures as well as potential dormitory needs. CERT consists entirely of volunteers who have completed a required 20 hour FEMA course which provides education and training in disaster management including fire safety, light search and rescue, disaster psychology, triage and first aid as well as the command system related to emergency responders. They are also trained by the American Red Cross in shelter operations. "Tonight's training was a practical on site refresher for our members so they stay ready to assist in shelter operations, although we hope we are not needed for a shelter in Fairfield this hurricane season", commented Fairfield CERT Liaison Norma Peterson. The hurricane season runs from June through November, although the need for shelter readiness continues due to potential damage from winter storms.
The Fire Department Administrative Office and Fire Marshal's Office will be open to the public by appointments only and we will continue all the safety protocols we have put in place.
To Schedule an Appointment with the Fire Marshal’s Office, please call (203) 254-4720.
To Schedule an Appointment with the Fire Chief or Deputy Fire Chief, please call (203) 254-4713.