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"MILFORD >> The Board of Fire Commissioners promoted assistant chief Douglas Edo to be the citys newest fire chief at a special meeting Monday night."
"MILFORD The Borough of Woodmont has won a $500,000 Small Town Economic Assistance Program grant to turn Fire Station Number Five into a borough hall and community center."
"MILFORDAfter a 40-year career of public safety Fire Chief Louis LaVecchia filed papers to retire effective Oct. 27."
"MILFORD Construction delays at the $4 million East Side Fire Station project have put the project nearly eight months behind schedule."
"MILFORD Construction of the new $4.9 million fire station at 980 New Haven Ave. has reached the homestretch after months of delays."
"MILFORD The debate over random drug and alcohol testing in fire departments across the nation can become as intense as the infernos they fight."
"MILFORD ---- To hear Police Chief Keith L. Mello tell it, the department's new two-way radio system will have one big improvement over the old one: It'll work."
"MILFORD -- The two-bay brick Engine 5 firehouse on Kings Highway could become the new Woodmont Borough Hall when the new East Shore Fire Station opens later this spring, officials said Friday."
"MILFORD -- The new East Shore Fire Station could be ready for use in 10 weeks, more than three months behind its scheduled completion date, building committee members said Wednesday night."
"MILFORD -- Fewer than half of the 24 jobs cut from the city's 2011-12 budget by the Board of Finance on Wednesday night may be covered by vacant positions and planned retirements, officials said Thursday."
"MILFORD The city's separate dispatch centers for police, fire and medical emergencies means that some 911 calls have to be transferred -- a situation that public safety officials are preparing to address."
"MILFORD Fire Chief Louis LaVecchia says the Fire Department always strives to be a good neighbor, and that sentiment is ardently endorsed by Mayor James L. Richetelli Jr."
"MILFORD -- The lawyer for the former Milford police officer charged in the deaths of two Orange teens when his cruiser broadsided their car last spring has hired a forensic consultant to examine both vehicles."
"Milford Fire Department dispatchers Shaileen Morton, 33, left, and Seth Willox, 26, teamed up to help a West Haven woman deliver her baby in her home Saturday."
"MILFORD Fire officials Wednesday afternoon were shifting through the ashes of Brookdale Drive house in an attempt to determine what sparked the early-morning blaze that killed two people."
"MILFORD -- Santa Claus visited City Hall on Wednesday, as firefighters announced the kickoff of their annual citywide Toys for Tots drive."
"MILFORD -- Police Chief Keith Mello is asking the city for two more police officers, two part-time ticket writers to patrol downtown and money to create a juvenile holding area."
"MILFORD -- Capt. Richard Mohr sometimes finds it difficult to send his youngest son into danger, but he's also proud to have the chance."
"Donning his firefighting gear and grabbing a 50-pound fire extinguisher, he stopped the fire from reaching the roof and saved the house, Zak said."
"NEW MILFORD -- The town's police and fire dispatchers want the state to intervene in a dispute that resulted in them working without a contract for more than two years."
"MILFORD -- The burning question that may not be addressed in a proposed ordinance on open fires is what to do about backyard "chimeneas,'' or outdoor fireplaces."
"The department's new assistant chief of operations, Johnson is one of three firefighters who were promoted in the wake of former Assistant Chief Jim Wilkinson's retirement."
"MILFORD - Assistant Fire Chief James P. Wilkinson, 55, has come a long way from his days as a kid chasing fire trucks to emergency calls on his bicycle and hanging around the Fort Trumbull fire station."
"MILFORD -- Assistant Fire Chief James Wilkinson remembers being picked up at his door on a stormy night by the National Guard, and wading through waist-deep water to fight a multi-structure fire in coastal Bayview."
"MILFORD It was a disaster of giant proportions. A man's crumpled body lay beside a derailed tanker train car, which was smoking and pouring a mysterious corrosive substance onto the tracks and onto five teens who'd walked by."
