Nichols Fire Department

Serving and Protecting Nichols with Pride Since 1917

Last evening, over 120 firefighters from around CT attended a seminar on operating safely around electric and hybrid vehicles, which are a growing hazard in the fire service. The program was presented by Jason Emery from Emergency Training Solutions LLC/ BC, and touched on several topics including the design and science behind these vehicles, as well as how firefighters should respond to all forms of incidents revolving around these vehicles.This event was sponsored by the Nichols fire department training division , chief officers and fire commissioners. A special thanks to St. Joseph’s High School and Joe Dzurenda for allowing us use of their Huntington auditorium. Thanks to everyone who attended this great program! ... See MoreSee Less
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Nichols Residents! Its that time of the year again where The Nichols Fire Department will host our Annual Neighbors Night for its 83rd year! Nichols residents can find out all information on what has happened in the department in the 2022 year, gain winter fire safety tips, as well as enjoy refreshments and participate in our turkey raffle! The event will begin promptly at 7:30 pm on Tuesday November 22nd.Interested in joining? Learn about our volunteer firefighter program and grab an application while you are here!Nichols Fire Department, proudly serving since 1917! ... See MoreSee Less
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Our open house is 2 days away! Come visit us this Sunday at Station 1 from 11:00-2:00!Nichols Fire Open House 2022The NFD welcomes all to our annual open house, which will be held this year on October 16 from 11:00-2:00 at Nichols Station 1! We look forward to meeting our local neighbors and community members while offering fun activities throughout the day! Don't forget to ask how you can become a volunteer firefighter today!Nichols Fire DepartmentProudly Serving Since 1917 ... See MoreSee Less
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Nichols Fire Open House 2022The NFD welcomes all to our annual open house, which will be held this year on October 16 from 11:00-2:00 at Nichols Station 1! We look forward to meeting our local neighbors and community members while offering fun activities throughout the day! Don't forget to ask how you can become a volunteer firefighter today!Nichols Fire DepartmentProudly Serving Since 1917 ... See MoreSee Less
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9/11/2022This morning members participated in our annual remembrance ceremony where we honor the lives lost during the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. The Nichols Fire Department vows to never forget the lives lost on 9/11, especially the 343 firefighters who paid the ultimate sacrifice that day, and the many more who still suffer from incident-related illnesses today. ... See MoreSee Less
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Yesterday evening, Flash Fire Training conducted weekly drill with the Nichols Fire Department on the cutting prop they designed and built. Members worked with a variety of saws to cut metal stock, locks, rebar and metal decking. This prop can be used in a variety of ways to allow members to practice their skills in a controlled manner. These techniques we practiced help train members in forcible entry and ventilation during fire and rescue incidents. Flash Fire Industries ... See MoreSee Less
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Early this afternoon Nichols Engines 302 and 301, along with Trumbull Center Engine 101 and several units from shelton operated at 3 separate brush fires within a half mile on RT 8 near Huntington Road. Units operated at the 3 fires for a little over 1 hour. ... See MoreSee Less
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Yesterday, Lt. Jason Demanche went through members gear doing inspections and found gloves, hoods, boots, coats, pants and helmets that were older than 10 years. The NFPA requires gear to be replaced at that interval and removed from service. The gear is being donated to firefighters in Ukraine through Trumbull Center Fire's Lt. Konstantin Tartakovsky, who sends it overseas to his native country. We hope this small donation protects our brothers and sisters overseas who continue fighting for their country every day!Nichols Fire DepartmentProudly Serving Since 1917! ... See MoreSee Less
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Yesterday afternoon the NFD was contacted via a non-emergency method regarding a local resident who had lost their brand new toy plane in a tree, after it got taken by a gust of wind. Two members were able to utilize Truck 304's ladder to rescue the downed aircraft and return it to its rightful owner!Nichols Fire DepartmentProudly Serving Since 1917! ... See MoreSee Less
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July 24th Tractor Trailer FireThis morning at approximately 04:47 units from Nichols and Trumbull Center fire departments were dispatched to Rt 8 south in the area of 11 for the reported tractor trailer fire. With an unsure exact location of the fire, Shelton Fire Departments were also notified of this incident. Units found a 53' produce trailer fully involved just south of exit 11 on Rt 8 Southbound. All departments worked together for over 2 hours completing extensive extinguishment and overhaul. The highway was closed during this incident to allow tankers and engines to shuttle water from a hydrant close off the highway. All trumbull units cleared the scene shortly after 07:00 hours.Trumbull Volunteer Fire Company, No. 1, Inc.Huntington Fire Co. 3Echo Hose Hook & Ladder Co. 1White Hills Fire Company. Shelton, Ct. ... See MoreSee Less
