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Nichols Fire Dept.
100 Shelton Road
Trumbull, CT 06611

 

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Founded in 1917, the Nichols Fire Department is one of three 100% all volunteer departments in the town of Trumbull, Connecticut. Operating out of two stations, we provide primary fire and rescue services to the Nichols Fire District along with assistance to the Trumbull Center and Long Hill Fire Departments. We also provide coverage to the surrounding communities and beyond. Our apparatus includes 2 engines, 1 - 75 foot quint, 1 heavy rescue, 1 city service (lighting and air) truck, 3 chief's vehicles, and a utility truck. We are dedicated to serving the Town of Trumbull and will continue to do so for years to come.

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Ice Rescue Training on Thrushwood Lake
Thursday, March 19, 2015 
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This evenings training exercise was our annual Ice rescue training drill held at Thrushwood Lake. The training division had Trumbull Dispatch transmit tones for an Ice Rescue at Thrushwood lake with 3 people supposedly on the ice. First arriving companies found 2 people on the surface of the ice, one close to shore and one very far out. Companies split up and began multiple rescues and effectively removed both occupants back to shore in under 20 minutes. At the conclusion of the exercise members were allowed to once again go out on the ice and get more comfortable with the equipment. The membership would like to thank Jay Leos of the Trumbull PD for his assistance with this years training.

 
   
   
Annual members St. Patricks Day party starts the holiday!
Saturday, March 14, 2015 
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The Nichols Fire Department held its annual celebration of St. Patrick's day from 12-3pm today at fire headquarters. A good turnout of members enjoyed all of the fixings including corned beef, potatoes, cabbage, Irish soda bread, mac and cheese and soft drinks. The afternoon lunch was followed by a magic show that was put on. All of the members enjoyed the afternoon who attended and the department would like to thank the chairman Joe Petrino and Mike Corica for all of their efforts. We would also like to thank the junior members who assisted the chairman with cooking, cleaning, set up and break down. Erin Go Bragh!

 
   
   
Car fire Rt 25 north after exit 9 near the turnaround
Thursday, March 12, 2015 
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At 1:09am the NFD was dispatched to the report of a car fire on Rt. 25 northbound in the area of exit 9. While responding units were advised that the correct location was further north near the turn around on the highway. Rescue 300 responded with 5 members along with Nichols car 3 who was incident command. On arrival firefighters deployed a 1 3/4" car fire line to extinguish the fire which was well involved. A class D extinguisher was also used due to the magnesium flaring up from the transmission cowling. Firefighters also delt with a fuel leak from the SUV and used class B foam (foam pro pack) to extinguish and contain the flammable liquids fire.

 
   
   
Motor Vehicle Accident with rollover Rt. 25 north before exit 9
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 
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At 8:22 am this morning the NFD was dispatched to the report of a Motor Vehicle Accident with rollover Rt. 25 north before exit 9. Firefighters arrived on scene and found an SUV on all fours that had rolled over with the driver still in it. Medical personnel on scene tended to the driver as firefighters secured possible hazards from the SUV. Crews applied speedy dry to the roadway due to a fluid spill. Fire apparatus created a lane closure on the highway to ensure a safe working zone. Nichols rescue 300 and engine 302 responded to this incident.

 
   
   
Nichols goes to dumpster fire in Trumbull Center
Friday, February 27, 2015 
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At 9:25 this morning Trumbull Center and Nichols were dispatched to the report of a dumpster fire in front of the building located at 56 Quarry Road. Trumbull Car 1 arrived shortly after dispatch and reported a 20 yard construction dumpster filled with debris on fire. Engine 103 arrived first and pulled their car fire line and began suppression efforts. Nichols Engine 302 arrived next and sent their personnel to assist with suppression and overhaul while the engine staged at the hydrant on Quarry Road. Nichols Engine 301 arrived shortly thereafter and their personnel assisted with overhaul of the dumpster. Companies were on scene for about 30 minutes overhauling and removing the burned debris.

