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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.

Nichols Fire Department Image Of The Day

Car fire quickly doused by NFD
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 
On 2/10/16 a Trumbull Police officer was waved down by a motorist near the top of the RT15 Southbound entrance ramp from Huntington Tpke. The police officer radioed in to his dispatch center that the fire department was needed for a car fire. The Nichols Fire Dept. was toned out at 09:54. Rescue 300 responded with a crew of 2 firefighters and shortly after Engine 302 signed on the air with 2 firefighters. Rescue 300 arrived on scene and reported an suv on the ramp with the engine compartment going. Rescue 300's crew stretched a pre connected car fire line and quickly knocked down the fire. Engine 302 assisted with overhauling the burned suv and assisted with packing the hose on Rescue 300. Crews returned to service and the scene was left in the hands of the State of CT PD

Monthly meeting brings 3 new members to department
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 
On Tuesday February 2nd, the Nichols Fire Department held it's monthly meeting. During last nights meeting three new members were sworn in as probationary junior firefighters. The members of the Nichols Fire Department would like to welcome Sarah Vitone, Alyssa Marino, and Matthew Grich to the department. In the upcoming weeks the new members will be joining other new members from the Nichols Fire Department to begin their training as probationary firefighters. Congratulations and welcome to the NFD

Funeral service for past Captain Ed Amatrudo
Saturday, January 30, 2016 
On January 30th the funeral for past NFD Captain Ed Amatrudo took place in Groton, CT with many NFD members and other firefighters from across the state paying homage to a great man! Ed was also extremely proud of his 1922 REO fire truck which was refinished in 1984 with the help of many members of the NFD and Ed. His family requested that Ed be taken from the funeral home to the church and then from the church to his resting place in the back of his antique truck. Ed's wish was granted as the "Old girl" had been detailed by members of the NFD and was parade ready for Ed's final ride in her. It was an emotional day for many NFD members and others in the fire service as we saw this great man to his final resting place! See you on the other side Captain Ed!

NFD Past Captain Ed Amatrudo passes away
Friday, January 29, 2016 
Past Captain Ed Amatrudo passed away last week at the age of 84. Ed was a dedicated member of the Nichols Fire Department and was our training officer for many years. Ed's impact on the organization was immense from his calm demeanor on the fire scene to his ability to teach lesson plans making it both interesting and fun at the same time. A good rule of thumb for being an instructor which Ed taught early was "The mind can absorb only what the behind can endure!" Ed will be missed by our organization, below is his obituary which tells about what a giving man he really was. You will be missed! Edward B. Amatrudo, “Chief Ed”, 84, of Noank, CT., husband of 63 years to Arlene (Evis) Amatrudo, passed away Thursday, January 21, 2016. He was the son of the late Michael and Angelina (Lanzo) Amatrudo. Ed was born in North Branford and lived in Noank for the last twenty years, previously residing in North Branford, Branford, Nichols, Westbrook and Guilford. Ed was a District Manager with Prudential Ins. Co and retired in 1984 after 27 years of service. Ed dedicated his life and career to the field of Fire Service, was a volunteer and officer in each of the six towns he resided in, serving for a total of 67 years. He became Career Chief of the Poquonnock Bridge Fire Dept., Groton, in 1993, and retired in 1997, while continuing to be an officer in The Noank Fire Dept. He was a Senior Officer and Instructor for the CT Fire Academy, where he developed and implemented Fire Officer Leadership programs which he instructed for many years. Throughout his career in Fire and Emergency Services, Ed will be remembered as a mentor and leader and for his passion for training young adults choosing The Fire Service for their careers. This was a particular source of satisfaction and pride, and he is considered a fire department legend. In 2008 he was honored by the Groton Fire Officers Association with a Lifetime Achievement Award, at which time he received a Proclamation from the Governor of Connecticut. He was a member of the Ancient Fife & Drum Corp’s of North Branford, Stony Creek and the Ancient Mariners, and a state champion bass drummer. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran during the Korean Conflict. He enjoyed volunteering at the Mystic Seaport restoring ancient, historic vessels. He was the proud owner of a 1922 Reo fire engine, which has been enjoyed in parades in area towns for decades, garnering countless trophies and awards. Most important to him though, was the happiness it brought to children. The storied tradition of the “Amatrudo Reo” will continue as it remains with the family. His greatest joy was his family who never ceased to bring him joy and pride and Ed gives thanks God for bringing him these precious gifts. He loved all his many kitties, who of course adored him. In addition to his wife, he leaves his four children, Terri Amatrudo O'Donnell (Kevin O’Donnell, Sr.) of Sandy Hook CT, Ed Amatrudo and his wife, Lora Westlund, of Nashville, TN, Michael Amatrudo and his wife, Vicki Conant, of Branford and Milford and Mitchell Amatrudo and his wife, Missy, of Manchester; brother, Bernard Amatrudo and his wife, Rosemarie, of Branford; sister, Linda Cantore and her husband, Anthony, of Guilford. Ed AKA “Poppy” leaves seven grandchildren, Brea and Kevin O'Donnell Jr., Delaney Amatrudo, Tara Amatrudo and her partner, Megan, Mikey Amatrudo and his wife Maura, Alexis Amatrudo and A.J. Stasolla; three great-grandchildren, Lina and Ethan Kilbride (Amatrudo) and Makenzie Amatrudo, all of whom he adored. He leaves many nieces, nephews, godchildren; two sisters-in-law, Ruthann Baker of Westbrook and Barbara (Pepe) Amatrudo of Branford; a brother-in-law, Edward Evis of Unionville and his beloved pets. He was predeceased by a brother, Andrew Amatrudo. His family will receive friends Friday, January 29th from 3-7 pm at St. Mary Mother of the Redeemer Church Hall, 69 Groton Long Point Rd., Groton, where Ed was a longtime parishioner, Eucharistic Minister, Lector and member of the Bereavement and Social Caregivers Ministries A funeral mass will be celebrated Saturday, at 11:00 am at the church, followed by a reception in the Church hall, where there will be an informal program and luncheon. Burial with military honors will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Edward "Chief" "Poppy" Amatrudo can be made to Best Friends Animal Society 5001 Angel Canyon Rd. Kanab UT 84741 Attn: Jonna W. or by phone 435-644-2001 ext. 4873. Email address for donations is as follows: https://secure.bestfriends.org/page/contribute/memory. The family invites you to visit www.mysticfuneralhome.com to leave an online message of condolence.

