Nichols Fire Department

Serving and Protecting Nichols with Pride Since 1917

4 days ago

Trumbull Emergency Medical Services (TEMS)
Trumbull EMS and Town of Trumbull Public Safety Teams were recognized last night 05/10/2022 by Hartford Healthcare St. Vincent’s Medical Center at their 2022 Values Recognition Ceremony. The ceremony was attended by St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport CT & Hartford HealthCare Emergency Medical Services leadership teams, as well as EMS Agencies from around the region. Speakers focused on recognizing the tremendous value of EMS providers in delivering life saving care and compassion, along with collaborative partnerships across the healthcare industry to offer wholistic approaches to health and wellness, treatment and recovery. Town of TrumbullThe St. Vincent’s Medical Center Emergency Medical Services Values Recognition Award is a special commendation that celebrates an EMS provider who has demonstrated the core values of integrity, compassion, accountability, respect, and empathy while providing selfless service that is patient focused.Trumbull EMS and the Town of Trumbull received multiple awards. Award recipients are listed below.Trumbull EMS Volunteer Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) Janet FreeburgTrumbull EMS Former Volunteer and current Per Diem Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Vimratha “Sonu” TeepireddyAdditionally the following team members from Trumbull EMS were recognized along with Trumbull Police Department & Nichols Fire Department for their excellent public safety team work on a critical trauma call:Trumbull EMS Per Diem Paramedic Michael SantianaTrumbull EMS Per Diem EMT Alan BensenTrumbull EMS Volunteer EMT Michael Pappagallo Trumbull Police Officer Edward BachiocchiTrumbull Police Officer Caitlin Murphy Nichols FD Lt. Jason DemancheFirefighter Scott DetuzziFirefighter Devin BrainardFirefighter Paul LagerfeldtFirefighter Mike Provenzano Trumbull EMS congratulates all our TEMS and Town of Trumbull team members, along with our colleagues from several neighboring communities who were honored at this very meaningful ceremony.#trumbullemergencymedicalservices #trumbullCT #onetownoneteam #temsvolunteers #community #trumbullpublicsafetypartners #interagencycollaboration #strongertogether #thisisems #risingtothechallenge #emsstrong #nationalemsweek2022 ... See MoreSee Less
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ATTENTION ALL NICHOLS FIRE DISTRICT RESIDENTS:As a reminder, our annual meeting will be hosted tomorrow, May 10th, beginning at 7:30 PM at Nichols Station 1 (100 Shelton Road, Trumbull, CT). We encourage any Nichols residents to arrive early to assist with the check in process, and remind them to bring a valid form of ID (preferably a license) to verify residency within the district. The sign in process will begin at 6:30 PM.The purpose of this meeting is Budget Approval and new Commission position voting, as well as other information posted on our website.Additional Information:Masks will be optionalThere will be no Zoom provisionThere will be no absentee ballot provision.Thank you and we look forward to your attendance,The Nichols Fire District ... See MoreSee Less
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One more Day...The Trumbull Fire Departments are a Proud Sponsor of Trumbull Little League! We look forward to seeing everybody Next Saturday, April 30th at Opening Day!!Check out our new banner on Field 1... Trumbull Little League Trumbull Volunteer Fire Company, No. 1, Inc. Nichols Fire Department ... See MoreSee Less
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Stop by our annual Easter Flower Sale this Friday or Saturday and support the volunteers of the Long Hill FD! ... See MoreSee Less
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This morning at approximately 08:30 Rescue 300 and Squad 309 operated at a car fire on Quarry Road. Units were on scene for 30 minutes. ... See MoreSee Less
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This morning at 0700 hours crews battled a car fire involving a ruptured fuel tank on the Merrit Parkway Exit 50 SB ramp. Foam was utilized to fight the liquid fire that spread rapidly along the car and surrounding brush. Rescue 300 along with Squad 309 and Long Hill E-205 remained on scene until approximately 0815.Long Hill Volunteer Fire Co. #1 Inc ... See MoreSee Less
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How do you take a negative and make it a positive? Ask the people of Trumbull to get involved. Laura, Ben and I had an event to honor some trumbull students so we could only stop by and donate some top soil and grass seed. But we wanted to share how impressed we were with our town.What a sight to see at Make A Wish Foundation of Connecticut a community coming together to fix what someone had destroyed. Thank you to Trumbull Helps, Nichols Fire Department, Long Hill Fire District Office, Trumbull Volunteer Fire Company, No. 1, Inc., Jeffery KunkelAs a bonus we got to spend some time with my neighbor little Luca who was working very hard!!We are lucky to live in such a great town with so many caring people. It is a good thing to focus on the positive and ignore the negative out there!! ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

