RTM Approves Manpower Increase for Fire Department

by Diana Stricker | Sep 17, 2018 7:57 am

Photo by Diana StrickerThe Branford Fire Department will increase staffing with eight new firefighters; the town is purchasing a 14-acre property on Tabor Drive; and the second contract has been approved for town supervisors and department heads.

With bipartisan action, the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) approved all three proposals by a unanimous vote of the 25 members present Wednesday night. The RTM’s Ways and Means Committee and the Public Services Committee previously voted unanimously in favor of the proposals.

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Branford Remembers 9/11

by Bill O'Brien | Sep 14, 2018 7:47 am

All photos by Bill O'BrienThe town of Branford once again has looked back to the events of Sept. 11, 2001 to acknowledge the bravery, courage and sacrifices made that day and the days after that have followed. Police Chief Kevin Halloran (left), Deputy Chief Jonathan Mulhern, and Assistant Fire Chief Shaun Heffernan gathered before the ceremony.

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RTM Approves New Indian Neck Firehouse

by marcia chambers | Mar 28, 2018 9:05 am | Comments (3)

With PermissionIn a unanimous bi-partisan vote the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) has approved construction of a new $1.5 million firehouse in Indian Neck to replace the old Company 9 firehouse, now 92 years old and in need of expansion.

With PermissionThe current two-story firehouse, which is about 2,000 square feet, will be demolished soon. Construction is expected to begin in mid-June and be completed by year’s end.

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Home Is Lost, But Kitty Is Saved in Branford Fire

by Sally E. Bahner | Dec 28, 2017 9:01 am | Comments (1)

Branford Fire DepartmentA specially designed feline oxygen mask was instrumental in saving the life of a cat caught up in a house fire this week.

Firefighters responded to a heavy fire at 19 Leetes Island Road, Paved Lane Trailer Park, on Tuesday afternoon after the occupant called 911 to report a fire coming from behind the furnace. The occupants were trying to save their three cats but had to leave the house due to heavy smoke.

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Ben Callahan, 10, Lived a Strong, Engaged Life

by marcia chambers | Jul 9, 2017 8:00 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoBen Callahan, just 10 years old when he died, was an outstanding athlete, a kid who loved to play football, basketball, and lacrosse. His coaches said he “pushed himself to the max in each sport and would often wear his heart on his sleeve.”

They called him a talented player who played like “a true warrior.” And they were devastated this weekend to report to their community that Ben, their warrior, had died Friday afternoon in a tragic accident on the Branford River.

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Body of Missing Boy Found in Branford River

by Staff | Jul 8, 2017 7:59 am

Mary Johnson PhotoPolice Capt. Geoff Morgan and Fire Chief Tom Mahoney announced yesterday that the body of a 10-year-old boy, reported missing along the Branford River, has been found. The initial call was tweeted by the Branford Fire Department around 1 p.m.; the boy’s body was found about 50 yards away from shore by divers around 4 p.m.

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe boy, whose identity has not been disclosed, was playing along the Branford River along Tabor Drive/South Montowese Street with his two brothers and, according to officials, lost his footing and was “sucked into a culvert.” His brothers, one older, one younger, tried to help him. He was found by the Guilford dive team in the initial search area, although the search extended along the Branford River toward Indian Neck. 

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Cosgrove & Ahern Disagree over Building Commission Role

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

Diana Stricker PhotoThe 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 PhotoWhat 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 PhotoThe 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 PhotoIn 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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