Fairfield legislators hail state grant for Fairfield Regional Fire School

Fairfield state legislators: State Reps. Brenda Kupchick (R-132), Laura Devlin (R-134), Cristin McCarty Vahey (D-133) and State Sen. Tony Hwang (R-28) applauded the State Bond Commission approval of $11,418,069 million for improvements to the Fairfield Regional Fire School.

The Fairfield Regional Fire School project will consist of construction of a 9,424 square foot classroom building, a 5,600 square foot support building, a 3,200 square foot class ‘A’ burn facility, paved parking areas, underground utilities and demolition of the existing building.

The project will create or retain approximately 220 construction related jobs. For a virtual tour of the future Fairfield Regional Fire School currently scheduled to be completed by late 2015, please click here.

The Fairfield Regional Fire School is located at 205 One Rod Hwy in Fairfield. Fairfield Regional Fire School is the training base for the Fairfield Fire Department and also serves as a regional fire training school. The F.R.F.S. is host to a number of Connecticut Fire Academy certification classes as well as various courses in Firefighting, Extinguisher Deployment, CPR, Hazardous Materials and Technical Rescue.

“We are very exciting about Fairfield Regional Fire School getting this state funding. It is 16 years in the making, through the work of Captain Joseph S. Elias to me and on to a future chief. I want to thank the whole Fairfield Delegation who worked in a bi-partisan way to shepherd this bond item through the system,” said Assistant Fire Chief Chris Tracy.

“The fire school has been instrumental in the training of firefighters throughout the region. The Fairfield Regional Fire School trains some of the best firefighters in Connecticut and this funding will permit a greater ability to train and equip our region’s firefighters,” said Rep. Kupchick.

“Our firefighters need the best training available in order to respond to all potential dangerous scenarios, and we must provide them with a safe and modern facility to learn the skills we rely on them to deliver. I am really pleased to see this project move forward,” said Rep. Devlin.

“As we once again find ourselves in an incredibly difficult budget cycle, it’s imperative as responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars that we weigh the merits of every single expenditure, including bonding requests,” Senator Hwang said. “I am pleased that the State Bond Commission saw the merits of the Fairfield Regional Fire School and the critical role the facility plays in ensuring our brave firefighters have the training and tools they need to best protect us and themselves when they go in harm’s way. This truly is a life-saving investment. It is all about public safety.”

“These funds represent a continued commitment to enhancing public safety and firefighter training in Fairfield County. It is imperative to provide training facilities that keep our public safety personnel up-to-date with current technologies. I thank Governor Malloy for this major contribution toward a state-of-the-art training center,” Rep. McCarthy Vahey said.

According to the Fairfield Regional Fire School their school provides all first responders within our region the highest level of training possible so they can stay safe while saving others.

The Fairfield Regional Fire School includes the following cities and towns: Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, Norwalk, Westport, Wilton, Easton, Trumbull, Bridgeport, Stratford and Fairfield.

State Reps. Brenda Kupchick (R-132), Cristin McCarty Vahey (D-133), State Sen. Tony Hwang (R-28), and Laura Devlin (R-134) with Fairfield firefighters.

State Reps. Brenda Kupchick (R-132), Cristin McCarty Vahey (D-133), State Sen. Tony Hwang (R-28), and Laura Devlin (R-134) with Fairfield firefighters.

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