 
Busy week at the NFD
Monday, February 23, 2015 
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Last week at the NFD was a busy week due to the multiple storms and brutal cold which was covering our area. The week started off with multiple automatic commercial fire alarms along with a water problem due to frozen pipes in a residence. FD personnel assisted with shutting off the water for the resident and performing salvage and water removal. The midweek saw members dispatched to a reported vehicle accident on Hawley Lane just in from Nichols Avenue with a door pop requested to remove one of the patients. Later that evening members were dispatched to Shelton FD Huntington Co. #3 while they were battling a structure fire in their town. The week ended with a child stuck in their room due to a defective door latch with the child being safely removed by members. Also during these days there were a few more automatic alarm activations throughout the town. The brutal cold has kept the fire departments in Trumbull very busy during the shortest month of the year!

 
New Rescue engine production moving along
Sunday, February 8, 2015 
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Members of the Rescue engine committee traveled to Gowans Knight to inspect the progress to date of the new vehicles production. Members reviewed the specs and verified construction to make sure that there were no variations. Photos of the truck in progress are inset and click on the camera to view all.

 
   
   
Busy night on Nichols Ave!
Thursday, February 5, 2015 
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Thursday, February 5, 2015: The NFD was called to the scene of 3 separate MVAs on Nichols Avenue this evening. First at 16:10 a 2 car MVA with injuries was reported on Nichols Ave at Hawley Lane. Q-303 responded with N Car 8 as command. The crew stabilized the vehicles, applied speedy dry to spilled fluids and assisted with scene safety in the busy intersection. Then at 18:00 hours another 2 car MVA was reported with a fluid spill at Nichols Ave & Armory Road. R-300 & E-302 responded with N Car 1 as command. Members applied speedy dry to the spill and assisted with scene safety. Later, at 19:22, another MVA with injuries was reported on Nichols Ave at the RT 8 overpass. R-300 responded with N Car 8 having command. Vehicles were stabilized and crews protected the scene until the vehicles were removed.

 
   
   
Structure fire strikes home on Huntington Turnpike
Friday, January 30, 2015 08:42
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At 8:42 am this morning Trumbull Dispatch transmitted all 3 departments tones for the report of a working structure fire in Nichols district on Huntington Turnpike. The first arriving Chief officer Long Hill Car 2 reported a 2 story wood frame with heavy smoke coming from the second floor eaves. Nichols Engine 301 arrived shortly thereafter with a crew of 5 and took the hydrant across from the residence and began stretching an initial attack line. Members were met fire beginning to vent from a window on the second floor A/B corner and attempted to get to the seat of the fire. However members were met with a significant amount of clutter in the residence (colliers mansion conditions)impeding their access to the second floor. Members made a chain and began pulling clutter out of their way and passing it down the stairs and out of the way in order to reach the seat of the fire. After an exhaustive push members made it to the top of the stairs and were able to get water on the fire. However due to the conditions it was extremely difficult to overhaul and get access to check for extension due to the clutter. The fire spread via balloon frame construction and eventually was suppressed by many members using truck tools to expose paths of extension. Eventually another small pocket of fire was found in the basement area and taken care of by on scene companies. Shelton Fire Department provided coverage at Nichols station 1 with Huntington Engine 32 brought into the scene to assist at the end of the fire suppression phase. White Hills Engine 52 then provided coverage in Nichols. Stepney Fire Department provided coverage in the Long Hill section of town during the incident. There were no injuries and fire department units cleared the scene just after 1pm. The fire is under investigation by the Trumbull Fire Marshals office.

 
   
   
Upcoming winter storm please prepare now and help us with shoveling hydrants
Sunday, January 25, 2015 
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Please take the time now before the heavy snow sets in. Please check your smoke and Carbon monoxide detectors and make sure they work. Don't run gasoline powered engines (generators) inside your garage or home and keep them away from openings to allow exhaust to disperse. Also remember that gas grills and charcoal grills should not be used indoors either due to excessive carbon monoxide issues. Don't stick your hands anywhere near operating snow blowers or machinery and stay off the roads if at all possible. Please clear a path to your door and try to keep your house numbers visible so that emergency responders can get to you and find you in a time of need. Finally, please help us by shoveling out fire hydrants in your neighborhood, every second in a fire situation could be the difference between life and death! Thank you, your local Nichols Fire Department volunteers!

