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December 14, 2017
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Local 1426 spreads the warmth
Working with Operation Warm to get kids new Winter Coats
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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What's New at IAFF 1426
Santa Express 2017
The Fairfield Fire Fighters are proud to announce that our annual Santa Express will return this year for its 11th year in a row.  The dates for this year's ride are December 15, 16, 17. To sign up please click on the Santa Express Enrollment tab on the left side of our homepage. Fill out the online enrollment form and let the fun begin. Read More...
Winter Storm Stella Heads our way

As Winter Storm Stella gears up to have a very serious impact on Fairfield we off you these helpful hints to make sure you and your familt are ready!!

The Fairfield Fire Department is preparing for a major winter storm. Now is time to get ready.  Storm preparation information can be found at www.fairfieldct.org/storm.

Include here are some key steps that should always be followed

Key preparation steps:

  • Locate your flashlights, portable radios and batteries

  • Charge all cell phones; keep them on charge when you can

  • Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

  • Have 2-3 days supply of food and water

  • Make sure you have all of your medications

  • Keep your house warm

    During the storm:

  • Stay home!

  • Do not run gas powered items such as generators inside

  • Do not discard fire place ashes in or near the house. They must be never be placed in the garage, on a deck or porch, or near the home

  • Do not use ovens or stoves for heat

  • Check that the exhaust of furnaces and dryers to not get blocked with snow

  • Do not leave candle unattended

  • Use extreme caution with portable space heaters. Never leave them unattended. They must always be at least 3 feet away from combustible, which includes bedding, furniture, and wall paper

    After the storm:

  • Take it slow

  • Stay away from downed power lines

  • Do not overdo it with shoveling, take breaks

  • Dress Warm/Stay warm

  • Never put your hand near the auger of a snow blower

    Whenever you have an emergency, dial 911

Fairfield's Bravest work with Yale

Recently two of Fairfield's Bravest, Firefighters Jason Salvato and Matt Striebe, took part in a video project with the new Yale New Haven Hostpital Musculoskeletal departemnt to show the importance of fire fighters fitness.

The project was spearheaded by the Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association of Connecticut and Yale as they continue to work together to improve fire fighter health and fitness.

Brothers Salvato and Striebe worked through a number of physical testing stations to help gather data on Fire Fighter fitness with the hope of developing a program to benefit all the fire fighters in Connecticut.

The testing was recorded a s part of a promotional video for Yale New Haven's new Musculoskeletal department.  You can see the video by clicking on the Occupational Health tab in the member resourses section on the Local 1426 website or on the IAFF Fairfield Firefighters facebook page.

FFD Basketball in Action
Fairfield's Bravest battled Bridgeport's Bravest on the hardwood this past Thursday Night at the Cardinal Sheehan Center in Bridgeport as part of the Barnum Festival 2017 festivities.  Although Fairfield came up a little short on the scoreboard it was a hard fought game and fun for all those involved. Plans for next years game are already in the works. Read More...
Local 1426 Officers for 2017
Local 1426 is happy to announce it's new slate of Principle Officer and Trustees for 2017! President- Bill Tuttle Vice President- Erik Kalapir Secretary- Jim Shiller Treasurer- Jeff Edmondson Trustee- Joe Rainis Trustee- Corey Gripp Trustee- Ron Vargo We wish them all good luck as they continue to fight the good fight for all our rank and file members. Read More...
Bravest BBQ team in action

The Fairfield Fire Fighters BBQ team "Smoke Showing" took home a third place finish at the second annual New England Kosher BBQ Championship on August 30th in Fairfield. The team comprised of members Robb Delmhorst, Pete Krajscik, and Joe Rainis worked through the night to prepare food in four different catagories, Best beans, Best Chicken, Best Ribs, and Best Brisket.

This is our second year here in this competition and we are very proud to be taking home a prize against some very tough competition" said team Captain Robb Delmhorst."

Teams travel from as far as Kansas City to compete in the competition where all entries are cooked over a charcoal grille and ingredients must conform to Kosher standards.

"It's different cooking over a charcoal grille, something we were not to familiar with last year", Pete Krajcsik 2nd year grill man stated."There has definately been a learning curve but we are getting better and looking forward to next year".

Joe Rainis the teams third member and Treasurer to the Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation added, " We have met some great people here and started some new friendships. we will definately be back next year ready to go and compete."

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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

 
 
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