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July 23, 2014
VOTE YES ON CHARTER QUESTION 2 - One City, One Fire Chief, One Unified Fire Service! NO NEW TAXES !
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Sandy Ground Memorial Playground Fund Raiser
Please join us on May 3, 2014 at Tiernan's Bar at 187 Main Street in Stamford from 3PM - 7PM to help us raise money to construct a playground in honor of Jesse Lewis. Jessie was one of twenty children killed in the Sandy Hook School shooting. The playground is being built as part of the Sandy Ground Project. Tickets are $50 and includes live music by the Highland Rovers, drinks, food, etc. Read More...
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Stamford Fire Fighter Receives 2013 Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award !!
Wedneday, April 24, 2013: Stamford Fire Fighter and Local 786 Member, Bill O'Connell (Group 2, Rescue 1) recieved the 2013 Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award this morning at the Fire Department Instructor's Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, Indiana. Robert F. Biolchini, chief executive officer of PennWell Corporation, parent company of Fire Engineering/FDIC, made the presentation. Read More...
Vote YES For One Unified Fire Service in Stamford
No New Taxes - VOTE YES ON CHARTER REVISION 2 - On election day 2012, Stamford voters will have a great opportunity to end the years of conflict between the numerous Fire Departments within Stamford and vote YES to create one unfied Fire Department with one Fire Chief. This is Stamford's most affordable solution and utilizes existing career and volunteer personnel without the need to fund Mayor Pavia's expensive fire plan that requires 60 or more new fire fighters and duplication or resources. Read More...
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Stamford Advocate Editorial - Time For One Unified Fire Department
October 27, 2011 - Isn't it time to end all the bickering and agree that it's best for Stamford to have a unified fire department with one chief? That would require a revision in the City Charter, but so be it if it'll make the city a safer place to live, especially if you live north of the downtown area. Read More...
Stamford Fire Fighter's Breast Cancer Awareness Benefit
Monday, May 2, 2011 - Stamford Fire Fighters in conjunction with The Bennett Cancer Center at Stamford Hospital will be hosting a "Paint the Town Pink" benefit to support breast cancer research. The event will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2011 from 3-7 PM at Tiernan's Pub and Restaurant at 187 Main Street in downtown Stamford. Read More...
Annual Educational Seminar - Register Now!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011- The Stamford Professional Fire Fighters Association is hosting our Annual Education Seminar on Saturday, March 5, 2011 from 0900-1600. This year's seminar will focus on Fire Ground Size Up "A Comprehensive Look" and be presented by Deputy Chief Michael Terpak of the Jersey City (NJ) Fire Department. The event will be held at the UCONN Stamford branch and cost just $25 for the day. Registration can be done online by visiting Questions may also be e-mailed to Space is limited and if you are interested in attending this highly informative event, please register as soon as possible to assure a seat. The event flyer may be downloaded by clicking onto link below:

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Local 786 Members Go Hollywood ?

May 17, 2010 - Four Stamford Fire Fighters were recently hired as extras for the film "We Need To Talk About Kevin". The production of the movie is currently underway in Stamford and featured Academy Award Winning Actress Tilda Swinton and Academy Award Nominee Actor John C. Reilly.

Local 786 Members were used as Fire Fighters during a scene in which forcible entry was needed to enter a High School that had been over-taken during a Columbine-like event. Members of the Stamford Police Department and Stamford Emergency Medical Services also were hired as extras and participated in the filming of the same scene.

 Photo Gallery From The Filming


Local 786 Thanks Local Fire Fighters and Fire Departments

May 10, 2010 - The Officers and Members of IAFF Local 786 would like to thank all of the area Fire Fighters and Fire Departments, who provided Station coverage for the funeral services of Stamford Fire Fighter Sean Gage. Brother Gage passed away on Sunday, May 2, 2010 and was laid to rest on Monday, May 10, 2010.

The following Departments are to be recognized for their assistance:

  • The Belltown Volunteer Fire Department
  • The Glenbrook Volunteer Fire Department
  • Greenwich Fire Department and IAFF Local 1042
  • New Canaan Fire Department and IAFF Local 3224
  • Norwalk Fire Department and IAFF Local 830
  • Springdale Fire Company
  • The Turn of River Volunteer Fire Department

Nearly 200 uniformed Fire Personnel attended the service for Brother Gage, including the on-duty personnel from Group 2.

