• West Haven Fire Department – Recruit Firefighter Exam

  • Job Announcement


    The application process is now open and closes on February 12, 2020.
    Eligible candidates are directed to contact CTFire@iosolutions.com to register and to answer any questions regarding the exam process.
    The West Haven Fire Department is a progressive Class II Department providing fire suppression, fire rescue, hazardous materials intervention/protection, emergency medical care and mutual aid, responding to more than 6500 calls per year. The WHFD/ Center District has four twelve-person platoons, which rotate four 24/72 hour shifts. The department offers a competitive salary/benefit package including subsidized health and dental benefits, annual health and fitness program and a retirement plan. Under the terms of the Union Contract.

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Certifications: (All current at time of Employment Offering)
    • National Registry Certification for EMT/Paramedic
    • Passing score of on Written Exam
    • Passing score on Oral Exam (Pass/Fail)
    CPAT or WHFD Physical Agility Exam (Pass/Fail) – (re-test may be required prior to hire date)
    • Medical Examination (Pass/Fail)
    • High School Diploma/GED
    • Extensive Background Check (Pass Fail)
    • Psychological Exam Fire (Pass/Fail)
    • Valid Driver’s License
    • Completion of the Firefighter Recruit Academy (Pass/Fail)
    • One-year Probationary period upon date of Graduation (Pass/Fail)
    • Veterans – DD 214
    • Must be eighteen years of age by date of exam.

    • Candidates shall be certified as a Nationally Certified EMT/Paramedic prior to date of hire. ** The West Haven Fire Department reserves the right to amend the order of hire to meet staffing requirements.
      The West Haven Fire Department is an equal opportunity employer.
      contact CTFire@iosolutions.com to register and to answer any questions regarding the exam process.
  • 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.

  • Winter Safety Tips

  • Heating Equipment
    □ Keep electric space heaters at least 3 feet from all combustibles
    □ Replace furnace filters once a year

    □ Clean lint from behind clothes dryer
    □ Install a sparks screen in front of the fireplace
    □ Have chimney, furnace inspected and cleaned annually
    □ Dispose of ashes in metal containers
    □ Keep newspapers, other combustibles and clutter away from water heater/furnace


    □ 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 call 203-488-1956
    Leetes Island Fuel ~ 49 Leetes Island Rd ~ Branford, CT

    □ 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
    □ 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 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

    The use of a kerosene heater within the City of West Haven is prohibited by Ordinance


    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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