• First Fire Taxation District Annual Budget Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 828 2021 0503
    Passcode: 337672
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    Electors of the First Fire Taxation District City of West Haven are hereby notified and warned that the Annual Meeting of said District will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 7:00 P.M.
    In accordance to the Local Health Department recommendations, the First Fire Taxation District Annual Budget Meeting shall be in a virtual meeting format. The recent increase in COVID Positive cases along with the anticipated continuation of COVID spread is the basis of this decision.
    The Board of Fire Commissioners shall conduct the business of the Annual Budget Meeting as mandated by the Home Rule Ordinance. This meeting will be available for public view through Social Media and or the department website.
    The Budget is available on the West Haven Fire Department website for review. www.westhavenfiredept.com
    Questions and or comment may be forwarded to Business Manager Mike Zisek by no later than 24 hours prior to the meeting mzisek@westhavenfiredept.com – 203-214-3141
    The purpose of said meeting will be:

    1. To receive the report of the Board of Fire Commissioners.
    2. To submit the budget for the year 2022-2023 for approval and prescribe the rate of taxation to be
    levied and collected in said District, based on the 2021 Grand List.
    3. Nomination for Fire Commissioner position
    4. To transact any other business properly brought before said meeting.

    Board of Fire Commissioners:
    Bruce E. Sweeney, Chairman
    John Carew, Treasurer
    Herbert Hill, Secretary

  • Firefighter/Paramedic Job Applications Open

  • The West Haven Fire Department is hiring!
    • This application process is open to qualified Paramedics that hold National Registry or have the ability to obtain National Registry.
    • This posting is also open to Certified Paramedic/Firefighters interested in a lateral transfer.

    Entry Level – Grade E Firefighter/Paramedic $61,977.57 with stipends

    Applicants will be interviewed on a first come, first serve basis to meet department staffing needs.

    Applications are available at : www.westhavenfiredept.com

    The application process will begin Friday December 11, 2020. The Application Process will be open indefinitely.

    The application is available here.


    Elm St Headquarters
    366 Elm St
    West Haven, CT. 06516

  • COVID-19

  • COVID-19 Related Limited Access and Closings

  • The City of West Haven has announced the closing and limited access to city buildings as a precaution and to assist efforts to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

    West Haven City Hall, West Haven Police Station and City Fire Stations are closed to members of the public. Personnel will continue to work their regular hours.

    The Johnson Community Center and all Libraries are closed until further notice.

    West Haven Schools and the University of New Haven are closed until further notice.

  • Corona Virus Public Service Information

  • The West Haven Health Department is closely monitoring the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus, COVID19. The West Haven Health Department is in close communication with the CT Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure the health and safety of our community.
    The 2019 novel coronavirus typically causes mild to severe respiratory symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID19 infection nor is there specific treatment. Based on current information from the CDC, symptoms of COVID19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Transmission is thought to happen mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory illnesses spread.
    The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The West Haven Health Department encourages everyone to practice good hygiene and to follow the precautions below to prevent illnesses such as influenza and COVID19.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue.
    • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
    • If you suspect you have been exposed to the COVID19, please contact your health provider.
    For additional information, please visit the following resources:
    CT Department of Public Health 2019 Novel Coronavirus Information
    U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2019 Novel Coronavirus Information

  • West Haven Firemen’s Memorial

    Every October the West Haven Fire Dept honors our deceased members at our memorial on the green. If you have a family member who has passed away during the year and was a member of the career or volunteer department in the center district, please contact us at whfdhistory@gmail.com so we can include them in our ceremony. This year’s ceremony will be held on October 20th, 2019 at 11am.

  • Line of Duty Death

  • March 29, 2019

    LODD James “Woody” Woodman

    November 9, 1963 – March 29, 2019

    The West Haven Fire Dept regrets to announce the line of duty death of Retired WHFD Firefighter James “Woody” Woodman.

