Grant expected to enhance emergency communications

11-23-2012

"Efforts to upgrade the town’s emergency communications system got a major boost this week when Gov. Dannel Malloy announced that Greenwich will receive a $245,000 grant for the project."

Water source testing continues in backcountry

09-04-2012

"The Greenwich Fire Department is wrapping up its annual backcountry water-source testing and inspections, which will continue over the coming weeks, according to a top fire official."

Firefighter honored for 40 anniversary

08-02-2012

"After 40 years with the Greenwich Fire Department, Lt. Patrick Gordiski still has no trouble keeping up with the younger members of his squad."

BET approves radio replacement study

07-17-2012

"Greenwich public safety brass obtained approval Monday night to spend up to $155,000 in taxpayer funds to study replacement of the aging radio network used by first responders, town highway crews and entities such as the Red Cross -- a project that fiscal stewards say could eventually cost up to $16 million."

Deputy fire marshal remembered at funeral

04-20-2012

"A former deputy fire marshal who died April 12 was remembered at his funeral service Friday at Saint Catherine of Siena Church for his love of family, friends, career and community."

Officials: Long-standing problems in fire marshal's office

03-22-2012

"In the wake of an internal audit that found the town's schools did not undergo required fire and other building inspections in 2011, town officials say problems with the fire marshal's office have continued since 2008, despite ongoing efforts to address them."

RTM Votes to Accept Grant For New High-

09-20-2011

"The Representative Town Meeting on Monday voted 166 to 19 to accept a $600,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security for a new, high-tech “port security” police boat capable of detecting chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive devices, as well as fighting fires."

RTM approves demolition of Central Fire Station

09-19-2011

"The Representative Town Meeting gave the go-ahead Monday night to demolish the central fire station to make way for a new code-compliant building, scuttling a preservation group's bid to save the historic structure."

Greenwich debates whether to accept $600K for homeland security boat

07-12-2011

"Greenwich must soon decide whether to accept $600,000 in federal port security funds for a multi-purpose homeland security boat, a grant that is dividing emergency planners and some budget hawks in the Connecticut suburb closest to New York City."

Residents continue campaign to preserve fire station

02-21-2011

"Greenwich preservationists are making a final push to save the historic central fire station from the wrecking ball, hoping a report from a local architect and letters from state officials will convince the town to renovate the structure rather than demolish it to make way for a new building."

Expect, accept, problems from fire plan

11-05-2010

"Most places that have fire departments that are part-volunteer, part-professional experience some battling between the factions. Greenwich has had its problems, just like the rest of them."

Fire brass vows to press on

05-11-2010

"Members of Representative Town Meeting won't be getting any firefighting schwag anytime soon after overwhelmingly denying full funding for a $23 million central fire station project because of questions about the scope and cost of the work."

Police promote four following six-

03-19-2010

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New police captain job postings already causing controversy

01-11-2010

"Just weeks after the police department broke free of the last remaining lawsuit over promotions, new issues began simmering Monday when the town posted job applications for four open captains' positions with controversial criteria."

With police settled in new building, focus turns to fire headquarters

01-03-2010

"With two phases of the town's public safety complex now complete, town officials are turning their attention to the next major task, giving the Fire Department an updated, centralized headquarters."

Ridberg to remain Greenwich chief for 2 years

10-12-2009

"GREENWICH -- On the heels of a state Supreme Court decision that put to rest a lawsuit that had halted police department promotions for years, the police chief announced Monday that he has signed on to lead the department for another two years."

Ribbon cutting for police headquarters draws crowd

08-27-2009

"Active and retired police officers, current and former town officials, and the general public gathered Monday to celebrate the completion of the police department headquarters located in the town’s Public Safety Complex on Bruce Place."

Two new officers join Greenwich police

08-10-2009

"Police received two additions to the force Monday morning when officers Lisa Ruiz and Christian Rosario were sworn in during a ceremony at Town Hall."

BET approves budget; fire station among cuts

03-23-2009

"The Board of Estimate and Taxation (BET) gave its official blessing to the town’s $340 million 2009-10 municipal budget Thursday night, but those supporting a King Street fire station will have to wait for now."

