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November 23, 2014
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Charitable Foundation Presents first check
Members of FFFCF make a presentions to the Get in Touch Foundation
Going Pink
Members of Local 1426 sport pink tees for Breast Cancer Awareness
IAFF Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Firehouse Friday on Ct Style
Bob Smith, Jon Catandella, and Pat Barry on WTNH
50th Anniversary Cake
Local 1426 celebrates milestone in style
Bravest Donate to the Connecticut Burn Center
Bravest Deliver for Troops
Local 1426 donates $17,000 for operation gift card program
Extrication on Post Road
Crews work to extricate a vicim from this car crash
Warner Hill Road
Crews battle the cold at this early morning blaze
Davis Road Fire
Crews enter to battle stubborn Kitchen fire
MDA Santa Express
Santa arrives to greet the children
Concert on the Green
Keltic Kick plays at the Summer Concert series
MDA Fill the Boot
MDA Goodwill Ambassador Ethan Takacs with the Local 1426 crew
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Santa Express 2013

The Fairfield Fire Fighters are happy to announce the dates for the 2013 Santa Express will be December 13, 14, 15th. To get registered for this year's ride please click on the link to the left marked Santa Express Enrollment. Fill out the form completely. It's that easy!! Don't wait spots fill up quickly!!

Charitable Foundation makes First Donations

The Fairfield Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation started off the New Year by donating to three great charitable causes. The January 12th check presentations were the first for the new Foundation and help get the feeling of giving off on the right foot.

Joe Rainis, Treasurer of the FFFCF said smiling at the ceremony, “It’s a great day for us because we get to see results of many long, hard hours of work that our members put in to help raise this money for these great groups.”

The first check presented by the FFFCF was a check to the “Get in Touch Foundation” a local organization that helps young woman understand why early detection of breast cancer is important. The group’s founder Mary Ann Wasil Nilan was on hand to explain more about her Foundation and the great work that they do for the community. Money for the donation was raised through the sale of Pink T-shirts, which Fire Fighters wore on duty, during October’s breast cancer awareness program.

The FFFCF’s second check was presented to the Muscular Dystrophy Association on of Local 1426’s long time charities. “The IAFF and Local 1426 have been long time supporters of the work that MDA does and we are happy to continue on with that tradition.” foundation Secretary Chris Tracy stated. The IAFF is the leading fundraiser for MDA donating millions of dollars in the 50 year partnership to help find a cure for Neuro Muscular diseases.

The final check of the day was presented to the Bridgeport Hospital Foundation for the Connecticut Burn Center, Connecticut’s only burn center. Local 1426 has been able to donate over $15,000 to the burn center over the last two years as the Center completes a total remodel to update it to a state of the art facility. Phil Higgins, one of the FFFCF directors told the crowd, “The remodel to the Connecticut Burn Center became very personal to Local 1426 when one of our own had to be treat there last year for burns he received fighting a string of arson fires in our Town. We are happy to be able to pay it forward and make the center a place where the best care is given to the victims who need it.”

Monies for the MDA and Burn center donations were raised by the Local’s annual Santa express ride. The ride heads out each year in early December with Santa to help raise money for these great charities.

“We are very pleased to be able to present these checks today, the first three of our brand new Foundation” stated Bob Smith, President of Local 1426 and Foundation, “We hope this is the beginning of many more to come.”

In all check totaling over $10,400 were presented at Fairfield’s Station two, a great start for the new Fairfield Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation. If you would like to make a donation to the Foundation you may send your tax deductible check to the FFFCF at 600 Jennings Road, Fairfield Ct. 06824
Bravest Announce New Charitable Foundation

The Fairfield Fire Fighters Association is proud to announce the formation of our new charitable foundation. The Fairfield Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation is a registered Non-Profit with the state of Connecticut with 501c3 status pending. The FFFCF was formed to help us expand our ability to raise funds for our many worthy charities. From our Muscular Dystrophy Association “Fill the Boot and Santa Express ride”, St. Baldrick’s foundation head shaving, American Cancer Society Relay for Life bacon egg and cheese sandwiches, Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital, to the Gift Card for the Troops Program we hope that our new foundation will help us to raise more funds than ever for these great causes.

“People know what we do while on duty but many don’t know how involved we are while we are off duty., Said Bob Smith President of Local 1426 and one of the principal officers of the FFFCF. “Our members are in the community every day trying to make a difference in people’s lives. They coach teams, lead the Girl and Boy Scout troops, and get involved in projects that make Fairfield a better place to live.”

Bill Tuttle the Local 1426 Secretary added,” We hope that our new Foundation will help our Union become even bigger players in the community as it continues to grow over the years to come. People come and go in Fairfield but the Fire Fighters are here for the long haul and we want to continue to make a difference both on and off duty.”