John Plofkin
This morning 16 of my brothers from the Nichols Fire Department and Trumbull center Volunteer fire company went to help fix the field at the Make A Wish foundation HQ on Commerce Drive. An amazing outpouring of support from the Trumbull community and the Trumbull Helps organization led by Jeffery Kunkel showed up in force to right the vandalism (approximately 80 people). What a great community we live in and thanks to everyone who gave time, materials or equipment! ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Make-A-Wish Connecticut
We are so grateful to Trumbull Helps, Nichols Fire Department Trumbull Volunteer Fire Company, No. 1, Inc. and the entire community for coming out on this beautiful Saturday to repair our sports field. Also a thank you to The Becker Companies, LLC for their generous donation of top soil. We are so blessed to be a part of this community! ... See MoreSee Less
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Last week and this weekend the Nichols Fire Department was fortunate enough to have a house donated to us to use for training. This house was being torn down by the owners and they asked if we would like to train on it before the demolition. Over several days crews from all three departments in town used the structure for search and rescue, firefighter rescue, ventilation, overhaul techniques and more. Members were able to refine old skills and learn new ones while working along side each other in a real life environment, rather than just in simulations or in our training structure. Below is a short video on just some of the 10+ hours of training members did over the last week. The Nichols Fire Department as well as Trumbull Volunteer Fire Company, No. 1, Inc. and Long Hill Volunteer Fire Co. #1 Inc would like to thank all who were able to make this great opportunity possible. Nichols Fire DepartmentProudly Serving Since 1917! ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