"MILFORD The Fire Department may soon hire its first female firefighter."
"MILFORD When Gary Guilmette joined the Milford Fire Department in 1977, firefighters used painstakingly hand-drawn maps to navigate the city."
"MILFORD A veteran firefighter's retirement prompted a chain of promotions in the city's fire department this month, a scenario that's probably going to happen a lot in the next five years."
"MILFORD A Tuesday morning blaze at a Buckingham Avenue paint company created an environmental and safety hazard that sent 23 city firefighters and two others to Milford Hospital for evaluation after they were exposed to toxic smoke, officials said."
"In fact that was the case in Milford as about 20 acres of highly flammable phragmites in Silver Sands State Park burned for several hours Thursday morning, sending columns of thick black smoke into the air."
"New Milford man wants to improve statewide fire safety inspections"
"MILFORD Police officers don't have ticketing quotas, they don't target red cars, they don't all chow down on doughnuts and yes, they are human."
"A handful of volunteers did more than an elf's share of work just before Christmas when they helped ready this year's Toys for Tots collection for distribution."
"MILFORD - The "firemen's carry" has an expanded meaning here, as the city's firefighters launch their annual campaign to ensure that every local child has toys for Christmas."
"Knee surgery resulting from an accident while in the line of duty forced Bill Richards to retire from the Milford Fire Department in 2003."
"MILFORD - As two lines of tall, uniformed firefighters stood at either end of the City Hall auditorium Thursday night, 13-year-old Austin Lathrop barely stood as tall as the podium."
"MILFORD Heroes come in all shapes and sizes."
"MILFORD Local and state officials said that the spill of a cleaning agent this summer at the former site of Robertshaw Controls Co. on Hill Street was handled properly, that the spill was not hazardous and it did not require door-to-door notification."
"MILFORD Michael McDaniel once had to decide between becoming a pharmacist or a firefighter."
"MILFORD A fire destroyed the third floor of a beachfront home more than 100 years old in the city's Woodmont section Thursday afternoon, forcing out the woman who grew up there."
"MILFORD A collision between a Road Scholar and 13 scholars on the road Tuesday morning on Interstate 95 was a mere bump in the road for the youngsters' route to academic glory."
"MILFORD A fast-burning greenhouse fire fueled by peat and plastic sent plumes of dark smoke wafting over the historic and well-known Filanowski Farm in Milford Wednesday afternoon"
"MILFORD The city will borrow $20 million for extensive improvements to both high schools, redevelopment of the former Milford Academy site and $330,000 for a new fire pumper."
"MILFORD Mayor James L. Richetelli Jr.s proposed budget calls for city expenditures to rise 8.1 percent for fiscal 2007-08, but what that means for taxpayers isnt clear."
"MILFORD The latest group of Milford firefighters are living proof that childhood dreams can come true. The city recently welcomed six men to the department. Four recruits who graduated from the Connecticut Fire Academy in Windsor Locks recently were settling into day-to-day living at the station. Two others have already been on the job, having completed their training over the summer."
"MILFORD The former Army facility on Seemans Lane could be the location for a new city health department or apartments for mentally ill homeless people. Those are just two of the proposals under consideration during the early phases of redeveloping the 2.3 acre Army site, which was closed by the federal government."
"MILFORD At least two of the five police officers given suspensions for violating department policies in connection with a prisoner's death may file grievances, a union official said Thursday."
"MILFORD -- Five police officers were handed one-day suspensions Friday for lapses in judgment and violations of police procedure the night in October a 24-year-old Bridgeport man died of a cocaine overdose while in police custody."
"MILFORD The scandal over a Stratford man's death in police custody widened Thursday as a police dispatcher was fired for joking in a 911 call that the sick prisoner was "doing the funky chicken" while overdosing on drugs."