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The Nichols Fire Department offers its deepest condolences to the Sandyhook Volunteer Fire Department upon the passing of their Head Chief of Department William Halstead. Please respect the privacy of the family and fire department in this time of extreme grief.Thank you for your service to the community for all the years you served, Chief Halstead.With deepest regret, we announce the passing of Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company Chief William Halstead. After responding to a call on the evening of Friday, July 8, the chief returned to his home and became ill. Despite the efforts of SHVFR personnel, Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Newtown Police Department officers, the #Newtown paramedic, and the Newtown Emergency Communications Center team, Chief Halstead passed shortly after the incident. Bill Halstead joined SHVFR in January 1965, when he turned 16. He had served as our chief since 1978. We are grateful for his years of service to his hometown.Please grant us the space and time to grieve. We will announce further details when available. If necessary, we can be reached at SandyHook1@sandyhookfire.org.WTNH News 8 WFSB - Channel 3 Eyewitness News Hartford Courant ... See MoreSee Less
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Chemical Spill and Haz-Mat Response:Today at approximately 11:08 hours Nichols Fire Department with the assistance of Trumbull Center and Long Hill Fire Departments were requested to respond to an address on Merritt Boulevard for the reports of a chemical leak inside a commercial building. Upon arrival units met and discussed with building officials on the contents of the building and began developing a hazard assessment of what may be leaking and who may be at risk. With the report of the leak possibly being a corrosive acid, the Fairfield County Hazmat team was requested to deploy a response, and a safe zone was established around the effected area. For approximately 2 hours fire crews and agencies worked together to come up with a plan to assess and mitigate the hazard by safely entering the building and disconnecting power to specific effected units. This plan resulted in successfully stopping any more fluid from spilling and the incident was then under control. A decontamination area was set up outside the building for the members who entered the building incase they had any contaminated material on them. Trumbull EMS had a crew staged on scene throughout the incident with medical equipment incase any medical attention was needed to responders or civilians. The exact chemical and amount that was released remains unknown at this time, but there is no life hazard to the community or the employees of the business, and clean up crews were contacted to deal with the remainder of the leak and repair the effected equipment. The NFD would like to thank all agencies who responded and assisted with this incident, many of whom stop their regular jobs to respond on a volunteer or on call basis:Trumbull Volunteer Fire Company, No. 1, Inc.Long Hill Volunteer Fire Co. #1 IncTrumbull Emergency Medical Services (TEMS)Trumbull Police DepartmentFairfield County Hazardous Materials TeamTrumbull Fire Marshals Office ... 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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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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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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Nichols Fire Department welcomes young and old at their Annual Open House on October 16, 2022

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On May 10, 2022, 5 NFD members received award citations for their part in Case # 979 that took place on November 6, 2021.
The case involved a head on motor vehicle accident with entrapment. Members of NFD, Trumbull Center Fire Department, Trumbull Police and Trumbull EMS worked together and
helped save lives.

Recipients were:
LT Jason Demanche
FF Scott Detuzzi
FF Devin Brainard
FF Paul Lagerfelt
FF Mike Provanzano

Congratulations! You make us proud!

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Popcorn Toss Banner
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.

Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/415022523614438 for more information,

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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

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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

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

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Commissioner Freyer                  Chris Briganti

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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!

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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

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

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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.

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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

-- 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!

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