IJG Productions
March 10th, 2022:9:42 AM Nichols Fire Department and Trumbull Center, along with Trumbull EMS, and Trumbull PD were dispatched for an MVA with possible extrication in the area of Nutmeg Dr. Trumbull PD were first to arrive, confirming a MVA involving an automobile and a box truck. Single driver/occupant of the automobile requiring extrication. Fire units arrived shortly after and put to tools to work. Extrication complete at 10:03 AM, driver/occupant was transferred to Trumbull EMS for care and transport to a local hospital. RUN CARD Nichols Fire: Squad 309Rescue 300Truck 304Nichols 4Trumbull Volunteer Fire Company, No. 1, Inc.: Rescue 100Car 4 Other Agencies: Trumbull Emergency Medical Services (TEMS) Trumbull Police Department ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Easton EMS
Today at 3pm Easton EMS was alerted to respond to assist our neighbors in the town of Monroe. They had a house fire and initial reports were of multiple serious injuries. We were able to send our crews to help immediately. Once on scene we were able to work with our partners at Monroe Volunteer Emergency Medical Service and figured out that only one person needed care. We stood by and assisted with fire stand-by while our other ambulance stood-by at the town line to cover both towns incase additional calls for service came in. This is what small towns are all about, neighbors helping neighbors. We were glad to help Monroe and we know when we call them one day they will return the favor. SWRCC, Stepney Fire Department, Monroe Volunteer Fire Department, No.1 Inc., Stevenson Volunteer Fire Company, Long Hill Volunteer Fire Co. #1 Inc, Nichols Fire Department, Valley Emergency Medical Services, Southwest CT EMS Council, DoingItLocal.comGo to or and sign up to become an EMT today! ... See MoreSee Less
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Last evening at approximately 20:34 Nichols and Trumbull Center fire units were dispatched to Nichols Ave at Rt 8 North entrance for the report of a rollover with possible entrapment. Within 4 minutes of dispatch 4 nichols units (N1, N2, R-300 and S309) were on scene. Upon arrival, Rescue 300 reported a 2 car MVA with a single car on its roof with negative entrapment. Patients were treated with minor injuries by Trumbull Emergency Medical Services (TEMS) and the Rt 8/Rt 15 NB entrance ramp remained closed for a short period of time while the scene was cleared.Nichols Fire Department Proudly Serving Since 1917 ... See MoreSee Less
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Trumbull EMS have been responding to 911 calls throughout this storm. We have multiple units in service and our command staff have been working with our public safety partners and town unified command team as we continue to ensure our community is kept safe during this extreme weather event. Huge thanks to our #temsteam for spending the weekend helping us provide extra cover, to the Town of Trumbull public works department for their massive support and hard work and of course to our public safety partners at Long Hill Volunteer Fire Co. #1 Inc, Nichols Fire Department, Trumbull Volunteer Fire Company, No. 1, Inc., Trumbull Police Department, SWRCC and the Trumbull OEM for their commitment and support. Proud and honored to serve, 24/7/365. #trumbullemergencymedicalservices #trumbullct #onetownoneteam #temsvolunteers #community #temsspecialoperations #trumbullpublicsafetypartners #chiefgoodman #StrongerTogether #teamtems #temsfam ... See MoreSee Less
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Many people have recently been reaching out to the Nichols Fire Department as well as other surrounding departments regarding texts and messages advertising T-Shirt sales. The NFD is not currently selling or advertising any apparel and it is important to know that this is a scam website and you should not click on the link if you receive one of these messages. If we ever sell apparel in the future it will be posted here on our social media pages and mentioned directly on our department website. ... See MoreSee Less
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FYISCAM ALERT!!! We have been made aware of someone using our Company Patch on tee shirts and selling them as some type of benefit. THIS IS NOT APPROVED BY US! Please do NOT purchase any of the clothing from these people. If we do sell shirts for a cause, it will be published on our social media pages by us. ... See MoreSee Less
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Hudson Valley Fire Equipment has received an order from the Nichols Fire District, Trumbull, CT for a Seagrave Custom Pumper.This unit features a Seagrave Marauder Stainless Steel Cab, 146" Stainless Steel Body, 1,500 GPM Waterous CSU Pump, 500 Gallon UPF Water Tank, Fire Research Scene Lights, Whelen Warning Lights, Akron Apollo Deck Gun. HAAS Alert Collision Prevention System. On-Spot Automatic Snow Chains.We would like to thank the Nichols Fire District for choosing HVFE & Seagrave Fire Apparatus.Seagrave Fire Apparatus Nichols Fire Department Waterous Whelen Akron Brass HAAS Alert Onspot of North America ... See MoreSee Less
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The Nichols Fire Department will be hosting its first popcorn ball toss this year! Members will be driving fire apparatus throughout select routes in the district and tossing popcorn balls out to help spread holiday cheer! Unwrapped toys and gift cards are being accepted during the toss and will benefit Trumbull Social Services and The Bridgeport FD Toy Drive.

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On Saturday December 4, 2021 members of the Nichols Fire Department and the Nichols Fire Commission participated in the Jingle Bell run to raise awareness of the constant need for new members for this volunteer organization. Department members donned their turn out gear and SCBA ( breathing apparatus packs) adding 60 pounds to the challenge.

7 started and 7 finished.

Congrats to all and thank you for your service!

Commissioner Patrick Freyer


Early this morning at approximately 02:50 Nichols and Trumbull Center Fire Departments were alerted to reports of a single car rollover with entrapment. Upon arrival Rescue 300 noted a single pickup truck style vehicle on its drivers side with the occupant still inside. Crews quickly stabilized the vehicle using cribbing, rescue struts, and a “tie back” device. They then worked to remove the roof of the vehicle to extricate the patient. The patient was then turned into the hands of Trumbull EMS. Units were clear within 50 minutes.

The Nichols Fire Department has recently seen a very large increase of motor vehicle accidents, including some that are very serious. We would like to remind everyone to always wear your seatbelts when in a moving vehicle, and to always maintain the posted speed limits.

Trumbull Emergency Medical Services (TEMS)

Trumbull Volunteer Fire Company, No. 1, Inc.

At approximately 22:55 hours on Friday evening, Nichols Fire Department along with Trumbull Center and Long Hill were called to the Marriott Hotel on Hawley Lane for a commercial fire alarm activation, reporting a pull station activation. Engine 301 arrived on scene within 6 minutes of the dispatch and began their investigation. Upon entering the building they were informed by maintenance of a possible smoke condition in a 5th floor room. On their way to the 5th floor they were updated further that there was a bed possibly on fire in the room. In the room 301’s crew found smoke condition along with a moderately burned mattress and sheets that were extinguished prior to their arrival. Crews worked to remove the smoke from the building and ensured the fire was fully extinguished. Crews remained on scene for approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes assisting the fire marshals office with the investigation.