    Firefighter/Paramedic Woodman passed away on the morning of March 29, 2019 due to injuries sustained while performing his duties as a Firefighter/Paramedic on October 5, 1999.

    The Woodman family has stated that a memorial will be held in Colorado Springs at a later date.

  • Spring/Summer Safety Tips

  • West Haven Fire Services/ Fire Safety Checklist

    On March 8, 2020: Remember to turn your clocks ahead one hour

    Swimming / Swimming Pools – Spa’s
    * Do not swim alone, swim near a lifeguard.
    * Children should be supervised at all times near water.
    * Pools and Spa’s should be enclosed by fencing.
    * On Long Island Sound; Beware of Rip Tides
    * If caught in a rip tide swim parallel until free, don’t swim against the currents pull.
    * Always wear a Life Jacket when boating, kayaking, Jet Skiing or wind surfing.
    * When participating in recreation activities on long Island Sound be sure to tell a friend or family member the time you expect to return and the location or your activity.


    * Avoid overloading electrical circuits
    * Inspect electrical cords and appliances for damage
    * Do not tack cords to the walls or run them under rugs
    * Maintain air space around electrical equipment such as TV, VCR, stereo, etc.
    * Install additional outlets, by a qualified electrician, to avoid using cube taps and extension cords
    * If you must use extension cords, use only the kind that have a built in circuit breaker

    Flammable Liquids & Hazardous Materials
    * Limit the amount of chemicals stored
    * Dispose of and recycle household hazardous materials properly.
    * Store hazardous materials in proper containers with tight fitting lids and correct identification labels
    * Store hazardous materials away from heat sources
    * Allow proper ventilation when using flammable liquids and hazardous materials
    * Put oily rags in metal containers with tight fitting lids, not in a pile where they can spontaneously ignite.

    Store in detached garage or shed or on deck
    If you need to dispose of Propane Tanks contact a local vender.

    Open Burning within the City of West Haven is prohibited by Ordinance

    * Never leave cooking unattended
    * Cuff sleeves and turn pot handles
    * Never store combustibles in oven or on stove top
    * When barbequing, move unit away from house. Barbequing on balconies of apartments or condominiums is prohibited.
    * Dispose of coals/ashes in metal containers

    Smoking Materials & Candles
    * Never leave cigarettes or candles unattended
    * Purchase and use ashtrays that have the center support feature
    * Empty ashtrays into noncombustible containers only
    * Never smoke in bed
    * We recommend against the use of candles. If you must use candles place them in glass jar or sturdy holders

    Smoke and CO Detectors
    * Install SMOKE & CO detectors inside and outside every sleeping area and on every level of your home
    * Test smoke, CO detectors once a month (use a broom handle to reach)
    * Replace smoke, CO detector batteries twice a year(replace when changing time on clocks-Spring and Fall)
    * Replace smoke, CO detector units every ten years

    Fire Extinguishers
    * Purchase a multipurpose (ABC) extinguisher
    * Teach your family how to use a fire extinguisher (use P.A.S.S.- (Pull the pin , Aim, Squeeze, Sweep )

    Develop & Practice a Home Escape Plan
    * Develop a home escape plan that includes
    • Crawling low under smoke
    • Two exits out of every room
    • A meeting place outside (tree, mailbox, etc.)
    * Practice escape plan with every member
    * Teach all family members how to:
    • Dial 911 in an emergency
    • Stop, drop and roll if clothes catch fire


    Fireworks Dangers

    The Holiday season is upon us and public safety officials caution the general population against the dangers of fireworks. Each year nationwide, on average, there are 10,000 injuries, 3 deaths and 25,000 fires due to the use of illegal fireworks. Don’t become a statistic!

    The only personal-use fireworks permitted by law in Connecticut are sparklers and fountains.