Greenwich moves to unified emergency dispatch system

01-12-2009

"After years of planning, the town has centralized its public safety dispatch call center, joining an increasing number of municipalities to streamline operations."

Police project in final stages

01-03-2009

"Despite minor quality control issues with the construction of the new downtown police station, building officials said the project is still moving ahead on schedule. "

Public safety transitions into a digital network

01-01-2009

"Heading into the new year, the town's public safety departments are preparing to make the switch from a dated analog radio system to an all digital network, providing better coverage and quality for police, fire and GEMS workers who rely heavily on the network."

Captain resigns, leaves four key police openings

12-24-2008

"After 25 years with the Greenwich Police Department, Capt. Michael Pacewicz has put in his papers, with his last day expected to be this week."

Cooking up a pilot: Greenwich firefighter creates idea for food related television show

12-08-2008

"When firefighters aren't battling blazes, they're serving up sizzling meals in the fire house kitchen. That's the subject of a new television pilot created by Greenwich firefighter Guy Fortt and award-winning director Martha Pinson."

Volunteers decline for fire department

11-02-2008

"As the fire department continues to expand its stations, programs and equipment, officials said they are grappling with a declining number of volunteer firefighters in the area - an issue plaguing departments across the country."

Courage under fire: Awards honor Greenwich firefighters

10-27-2008

"More than 25 firefighters were recognized for their hard work and commitment to the job. This was a Loca 1042 so no volunteers were recognized."

GPS units to aid firefighters in field

09-21-2008

"Thanks to newly installed satellite technology, firefighters can now respond to the scene of a blaze faster and locate water sources with more ease, saving more than just time and effort - potentially saving lives."

Backcountry hydrants: Town invests in providing water supply to fight fires

09-13-2008

"The fire department has completed phase one of a five-year project aimed at building an extensive system of dry hydrants and underground cisterns to help firefighters tap into water sources in dry areas of the backcountry, officials said."

Town police honored during Blue Mass

09-12-2008

"Police, fire, and EMS officials representing Fairfield and other nearby towns marched down the Post Road to St. Thomas Aquinas Church this past Sunday to participate in the 6th Annual "Blue Mass." "

Firefighters test out new sonar scanner

07-24-2008

"Splashing slowly through Greenwich Harbor, Sound Beach volunteer firefighters yesterday took turns checking out a luminous red, blue and yellow image of the seabed of the channel on-screen."

Top court to hear promotion case

04-14-2008

"Another chapter in a four-year battle over the town's methods for promoting unionized police and firefighters to command positions will begin this week as the state Supreme Court takes up whether the town flouted state labor law by passing over a Greenwich lieutenant for promotion in 2003."

Benoit ready to move forward

04-07-2008

"Resuming the helm of the town's Fire Marshal's Division last week after a seven-month suspension, Deputy Fire Chief/Fire Marshal Joseph Benoit said he understands the unit is expected to be more efficient in completing building inspections and other required tasks."

Civilians prepare to become dispatchers

03-18-2008

"The town hopes to begin training civilian dispatchers in the next month so firefighters can be freed up to respond to emergency calls."

Emergency safety check: Response guidelines changed to cut accidents

03-15-2008

"In an effort to cut down on unwarranted high speed responses and the accidents that can result, fire commanders have adopted new guidelines on how many fire trucks need to race to some fire and emergency calls."

Cunningham becomes assistant chief

03-12-2008

"Officials at the Sound Beach Volunteer Fire Department have promoted T. John Cunningham to the position of assistant fire chief."

Recruiting for police officers picks up

03-11-2008

"After facing a staffing crunch and shortage of qualified applicants two years ago, the Greenwich Police Department has netted dozens of eligible candidates for police officer with new recruitment efforts."

State grant may fund dry hydrant system

03-10-2008

"The town will seek almost $500,000 in state grants to pay to build a system of dry hydrants and underground cisterns to tap hard-to-reach water for firefighting in the backcountry."

Firefighters brave icy waters for practice

02-29-2008

"The cold weather didn't stop more than 35 volunteer firefighters from taking to the Mianus River this past Sunday morning to practice life-saving rescue skills. Donning cold-water rescue suits, firefighters took turns entering the ice-covered river to perform simulated rescues."

