Since 1917, the Nichols Fire Department has been an entirely
volunteer organization. We greatly depend on the residents of Nichols and other
surrounding towns for dedicated members. Anyone can apply to be a firefighter
with the Nichols Fire Department, whether you live in the district of Nichols,
town of Trumbull, or elsewhere. All applicants must be at least 16 years of age
to be considered for junior membership and 18 years of age and older to be
considered for senior membership. We also consider enrolling associate members
to have a specialized affiliation with the fire department which does not
include active firefighting duties.
There is an application process for all prospective members to complete and is
comprised of the following; an interview with the commission and the Chief of
our department, a thorough background investigation, and an extensive physical
exam. The applicant will then be introduced to department members at a monthly
business meeting as a junior, senior or associate member applicant. After the
application process has been successfully completed, the member will be sworn in
at a monthly business meeting.
New members are considered probationary until they successfully complete a State
of Connecticut Firefighter 1 class. Soon after being sworn in, probationary
members are put through an in-house probationary firefighter class. After
completing "probie class", the probationary firefighter will be allowed to
participate in a support capacity with department activities, training and also
go on calls. Once Firefighter 1 is completed, the member will shed their
probationary status and be considered a senior firefighter!
Being a volunteer firefighter and a member of the Nichols Fire Department takes
dedication and a great deal of time yet the personal satisfaction our members
feel is greatly rewarding. Sworn to protect and serve the community, the Nichols
firefighter is dedicated to the Departmentís mission. The work of a firefighter
extends far beyond responding to emergencies and calls for service. Our
dedication involves education and training, apparatus, equipment and station
maintenance, administrative paperwork and planning, all of which ever ends.
Firefighter training and certification opportunities are almost endless.
A volunteer firefighterís loved ones learn to understand and accept the
interrupted dinners and family celebrations and the middle of the night
awakenings, only to worry about hazards their loved one may encounter.
Obviously, no one becomes a volunteer firefighter for the money. This
organization is based upon camaraderie, teamwork, trustworthiness, integrity,
and dedication to the district of Nichols and town of Trumbull.
If you have interest in becoming a firefighter with this great organization
please review the documents listed below for other membership details and
contact our recruitment coordinator, Firefighter Charlie Gillespie Jr. at
Download Nichols Fire Department Membership Application Cover Page
Download Application for Junior Or Senior probationary membership
Download Nichols Fire Department New Member Status Tracking Sheet