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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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Another day, another MVA
Saturday, April 5, 2014 
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At 21:53 hrs Nichols was toned out for a reported car vs pole.  Nichols car 2 was first on scene and reported one car into a pole with the pole snapped, wires down across the road;  all occupants were out of the car.  303 and 300 arrived and worked to stabilized the car and secure the scene.  Crews investigated further and found the house services were pulled from the residency.  UI arrived and cut the power to the wires.  Once the car was in the hands of the wrecker crews were released and the scene was left i the hands of PD and UI.  

   


 
   
   
RIT townwide training upcoming schedule
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 
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Nichols, Long Hill and Trumbull Center are going to offer townwide RIT training. To be passed off for RIT going forward each firefighter must complete an annual classroom session and then complete a series of practical skills.

RIT Classroom

Thursday April 3rd- NFD hosting

Tuesday April 8th- LHFD hosting

RIT Practical Sessions

April 10th, 1930 hours NFD

April 15th, 1900 hours LHFD

April 17th, 1930 hours TCFD

April 22nd, 1900 hours LHFD

April 24th, 1930 hours NFD

There are skill sheets for each practical station much like the ones used for FF1 and FF2.  You may need to attend multiple practical sessions to get signed off for RIT.


 
MVA on Route 8 north prior to exit 11
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 
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At 7:22 pm this evening the NFD was dispatched to the report of a motor vehicle accident on Route 8 north prior to exit 11 to assist Trumbull EMS.  First arrving Chief officers reported a 2 car MVA with the possible need for extrication by EMS personnel.  Upon further inspection by FD officers it was found that there was no need for extrication and NFD personnel were only going to be needed to assist EMS, provide scene blocking and to mitigate fluids spilled by the vehicles involved.  Units on the assignment were Rescue 300, Truck 304 and Quint 303. 


 
Trumbull High School Vo Ag barn reported with smoke coming from it
   
Monday, March 24, 2014 
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At 6:50 am this morning the Trumbull regional dispatch center toned out all 3 companies for the report of smoke coming from the horse barn at the Trumbull High Vo ag center.  Quint 303 arrived first reporting light smoke coming from a gable end vent with a group of people around it.  Upon arrival Quint 303 took command and directed Engine 103 to set up to stretch a line and they would be the primary pumper.  Engine 102 was directed to be water supply and stage at the hydrant at Daniels farms road and Strobel road.  Initial arriving companies found a fire in a stall that was put out by PD prior to FD arrival with a dry chemical extinguisher.  A single line was stretched by Engine 103 and was used for overhaul of the stall area.  The fire was confined to feed hay and a few other items that were adjacent initial fire with minimal extension.  The smoke was naturally ventilated and the fire marshals office arrived on scene to determine the cause.  One animal was burned on the hind legs and tail and was taken for evaluation by staff.  No other issues were found and overhaul was completed in short order.  All other companies not involved were placed in service.


 
Ice rescue and new underwater search camera training at Katz pond
Sunday, March 23, 2014 
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On Sunday morning March 23rd at 0800 hours members of the NFD took in some practical hands on training with their new underwater search camera and doing traditional ice rescue training.  Members were put through a number of various scenarios using the "Banana Boat" and the Marsars ice rescue sled.  Also during the day members were instructed on how to set up and use the underwater search camera and were able to locate a number of items below the surface.  Members in attendance enjoyed the practical hands on training and were really impressed with the capabilities of the new camera and its clarity.  This will be a great tool in the tool box, lets hope it never needs to be deployed!


 
   
   
Nichols responds to MVA rollover with entrapment on Merritt Boulevard
Sunday, February 23, 2014 
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At 06:00 Nichols was dispatched for a reported rollover with the person still in the vehicle on Merritt Boulevard.  Upon further information from PD it was confirmed there was one victim still in the car with the car on its side.   Nichols Car 2 was first on scene and confirmed the report  that extrication of one patient with no injuries would be required.  Rescue 300 arrived and began stabilizing the vehicle so that access could be gained.  Quint 303 arrived on scene and was assigned scene blocking and protection.  Once the car was stable, crews removed the victim through the upper door using a Little Giant Ladder.  The driver of the vehicle refused medical treatment from EMS and was released from the scene.  Rescue 300 remained on scene awaiting the arrival of the tow truck. Once the car was righted Rescue 300 returned to service.  