Volunteer Firefighters Don't Want to Lose Rank

02-28-2008

"CONNECTICUT (Martin B. Cassidy).- A proposal to promote eight new lieutenants this year to provide better leadership and supervision at the Cos Cob and Byram fire stations has drawn concerns from volunteer firefighters' chain of command, town officials said."

Firefighters practice rescues in icy water

01-23-2008

"Atop an ice and water rescue sled, Greenwich firefighter Thomas Pitasi plunged into the icy green brine of Cos Cob Harbor toward a fellow firefighter playing victim in the murky water."

Benoit fate on hold

01-21-2008

"Two months after halting termination hearings for suspended Fire Marshal Joseph Benoit without explanation, elected officials are mum on when the town will resume efforts to fire the 34-year fire department veteran."

Byram man complains about police attention

12-29-2007

"Police will conduct an internal affairs investigation into a complaint by a Byram merchant and town legislator who alleged yesterday four officers illegally targeted his North Water Street flower and gift shop Thursday evening to stifle him from criticizing them on a local radio program."

Police cars to be furnished with fuel tank protectors

12-28-2007

"Concerns about fire safety prompted the town to equip its newly arrived police cruisers with a different technology to prevent gas tank explosions in case of a high speed collision."

Almost silent night Police get few calls on Christmas

12-26-2007

"Before emptying stockings and unwrapping gifts under the tree, Police Officer Timothy Kelly, 28, spent Christmas Day patrolling the streets of Greenwich."

Fire inspectors want bump up in salary, rank

11-28-2007

"The town's fire inspectors want to be made deputy fire marshals, saying a higher salary and rank is warranted because of the demands of the job, union officials said."

Greenwich fire marshalís work criticized

11-23-2007

"A hearing to determine the employment future of Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Benoit is underway and could potentially stretch into the new year."

Suspended Fire Marshal Takes Heat at Hearing

11-23-2007

"In the past week, Joseph Benoit, a 34-year veteran of the Greenwich Fire Department, sat quietly for two days in the Town Hall meeting room as a host of witnesses - notably First Selectman Jim Lash - built up a lengthy record of complaints of the last three years of his service as the Town's fire marshal and deputy fire chief."

Greenwich welcomes new assistant fire chief

11-16-2007

"Continuing his rise through the ranks, Robert Kick has been named and sworn in as the Greenwich Fire Department’s new assistant chief, making him second in command of the department he has worked in for 15 years."

Veteran detective turns in his badge

11-13-2007

"Helping investigate crooked Greenwich financier Martin Frankel and helping to found a joint arson task force with the town Fire Department are two career milestones that stand out for Detective Edward Zack, he said yesterday."

Assistant fire chief sworn in

11-09-2007

"With more than two dozen firefighters looking on, Greenwich's new assistant fire chief Robert Kick asked them to help him improve the performance and morale of the department."

Assistant fire chief nominated

11-08-2007

"The Board of Selectmen plans to vote today to promote a 14-year Greenwich Fire Department veteran and deputy chief to fill the position of assistant fire chief, a post in charge of the daily firefighting operations of the department."

For Sound Beach dive team, practice makes perfect

11-01-2007

"Working in a systematic manner, using his hands to feel around because visibility is low, Capt. Dan Byrne rises from the muck-filled water of what, in better weather, is the Rocky Point Yacht Club pool."

Fire department plans $36M in upgrades

10-14-2007

"Spending millions to end lagging backcountry fire protection is a top priority of a new long-range blueprint for the Greenwich Fire Department."

Byrne Seeks Safety Device to Prevent Serious Injuries

10-12-2007

"The e-mail begins: "I am writing to urge you to procure for the Town of Greenwich Fire Department a truck-mounted crash cushion that we see in use whenever state highway workers are on any of our highways. The need is immediate and the safety of both our emergency responders and the driving public demand that we react.""

Firefighters get thanks and awards

10-10-2007

"In the wee hours one morning last March, firefighters raced into a burning house on Arnold Street and made a difficult search for an elderly woman."