"MILFORD As Nicholas Brown became ill from a fatal cocaine overdose in a police holding cell last month, the dispatcher who called paramedics said Brown was "doing the funky chicken," according to transcripts of the call police released Thursday."
"MILFORD The city's Board of Fire Commissioners on Wednesday terminated the employment of a dispatcher who made jokes during a medical call last month for a Stratford man who died while in police custody."
"MILFORD The Police Department's investigation into the death of a prisoner shot twice with a stun gun has been completed, and a report on the Oct. 19 incident could be released as soon as today, Chief Keith Mello said Monday."
"Police Chief Keith Mello has refused despite repeated requests to release the names of police officers involved in two recent cases."
"MILFORD A 24-year-old man died in police custody Thursday night, five hours after officers twice used an electric stun gun on him as he allegedly swallowed a small amount of marijuana."
"MILFORD Members of the Arctic Engine Company 1 are hoping to create a museum where artifacts of the city's rich firefighting history, such as a 19th-century hand pumper with large red wheels and brass fittings, can be displayed."
"MILFORD The city's Fire Department is getting a mass-casualty decontamination trailer that can also provide vital communications with state and regional authorities during an emergency, officials said Wednesday."
"STRATFORD A South Windsor man narrowly escaped death Thursday when an 80,000-pound payloader fell off a flatbed truck and crushed his Honda Accord."
"MILFORD What's in a name? The potential for confusion, Milford Fire Department officials said Friday."
"MILFORD - An early evening house fire Wednesday that claimed the life of a dog and injured a firefighter could have been much worse if it werent for the quick action of a young boy."
"MILFORD -- The fire chief cannot require chronically absent firefighters to obtain doctor's notes for every day they are sick, the Board of Fire Commissioners ruled this week"
"MILFORD Veterans looking to join the Milford Fire Department would gain a competitive advantage on entry exams under a proposal being considered by city officials."
"MILFORD -- The city Tuesday released the list of its highest paid employees for 2005 Tuesday, with nine police and nine Fire Department posts getting spots in the top 25. The highest-paid city employee is Police Chief Keith Mello. Mello has been with the department for 23 years and was promoted to chief in 2004. He did not return calls for comment Tuesday."
"MILFORD The emergency sirens that blare before a nor'easter or during heavy fog have become a staple of life along the city's shoreline."
"MILFORD - The Board of Aldermen has approved $3.4 million in borrowing to assist the fire department, improve the condition of city roads and beautify and improve safety at Milford Harbor. Aldermen approved $1.8 million to replace the aging boat ramp and to construct a new bulkhead to ensure no one slips or falls into the harbor."
"MILFORD - The Milford Professional Firefighter's Association endorsed Democratic State Senate candidate Gayle Slossberg Monday, marking the first time in recent history that they've made a political endorsement, said Jim Coubrough, president of the firefighters' union."
"MILFORD What do you do when your dream eludes you for eight years? "
"MILFORD - In memory of those who gave their lives for others, approximately 50 people gathered on the Milford Green Sunday afternoon for a solemn ceremony to honor former members of the Milford Volunteer Fire Department."
"Milford has entered a new era in policing with the recent appointment of the city's ninth police chief, Keith Mello"
"The Milford (CT) Fire Department has recently instituted a new emergency dispatch system that without using jet fuel to power the departments ambulances will get help to patients in seconds."
"MILFORD - In firefighting circles, it's called "mutual aid," an arrangement between neighboring communities to share each other's fire services and manpower in times of crisis. For Fire Chief Louis LaVecchia, the term takes on new meaning, extending beyond the realm of the fire scene to encompass national and statewide efforts to improve fire safety."
"MILFORD - The Fire Department announced Tuesday that its leader received a rare distinction among fire officials: He was named a *chief fire officer* by a national organization."
"Mobile computer terminals are now being installed in the Milford trucks to show firefighters maps of the quickest route for arrival, pre-fire planning information, floor plans and whether the buildings have any hazardous materials, officials said."