Who are we
As Career Firefighters in Greenwich we provide fire protection, rescue services, and public assistance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
We are a dedicated group of men and women, employed by the Town of Greenwich, specially trained in all aspects of fire fighting and technical rescue. We are professional, career firefighters, identified by our ranks as Firefighters, Lieutenants, Captains and Deputy Chiefs.
The Greenwich Fire Fighters Association is affiliated with the International Association of Fire Fighters as Local 1042. Currently Local 1042 has over 100 active men and women employed as Firefighters, Officers and Marshals by the Town.
Your safety should matter - What we need
Recently, the U.S. Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued a study that shows the size of firefighting crews has a substantial effect on the fire service's ability to protect lives and property in residential fires. The study found that four-person firefighting crews were able to complete 22 essential firefighting and rescue tasks in a typical residential structure 30 percent faster than two-person crews.
As professional firefighters, we have long advocated to Town of Greenwich administrators the need to fully staff trucks with four firefighters. These calls have largely gone ignored, with the Town staffing three out of six stations - Cos Cob, Byram, and Old Greenwich - with just two firefighters each.
OSHA requires that we abide by a law known as two-in/two-out. This law states that a minimum of four firefighters must be on scene before making entry to a structure fire or unknown atmosphere emergency. The effect of this law, and the Town's decision to staff trucks with just two firefighters, means operations may be delayed until additional resources arrive from out of district if you happen to live in Cos Cob, Byram, or Old Greenwich.
Our goal is to provide the highest level of professional fire protection and rescue services to the citizens of the Town of Greenwich. To achieve this goal, we need four person stations throughout the Town. With three of the six career-staffed stations understaffed, it is impossible to provide the quality and level of services that the residents of the Town deserve and expect. Please let your Selectman know that you deserve a fully staffed fire response in your community too.