Volunteers go to the videotape to boost firefighting membership

10-09-2007

"As part of a new push to lure volunteer firefighters into the town's ranks, the fire department is distributing a new video to showcase the service to prospective recruits."

Lash: Honulik Case 'Cripples' Police Department

10-05-2007

"The limbo-state of elongated litigation in the case of Lt. Gary F. Honulik and Capt. Michael Pacewicz "cripples" the Greenwich Police Department these days, First Selectman Jim Lash told the Republican Town Committee (RTC) last Wednesday in Town Hall."

Greenwich deputy chief didnít submit fire paperwork

10-04-2007

"More details are beginning to emerge surrounding First Selectman James Lash’s efforts to dismiss Greenwich Fire Department (GFD) Deputy Chief Joseph Benoit."

GFD gives phone bills busy signal

10-03-2007

"The Greenwich Fire Department, an organization that prides itself on its quick response to emergencies, has been anything but fleet of foot when paying its phone bill."

Town cited for missing fire data reports

09-29-2007

"First Selectman Jim Lash said yesterday that the town has twice been cited for failing to file reports on fire calls with the state fire marshal under the watch of town Fire Marshal Joseph Benoit, whom he wants fired."

Town cited for missing fire data reports

09-27-2007

"First Selectman Jim Lash said yesterday that the town has twice been cited for failing to file reports on fire calls with the state fire marshal under the watch of town Fire Marshal Joseph Benoit, whom he wants fired."

Higher court to hear Greenwich's appeal of cop decision

09-27-2007

"First Selectman James Lash’s wish has been granted and the town’s appeal of the suit won by Greenwich Police Department (GPD) Lt. Gary Honulik is going straight to the Connecticut State Supreme Court."

Greenwich candidates want appeal dropped

09-24-2007

"Republican and Democratic nominees for first selectman in this fall's election said challenging a court decision forcing the promotion of a policeman to captain will hurt public safety and cost more than legal fees."

Greenwich Fire Marshal Benoitís future on hold

09-20-2007

"The employment future of Greenwich Fire Department (GFD) Deputy Chief Joseph Benoit is now in the hands of an independent hearing officer."

Greenwich loses police lieutenant suit, considers appeal

09-13-2007

"If the town was expecting a sympathetic reaction from the court over police Lt. Gary Honulik’s lawsuit against it, it received a rude awakening last week."

Police promotions remain on hold

09-10-2007

"If the town fights a verdict promoting one police officer to captain while demoting another, officials will not be able to replace a police command staff depleted by retirements, First Selectman Jim Lash said."

Judge blasts town in cop ruling - Court orders officer's promotion

09-07-2007

"In a searing decision that castigates the town for arrogance and flouting state employment law, a state Superior Court judge has ordered Greenwich to promote a police lieutenant to captain, ruling that another officer was illegally promoted to the post in 2003."

New police officer rides to Boston for a good cause

09-06-2007

"Any time of year, a Yankees/Red Sox showdown at Fenway Park is a special event and that’s even more so when it’s September and the pennant race is in full swing."

Police contract talks starting early

08-28-2007

"With police seeking higher salaries in upcoming contract negotiations, town officials say they recognize they must maintain competitive salaries to successfully vie for a smaller pool of aspiring police candidates."

Suit amended Greenwich vets still claim discrimination in police department

08-23-2007

"A discrimination lawsuit against the town by five former and current members of the Greenwich Police Department (GPD) has been amended to remove town officials, including First Selectman James Lash, from the suit, but the officers’ lawyer insists the complaint has not changed."

Ex-chief named disaster manager

08-11-2007

"For the first time in more than 30 years, a civilian will coordinate the town's response to emergencies such as hurricanes and terrorist attacks."

It's Official: Ridberg Named Police Chief

07-00-2007

"After a brief meeting on Tuesday afternoon, the Board of Selectmen voted to officially instate acting police Chief David Ridberg as the department's top officer."

Police station taking shape on schedule

06-06-2007

"Steel girders appeared on Havemeyer Place this week as the framework of the town's new police station begins to rise, and town officials said construction of a new public safety complex is on schedule."

