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Greenwich Fire to promote new fire inspector Tuesday

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The Greenwich Fire Department is preparing to say farewell to one veteran fire inspector and say congratulations to a brand new one. In anticipation of the retirement of Fire Marshall Jim McDonald, longtime firefighter Edwin Rojas will be promoted to the position of fire inspector and assigned to the Fire Marshals Division in a ceremony […] [Read More]
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Local 1042 slams BET fire vote

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In a controversial but expected vote Thursday night, the Board of Estimate and Taxation torpedoed a First Selectman-backed initiative to address long-running understaffing concerns at three of the town’s  firehouses. Among the supporters of the plan, Greenwich career firefighters had been among the most vocal advocates, arguing current staffing levels were  dangerous for all involved: […] [Read More]

BET give Tesei go ahead for NW firehouse talks

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At the conclusion of the BET’s budget decision meeting Thursday night, the board voted to give First Selectman Peter Tesei the green light to begin negotiations with northwest Greenwich landowners over a site for a new firehouse serving the region. Tesei had pitched a pair of potential properties to the BET earlier this week at […] [Read More]

Fire officials, BET, scramble for fire staffing meeting

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The First Selectman is meeting with town fire brass and members of the BET to hash out a plan to address staffing shortcomings within the departments before the finance board votes on the 2014-2015 budget next week. The meetings took up much of the day Monday, but fire officials said that no singular plan had […] [Read More]

Greenwich Fire Department swears in new recruit

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Amid concerns over a lack of manpower, the Greenwich Fire Department welcomed new recruit Michael Varanelli to the force. Varanelli was sworn in Tuesday afternoon in Town Hall’s Cone Room. Varanelli comes to Greenwich from Harwinton, where he served as a volunteer firefighter and a combat medic in the Connecticut Army Nation Guard with the 143rd Military Police […] [Read More]
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Firefighters showcase need for more manpower

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Greenwich firefighters delivered a public presentation last week in an effort to showcase the need for additional firefighter positions, a request that’s included in the town’s draft budget. The budget calls for nine new firefighter positions at Byram and Sound Beach fire stations. Currently there are two firefighters per shift. The new positions would add […] [Read More]
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Selectmen, Fire Department to present new staffing initiative Thursday

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Town officials will present a new station and staffing initiative for the municipal fire services Thursday evening, in anticipation of a number of fire-related capital projects in the near future. At 7:00 p.m. at the Greenwich Library Cole Auditorium, First Selectman Peter Tesei and Fire Chief Pete Sieciesnski will discuss the plan, which was requested […] [Read More]
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The boys were submerged in the water, hanging onto the ice shelf, when Greenwich firefighters arrived on scene and pulled them to shore.

Teens fall through thin ice in Riverside

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Two teenage boys were hospitalized after falling through thin ice into the frigid brackish waters of a small pond on Willowmere Circle in Riverside Thursday afternoon. Fire officials said the boys were submerged in the pond, hanging onto the ice shelf, when firefighters arrived on scene and pulled them to shore. The boys were treated […] [Read More]
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Greenwich firefighters put out Round Hill Road garage fire

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A fire broke out in a residential garage at 28 Round Hill Road shortly after 6 p.m on Monday, according to Greenwich Fire Department sources. Units from the Central Fire Station were called to the scene by neighbors, and firefighters put out the blaze before 7 p.m., according to fire officials. There were no injuries […] [Read More]
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BET set to take on Central Firehouse, Democrat rule changes Tuesday

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The Board of Estimate and Taxation is set to convene tomorrow for their first regular meeting of the 2014-2016 term following a controversial organizational meeting earlier this month. Chairman Michael Mason’s decision to forgo Budget Committee veteran Leslie Tarkington to helm the town’s budgeting and to revoke the committee assignments of outspoken Democrat Sean Goldrick […] [Read More]