Trumbull Volunteer Fire Company, No. 1, Inc.

Long Hill Volunteer Fire Co. #1 Inc


Commissioner Patrick Freyer swears in Chris Briganti as a Senior Firefighter at the October 5th Fire Department monthly meeting.

Commissioner Freyer                  Chris Briganti


During ‘Career Week’ at the NIA’s Camp Starkweather, The Nichols Fire Department brought Ladder 304 to invite some of the kids to ‘Touch A Truck’ on July 14, 2021.

Six groups of children ranging in age from 4 to 11 had a chance to get familiar with a fire truck. Assistant Chief Ryan McEnaney, Captain Joe Clark, Firefighter Dan Hannan along with Commissioner Patrick Freyer were at the ready to answer all types of questions and solve all kinds of problems.

A fun time was had by all!


Nichols Fire Department honors
Barbara Plofkin for 21 years as a Commissioner and 9 years as District Treasurer.

A Proclamation was read by First Selectman Vicki Tesoro which makes June 30, 2021 Barbara Plofkin Day.

Barbara Plofkin                  Vicki Tesoro


Members of the Nichols Fire Department were dodging the raindrops
at the Memorial Day Flag Ceremony at the NIA, Sunday May 30, 2021.


Former Nichols Chief, John Plofkin goes through some of the points of Basic Hose Operation with some of the new volunteers on April 8, 2021.


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.

Andrew Kingsbury
Raymond Franko

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

Pictured presenting the check in the contributed
photo to Major Longcoy of the Salvation Army
is Past Chief of Department Douglas Doyle.

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.

Here is the NFD’s new Squad 309, a 2020 Pierce Enforcer
Heavy-Duty Rescue Pumper.

Some Squad 309 Specs

  • 1500 GPM Pump
  • 750 gallon Water Tank 
  • 20 gallon Foam Tank 
  • Cummins Diesel 450 hp L9 Engine
  • Ground Ladders
  • Hard Suction
  • Full Complement of Hose
  • Hurst eDraulic Extrication Equipment

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. 

At approximately 10:02 this morning units were dispatched to a reported rollover in the area of exit 7 of Rt. 8 Southbound. First arriving unit Rescue 300 found a single vehicle on its side with a single patient already outside of the vehicle. Members were quick to stabilize the vehicle while Trumbull EMS provided care to the patient. Crews from Squad 309 and Truck 304 also assisted at the incident. Units were cleared from the scene within 1 hour.

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.

Members of the Nichols Fire Department practiced drafting and master stream operations at Pinewood Lake on a beautiful Thursday evening, face masks in place of course!

At 2220 hrs Saturday June 6th, The Nichols Fire Dept along with the Stratford Fire Dept.were dispatched to Rt15 exit 52 Southbound for an MVA assist EMS. The call was then upgraded to MVA with double entrapment. Members of the Nichols Fire Dept.worked alongside Stratford Fire Dept to remove the trapped victims from their cars.  Last FD units cleared at 2309 hrs.
Due to the location of the incident, both Stratford and Nichols Fire Dept’s respond on a “border drop” auto-aid agreement, this allows the closest unit to arrive first and begin life saving efforts regardless of the town.  A special thanks to Stratford Engine 4, TAC5, and Car 3 for their quick response Saturday evening. 
Stratford Fire Department’s Facebook page

“The Nichols Fire Department thanks all those who helped us memorialize this country’s bravest.”

Notice from the Fire Marshal

Per the order of the Trumbull Fire Marshals’ Office, there is a burn ban in effect. This also goes for any standing burn permits that have been issued. Once the ban has been lifted, everyone will be notified by the Fire Marshals’ Office!

Remember, please stay home and stay safe!

We Need Your Help!

Do your part to stop the spread of the Caronavirus and help flatten the curve.

– Wash your Hands
– Disinfect Frequently
– Don’t Touch your Eyes, Nose & Mouth
– Practices Social Distancing
– Stay home if your sick

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



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!

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