Firefighters hit the pit to brush up on rescue techniques - Greenwich Time

05-18-2007

"More than a dozen firefighters huddled around a muddy trench yesterday as others worked inside the hole to secure a dirty yellow mannequin to a stretcher during a trench collapse drill."

Selectmen unanimously approve new fire chief

05-17-2007

"There’s a new chief in town after the Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the promotion of Assistant Fire Chief Peter Siecienski to succeed Fire Chief Sanford Anderson when he retires on Aug. 1."

Fire chief announces retirement

05-08-2007

"After two years as Greenwich fire chief, Sanford "Sandy" Anderson, the first black to lead the department and a leader who oversaw the introduction of a new command structure, announced yesterday that he will retire Aug. 1."

Firefighters perfect skills at training session

04-11-2007

"A dozen firefighters practiced using water-based foam, coating a burned-out building and surrounding parking lot with a heavy carpet of snow white bubbles yesterday on North Street."

Honor guard returns with vintage uniforms

04-09-2007

"More than a year after the police chief folded a department-sanctioned honor guard, a new guard made up of unionized Greenwich police officers has led the town's St. Patrick's Day Parade and paid their respects to two auxiliary police officers killed in Manhattan."

Fire dept. seeks places to install dry hydrants

04-04-2007

"To improve the water supply for fighting blazes in the backcountry where there is no town water supply, the fire department is looking for more residents who will let them install dry hydrants on ponds, lakes or swimming pools."

Police find maintaining full ranks elusive goal

03-10-2007

"Struggling with attrition and a lag in hiring, full staffing at the Greenwich Police Department remains at least a year away, according to Chief James Walters."

Famed fire engine gets model treatment

02-25-2007

"GREENWICH - The unblemished red body of the 1931 Seagrave is embellished with several seashell crests, a visual pun on the Sound Beach Volunteer Fire Department's name cooked up by the legendary fire engine manufacturer."

Ready to respond Firefighters brush up on hazmat-control techniques

02-21-2007

"Four firefighters huddled around the gushing pipe, stopping leaks with special tape, clamps and wooden dowels to stem the flow of water during a simulated gasoline spill inside a building."

Ready for the extreme

01-27-2007

"Clad in an insulated plastic suit which kept him warm and buoyant, Greenwich firefighter Steve Lanzarone floated in the frigid Mianus River to help his fellow firefighters practice their cold water rescue skills."

Chief concerns Police union criticizes new hiring process

01-16-2007

"A town decision to do away with competitive testing in filling two deputy police chief jobs has rankled members of the police union, who say it can lead to favoritism rather than promotions based on merit."

Police to name deputy chiefs

01-05-2007

"The chain of command at the Greenwich Police Department will be changed this month with the appointment of two deputy chiefs, one of whom is expected to succeed Chief James Walters, officials announced yesterday."

Shop owner questions fairness of police probe

01-02-2008

"A Greenwich police captain said he has cleared four police officers accused of targeting a town legislator's floral and gift shop to curb the owner's criticism of police coverage in Byram on his web site and the radio."

Minority officers revise complaints

12-12-2006

"Greenwich - Minority police officers have withdrawn allegations of racial profiling from a federal civil rights lawsuit against the department and town, but added new charges that police brass retaliated with discipline against theplaintiffs because of the suit."

OSHA fines town for GPD fire hazard

11-23-2006

"State labor officials have fined the town for two safety violations at the Greenwich Police Department found during an inspection that prompted the removal of lead dust and correction of fire hazards in the building."

Greenwich Time: Push on to ease backcountry firefighting worries

11-05-2006

"Greenwich firefighters in the backcountry sometimes stretch a mile or more of hose to reach a hydrant or other water source to fight blazes, according to Fire Inspector John Fronio."

New asst. fire chief selected

10-31-2006

"Danbury's fire chief will be Greenwich's new assistant fire chief, a position with overall authority for the department's daily operations, budgeting, training and supervising of four deputy chiefs."

Breaking Ground for a Safer Greenwich

10-20-2006

"Under leaden skies last Thursday morning, town leaders hefted shovels of dirt to launch construction of the $32 million Public Safety Complex at Bruce Place."