    Illegal devices to use, store or sell in Connecticut:
    Bottle rockets, Chinese Lanterns, firecrackers, black cats, lady fingers, roman candles, smoke bombs, party poppers, snakes, professional display aerial shells shot from mortar tubes without a permit from the State Fire Marshal, M-80’s, M-100’s, Cherry Bombs, Blockbusters, Quarter Sticks and similar devices.

    Illegal possession of explosives is a felony! Purchasing and transporting explosives across state lines is a crime!

    Fire Chiefs and Fire Marshals along with Law Enforcement and others in the Public Safety community urge you to enjoy your 4th of July season by taking your friends and families to a legal, licensed, and permitted public fireworks display—and leave it to the professionals!

    It’s safer, it’s legal and it’s a lot more fun!

    This public safety message is sponsored by:
    Connecticut Career Fire Chief’s Association
    Connecticut Fire Marshal’s Association
    Connecticut Fire Chief’s Association
    Connecticut Chiefs of Police Association

  • Senator Blumenthal Appeals for Zadroga Act Reauthorization

    Senator Blumenthal, along with several other State and Local legislators attended a press conference at the West Haven Fire Dept to express the need for Congress to pass a bill to continue funding for 9/11 responders. The current legislation which covers the health care of those who responded on 9/11 and the workers who helped for months afterward, is set to expire October 1st. The responders and workers have had a high rate of illness, often deadly, since being exposed to toxic dust in the aftermath of 9/11. The Zadroga Act has been necessary to ensure they are taken care of, but it was built with an expiration date. Senator Blumenthal is pushing for a bill with no expiration, so we can be sure that those who took care of our country will always be taken care of in return. Track this crucial legislation here.

  • Paper Sky Lanterns – Dangerous and Illegal

    Paper Sky Lanterns, or “Chinese Lanterns”, as they are commonly known, are as dangerous as they are beautiful. They can go awry and start brush fires, or worse, land on someone’s roof and start a deadly house fire. Most people don’t realize they are, in fact, illegal in the State of Connecticut. These are statutes that the West Haven Fire Dept does not ignore. Stay legal, stay safe, do not launch paper lanterns.

  • Storm Season is Upon Us

  • Print and review this Guide To Emergency Preparedness, published by the State of Connecticut.
    Guide To Emergency Preparedness

  • Stay Safe This Summer

  • Wear a helmet while biking, and skating. Especially at the skate park on Beach St. If Tony Hawk and Dave Mirra wear helmets, you should too.

    Wear protective gear on motorcycles. Every Firefighter and Paramedic has seen it save lives and reduce injury. Trust us, it’s worth it.

    Boat smart. Bring and wear life jackets. Tell someone on shore where you are going and when to expect you home.

    Grill safely. You should keep all grills OFF decks and porches, and away from your house. If you live in an apartment, IT’S THE LAW.

    The West Haven Fire Dept wants to wish you a fun, cool, and safe summer.

  • Install, Maintain, and Use Smoke Detectors

  • Smoke detectors save lives. We see it happen.
    It is a good practice to change the batteries in your smoke detector when you change your clocks. Spring and Fall.

    Carbon Monoxide detectors are just as important. Carbon Monoxide is imposible to detect with your senses, and it can kill you.

    Call any of your local West Haven Fire Departments to have an appointment made to have free smoke and CO detectors installed, and have a free home safety inspection done.

  • Outdoor Fires in West Haven

    —The burning of brush or rubbish is prohibited in the city.
    —Fire pits are allowed, but must be covered with a tight screen that will catch and arrest sparks. Be courteous to your neighbors and mindful of where the smoke is going.
    —Fire pits that result in multiple complaints of smoke, become “nuisance fires” and will be ordered extinguished, even if they are legal.

  • Call 911 only in an extreme emergency

  • To report smoke or fire.
    If you smell gas.
    To report a large spill of hazardous materials.
    To report a car accident.
    To get help with a medical emergency.
    If you need the police.
    Any other possible threat to the safety of people or property.

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