The ice may look nice, but don't risk your life
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 
During the past 2 weeks multiple people in Connecticut have been rescued by fire department personnel when they have fallen through the ice. Even though we have had a large snowfall and temperatures have been below freezing, current weather conditions are not allowing the ice to get thick enough to support the weight of most people or animals. Attached you will find a chart that indicates how much ice is needed to support a person and other objects. Please remember that "no ice is safe ice". Even though it may be safe in one area, bodies of water move and certain sections of a lake or pond may take longer to freeze, so there is no guarantee of safe ice. Always skate or go on the ice with a partner and have an emergency plan should you fall through. Please be safe during this winter season and use caution in whatever winter sport you participate in!

Fire Hydrants- Please help us shovel them out!
Monday, January 25, 2016 
Before snow hits our area take notice to where your closest fire hydrant is. If it's not cleared out, take the initiative to clear away any snow build up

Structure fire strikes home on Sunnycrest Road
Friday, January 15, 2016 
Trumbull Center, Long Hill and Nichols Fire Departments were dispatched to a structure fire at 15 Sunnycrest Road, Trumbull, CT at approximately 11:45 am. Upon arrival, firefighters were met with heavy fire conditions in the structure. Units worked to quickly extinguish in about 20 minutes. Monroe and Stepney Fire Departments also responded to assist at the scene while Shelton Fire Departments provided station coverage. 3 firefighters were treated for minor injuries. The fire is currently under investigation by the Trumbull Fire Marshals office

Merritt Parkway MVA with extrication
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 
On 1/13/16 At 16:30 hours last week the Nichols Fire Dept. was toned out to respond to RT 15 south bound in the area of exit 49 to assist EMS at the scene of a motor vehicle accident. The fire departments role at calls like this is to provide a safety zone for the medical crews to operate. Fire apparatus take up a blocking lane on the highway diverting traffic away from the crews on scene. For this call Rescue 300 and Engine 302 arrived on scene and took a blocking pattern on the limited access highway. Crews were quickly informed by medical personnel on scene that the drivers door would need to be removed. Firefighting crews used their Hurst E-draulic (battery operated hydraulic rescue tools) to open and remove the drivers door. Once better access was made medical crews were able to remove the driver for assessment. The fire department remained on scene until the vehicle was removed from the highway