Top cop on stand in court

09-29-2006

"Greenwich Police Chief James Walters testified yesterday that he had an open mind about who to promote to captain in May 2003, despite occasional disputes with the police lieutenant who had the top score on an assessment test."

7 bids received for new complex

09-16-2006

"Seven contractors entered bids to build the town's new police station and parking garage, after an earlier round only drew one offer."

Town denies police discrimination claims

09-16-2006

"Seven minority Greenwich police officers were passed over for promotion because of their performance, not systematic racism, according to the town's response to a federal discrimination lawsuit"

POLICE/FIRE HQ Gripe draws OSHA check

09-14-2006

"The state workplace safety department is testing the air quality at the Police/Fire Administration Building and ordered improvements to emergency exits after an anonymous complaint about crowding and work conditions led to an inspection Tuesday."

RTM weighs ending workers' service on panels

09-11-2006

"When firefighter Mark Dawson served as chairman of the Representative Town Meeting's Town Services Committee, he recused himself from votes that might affect his employment, he said."

Police move to bolster ranks

08-24-2006

"The police department has begun an aggressive recruiting effort after an unexpected rash of retirements, departures, and a nearly empty eligibility list have left the force with a staffing shortage."

Cops relocate as longtime home readied for razing

07-06-2006

"On Friday, police Lt. Richard Cochran hoisted an unplugged computer printer in his nearly barren office inside the Police Administration Building and moved across the street to a converted jail cell that will be his new base."

State probe of cops sought

06-16-2006

"A defense attorney asked the state to investigate the Greenwich Police Department yesterday, saying it rigs investigations of car crashes involving its officers, while the town announced it will fight the $910,000 a jury awarded a young man in a collision between a police officer and a civilian."

Jury finds officer negligent in crash

06-10-2006

"A jury yesterday concluded that a Greenwich police officer's reckless driving caused a collision on Lake Avenue four years ago and awarded a town man $910,000 in damages for injuries he sustained in the crash, attorneys said."

Officers charge town with bias

06-08-2006

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Emergency drills help rescuers keep safety in mind

05-27-2006

"Bundled in a hooded aluminum suit and resembling an astronaut, Todd Bataille tried to raise his arms to his throat to indicate to his fellow town firefighters he was choking."

RTM approves budget

05-09-2006

"An 11th-hour effort to remove $33 million from the 2006-07 proposed town budget for the new downtown public safety complex failed to win over a majority of Representative Town Meeting members last night."

Complex underway

03-25-2006

"The town awarded Industrial Wrecking Inc. of Bridgeport a $222,450 contract this week to demolish the police department's administration building, making way for a new public safety complex."

Lash, cops end labour dispute

03-23-2006

"After a five-month standoff between First Selectman Jim Lash and the town police union, the two sides sat down last week and resolved an ongoing labor dispute."

Town gets bids for tear down

03-07-2006

"GREENWICH - The town has received bids from seven firms to demolish the police department's administration building, the lowest bid less than half the $500,000 cost the town expected to pay to level the building and make way for the construction of a new public safety complex, the town's building superintendent said."

Greenwich fire budget change OK'd

02-16-2006

"The town finance board's budget committee voted unanimously last night to allow the fire department to use $224,500 in its budget to replace dwindling overtime funds sapped by firefighters out sick."

Union files grievance in overtime dispute

02-05-2006

"A letter warning individual firefighters to cut back on their sick days and an ensuing labor grievance are the latest exchanges between firefighters and First Selectman Jim Lash in an impasse related to reining in overtime spending."

Town's Storm Response Meets Homeland Security Standard

01-27-2006

"Perhaps Dan Warzoha should be popping vest buttons with pride over the Town of Greenwich response to two horrific wind, rain, sleet and snowstorms a week ago."

Last of injured firefighters returns to full-time duty

01-04-2006

"Kennard Ray Little repeated his number over the fire department radio system yesterday, saying it as if his fellow firefighters might have forgotten."

Firefighting levels restored following cuts to save money

12-29-2005

"The Greenwich Fire Depart-ment cut back the number of firefighters it keeps on duty at the North Street and Central fire stations last week to preserve dwindling overtime funds, but staffing was returned to normal after two days when union leaders raised safety concerns."