 
   
   
Upcoming fundraiser for past NFD members wife Kerri Zuber
   
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 
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This upcoming weekend the Nichols Fire dept and the Echo Hose Hook and Ladder Co. #1 of Shelton CT are holding a fundraiser for past NFD member and current Echo Hose member Matt and Kerri Zuber. Kerri has been diagnosed with a condition for which she is currently being treated and their health insurance will not cover the costs. Both fire departments are running this fund raiser to help this family out and help them with offsetting the cost of her medical expenses. Matt Zuber has been giving back to both communities for many years as a volunteer firefighter and now it is our communities turn to help him and his family out. The fundraiser is this Saturday from 7-10pm and is being held at the Echo Hose Hook and Ladder Co. #1 located on Coram Avenue in Shelton. Please come out to help this family and show our support and love!

 
Upcoming training sessions for the first quarter at your Nichols FD
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 
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Please make this year a great training year and; "Let no mans ghost ever come back and say his training failed him." Jan 22 - Thermal Imaging Drill Jan 29 - CPR Recert Feb 5 - Ice Rescue – Classroom Feb 11 - Ice Rescue Practical Feb 19 - Firehouse Software Feb 26 - SCBA Classroom March 5 - SCBA Practical March 12 - Self Survival Classroom March 19 Self Survival Practical March 26 - Station Drill See you there!

 
Rough guide for recommended ice thickness
   
Friday, January 9, 2015 
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As the cold temperatures are upon us, everyone will ask when is the ice "safe to go on?" No ice is safe, but by using basic guidelines which are attached in a simple to use chart will give you guidance for judging ice thickness and safety. As stated there is no such thing as safe ice since all bodies of water are dynamic and thickness may not be consistent in all areas!

 
Training moves indoors due to severe cold
Thursday, January 8, 2015 
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Drill this week was held inside the warmth of the apparatus maintenance bays at station 2 with a review of all ice rescue equipment and operations. Training wss led by Capt Curt Robinson who reviewed each piece of equipment, its application in how it is used and then had members try each piece by rotating through various stations. By the end of the evening all members were exposed to how to operate and implement deployment of these life saving devices. Thank you to all who attended!

 
   
   
The Nichols Fire Department wants to keep you safe during the upcoming cold snap. Please read the safety items listed below!
   
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 
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Protect Yourself: •Dress in several layers of lightweight clothing, which will keep you warmer than a single heavy coat. •Mittens provide more warmth to your hands than gloves. •Wear a hat, preferably one that covers your ears. •Utilize a scarf or knit mask to cover your face and mouth. •Wear waterproof, insulated boots to keep your feet warm and dry and to maintain your footing in ice and snow. •If working outside, take frequent breaks and stay hydrated. •Limit your time outdoors and stay dry. •Shivering is the first sign the body is losing heat. Persistent shivering is a signal to return indoors. Protect Yourself at Home: •Keep the home’s thermostat set to a consistent temperature •Prevent frozen pipes - when the weather is very cold outside, open cabinet doors to let warm air circulate around water pipes. •Let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing. •Never attempt to thaw pipes using a blow torch or any open flame device. Use warm water or a ULlisted device such as a hand-held hair dryer. Safely Heating Your Home: •Have your home’s heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional. •If you use your fireplace for a fire, keep a glass or metal fire screen around the fireplace and never leave a fireplace fire unattended. •Do not burn paper in a fireplace or use an accelerant to start/grow the fire. •If you plan on using an alternate heating source, only use alternate heating sources approved for indoor use. •Never use a stove or oven to heat your home. •If using a space heater, follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to safely use the heater. Place it on a level, hard, nonflammable surface away from combustible materials including curtains and furniture. •Always turn the space heater off when you leave the room or go to sleep. •Keep children and pets away from your space heater and do not use it to dry wet clothing. Always Practice Safety: •Ensure your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are in proper working order. •Detectors should be tested monthly and batteries should be changed annually. All detectors should be replaced every ten years. Finally, don’t forget your pets. If you can’t bring them inside, provide adequate shelter to keep them warm and make sure they have access to fresh water.

 
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