Nichols Fire Department
Serving and Protecting Nichols with Pride Since 1917
The annual Nichols Fire Department “Neighbors Night” event traditionally held the Tuesday evening before Thanksgiving is unfortunately cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Click here for more information
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Nichols Truck 303 has served the Nichols Fire Department for 40 years. Having difficulty setting emotions aside, the Chief and the Fire Commission will be placing this vehicle up for sale effective April 1, 2021. Needless to say, we would like to see this vehicle go to a good home and the Commission reserves the right to do what is in the best interest of the Nichols Fire taxpayers and the reputation of the Department. We estimate the fair market value to be $15,000.
We will be accepting written offers for purchase by mail and intend to vote on the new owner of 303 during the Commission meeting to be held on Tuesday April 20, 2021. The truck will be sold “AS IS” and without any warranties of any kind. See details below. If you, or if you know of someone interested in purchasing this vehicle, please submit your purchase proposal in writing no later than April 15, 2021 by mail to:
Nichols Fire District
100 Shelton Road
Trumbull, CT. 06611
Mark outside of envelope: Truck 303
Please direct any questions to Chief Franko or Commissioner Patrick Freyer.
1981 Hahn S/N HCC4148008141
Detroit 8V92TA – rebuilt less than 6 years ago for approximately $32,000
Allison HT740 automatic transmission
On board 15KW generator, light tower and cascade system with compressor to remain on apparatus which will be sold “as is”.
All firefighting equipment and radios will be removed before delivery to the purchaser.
Due to the age of the vehicle, per DMV guidelines, the registration acts as the Certificate of Title.
TRUMBULL, Conn.—The Nichols Fire Department has received a $2,997 fire prevention grant from FM Global, a major commercial property insurer.
FM Global representative Michael Spaziani notified Nichols Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury that their grant application was selected among a pool of hundreds of applications received. The award will be used to assist with pre-fire planning activities in an effort to efficiently collect and track data related to local community buildings. The information will help first responders by displaying mapping and data when responding to an emergency situation.
Because fire continues to be the leading cause of property damage worldwide, during the past 40 years FM Global has contributed millions of dollars in fire prevention grants to fire service organizations around the globe. Locally, the company has awarded grants to a number of Connecticut-based organizations.
“At FM Global, we strongly believe the majority of property damage is preventable, not inevitable,” said Michael Spaziani, assistant vice president – manager of the fire prevention grant program. “Far too often, inadequate budgets prevent those organizations working to prevent fire from being as proactive as they would like to be. With additional financial support, grant recipients are actively helping to improve property risk in the communities they serve.”
Through its Fire Prevention Grant Program, FM Global awards grants to fire departments that best demonstrate a need for funding, where dollars can have the most impact on preventing fire, or mitigating the damage it can quickly cause.
TRUMBULL, Conn.—The Nichols Fire Department announced on December 31st, 2020 that Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury will be stepping down as Chief, and that Assistant Fire Chief Raymond Franko will be taking over the reins in January. Deputy Chief John DelVento will remain as Deputy Chief and assist Chief Franko in the transition.
“I am proud of the accomplishments we have been able to achieve as a department” Kingsbury said. “The fleet was in pretty rough shape when I took over. We have been able to replace our Aerial Ladder and Squad, complete a much needed training facility behind Fire Headquarters, and expand our bays at the Booth Hill Road station. We are also ushering in a state of the art radio system.”
“Asst Chief Franko does have a few challenges in front of him still” stated Kingsbury. “Our Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus need to be replaced in 2021, and we still have a front line pumper that will be 40 years old, that needs to be replaced as well. I am confident that Chief Franko and his staff will be able to accomplish those goals and much more”.
Chief Kingsbury has been Fire Chief in Nichols for the last 4 years, prior to that he was Fire Chief in Westport for 6 years where he spent 30 years as a career firefighter. Like Kingsbury, Chief Franko has been in numerous leadership roles within the Nichols Fire Department, serving in most positions, he started with the department in 1986. Chief Franko’s father was also a firefighter in Nichols, serving as a Lieutenant with the department.
Fire Commission Chairman Patrick Freyer plans to swear-in Chief Franko during next Tuesday’s monthly meeting January 5th, 2021. “I am glad Asst. Chief Franko has accepted the challenge and I echo Chief Kingsbury’s confidence in his leadership. Chief Kingsbury looks forward to having some free time “ the Commissioner exclaimed. “I have a lot of home improvement projects to get caught up on” Kingsbury added. He will continue his duties as Deputy Emergency Management Director for the Town of Trumbull and teaching as an adjunct instructor for the Connecticut Fire Academy.
