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  • Firefighter/Paramedic Job Applications Open 2020

  • 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.

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

  • December 2020 Nor Easter

  • ‘Snow Emergency’ declared; parking bans taking effect
    WEST HAVEN, Dec. 16, 2020 — To help crews expedite snow removal, Mayor Nancy R. Rossi has declared a “Snow Emergency” parking ban during the storm.

    The executive order bans parking from 11 p.m. today until 7 a.m. Thursday on both sides of Campbell and Savin avenues, Morgan Lane, Elm Street, Meloy Road, Second Avenue from Elm to Beach streets, and Main Street from Savin to Washington avenues. The order will be revaluated Thursday morning.

    Once snow begins to fall, a parking ban is also in effect on the even-numbered side of most other roads, unless one is posted with a “No Parking” sign on the odd side. The even-numbered ban is in effect for 36 hours after the storm, which is forecast to dump more than a foot of snow on the area, according to Emergency Management Director Joseph Soto.

    Police will enforce the emergency order and tag and tow all vehicles violating the mandatory parking bans at the owner’s expense, Soto said. Violators will receive a $100 fine, per the “Severe Weather” parking ordinance under Chapter 188 of the West Haven Code.

    Soto said residents are urged to move all vehicles to the appropriate side of the street or move them off the street if they are in a snow emergency zone. Vehicles can be parked in driveways, on lawns or in public lots, including schools, he said.

    The following public lots are available for off-street parking:
    • All schools.
    • Bradley Point, Captain Thomas Boulevard.
    • Campbell Avenue, across from Duffy’s Tavern, 241 Campbell Ave.
    • Campbell Avenue, behind Leslie Jewelers, 523 Campbell Ave.
    • Campbell Avenue and Captain Thomas Boulevard, next to Biagetti’s Restaurant, 77 Campbell Ave., and Scoreboards Cafe, 100 Campbell Ave.
    • City Hall, 355 Main St.
    • Curtiss Place, behind 473 Campbell Ave.
    • Dawson Avenue, across from West Shore fire headquarters, 852 Ocean Ave.
    • Former Stiles School, 575 Main St.
    • Former Thompson School, 165 Richards St.
    • Johnson Community Center, 201 Noble St.
    • Oak Street, Oak Street Beach.
    • Quigley Stadium, 362 Front Ave.
    • Savin Rock Conference Center, 6 Rock St.
    • Sawmill Road, across from Econo Lodge, 370 Highland St.
    • Sea Bluff, Ocean Avenue and Platt Court.
    Police Chief Joseph S. Perno said all vehicles parked in school lots must be removed 24 hours after the storm so Board of Education crews can plow the lots.

    Public Works Commissioner Tom J. McCarthy said residents are urged to be patient throughout the snow removal process. Every neighborhood will be plowed, he said.

    West Haven’s public schools are operating remotely for distance learning Thursday and Friday.

    City Hall and other municipal buildings, including the compost site, are closed Thursday and Friday. Nonessential employees should not report to work.

    Nonessential workers include employees of City Hall and other municipal buildings, such as the Department of Parks and Recreation, as well as civilian employees of the Police Department.

    Trash, recycling and leaf bag pickups are suspended Thursday and delayed for at least one day for the rest of the week. Do not put out trash, recyclables or leaf bags today. Go to Public Works for information on the rest of the curbside pickup week.

    Anyone who loses power during the height of the storm is urged to shelter in place, Soto said.

    To prevent accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, make sure all generators are operated outside, not in garages, and all household ventilation pipes are kept clear. Also, make sure all vehicle exhaust pipes are kept clear.

    For medical and other emergencies, call 911.

    McCarthy said residents and businesses are reminded to shovel their sidewalks within 24 hours after the storm or face a $25 fine “for each day that the violation persists.”

    According to the “Removal of Snow and Ice” ordinance under Chapter 195 of the West Haven Code, people are given 24 hours to remove snow from sidewalks on and bordering their properties. Violators are subject to the $25-per-day fine, which is enforced by police, the ordinance states.

    McCarthy also pointed out that plowing or blowing snow into city streets is prohibited and violators are subject to a $60 fine for each offense, per the ordinance.

    Snow removal around mailboxes is the property owner’s responsibility.

    Residents are also urged to help firefighters keep hydrants clear of snow.

    For information on the tow and recovery of a vehicle, call the Police Department’s nonemergency line at 203-937-3900.

    For all other information, call the Emergency Operations Center at 203-937-3630 or 203-931-4940, starting at 7 p.m. today, or the Highway Department at 203-937-3644.

    For the latest storm-related updates, visit the city on its website at City of West Haven or on Facebook at West Haven City Hall.

  • 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
    CHECK & TEST YOUR SMOKE & CO DECTECTORS

    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.

    Electrical

    * 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.

    DO NOT STORE PROPANE or GASOLINE INSIDE YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS
    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

    Cooking
    * 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

  • WEST HAVEN FIRE SERVICES

    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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