Norwalk teens assist NFD as interns

(Norwalk Fire Department)

NORWALK, Conn. – This is a press release, presented in the format in which it was sent:

Norwalk Fire Department Interns to assist with Pre-planning activities

(Monday, May 21) Starting this week, seven seniors from Brien McMahon and Norwalk High School will begin their 4 week internship at the Norwalk Fire Department. These students will primarily be assisting with pre-fire planning surveys, but will also receive training in CPR and other skills.

Planning ahead can make a huge difference in the outcome of a fire. By understanding in advance the construction, occupancy and layout of a burning building, the decision-making process of Fire Officers becomes streamlined and more efficient. “Throughout the year, fire fighters and fire inspectors work on pre-planning with local businesses, so this internship program will help us expand our efforts,” said Deputy Chief of Training, Al Bassett. “We look forward to working with these students before they graduate.”

These NFD interns will be issued temporary Fire Department Identification tags, and will be assigned in pairs to visit businesses during the work day. Students will coordinate with a business manager or owner and will be entering information into the software program that is accessible to responders in all the Fire apparatus.

Pre-planning information that is especially useful for first responders includes: After -hours contact information for employees with a key and/or location of lock boxes, fire protection systems and alarm panels, locations of fire department connection and utility shut-offs.

Businesses that are interested in learning more about the Norwalk Fire Department pre-planning activities or this internship program, please contact DC Bassett at 203-854-0235 or [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>



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