-- We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season
and a wonderful, prosperous New Year!! --
Picture taken December 23rd, 2020
On December 21st, 2020 the Nichols Fire Department from Trumbull, Connecticut presented Major Katharine Longcoy of the Bridgeport Salvation Army a check for $2013.50. The Nichols Fire Department has been ringing the bell for the Salvation Army the weekend before Christmas for nearly fifty years.
Regrettably, this year the department was unable to man the kettles due to COVID-19 concerns. Knowing the need would be greater than ever this year, Nichols Firefighters rose to the challenge and raised the funds through member donations.
Fire in a fryolator at McDonalds, fire was contained to the unit and hood/duct system. Units checked for extension and let the building naturally ventilate. As we approach the Holiday season the NFD would like to remind all residents to evacuate any building in case of a fire and immediately dial 911, and always having working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Thursday evening Nichols firefighter’s drilled on simulated building fires with trapped occupants. Firefighters had to force entry and stretch handlines to a 2nd floor fire while searching for victims along the way. This is the third week in a series of evolutions utilizing our training facility in increasingly difficult scenarios, this week’s curve ball was restricted access to the front of the building for apparatus and firefighting. The training also allowed our firefighters to utilize the new townwide radio system under stressful conditions. Firefighters performed exceptionally well as they continue to hone their skills and “Move with a Purpose”.
The Nichols Fire Department with assistance from the Stratford Fire Department responded to a 3 car MVA w/ rollover at exit 51 on Rte 15 SB in Trumbull this afternoon. One patient was transported to an area hospital by Trumbull EMS. The Nichols Fire department reminds all motorists to buckle up , seat belts save lives.
Today the Nichols FD participated in the inaugural 1st Responder Kayak Race sponsored by U.S. Veteran’s Rowing & Kayaking at Pinewood Lake. The U.S. Veteran’s have been kayaking at Pinewood Lake for the last 5 years and wanted to give back to the community with this inaugural event. The Nichols team finished a strong 3rd behind Trumbull EMS who clinched 2nd with a late pass, Pinewood Lake Lifeguards took the win at this camaraderie filled event. We are all looking forward to next year’s event.
This weekend marks the third weekend in a row where Nichols units have responded to serious motor vehicle accidents. We would like to remind everyone to drive safely and always wear your seat belt.
On the morning of September 15th, the Nichols Fire Department responded to Merritt Blvd in the Corporate Park for a natural gas leak.
Crew working in front of St Vincent’s Special Needs had severed a natural gas main with a backhoe. Fire Personnel metered the area and adjacent buildings and awaited the arrival of Southern Connecticut Gas Co. The gas company was quickly able to clamp the leak.
The Nichols Fire Department cautions all to be very careful while digging and trenching, and to always be sure they utilize Call-Before-You-Dig before commencing any work.
On the morning of
September 11, 2020 the
Nichols Fire Department
paid their respects to the all the emergency workers that gave their lives on September 11, 2001.
At 0809 this morning Nichols FD along with Trumbull Center FD were dispatched to a 2 car MVA on Rte 8 SB at Exit 10. R-300 assisted with patient removal from one vehicle while R-100 and Nichols Car-1 attended to the second vehicle. Three patients were transported by Trumbull EMS, the CSP along with TPD also responded. Last FD unit cleared at 0901 hours.
Today Nichols assisted by the Trumbull Center & Long Hill Fire Departments responded to 50 Commerce Drive for a gas leak. First in units discovered that a 2″ 60 psi natural gas main had been severed by a backhoe. Firefighters evacuated the structure, secured water supplies, metered the building and awaited the arrival of Southern Conn Gas Co. The incident, which occurred during the heat of the afternoon, was put under control when SCGC was able to clamps the 2″ gas line and stop the flow of gas. The incident was turned over to the gas company, the last FD unit cleared at 1404 hours.
“The Nichols Fire Department thanks all those who helped us memorialize this country’s bravest.”
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A Nichols Fire Dept Snow Call
Share a unique experience by riding with Car #1 to a call in the snow.
January 18, 2020
NIA Bonfire 2019
On December 22, 2019, the NIA Bonfire was supervised by the Nichols Fire Department and the results were spectacular!
-- Station 1 never looked better for the holidays!! --
Picture taken Christmas Eve 2019
-- ATTENTION --
NICHOLS FIRE DEPARTMENT NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
Even though it doesn’t say so in our title, the Nichols Fire Department is a volunteer organization, and it needs your support. Please take the time to view our recruitment video and see for yourself. Why not be part of a proud team, learn new skills and be an asset to your community, as well!
C’mon, now is the time!