Trumbull Fire responds to chemical spill on Corporate Drive
Tuesday, January 5, 2016 
TRUMBULL — First responders evacuated 15 people and took six to local hospitals following a small chemical spill at a Corporate Drive dental practice. In a prepared statement Tuesday, Deputy Chief Alex Rauso Jr., a spokesman for the Long Hill Fire Department, wrote that firefighters, and EMTs “responded to a small chemical spill” round 11:30 a.m. the same day. “The spill was in a dentist office. Approximately an ounce of Formocresol spilled causing a strong odor,” wrote Rauso. “This product is a disinfectant solution used as part of endodontic treatment.” According to the statement, firefighters consulted with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Fairfield County Hazardous Incident Response Team “and mitigated the small spill.” After firefighters ventilated the affected area, people were allowed back in. EMTs checked out 15 people at the scene, according to Rauso. Six went to local hospitals “as a precaution.” Vaughn Family Dentistry lists its address as 2 Corporate Drive

Fernandez family members join the NFD
Tuesday, January 5, 2016 
At tonight's monthly meeting the Nichols Fire Department swore in two new members. These two individuals are father and son and have both decided to join the NFD at the same time. The members of the NFD wish senior member Fernando Fernandez (father) and junior member Rafael Fernandez (son) good luck on the start of their journey as firefighters with the Nichols Fire Department

Head on crash on Booth Hill Road at Mischa Hill Road
Tuesday, January 5, 2016 
This morning the Nichols Fire Department with assistance from the Trumbull Center Fire Department were toned out for a motor vehicle accident unknown entrapment. Shortly after the dispatch an update was given to the responding crews of a head on collision with possible fire involved in one of the vehicles. Firefighter arrived on scene and were met with crews from Trumbull PD. and Trumbull EMS. Firefighters confirmed that there was no fire or entrapment at the accident and the occupants were in the hands of Trumbull EMS. Firefighters applied speedy dry to a fluid spill and stood by on scene until the vehicles were removed from the scene.

NFD Past Chaplain Father Joe Malloy passes away
Saturday, January 2, 2016 
It is with deep regret that the Nichols FD announces the passing of Past Chaplain and Life Member "Father Joe Malloy". "Father Joe" as he was affectionately known around the firehouse was a man of great integrity, humor and compassion towards our members and this community. Father Joe was a very active member of the Nichols Fire Department while servicing as a priest for Saint Catherine of Siena Church located just up the street from fire headquarters. Father Joe enjoyed hanging around the station with the guys and truly enjoyed his time volunteering and serving his community! His humor and demeanor will be missed by the many members who knew him and enjoyed knowing him. Peace be with you Father Joe and we will all see you on the other side! Amen The photo above shows 2 of the most important things in his life ,His God, and his service to his God. Quoted by Chief Engineer Jim Allan

MVA rollover Route 8 north in the area of exit 7
Monday, December 21, 2015 
At 21:15 hours last night the Nichols Fire Department was toned out for a motor vehicle accident rollover on RT 8 north bound in the area of exit 7. Nichols Car 3, Rescue 300 and Engine 302 responded to this call. Crews provided a safety zone while Trumbull EMS tended to the driver of the overturned car. Firefighters check for hazards and stood by until the vehicle was removed by the tow truck on scene. While Nichols firefighters were working on the northbound side of the highway firefighters from Trumbull Center FD were tending to a motor vehicle accident involving a utility pole on the southbound side of RT. 8. Nichols crews cleared from the highway and we're back in service by 22:20

New Rescue arrives in Nichols
Thursday, December 17, 2015 
The NEW Rescue 300 has arrived at the Nichols Fire Department !!! The NFD has taken delivery of their newest piece of fire apparatus today. Here's a few quick pictures from tonight, once all the equipment is mounted and the radios are installed a full photo layout will follow.

Please be safe during this holiday season, see the attached flyer
Monday, December 14, 2015 
The holiday season is the most dangerous time of the year for fires in homes. Overloaded circuits from holiday lights, candles and many other hazards present themselves in our homes and workplace. Please take the time to be safe and follow the tips on our attached flyer. Have a safe and happy holiday!

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