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"Groton - Poquonnock Bridge Fire Chief Todd Paige said Tuesday that he cannot run the department on a $3.5 million budget, that the budget would "decimate public safety," and that closing the Fort Hill Station would increase response times by 3 to 4 minutes."
"Groton During a jammed, raucous meeting at which some people yelled from their seats and others walked out cursing, taxpayers in the Poquonnock Bridge Fire District Thursday ousted three members of the board of directors and approved a budget of $3.5 million for the coming fiscal year, a little more than half of what the district board had sought."
"Nearly 40 residents and firefighters packed a meeting of the Poquonnock Bridge Fire District Thursday night, one shaking in anger as he spoke, saying the district is in chaos, the department needs a ladder truck for public safety, and the Fort Hill station should not be turned into a volunteer department."
"Groton - The Poquonnock Bridge Fire District board of directors approved a budget Thursday that calls for spending 40 percent more than the current year's budget, and requires a corresponding increase in the tax rate, according to preliminary figures provided by a board member."
"Groton - The Poquonnock Bridge Fire District Board of Directors is contemplating its most drastic cost-saving move to date with the conversion of its Fort Hill station into a volunteer department."
"Groton - Discussion on a proposed study of staffing levels within the City of Groton Fire Department turned testy Tuesday night when a councilor asked a union representative a question that the committee's chairman deemed illegal, prompting an angry exchange and the councilor's abrupt departure from the meeting."
"Catching up now, with the holidays past, we return to a story that broke just before Christmas, one that raises, once again, the question: Why are so many firefighters so childish?"
"On August 25th, the OMFDs knowledge and skills were tested when they received an urgent 911 call. A 17-year-old boy from Scotland, CT, accidentally buried himself at East Beach, Charlestown, RI."
"Recently, there was a flurry of attention regarding The Corey, an old, black fire hydrant on Main Street near Carsons Store in Noank."
"The Mystic Fire Department recently acquired a brand new mule, but its not the departments latest pet, and it certainly bears no resemblance to a donkey."
"Mystic - When Christopher Owens saw the shiny red firetruck for sale in front of the Noank Fire House, the little kid in him took over."
"GROTON, Conn. - Recently, the Naval Submarine Base New London Fire Department (SBFD) promoted three new Battalion Chiefs: Robert Bennett, James Borcuk, and Robert Kelly. With a combined 104 years experience as volunteer and paid firefighters, these new chiefs are a welcome addition to the department."
"Groton - The state's attorney's office this week requested that the town hold off issuing a demolition permit for the burned shell of the historic house at 23 Library St. because of its status at the center of an arson case."
"Should alcohol be allowed in the region's firehouses? The answer to that question depends on which fire department you talk to."
"Mystic - Fire Chief Fritz Hilbert said Thursday that his department has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to the drinking of alcohol by underage members at the station but declined to discuss what the department policy was when it comes to having alcohol on its property."
"The Mystic Fire Department probationary volunteer officer already facing a first-degree arson charge for allegedly setting fire to a house at 23 Library Street in July now faces two more arson charges for smaller fires in August."
"Mystic - Police on Wednesday charged a probationary volunteer firefighter with arson in last month's fire that destroyed a Library Street house that was already in the center of controversy."
"Mystic -- They lined the streets, packing the sidewalks three to four people deep. Dressed in their most festive clothes, they waited."
"Groton The town police department recently promoted two officers to the rank of sergeant and swore in three new officers who are currently attending the Municipal Police Training Academy in Meriden. Police Chief Kelly Fogg said he was pleased to be able to hire new officers at a time when candidates are getting harder to attract."
"Groton The fire that destroyed Ken's Tackle Shop in the City of Groton two weeks ago renewed the possibility of a communitywide fire-protection study and served as a first test of Groton's new Reverse911-capable emergency systems."
"Groton Groton City firefighter and union President Daniel Tompkins said Wednesday there weren't enough firefighters to go into Ken's Tackle Shop when the fire started."
"Groton A city landmark was destroyed Wednesday when Ken's Tackle Shop a fixture on Thames Street had to be demolished after a raging fire consumed the 105-year-old building."
"Groton The town police department announced a host of recent promotions and new hires."
"Mystic Charles K. Miner Sr., 76, of Mystic, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007."
"Mystic At a hearing before a state Freedom of Information officer Monday morning, the Old Mystic Fire Department argued its case that it is not a public agency and does not have to abide by state FOI law."
"Mystic The Old Mystic Fire Department will soon find out whether it has been holding secret meetings in violation of Connecticut law."