Town takes aim at fire protection

12-12-2005

"While the town has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars installing hydrants and purchasing other equipment to fight backcountry fires, its rating for fire protection in that area lags behind that of central Greenwich."

Firefighter sues again over injuries

11-19-2005

"A Greenwich firefighter still recovering from serious injuries he suffered in the December 2003 Davis Avenue blaze has sued a snowplow company and its driver who hit an exterior gas line at the multifamily house, starting the fire."

OSHA cites police over safety training

11-02-2005

"The state has cited the Greenwich Police Department for failing to provide required annual safety training for handling hazardous materials and blood-borne pathogens and ordered that it be provided soon, police said."

Fire dept. adds new personnel

09-26-2005

"Following recommendations made in a report in the aftermath of a 2003 blaze where three firefighters were seriously injured, the town is hiring seven firefighters this week."

Volunteer firefighters light it up

09-26-2005

"Firefighters from across town gathered in Glenville yesterday, clad in shorts and t-shirts and ready to make a mess of themselves at an outdoor version of Kitchen Stadium."

Police officers yet to be trained on bioterrorism gear

09-22-2005

"While gas masks and chemical protection suits sit in storage at the Greenwich Police Department, the town's police union wants to know why the town has not yet used federal funding to train officers to use the gear."

Greenwich Time: Fire chief alters key posts

08-16-2005

"GREENWICH - In a major reorganization intended to clarify its chain of command, the town fire department will hire four new deputy chiefs to take primary authority commanding firefighters, the fire chief said."

Four chosen for new fire posts

03-25-2005

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'Herbie' Salamon, town fixture, retires after 37 years

01-30-2005

"As long as she can remember, Deana Salerno has known that Officer Hubert "Herbie" Sala-mon ruled the intersection of Greenwich Avenue and Have-meyer Place."

Warzoha to Change Duties June 30

01-07-2005

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Injured firefighter sues town, fire chief

12-07-2004

"A Greenwich firefighter injured in the Davis Avenue blaze last year filed a lawsuit Friday against the town and Fire Department Chief Daniel Warzoha."

Congressional delay leaves town security funds in limbo

11-28-2004

"GREENWICH -- An expected delay in receiving homeland security funds has prompted the town to put off paying for equipment purchases and training exercises for terrorist attacks and disasters, according to town officials."

Larger fire crews sought

10-31-2004

"GREENWICH - Career firefighters are pressing for larger crews of paid personnel on fire engines responding to fires and other emergencies, saying the use of two-man teams exposes them and the public to unnecessary danger during house and building fires."

Greenwich Time: Town gears up for safety

10-24-2004

"With a shopping list already in hand that includes satellite phones, a reverse 911 system and nerve gas antidote, Greenwich's first responders expect to receive the town's share of federal homeland security funds for the current fiscal year next spring."

Cos Cob firefighters get their house back

10-19-2004

"With the yearlong $1.25 million renovation of the Cos Cob fire station complete, firefighters will return to work in the historic building within two weeks, fire officials said yesterday."

Survey: Town cops could do better

10-17-2004

"The results of a wide-ranging survey of residents gives high marks to police officers for responding to day-to-day problems, but shows respondents feel the department could do better solving law-enforcement problems in specific neighborhoods."

Ex-Byram fire chief vows not to return

10-13-2004

"The recently resigned chief of the Byram Volunteer Fire Department said he will not return to the company, citing bad blood with the department's board over the suspension of its assistant chief."

Police union to oppose cut in soldiers' pay

10-07-2004

"The town's police union will oppose a change in the formula for calculating the pay rate for municipal employees serving in the military, union President Sgt. Timothy Berry said yesterday."

Officer's wife seeks answers for pay cut

10-06-2004

"It's been five days since police Sgt. Kraig Gray's pay was drastically cut while he's serving in the Army Reserves in the Middle East."

Town abruptly trims soldier's salary after an error in payment

10-05-2004

"Saying a miscalculation led to municipal employees serving in the military being overpaid while stationed overseas, town finance officials reduced a police officer's bi-monthly paycheck by $500 effective last Friday. Family members fear the town could seek to recover more money when he returns."