The FFFCF hopes to establish itself as one of the community leaders in the coming months and we hope to be able to reach out to Local merchants for all of our fundraising needs. “We are looking forward to developing relationships with Town businesses for our purchases. We want to help the community by promoting the community and what better way to do that than to spend our money in Town when we can.” Stated Smith

The FFFCF will be co-hosting a wine and beer tasting event on February 21st 2013 at the Trumbull Marriott to benefit the Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital. Tickets are on sale now for $25 per ticket. If you would like to purchase tickets you can email the Foundation at FFFCF@iaff1426.org

If you would like to make a donation you can make your check payable to Fairfield Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation and mail it to P.O. box 261, Fairfield Connecticut 06824

Santa Ride Schedule 2012
Click on the attached file to see where you are on the Santa schedule for 2012. Please note times are APPROXIMATE. We have tried to accomodate everyones requests to the best of our ability. Read More...
Download: Santa Ride Final 2012.xlsx
Santa Rides Again
Season's Greetings!!! I am hoping you all are ok and on the road to recovery after Sandy. The elves were very busy so I apologize for the delay in sending this out. Santa's visits are going to be: December 14th, 15th, and 16th this year Please pay careful attention (we don't want to miss anyone) To sign up please go to our website: www.iaff1426. Read More...
Hurricane Sandy Hits Fairfield
Members of the Fairfield Fire Fighters Association saw first hand the wraththat Hurrican sandy had to offer. With winds gusting in the low 70MPH range crews were put to the test often responding from call to call all the while dodging falling trees and wires. "It was like a war zone out there" said Local Secretary Bill Tuttle. "It was like nothing I've seen here before. Read More...
Chip's Pancake Fundraiser

Fairfield’s Bravest are teaming up with Chips Family restaurant Monday September 10th for the Pancakes with a Purpose pancake dinner. The proceeds from the event will be donated to help support the construction of a family suite at the Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital.


Currently the Burn Center is undergoing a 1.5 million dollar refurbishing and Fire fighters from across the State are raising funds to help with that project.  Patients from all over Connecticut and from other parts of the New England and the Atlantic region are sent to Bridgeport Hospital for treatment after suffering burn injuries. The funds the Fire Fighters help raise will be dedicated to the construction of a family suite where family members can stay with their loved ones while they undergo treatment at the Connecticut Burn Center.


“This is a very special project for us, “states Local 1426 President Bob Smith, “We have had two of our members treated for burn injuries at the Connecticut Burn Center in the last eleven months. The doctors and Nurses at the Center are some of the best in their field.”


Fire Fighter Jon Catandella who is one of the members treated at the Center had nothing but praise for the staff. “The folks at the Center helped me to quickly get on the road to recovery. I can’t thank them enough.”


“Fire Fighters have a very dangerous job. You never know when you leave your family and go to work if you are going to make it back home.  Sometimes even our best efforts at safety are not good enough and our members get hurt.  It is nice to know that if we do get burned we have first class facility right here in our own back yard to get our people the treatment they need and deserve.” Said Bill Tuttle Local 1426’s Secretary.
Tickets for the fundraiser can be purchased by calling 203-254-4713 (Fire Headquarters) or by stopping by Chips Restaurant at 525 Tunxis Hill Cut Off.  Seatings are 5PM, 6PM and 7PM. Your $12 donation will get you Chips famous Buttermilk pancakes, 2 eggs, bacon or sausage, coffee or soda.
DON’T WAIT TICKETS WILL GO FAST

Bravest on WTNH Channel 8

Three of Fairfield’s Bravest recently made an appearance on the popular Firehouse Friday cooking segment on Ct Style on WTNH channel 8 in New Haven.  FF’s Bob Smith and Jon Catandella along with Lt. Pat Barry made the appearance to help support the Connecticut Burn center at Bridgeport Hospital. The Burn center is currently undergoing a 1.5 million dollar renovation and fire fighters from all over Connecticut are raising funds to help with the building of a family suite in the burn center that would allow family members to stay with their loved ones while they receive treatment at the center.

FF Cantandella saw firsthand how important it is to have a nationally recognized burn center right in our own back yard when he received severe burns to his hand and face as a result of a string of arson fires last September in Fairfield. “The folks at the Burn Center took great care of me and the treatment I received helped me recover and get back to work faster. I still have some work to do on my recovery but I can’t imagine how far along I would be without their help.”

While on the show FF Smith and Lt. Barry prepared a pulled pork dish that is a firehouse favorite. “Everyone seemed to love it.”, said Barry after the taping of the show was complete.” It was a great time and the staff at channel 8 was fantastic.”

“It was exciting to do the show and it will even be more exciting when the renovations on the new Burn center are completed. “ said Smith

The Firefighters will hold a pancake dinner fundraiser to help raise more funds for the Burn Center  at Chips restaurant in Fairfield on September 10th. More information will be posted on our website soon!!!

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Upcoming Events

Concert on the Green/ Hotdog Extravaganza featuring the music of Keltic Kick 8/10/2014 at 7PM at the Sherman Green Gazebo

Union Meeting (08/21/2014/2014 7PM @ Station #2

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