 
   
   
Nichols and Trumbull Center respond to MVA rollover with entrapment on route 8
Saturday, February 22, 2014 
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At 6:13am Nichols and Trumbull Center were dispatched to RT 8 Southbound near exit 7 for a roller over.  While companies were were responding, more information was received and the call was upgraded to an extrication.  Nichols Car 2 was first on scene and confirmed a two car MVA with one car on its roof with entrapment and the other car in the roadway.  Rescue 300 arrived on scene and began stabilization and extricating the victim from the car with assistance from the crew of Quint 303.  Trumbull Center Rescue 100 arrived on scene and provided scene protection while state PD closed the highway.   Once the victim was extricated from the vehicle, they were placed in the hands of Trumbull EMS.  Fire department crews also worked to stabilize the second car during the extrication process. State PD started their investigation while crews picked up and returned to service.

 


 
NFD responds to structure fire on Oldfield Road
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 
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At 02:44 on Monday morning 2/17/14 Nichols was dispatched with Trumbull Center and Long Hill, as RIT, for the reported structure fire on Old Field Road. Nichols Car 3 was first on scene, assumed Command  and reported smoke from the rear of the home.  After a quick size-up Command advised that the bulk of the fire had been knocked down by the home owner with a dry chemical extinguisher.  Nichols Car 1 arrived with Q-303, stretched a line and began overhaul.  N2 & E-301 arrived to assist with overhaul, provide lighting & ventilation while the mutual aid companies staged at the hydrant.  The fire took place in a rough framed addition on the rear of the home and appears to have started as a result of an electrical overload caused by the inappropriate use of portable electrical heaters.  A potentially live threatening situation was averted when a plastic water line melted, initiating self-extinguishment of the fire.  Quick action by the home owner with a portable extinguisher saved additional damage.  After an investigation by the Fire Marshall and Building Official, overhaul was completed and unit returned to service.  The lack of working smoke detectors in this residence could have led to disastrous results, which were luckily averted.




 
   
   
Rollover and truck fire keep members busy
Thursday, February 13, 2014 
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Just before midnight on 2/13 the NFD and TCFD were dispatched to Route 25 north in the area of exit 9 for the reported rollover accident.  As units were responding to the incident Trumbull dispatch reported that state PD was on scene reporting all occupants out of the vehicle.  Trumbull Car 1 requested that NFD continue in to investigate and assist the state PD on scene.  NFD units arrived on scene and provided scene blocking during the event and then returned to service. 

On valentines day a few hours later at 8:19 am the NFD was dispatched to the report of a truck on fire at the intersection of Grayrock and Strobel road.  First arriving units reported a pick up plow truck heavily involved in fire.  Engine 302 and Rescue 300  provided suppression and overhaul including the use of foam due to multiple flammable liquids involved.


 
   
   
Nichols spends the day going back and forth to Long Hill for 4 fires
Monday, February 10, 2014 
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During the early morning hours of February 10th and 11th, the NFD traveled to Long Hill FD for fire support and RIT. 

The first fire came in at 4:24 am with the report of a working structure fire on Park Lane in Long Hill with Nichols being the RIT.  While NFD units were in route, LHFD companies were able to knock down an exterior fire on a porch with extension to the residence and bring it under control.  Nichols units stood by for a few minutes and then were released by command.

The next alarm ocurred at 9:50 am with Nichols FD being special called for a pick up truck on fire in the driveway with possible extension to the residence.  By the time NFD units were responding, the arriving Long Hill units were able to knock down the fire and verify that the exposure was not inolved.  NFD units were then placed in service.

The next alarm of fire came in at 11:37 am with the report of a chimney fire with extension to the roof area.  Trumbull PD arrived on scene and confirmed a working structure fire with the roof involved.  First arriving Long Hill units began knocking down the fire and venting the roof area to suppress the flames.  NFD units arrived on scene along the AC Delvento and set up for RIT.  During the set up phase units were redirected to assist with overhaul of the affected area and then were returned to service by command. 

The final alarm that day came in at 3:55 pm for the reported automatic commercial fire alarm in a building on Main Street.  While in route Trumbull dispatch reported that occupants were reporting the smell of smoke in addition to the alarm ringing.  LH 1 arrived on scene and reported nothing visible from the exterior and that he was investigating.  Upon further investigation Chief Bogen reported a waste can on fire on the second floor with a smoke condition.  First arriving units handled the fire and ventilation efforts with NFD units being returned while in route. 

This was a very busy day for the members of the Trumbull FD's who did a great job on all alarms!


 
   
   
Help us help you, shovel out your hydrants!
   
