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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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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.

 
Rollover Accident at Nichols Avenue and Route 8 north on ramp
Thursday, December 18, 2014 
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Members were dispatched to the intersection of Nichols Ave. and Penny Ave. for an MVA rollover shortly after the conclusion of the annual fire dept. Christmas party on 12/18/14. The first due apparatus, Quint 303, reported a single suv on its side and began to check for entrapment. Second due Rescue 300 arrived on scene and aided with scene safety and assisted with traffic control. Crews stood by on scene until the suv could be uprighted and removed by the tow truck. Once the suv was removed the crews returned to quarters in service.

 
   
   
New Rescue chassis arrives at Gowans Knight
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 
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On Wednesday Dec 17th members of the Nichols Fire Dept. Rescue 300 Truck Committee got to see some of their hard work for the first time as the cab and chassis have arrived from the manufacturer. Members traveled to Gowan's Knight to look over the delivered fire apparatus cab. Members checked over the truck comparing the built product with the written spec they had designed. The next step in the process of building the new rescue truck is to start the construction of the trucks body. Committee members will be making regular trips to the manufacture to check on the trucks build progress and to prepare the new fire apparatus to be put in service. Additional pictures will be added to the website as the project continues to move ahead, so please check back for updates and pictures of the new Rescue 300 !!!

 
   
   
Holiday, candle and Christmas tree fire safety
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 
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Holiday, candle and Christmas tree fire safety outreach materials Help increase awareness about holiday fires in your community with these messages and free materials. Facts about home holiday fires •One of every three home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems. •Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. On average, one of every 40 reported home structure Christmas tree fires results in a death compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home structure fires. •A heat source too close to the tree causes roughly one in every six of Christmas tree fires. •More than half (56 percent) of home candle fires occur when something that can catch on fire is too close to the candle. •December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. In December, 11 percent of home candle fires began with decorations compared to 4 percent the rest of the year. Source: National Fire Protection Association

 
   
   
Annual NIA bonfire standy
   
Monday, December 15, 2014 
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The annual NIA bonfire was held this evening and started at approximately 1730 hours. Members of the Nichols FD were on hand to monitor the blaze while members of the community participated in singing Christmas carols during this annual event. Engine 302 and Rescue 300 were used for water supply and no significant issues occurred during this seasonal celebration. Thank you to all of our members for taking time out of their schedules during this holiday season.

 
MVA at the point of green damages NIA flag pole
Thursday, December 11, 2014 
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Just after 6pm this evening Trumbull dispatch reported an MVA car versus stationary object at Unity and Huntington Turnpike. Nichols Car 2 responded as well as Engine 301 and 302. Upon reaching the green Car 2 saw a vehicle on the green near the church. Car 2 investigated and relayed that there was no entrapment at this time and kept it to units on the air. The vehicle was traveling on Unity Rd when they lost control and traveled across the front lawn of the bunny fountain, across Huntington Turnpike up onto the green where it hit the flag pole and removing the flag pole from its location traveling an additional 20 ft where it came to rest. No other vehicles were involved . Occupant was treated by EMS. Units disconnected the battery and remained on scene until the wrecker removed the vehicle.

 
Forcible entry training using power tools
Thursday, December 11, 2014 
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This evenings drill was held behind station 1 using a van as a mock up for forcible entry training using multiple tools to gain access. Members were given a scenario of a person trapped within the vehicle with only alternate access routes to gain access. All normal access routes had been fortified and reinforced prior to the drill. This was a great opportunity for members to get hands on experience with tools that they seldom use on a daily basis.

 
   
   
Trumbull Center Structure fire and vehicle accident happen moments apart
Saturday, December 6, 2014 
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At 11:22 am on Saturday December 6th Trumbull Center was dispatched to the reported structure fire on Edison Road in the 400 block. Long Hill Asst Chief Sambrook arrived on scene minutes later and reported an exterior fire with the structure involved. Chief Sambrook also stated that the fire was in the area of a chimney and that the homeowner was attempting to extinguish with a garden hose. Upon further inspection Chief Sambrook reduced the assignment to an engine from Trumbull Center and another from Long Hill. While this was taking place Long Hill was dispatched to the report of a motor vehicle accident with a snapped pole, wires down with unknown entrapment on Main street at Park Lane. Nichols Quint 303 was rerouted to this assignment by command along with other Long Hill FD units responding in on the box. Trumbull Center Car 2 arrived and reported a snapped pole with primaries on the ground and everyone out of the car. Long Hill and Nichols units secured the scene and remained there until the arrival of UI and then it was turned over to Trumbull PD.

 
Odor of burning and visible smoke at Bow TIe cinemas brings upgraded response
Friday, November 28, 2014 
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At 10pm on Black Friday (Nov 28th) Nichols Fire was requested to assist Trumbull Center fire department for an odor of smoke at the Bow Tie Cinemas. Nichols Car 6 arrived with Tcfd engine 103 and established command. Engine 103 was assigned to investigate the interior of the building starting with theater 5, which was reported as the source of origin. Nichols Car 2 arrived on scene and was designated as Interior and provided direction for Trumbull Center Tower 104 and Nichols Engine 301 to locate the source of the issue. Quint 303 was instructed to ladder the roof and check for any issues affecting HVAC and mechanicals. Eventually, companies determined the cause to be a newly installed Roof top unit that was emitting a burning odor while operating.

 
   
   
Long Hill responds to automatic alarm and upgrades to structure fire response on Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 27, 2014 
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On Thanksgiving evening the members of Long Hill FD were alerted to an automatic fire alarm at a residence on Normandy Road. First arriving companies found a residence with a smoke condition of unknown origin and immediately upgraded the alarm to a structure fire response. This added Trumbull Center as mutual aid and Nichols would be providing RIT services on the box. Quint 303 and Rescue 300 both made it to the staging area with 10 members on board. The source of the smoke was found to be a shop vacuum cleaner filter which had been on fire but was now out. All companies were returned to service while Long Hill companies ventilated.

 
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