The Town of Redding has three fire districts -- Georgetown, District 1 and District 2.
Georgetown Fire District
The Georgetown Volunteer Fire Company was organized in May of 1928 by a group of men who realized the need for fire protection in the community. Today, the men and women of the Georgetown Volunteer Fire Company are just as dedicated to the preservation of life and property as those who started this organization. This past year, the Company responded to 341 emergency calls.
Our jobs today include not only fire fighting, fire prevention and emergency medical service, but hazardous material situations, vehicle extrication, rope and cold water rescue, just to name a few. Other services we provide to the public includes our annual Halloween party and CPR Saturday. Our Halloween party provides a safe and fun filled evening for children of all ages complete with a haunted house, magic show, cider and donuts. The CPR Saturday is designed to teach basic CPR to anyone who wishes to learn this life saving procedure.
During the past year we were fortunate to have three new members join our ranks. These new members have all been trained either as Emergency Medical Technicians or firefighters and have become an integral part of our department. Anyone interested in joining our Department may stop by the firehouse any Monday evening between 7-9 p.m. or call 544-8800 and leave a message.
Redding Fire District #1
The Redding Volunteer Fire & EMS Company #1 was founded in 1915 to provide coordinated fire protection and ambulance service to the residents of the town of Redding. Our primary service covers the area of Redding, East to the Easton border on North Park Avenue, South to the Saugatuck Reservoir and to the Easton border on Pine Tree and Rock House Roads, North to the Bethel border and West to a line paralleling and dividing Stagecoach Road. We work very closely with our sister companies in West Redding and Georgetown to provide maximum protection to the town. We also have mutual aid agreements with the surrounding towns of Easton, Newtown and Bethel and are connected to a statewide “rapid reaction” resource pool should the need arise.
A Regional Paramedic Intercept Service, provided by Danbury Hospital to ensure rapid, quality EMS care, supports our EMS. We continue to work in conjunction with West Redding, with a paid EMS staff to cover daytime medical emergencies. Crews made up of members from both departments are “on station” from 7:30AM to 3:30PM at either the West Redding Firehouse or the Firehouse on Black Rock Turnpike. This has dramatically reduced ambulance response times during daytime hours when many of our volunteers are at work.
In the past year, we responded to 175 EMS and 108 fire calls ranging from structure and brush fires to motor vehicle accidents and medical emergencies. We are proud to have the skills and training to support any kind of emergency activity and can help direct additional resources to an incident if necessary. All of our members are involved in training or re-certification courses throughout the year. A monthly business meeting is held on the 1st Monday of every month at the firehouse on Black Rock Turnpike. Other Mondays feature training topics and practical skill drills for Firefighters and EMS personnel. Anyone interested in observing our training exercises is welcome to visit us on Mondays. Observing us “first hand” will permit the citizens to become more familiar with our operation.
Redding Fire & EMS Company #1 is always looking for conscientious individuals interested in volunteering and “giving something back to our community”. Our members come from all walks of life and careers. No matter how much or how little time you have, we welcome you to join our ranks. There are many company tasks and functions, which do not require formal firefighting or medical training. For the more adventurous, the sky is literally the limit and the district pays for the tuition for courses. People say that volunteerism is on the wane in America. Let’s not have that happen in Redding – we are different so come and join one of the town’s three departments. If you are interested, drop in on our monthly meeting, any drill night or call 938-2520 and leave a message.
We appreciate all of the support we have received from the community this past year. Contributions made to the fire department help to defray the costs of additional supplies and equipment, which were not able to make the fiscal year budget. Our prime objective is to make sure that we can provide for the safety of the community while maintaining high standards of safety for our members.
Redding Fire District #2
The West Redding Volunteer Fire Department was formed in 1915 and was incorporated in 1926, to provide emergency services to the residents of District #2. The department has over 55 members including firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and fire police.
The West Redding Volunteer Fire Department provides all the emergency services to the resident’s of District #2. Over the past year, the fire department responded to 109 fire calls, and 153 emergency medical calls. The calls consisted of responding to automatic fire alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, structure fires, motor vehicle accidents, brush fires, and emergency medical requests. In early spring there was a large brush fire in the area of Pickets Ridge Road that required mutual aid from the other two Redding departments, and from Bethel, Danbury, and Ridgefield. The West Redding Fire Department also provides mutual aid to the surrounding departments.
The Annual Steak and Chicken Dinner held in September was a great success. The proceeds from the annual dinner and other contributions are used to purchase supplies and equipment that are not budgeted for by the Fire District. The fire department would like to take this opportunity to thank all the residents and friends that attended the dinner, or made a donation to the West Redding Fire Department.
Fire department personnel are continually updating their skills and certifications. Each Monday evening members of the fire department and EMS services participate in mock drills and training at the West Redding Fire Department, and also with Georgetown and Redding Ridge Fire Departments.
The West Redding Fire Department, Redding Ridge Fire Department, and Georgetown Fire Department are all volunteer departments, and we need your help. The need to attract new members is a growing concern. The departments will provide all required training and equipment. If you would like to learn more about the fire department and EMS service, contact your district fire department.