Sound Beach Volunteer Fire Department reflects on a 'century of success'

10-03-2004

"A hundred years ago, Old Greenwich residents tired of relying on the faraway central Greenwich fire station joined together to start a new fire department to serve the eastern side of town. The Sound Beach Volunteer Fire Department was born."

Police union, town near agreement

09-07-2004

"The police union will likely settle on a new contract with the town within the next month, its president said."

Fire Department diversity lags, fireman says

08-19-2004

"Greenwich's first black career firefighter questioned why more black people and members of other minority groups have not been hired by the town fire department yesterday in a speech before the Greenwich Rotary Club."

Town clarifies emergency response

07-26-2004

"Police officers who dispatch ambulances in Greenwich are implementing procedures to better gauge the urgency of a patient's condition and provide instructions on emergency medical care before police and ambulances arrive."

Greenwich police union extends contract negotiations

06-29-2004

"The police union has agreed to continue negotiating with the town until at least Aug. 1 to reach a new pact, said Sgt. Timothy Berry, president of the Silver Shield Association. The union's contract expires on Thursday."

Town, fire chief may be sued over Davis Ave. blaze

06-18-2004

"The owner of a building destroyed in a major fire in December and one of the firefighters seriously injured in the blaze intend to sue the town of Greenwich and Fire Chief Dan Warzoha."

Panel rejects fire funds

05-08-2004

"Asking for more specifics on how the money would be spent, the Representative Town Meeting's Finance Committee recommended the RTM cut $500,000 earmarked to address safety and staffing problems in the Greenwich Fire Department."

Money hard to find for Byram fire co.

05-02-2004

"Last year, the Byram Volunteer Fire Department paid a firm $2,000 to handle its annual fund-raising mailer -- and lost money on the deal."

Byram VFD rolls out new $450K engine

04-27-2004

"The Byram Volunteer Fire Department recently received a new, more versatile fire engine with technology that makes it easier to drive and operate the hoses and other equipment on board, the chief said."

Fire Dept. puts new emphasis on fitness

03-28-2004

"Both paid and volunteer firefighters sometimes violate the department's policy requiring an annual physical, according to the department's training officer, who hopes a recently enacted departmental procedure will resolve the issue."

Greenwich Time - Report cites tension between volunteers, pros

03-14-2004

"An old debate was rekindled in the Greenwich Fire Depart-ment last month, when an outside panel investigating problems at a December blaze reported a culture of conflict between the town's career firefighters and their volunteer counterparts."

Greenwich Time - Lack of water poses problem for firefighters in backcountry

02-22-2004

"When an early morning blaze broke out Monday at a multimillion dollar home in northwest Greenwich, firefighters had to stretch 1.5 miles of hose to tap a pond for water, acting Fire Chief Joseph Benoit said. While they worked, flames spread rapidly and left the home a charred ruin."

State fines Greenwich Fire Department for violations

02-10-2004

"GREENWICH -- The state has cited the Greenwich Fire Department for violating regulations to track the whereabouts of firefighters during the December Davis Avenue blaze in which three firefighters were seriously injured, a Department of Labor spokeswoman said."

Benoit serving as acting fire chief

02-06-2004

"Deputy Chief Joseph Benoit has been appointed acting chief of the Greenwich Fire Department until further notice, according to First Selectman Jim Lash, who said Fire Chief Dan Warzoha is "away.""

Flagmen enter the fray over police OT

12-09-2003

"On almost any given day, police officers can be found scattered from Byram to Old Greenwich, directing traffic around construction and engineering projects and patrolling high school athletic games."

Large homes a problem for Fire Department

06-18-2000

"Greenwich firefighters, according to Fire Chief Daniel Warzoha, are facing a new challenge: keeping on top of firefighting techniques when new houses keep getting bigger."

GHS adds to security after fires

06-17-2000

"Greenwich High School officials sought police help in maintaining order on campus during a week that included one assault and three arsons."

Fire truck heads for the border

06-16-2000

"After being in reserve for seven years, the Round Hill Fire Department's 1969 American LaFrance fire truck is going back on duty."