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Protecting Our Community: Guilford Fire Department's Commitment to Safety

In Guilford, Connecticut, safeguarding the lives and property of our beloved town is our paramount mission. With unwavering dedication and a steadfast commitment to service, our highly skilled team of firefighters stands ready to respond to any emergency, day or night. As a cornerstone of Guilford's vibrant community, we take great pride in offering a comprehensive range of fire and emergency services, striving to ensure the safety and well-being of every resident and visitor. Here are some frequently asked questions about our department, providing insights into the vital services we provide, fire prevention initiatives, and how we collaborate with the community to create a safer tomorrow. Together, we fortify the bonds that make Guilford a place we all call home.

1. Is The Guilford Fire Department all volunteer?

No, the Guilford Fire Department is not purely volunteer. It is a combination volunteer and career fire department with 40 full-time firefighter EMTs and/or paramedics who staff downtown headquarters and North Guilford fire stations. Downtown headquarters staffs 8 firefighters, and North Guilford staffs 2 firefighters on duty 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.

2. What services does the Guilford Fire Department provide?

The Guilford Fire Department is committed to serving the community by providing a range of emergency services, including fire suppression, rescue operations, hazardous materials response, medical advanced life support and transport, dive rescue, drone search and rescue, public education on fire safety, and much more.

3. When should I call 911 for a fire emergency?

Dial 911 immediately in case of any fire emergency, including structure fires, wildfires, vehicle fires, or any situation involving flames or smoke that poses a threat to life or property. Do not hesitate to call, as every second counts in a fire emergency.

4. How can I prevent fires in my home?

Preventing fires starts with being proactive. Ensure your home has working smoke detectors on every floor and in all sleeping areas. Keep flammable materials away from heat sources, never leave cooking unattended, and avoid overloading electrical outlets. Conduct regular inspections of your home's electrical system and promptly address any potential hazards.

5. What should I do if I am trapped in a building during a fire?

If you find yourself trapped in a building during a fire, try to stay as low to the ground as possible, as smoke and heat rise. Crawl to the nearest exit if possible, and if not, close the door to your location and use towels or clothing to seal

the bottom of the door to prevent smoke from entering. Call 911 immediately and let them know your location inside the building.

6. How can I create a fire escape plan for my family?

Creating a fire escape plan is essential for every household. Identify two exits from every room and establish a meeting point outside. Practice the escape plan regularly with all family members to ensure everyone knows what to do in case of a fire. Make sure the meeting point is a safe distance from the home.

7. Can I request a fire station tour or fire safety presentation for my community group?

Absolutely! The Guilford Fire Department encourages community engagement and offers fire station tours and fire safety presentations. Please contact the department to schedule a visit or presentation for your community group or organization.

8. Does the Guilford Fire Department offer smoke alarm installation assistance?

Yes, the Guilford Fire Department recognizes the importance of having working smoke alarms in every home. We offer smoke alarm installation assistance for residents who may need help ensuring their homes are adequately equipped with functional smoke detectors.

9. How can I become a volunteer firefighter in Guilford?

If you have a passion for serving the community and want to become a volunteer firefighter, the Guilford Fire Department welcomes dedicated individuals to join our team. Contact Erin at our main headquarters or visit our website for information on the application process and requirements.

10. How can I request a fire incident report?

To request a fire incident report, you can contact the Guilford Fire Department's administrative office during regular business hours. They will guide you through the process and provide you with the necessary information.

11. What steps can I take to prepare for wildfires in Guilford?

While Guilford may not be prone to frequent wildfires, it is essential to be prepared. Create a defensible space around your property by clearing away dead vegetation and flammable debris. Have an emergency kit ready with essentials such as water, food, first aid supplies, and important documents. Stay informed about any wildfire risks and follow evacuation orders issued by authorities if necessary.

12. How can I find out the distance my home is to a fire hydrant or fire tank?

If you are in need of information pertaining to a distance inquiry from a hydrant or water source, contact the fire marshals office at 203-453-8056. One of the Deputy Fire Marshals can assist you with any questions you may have.

13. Does the Guilford Fire Department offer CPR and first aid training for residents?

Yes, the Guilford Fire Department offers CPR and first aid training for residents. It's essential to have these lifesaving skills, and the department is dedicated to equipping community members with the knowledge to respond effectively in emergency situations. Keep an eye out for announcements for upcoming classes that are posted on Facebook and this website for furure classes. You can also contact Erin at Headquarters at 203-453-8056 for additional information.

Remember, for any emergency or fire-related questions, do not hesitate to contact the Guilford Fire Department at our non-emergency number 203-453-8056 or visit our website for more information. Your safety is our priority!


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