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On Thursday April 27, 2023, two of our NFD Probationary firefighters graduated from the 2023 Spring Firefighter 1 Class and became certified firefighters. We take this opportunity to congratulate Firefighter Theresa DeCesare and Firefighter Brian Carrafiello (both shown in the center of the picture). Additionally, Brian received the “Instructors Choice Award” (right) out of the Class of ’23 candidates.

We are all NFD proud!


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!


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


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

Commissioner Freyer                  Chris Briganti


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

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.