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Letter: Thank you, Norwalk, for supporting fire department

By Chief Denis McCarthy

Norwalk Fire Department

To the Editor:

NORWALK, Conn. – Thank you to the residents of Norwalk for your support of the Norwalk Fire Department. As we move into the new Central Fire Station this week, we are reminded again of how important you are to the completion of our safety mission. The new headquarters has been built with the primary goal of delivering exceptional service to the residents, businesses and visitors to our city.

We have used your investment wisely. Through the hard work of many members of the department, city staff and a hard working construction team we are opening this facility on time and on budget. The building has been built to be efficient and durable. This will allow us to respond quickly and adapt to the changing demand for services from your Fire Department. It will require minimal maintenance and it will last for generations. It has been built to be efficient and green. We expect to be certified Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold and this will be the first fire headquarters station in Connecticut to receive this certification.

We commit to you that we will use this community asset to meet the current and future challenges we face. The building has an internal training area which will promote skill development. Firefighters will transition from classroom lessons to practical skill development within the in-house training area. We continue to learn from several high profile emergencies in Norwalk over the past months and year. Firefighters are called to act in extreme circumstances on a moments notice. Our training insures that we can provide the very best emergency and rescue services and that our firefighter’s safety is always a priority.

The ccity’s Emergency Operation Center (EOC) is also housed in the new station and will coordinate and support emergency operations for the city as we prepare for, respond to and recover from emergency incidents. The EOC is staffed by a great collaborative team of city officials and community stakeholders and will also have identified areas for our private sector and non-profit partners to meet and work in so we can meet better meet the needs of residents and businesses.

On behalf of the department, we invite the whole community to attend our Dedication Ceremony at 2 p.m. Oct. 5. In the weeks and months to come we will host additional community tours of the new station.

Thank you from all of us

Chief Denis McCarthy

Norwalk Fire Department

Comments

4 responses to “Letter: Thank you, Norwalk, for supporting fire department”

  1. Tim T

    Lets just hope the fire department is more successful in the new location than the police are in theirs. As we all know crime has become epidemic in Norwalk since they moved into 1 Monroe Street, under the leadership of the police consultant Rilling. Also even with all the new technology we the taxpayer have paid for, the NPD has failed to solve most of the violent crimes of the past several years.
    So what I am saying is a building does not make a police or fire department successful. What does is leadership and the determination of the force. I am all but sure the NFD will be a success as always unlike the NPD.

  2. Mrs. K

    Congratualtions to our Firefighters on their new digs. Hope the kitchen has been updated also, pizza anyone?

  3. Tobias

    Blessings on the new digs! I can’t wait for my tour!

  4. The Deal

    There is no doubt what so ever the NFD needed a new fire station. Upon my last visit with the little ones it was evident the old station very outdated. It had rundown locker room and lavatory facilities, broken asbestos floor tiles, and seemingly poor air quality. Our firefighters have a very good reputation around the region and deserve a quality up to date building to work out of. They’re dedicated men serving our community. I’ve a question regarding the Chief’s letter. He stated the EOC is staffed by a collaborative team of city officials and community stakeholders. Who are they exactly? Is the “identified areas for our private sector and non profit partners to meet and work in” a conference room? I know the letter is an invite and that’s great, but if my memory serves me correctly the last time Chief McCarthy wrote a letter to the community it was apologize for the mishandling a racial incident in which he was caught lying back in 2006(?) and then later insulted two black firefighters under his command. The point? Is this about a new building for hardworking, dedicated firefighters serving our community or is it Chief McCarthy attempting to spin his image?

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