Cosgrove & Ahern Disagree over Building Commission Role

by Diana Stricker | Feb 13, 2017 9:14 am

Diana Stricker Photo The Board of Selectmen (BOS) approved the next phases of the Senior Center/Community House project but not without dissent from the third selectman over the absence of the building commission during the first 40 percent of the design process.

The BOS also appointed a special building committee to oversee construction of the new Indian Neck Fire House.

First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove said it’s time to take the next steps now that the Board of Finance (BOF) and the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) have approved the $12.1 million renovation and expansion of the Senior Center/Community House.

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Town Gets $500,000 State Grant for New Indian Neck Firehouse

by Staff | Sep 27, 2016 7:03 am

The 90-year-old Indian Neck Fire Station, housing volunteer Company 9, will be replaced with the help of a Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grant. Branford’s legislative delegation announced the $500,000 grant yesterday.

Located at 6-10 Linden Ave., the new structure will be compliant with federal standards for storm resiliency. Company 9, which operates out of the Indian Neck Fire House, serves a large portion of Branford that includes some critical operations, such as the town’s water treatment plant on Block Island Road and the Eversource substation on Meadow Street.

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Calling For Volunteer Firefighters!

by Diana Stricker & Marcia Chambers | Sep 26, 2016 8:02 am

Marcia Chambers Photo What the Branford Fire Department wants and needs are more volunteer firefighters like Allen Dallas.

Dallas,(pictured above),has volunteered more than two years with the M.P. Rice Company, and recently completed Firefighter 1 training. He is now state certified as FF1 — a firefighter who can go into burning houses and fight interior fires, instead of exterior only.  He has already started working on his Firefighter 2 courses.

“To me it’s important to be constantly training,” Dallas told the Eagle. The additional courses will provide training in vehicle extrication, hose testing, and incident command.

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9/11 Remembered in Branford, East Haven

by Marcia Chambers & Sally E. Bahner | Sep 12, 2016 7:00 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo The 15th anniversary of the attacks that brought down the Twin Towers in New York City was commemorated by firefighters, police officers, dignitaries, and citizens at Fire Headquarters in Branford and at the Shoreline Trolley Museum.

Marcia Chambers Photo In the morning, a remembrance ceremony was held at Fire Headquarters where two separate moments of silence were held, the first at 8:46 a.m. when Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center between the 93rd and 99th floors and the second one at 9:03 a.m. when Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower between the 77th and 85th floors. Fire Chief Tom Mahoney noted the times.

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Town’s Emergency Response System Fine-Tuned

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 17, 2016 9:07 am

With Permission In 2015 Branford Communication Center answered over 85,000 telephone calls and dispatched over 28,000 police, fire and medical calls for service.

Now, as part of its plan to offer more precise service, a new medial, fire, and police Priority Dispatch System™ (PDS) is being put into operation. According to Capt. Geoffrey Morgan, the program cost about $70,000 and was implemented over the last six months.

The system, which operates from the police department’s dispatch room (see top photo), enables dispatchers to accurately assess each emergency or routine situation and send the best response possible while safeguarding valuable and limited emergency resources and increasing safety all around, a police statement says.


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Honoring Shoreline Heroes

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 12, 2015 12:00 pm | Comments (2)

Mary Johnson Photo Local police and firefighters are at the forefront of protecting and caring for our community, whether it’s taking down a drug user, comforting a fire victim, or coming together to honor a fallen comrade.

The Branford Exchange Club celebrated these heroes at its banquet held last month at The Woodwinds, Honoring Shoreline Heroes.

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“There Is No ‘I’ In Mullen”

by Marcia Chambers & Sally E. Bahner | Oct 21, 2015 9:50 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Father Kevin Donovan, a firefighter’s chaplain, knew this sermon was going to be different. He also knew he was at St. Mary’s Church yesterday to begin a conversation about some tough emotional questions, questions everyone in the church was thinking about since word came last week that Deputy Chief Ronald Mullen had died when he walked onto an Amtrak railroad track and was struck by an oncoming Shoreline East passenger train. 

A sea of deeply grieving families, firefighters, and townsfolks, all still reeling from the shock of Mullen’s death, arrived at the church yesterday morning to honor his life, the life of 55-year-old man whom many described as a rock on the outside but a man deep in pain within. His death has been ruled a suicide.

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Fires Transform Branford

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 14, 2015 8:42 am

Photo by Earl Colter, Branford Historical Society. When I was a kid in Branford in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, we kept a chart on the inside of a cupboard door that listed the fire whistles for various neighborhoods of Branford. When we’d hear the sirens, we’d listen carefully, then check the chart and have an idea of where the fire was occurring. In retrospect, it was probably was a way of summoning volunteers to the scene.

Branford’s Main Street was reshaped by fires during the 20th century. One in particular that sticks in my mind was the Marcus 5 &10 on Jan. 28, 1961. The store was at the corner of Park Street, where Pasta Cosi is now located. I could see the glow in the sky from my bedroom window. Thereafter, every time I’d hear sirens, I’d look for that glow in the sky.

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Firefighters Honored For Main Street House Rescue

by marcia chambers | Sep 26, 2015 8:18 am

Mary Johnson Photo The Police and Fire Insurance Association (PFIA) this week honored the Branford Fire Department and individual firefighters for their speed and quick thinking at an April house fire in the heart of town.

When the firefighters arrived at 674 Main St., three occupants were hanging out the front of the third floor windows. A mother, her daughter and a man were taken down the ladders to safety. Their apartments were at the top of the house. Six cats perished. Click here to read the story.

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