Saturday, February 8, 2014 
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Snowfall, combined with the snow plowed from roadways, often bury fire hydrants under a large amount of snow, thus making them difficult to find and use. Should there be a fire nearby, precious time is lost as firefighters work to locate hydrants and shovel snow away before hoses can be hooked up to them. And in a fire, time is critical and every second counts. The extra minutes that a firefighter spends digging out a hydrant can make a big difference in how quickly a fire can be extinguished and damage limited.

Don't let your neighborhood hydrant remain "undercover". We are asking that you help us by keeping the fire hydrant closest to your residence or business clear of snow. Snow should be removed about three-feet (3') away from the hydrant in all directions and a pathway cleared between the hydrant and the nearest roadway. Exercise caution when shoveling because of the potential for vehicle traffic nearby. Do not stand in the street and be careful not to slip and fall out into the roadway.


 
NFD members cover Shelton Company 3 while they search for missing man
   
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 
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Busy Night For Nichols in Shelton



At 1:08 am this morning, Nichols was called to supply one engine for station stand-by for Shelton Huntington Company #3. Engine 301 responded with a crew of 6, along with Car 3. Just as the crew was getting comfortable at the Huntington station, they were called for a residential fire alarm with reported smoke in the basement. The Nichols Engine and Car3 accompanied Huntington Engine 35 for the alarm, finding a resident had failed to open the flue when starting his fireplace. After metering the structure and naturally ventilating the crews were back in service. As they were returning from this call they were dispatched to a CO alarm with no symptoms. Responding to this alarm they found that a resident's CO alarm was in a low battery state, probably because of an earlier power failure in the area. After reassuring the resident, crews returned to Huntington Company #3.  Shortly after returning, the Nichols crews were requested to respond to the command post to assist with searching for a missing person.  Crews responded  and were assigned to perform a "line search" from the command post, through the woods, down to Meadow Road.  The terrain was complicated, but the crews did their best and along with an EMS crew accomplished their task, but unfortunately found nothing. The total search area was about a mile round-trip.  Upon completion, the Nichols crew was released with the thanks of the Incident Commander. They were back in service by 04:45.




 
Town highway street sweeper fire
Friday, January 17, 2014 
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At 10:57 this morning the NFD and Trumbull Center FD were dispatched to the report of a town street sweeper on fire in the area of Huntington Turnpike and Rocky Ridge Drive.  Rescue 300 arrived on scene first and reported a street sweeper well involved and they were stretching a line and going to work.  Engine 301, Trumbull Center Engine 102 and Quint 303 arrived a few minutes later to support the members on the intial attack lines.  Quint 303 personnel were directed to a church parking lot to attend to the occupant of the sweeper who was reporting smoke inhalation and requesting medical attention.  The patient was attended to by FD personnel until the arrival of Trumbull EMS.  The fire was knocked down and companies were released as they became available.  The sweeper appeared to be a total loss for the town.


 
   
   
Motor vehicle accident with car into pole
Sunday, January 12, 2014 
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At 10:57 this evening the NFD was dispatched to the report of a motor vehicle into a telephone pole.  Nichols Car 2, Rescue 300 and Quint 303 all responded into the scene.  Car 2 arrived and reported one vehicle off of the road with all occupants out of the car.  Members checked the area for any hazards and notified dispatch to contact the UI company for pole replacement.  Once all of the hazards were secure, companies were returned to service.


 
   
   
Chief John Plofkin steps down as Brian McGovern becomes new chief
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 
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This past November the board of fire commissioners announced that the Chief of department John Plofkin Jr. would be stepping down from his positioin effective January 7, 2014.  Chief Plofkin served as the departments Chief for the past 3 years and cited family committments and the demanding schedule as Chief for reasons of his retirement.  Chief Plofkin will be remaining as a member of the organization and will be resuming his role as a firefighter in the organization.  

Chief Brian McGovern was appointed as the new Chief of department just after the departments business meeting was brought to order by Chief Plofkin.  Chief McGovern was sworn in by Fire Commissioner Rick Perachio and Chief McGovern was escorted up to the front of the room by his son Firefighter William McGovern.  The normal course of the business meeting was then followed with the remainder of the departments new officer staff being sworn in prior to the meetings commencement.  A list of the new officers is published and listed on the mailboxes at station 1.  Please take a moment to congratulate all of the new officers on their promotions and our past Chief and Captain.  Photos will follow in the near future.

  


 
   
   
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