"Groton New links will be added to the chain of command in the Groton City Police Department this week. Chief Bruno Guilini is counting on them to help improve a department that has seen its share of strife in recent years."
"Mystic The deputy fire marshal of the Old Mystic Fire Department is on paid leave after he was charged with stalking a woman and her young children."
"Groton Sgt. Randy Bronson thinks of life's challenges as blocks that accumulate on a person's shoulders until the weight grows too heavy to bear."
"Portland William Wooster Clinton, 80, of Portland, passed away on Tuesday, April 17, 2007, at Middlesex Hospital, Middletown, after a long illness."
"To The Editor Of The Day:"
"Groton Hundreds of members of the firefighting community, their families, and local residents rallied outside the City Municipal Building in freezing temperatures Tuesday night to push for the city to increase its fire department staffing levels."
"An employee injured in a methane gas explosion at the Electric Boat shipyard on Thursday returned to work on Friday, according to an EB official."
"Groton Groton City firefighters, hoping to avoid months of arbitration in their fight with Mayor Dennis L. Popp for an additional paid firefighter, are planning an informational rally later this month and plan to pack the next City Council meeting."
"Simple, yet rugged, it's the invention of longtime City of Groton firefighter Charlie Allen, who is marketing and selling it to fire departments across the state."
"They're saying that you need four people on an engine, and we're begging for four people in the entire city to respond. The public doesn't know that they're at this risk, and they need to know."
"Groton The union for the City of Groton Police Department Thursday took a vote of no confidence in their deputy chief, who is currently on administrative leave."
"Groton Groton City Deputy Police Chief Patrick McMahon was escorted from police department headquarters last week after an officer filed a complaint about him with the police union, according to sources within the department. "
"The Mystic Fire Department's fireboat Joseph E. Herman responds to a boat fire."
"Stonington - Five years and millions of federal dollars after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, emergency response throughout the region has beefed up many operations and atrophied in others. "
"Groton - Like people, accidents congregate. There were 911 accidents in Groton last year, and several intersections in town emerge as roads where a lot of cars pass and accidents happen."
"Groton City voters unanimously approved Mayor Dennis L. Popp's $14.5 million budget for 2006-07 Monday night."
"Former Old Mystic firefighter Chad M. Lehofer has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two 15-year-old members of the fire department and attempting to coerce a third member to have sex. "
"Groton -- The town will not proceed with a study of fire protection in the town's fire districts, after town councilors said it is not the town's job to get into the firefighting business."
"Mystic The attorney for the estate of an Ecuadorian man who was fatally wounded in an apartment fire last August has filed notice of his intent to sue Mystic Fire Chief Fritz Hilbert and the Town of Stonington."
"Connecticut's congressional delegation delivered more than $200,000 in funding for two local fire departments, U.S. Senators Chris Dodd and Joe Lieberman and U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons announced Wednesday. "
"Groton -- City Councilors unanimously agreed Monday to hire a longtime Hartford County municipal manager as a consultant to the committee studying the city's possible separation from the town."
"Groton -- After more than three decades on the job, Groton Town Police Chief, David N. Vanasse is ready to hang up his hat and spend more time at home with his wife, eight children and 11 grandchildren -- with another due in March to make it an even dozen."
"Groton The City Council unanimously agreed Monday to promote a longtime city firefighter to captain, and Mayor Dennis L. Popp welcomed him with glowing remarks."
"Groton -- A city fire captain will retire after 36 years on the force several weeks after being removed from duty because he reported to work under the influence of alcohol, sources said."
"Groton -- The city's fire department recently removed the Naval Submarine Base fire station as a first responder to a section of Route 12 near the base."
"A dozen employees of the Naval Submarine Base Fire Department station in Navy housing off Route 12 are waiting to hear whether they still have a job now that the housing is being privatized, though Navy and town officials said the agreement calls for the station to stay open."
"Groton The chief of the Groton Town Police Department for the past 91/2 years said that, as of Jan. 3, 2005, he will no longer do the job he wanted to do ever since he was a young kid."
"Compared to other Connecticut towns and cities, Groton city is relatively young"
"Groton Firefighters from across the region will gather in the city this morning for the funeral of longtime city firefighter Capt. Whitney C. Teehan Jr., who died of a heart attack early Sunday while on a fire call at Electric Boat."
"Groton A resident of the West Pleasant Valley Fire District, which pays the City of Groton for fire protection each year, wants the district to merge with the city."
"MYSTIC - The antique maps in Tom Aalund's Main Street gallery endured more than a century of wear and tear, but they didn't survive the two-alarm fire that tore through his shop and seven others early Monday morning."