Thanks to all of those, who assisted and allowed us to honor our Brother.


Local 786 "Climb Team" Continues to Reach New Heights !!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 -The Members of the Local 786 Climb Team continue to reach new heights and goals due to their efforts. The Team most recently competed in a stair climb event in Hartford, CT and dominated the event. Money raised during this stair climb event benefits the American Lung Association for lung disease research and awareness.

The members of the Stamford Team have also recently made their mark by competing and taking top honors at similar events across New England in Boston, Providence, Portland, and Stamford.

Congratulations to the dedicated members of the Local 786 Climb Team!

Benefit for Lisa Smith, Wife of Brother Greg Smith

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - The Allyson Rioux Memorial Foundation will be hosting their annual Golf Tournament and Dinner on Thursday, May 13, 2010. Proceeds from this year's event will go to assist Lisa Smith, wife of Brother Greg Smith. Lisa was recently diagnosed with cancer. For more information on how to help or register for the event, please click on the link below:

Fire Fighter Exam Rescheduled

The written exam for Firefighter which was scheduled for April 10th has been rescheduled to Saturday, June 5th. Further information, including the Study Guide, will be sent to all applicants by early May. Human Resources apologizes for any inconvenience.

City Takes Delivery of New Rig for Truck 1

Monday, December 7, 2009 - The City of Stamford has taken delivery of a new 2009 Sutphen Tower Ladder for Truck 1. The new truck replaces a 14 year old Sutphen Tower Ladder that had been serving at Truck 2 and Truck 1. Additional pictures to follow.

Local 786 Members Host Send-Off Party For Fire Fighter Joe Lombardo

Thursday, November 26, 2009 - Members of IAFF Local 786 came together on Sunday November 1, 2009 at Tiernan's Pub to give Fire Fighter Joe Lombardo a proper send-off. Brother Lombardo is being deployed to Afghanistan with the Connecticut National Guard and will be serving for approximately one year. Good luck Joe and be safe over there!!

Local 786 Members Dominate Trump Parc Stair Climb!

Monday, November 9, 2009 - 35 members of the Stamford Professional Fire Fighters Association came together this past weekend to compete in the "Climb of Your Life" stair climb challenge at the 36 story Trump Parc building in downtown Stamford. This was the first time this event has been held in Stamford and was organized by the American Lung Association. All proceeds from the event go for lung disease research, prevention, and awareness. More than $50,000 was raised by this event alone.

Team Stamford Fire Rescue dominated the events, winning the following divisions:

  • Fastest Fire Fighter Team
  • Fastest Overall Fire Fighter: Brother Al Hagander with a time of 4 minutes 23 seconds!
  • Largest Fire Fighter Team: 35 members
  • Largest Fire Fighter Team in the history of the event
  • Most combined money raised by a single team: Over $10,000 by Local 786 Members !!!!!!!!!

Special appreciation is extended to Brother Jim Tarzia for his outstanding efforts in promoting and coordination of this event. Brother Tarzia was recognized at the event and had Saturday, November 7, 2009 proclaimed "Jimmy Tarzia Day" by the City of Stamford for all of his hard work. "Good job Jimmy!"

Congratulations to all of this year's participants. We look forward to the upcoming climb in Boston (February 2010) and sponsoring this event in Stamford again next year.


Captain Palmer Honored As Stamford Fire Fighter of the Year for 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009 - On Thursday, October 22, 2009, Stamford Fire and Rescue Captain Matthew Palmer was honored as Stamford's Fire Fighter of the Year for 2009. Palmer was recognized at the annual "Salute to Connecticut's Bravest" dinner hosted by the Connecticut Exchange Club. The event was held at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington (CT) and recognizes Fire Fighters from across the State.

Captain Palmer was nominated for his off-duty efforts in reviving a man found unconscious on a sidewalk while he was on his way home from work. The man was in cardiac arrest and Captain Palmer immediately began CPR until the members of the Hamden Fire Department arrived on scene.

Thanks to the efforts of Captain Palmer, an off-duty LPN, and the members of the Hamden Fire Department, the man was discharged from the hospital less than two weeks later and has fully recovered.

In an interesting twist of fate, the man turned out to be the Brother-in-Law of Captain Palmer's next door neighbor.

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