Everyday Hero Connecticut
The Rocky Hill Fire Department is currently participating in Everyday Hero CT, a program dedicated to increasing the number of volunteer firefighters throughout the state. Eighty percent of all fire personnel in Connecticut are volunteers, and the majority of fire departments throughout the state are experiencing a volunteer shortage. Local fire departments need volunteers of all skill levels and abilities, people willing and able to respond to emergencies whenever called upon.
“The skills and experience gained as a volunteer firefighter are invaluable and have a positive and lasting impact on the lives of others,” says Chief Fred Dudek, Everyday Hero CT program manager. “Those who join their local fire departments sign up for one of the most rewarding opportunities they’ll ever have.”
About the Rocky Hill Fire Department
Founded in 1927, the Rocky Hill Fire Department (RHFD) is committed to providing for the safety and welfare of the 13. 6 square mile community’s 19,500 residents through the preservation of life, property, and the environment. Operating out of three fire stations – Station 1 at 739 Old Main Street, Station 2 at 52 New Britain Avenue, and Station 3 (Headquarters) at 3050 Main Street – the RHFD utilizes 12 pieces of apparatus, including four engines, three trucks, a rescue truck, a boat, and two fire police vehicles. Both innovative and diverse, the RHFD is comprised of 75 dedicated volunteers who value the history and the traditions of the Department, an organization built upon the strong foundation created by past leadership. Anyone interested in learning more about the RHFD should call 860-258-7603, visit www.rockyhillct.gov/fire_department, or stop by headquarters any Tuesday night between 7:00 and 9:00.
About Everyday Hero CT
A partnership of the Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association (CFCA) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the Everyday Hero CT campaign is a two-year Volunteer Workforce Solutions (VWS) initiative designed to address the shortage of volunteer firefighters in Connecticut. It is helping achieve a viable and sustainable volunteer firefighter workforce for 15 Connecticut fire departments: Broad Brook Volunteer Fire Department, Cromwell Fire and EMS Department, Gales Ferry Volunteer Fire Company, Gardner Lake Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. (Salem), Greenwich Fire Department, Killingworth Volunteer Fire Department, Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company, Old Mystic Fire Department, Rocky Hill Fire Department, Somers Fire Department, Stamford Volunteer Firefighters Association, Trumbull Volunteer Fire Services, Westfield Fire Department (Middletown), Windsor Volunteer Fire Department, Wolcott Fire Department. Everyday Hero CT is funded by a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant awarded to the CFCA by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to develop a model to enhance the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters. For more information, visit www.EverydayHeroCT.org.