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Death Notice:

It is with deep regret that I inform you of the tragic loss of one of our members. The sudden loss of Linda Cohens will impact our family and the community we serve. Our thoughts and prays are with her family.

As information comes available we will post it. We will be setting up a scholarship for Linda's granddaughter.

We will utilize this link for scholarship donatons:

She will be missed,


It is with a heavy heart that Local 825 announces the passing of Brother Jaime Polite. To assist Jaime's family offset costs please donate here (Please put for "Polite Family" in Paypal memo)

Help Us Help You!
Homes for Our Troops

New Haven Fire Fighters are proud to support the Home for Our Troops

Homes for Our Troops builds specially adapted homes for our severely injured veterans at no cost to the veterans.

Firefighters are committed to create a continual revenue stream to benefit our soldiers through payroll deduction. Over 70 % of our members donate.

Our first years donations will total over $50,000.

"While we must always honor our dead, we must not forget those

who had the courage to live."

Click on the Link Below to Donate

Firefighters Save Jobs and Tax Base

Von Roll New Haven is a manufacturing leader in producing electrical
insulations and kevlar to protect our military troops in combat.
We had a significant fire during working hours that potentially could have
exploded and resulted in loss of life and total loss of the factory. Fires
not only endanger life, property and the environment but also affect the
city's tax base. New Haven Firefighters arrived very quickly and mitigated
the fire. We were able to return to work in just a few days. The
Firefighters quick actions saved lives, jobs and the business of a large
taxpayer in the city. Thank you,

Pat DeCarlo
Site Operations Manager
Von Roll USA
166 Chapel St
New Haven, CT 06513

There when you need us!

In New Haven 911 is activated over 20,000 times a year. This is not an empty statistic, but each alarm represents our families, friends and neighbors in distress. Your Fire Department shows up within four to six minutes requiring no paper work. Our only objective is to help! 

Our mission is based on three founding principals:

Life Safety

Incident Stabilization

Property Conservation 

New Haven Fire Fighters Training in the Harbor

New Haven Fire Fighters train and improve foreign relations. Mike Neal, Safety Chair Mark Vendetto and Frank Ricci along with Truck 2, Sq 1, Sq 2, Eng 5, Car 33 and Engine 4 present the Ship Captain and Crew Chiefs with New Haven Fire Fighters T-shirts for helping improve firefighter safety. 

Fire presents the greatest danger to our citizens!

Every fire starts small that is why it is imperative to sleep with your door closed and check the batteries in your CO/Smoke detector. We respond to and mitigate cooking fires on a daily bases. One critical factor in keeping these regular fires small is earl notification to the fire department.  It is critical that you never try to fight the fire. Your responsibility is to get out and call! Delaying an alarm could have a catastrophic effect resulting in an increased chance of injury or death. 







Dedication to the community


    From the crack of the bat at a city little league game, sickle cell research, MDA and feeding the hungry, "Your Firefighters are Out Front!"

This year fire fighters with the help of our community partners have donated over forty-four thousand dollars to the greater good with little fanfare. The unions philanthropy has largely been behind the scenes by allowing o
ur work to speak for itself.

In the spirit of the holiday we helped Santa by adopting a family in Newhallville with five kids so they could have a Christmas to remember and Engine 10 dropped off toys to the Farnam House in Fair Haven. 

Black & Gold Working for Our City

Helping our Customers

"If you are having a heart attack, your kid is involved in a car accident or your home is on fire, New Haven Firefighters get there in minutes to help"

Think of your family, Think of US!

What are the factors between a small fire and a large one?

There are six mitigating factors that determine the outcome of a fire:

Building Construction


Response Time


Notification of Alarm


A word of caution,

"Equipment does not rescue occupants or put out fires, firefighters do"


Endorsement of Mayor John DeStefano

New Haven Fire Fighters outline the reasons we back Mayor John DeStefano at Dixwell Station. We endorse the Mayor based on his proven leadership and commitment to the citizens of New Haven. Under his leadership we have been able to update our fleet of apparatus, protective clothing and stations to better serve the citizens of New Haven. The Mayors administration was able to secure 4 million in funding for a state of the art training center that will enhance our proficiency and safety. President Kottage made it clear that while we understand the financial breakdown and economical realities the city faces we cannot balance budgets on the backs of firefighters.

We pay into our pensions and we don't collect social security. We believe that Mayor DeStefano's experience managing a large city and working with labor will ensure fair and equitable adjustments for proper heath care and pensions without breaking the promises of having firefighters being able to retire with dignity. We also spoke with the Mayor about how corrections may have to be applied to future employees. We feel the Mayor heard us. We are down over 74 positions translating to over a quarter of the department and we are against unreasonable pension and heath care changes for employees.       

President Kottage also highlighted that while other cities are shrinking, under the Mayor New Haven is growing. Yale is adding another College, dorms and Bella Vista is adding new towers. With these additions we will need proper staffing to ensure the safety of firefighters and the public.

After evaluating the field and the totality of the Mayors record the Executive Board made the clear choice. New Haven needs a Mayor with vision, experience and strong leadership qualities. Mayor John DeStefano has all three. Whether you are having a heart attack, involved in a car accident or your home is on fire, we get there first. Help us help you and back Mayor John DeStefano!                           photos by Christine Ricci 


Fire Fighters helping Kids by Supporting MDA

Fire Fighters with the help of our citizens fill the boot for MDA


Working at the State for City Funding

New Haven Fire Fighters actively work on ensuring that our city continues to receive PILOT funds for non taxable property such as churches, parks, colleges and schools.

New Haven Fire Fighters meet with State Treasurer
Denise L. Nappier. Treasurer Nappier is committed to ensuring effective financial management of public resources, high standards of professionalism and integrity, and expanding opportunity for our residents and businesses.

Fire Operations Training for State Reps
Red Cross to Honor Squad 1

More Than Just Fires!

Medical Emergencies, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Hazardous Material Response and Complex Rescues

We Get There First!

Red Cross set to Honor Members of the New Haven Fire Department.


 Members of Squad 1, Division 2 responded with Engine 10, Engine 5, Truck 3, Emergency 1 and Car 33 for a reported person in distress in the water near the Ferry St. Bridge. Upon arrival, personnel from Truck 3 and Squad 1 spotted the individual in the water below the bridge, clinging to a pier support. No immediate access was available to the area of the pier the person was located. While the USCG and the NHFD boat were enroute, and ETA of approximately 15 minutes was given. Due to the cold air and water temperatures, and the length of time the individual was thought to be in the water, securing the victim was imperative. It was determined lowering a rescuer over the side of the bridge was the most direct access to the victim.  FF Jeff Brabham and FF Kendall Richardson donned Cold Water Survival Suits, and FF Brabham was also suited in a rope rescue harness. FF Michael Persico and FF Louis Oliwa quickly rigged a rope system
and lowered FF Brabham approximately 30 feet to the pier. FF Brabham was then able to secure the individual with a life ring and rope. At this time, the USCG vessel was approaching the pier, and the exhausted victim was transferred into their boat, and transported to NHFD Paramedics on shore.


Members Pay for Training

Members pay out of their own pocket hundreds of dollars to take State and National classes to improve their skills. Below our members participate in a certification class for Advanced Heavy Extrication at our training school.

Pension Myth

New Haven Firefighters in Action

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