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Last evening, on the eve of National First Responders Day, members of the SWFD as well as other agencies received the CT State EMS UNIT CITATION Award for a very challenging incident that required 9 agencies with 44 responders.
On this National First Responders Day, we Thank not only these responders, but all of our incredibly dedicated, talented, and professional members for all each of you do every day.


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    Receiving awards are Deputy Chief Tim Papp and Captain Jared Pelletier

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As you all know, this year is twenty (20) years since the attack of September 11th.

Thanks to the efforts of Eric Hofmann (BSA Eagle Scout Project), the Hofmann Family, and the SWFD, we have an incredible memorial for all to reflect.

With so many ceremonies planned for Saturday, we will be hosting a brief Remembrance Ceremony on FRIDAY, September 10th at 6:00pm.


As the majority of Storm Henri has passed - the day could not come to an end without publicly THANKING each and every member of the SWFD for dedication, professionalism, and kindness.
Dozens of members spent the day away from their families and own personal storm related issues to serve the Department and Community.
Throughout the day they remained vigil and responded to incidents and as we dismissing them, we responded to the Mill to assist. They spent additional hours making the business safe again.
Not one single member does this for thanks or praise, but as their proud Chief, I will say THANK YOU!!!
Thank you to your families as well as they managed things at home during these storms.
Hand Salute!


Congratulations to *Connecticut Fire Academy Intro to The Fire Service - Class 48* and South Windsor’s Joe M.
Joe is the second SW Fire Explorer to attend this summer; this class being geared towards 16 and 17 year olds. During the weeklong camp, members trained in search & rescue, hose line deployment, ladders, ropes & knots, and more.
Chief Cooney, Deputy Chiefs Fine & Burch, and FF Pendelton presented Joe with his certificate of completion supported by his fellow Fire Explorers.
Great work Joe!
Photos by Box 82 Fire Photography











May 19, 2021
The South Windsor Fire Department is proud to share the good news that Deputy Chief DEBRA BURCH recently graduated from the National Fire Academy’s – EXECUTIVE FIRE OFFICER program. This is the NFA’s flagship program of higher education.Misc20210519DebBurchExecFireOfficer

The graduation was held virtually last week in the Chief’s office and her certificate will be re-presented with Town Officials at an up-coming event.

Deputy Chief Burch is the first South Windsor Fire Officer to achieve such an accomplishment. The Department is extremely proud of her educational passion and success.
Deputy Chief Burch started her public safety career path as an EMT in 1992, continued to improve herself as an EMT-I and then Paramedic working in New Milford Ambulance, Danbury Ambulance, and Norwalk Hospital. She added the fire service in 2000 with the Northville FD of New Milford and then in 2002 hired by Manchester Fire-Rescue-EMS as a Firefighter/Paramedic and currently serving as a career Fire


On Aug 11, FF Sarah Cooney (center) receives her yellow helmet


L to R:  Lieutenant Tia Cortese, FF Sarah Cooney,  Captain Carlo Piacentini

SarahCooneyYellowHelmet2L to R:  FF Sarah Cooney with her father Chief Kevin Cooney

Due to storm Isaias the Department meeting was cancelled last week.

Tonight, following the weekly training drill, Company Three Officers (Captain Carlo Piacentini and Lieutenant Tia Cortese) present probationary Firefighter Sarah Cooney her “yellow” helmet.

The “yellow” helmet indicates a fully certified/interior Firefighter and no longer probationary. Congrats Sarah!
SWFD Family traditions continue as Captain Carlo Piacentini is part of a 4th Generation family and Firefighter Sarah Cooney is part of a 3rd Generation family as her Dad, Chief Kevin Cooney attended.

Yellow helmets are presented after completion of mandatory Firefighter I training.  Probationary firefighters are issued a black helmet which signifies non-interior qualification.  Upon completion of Firefighter I, they receive their


 During a time when social distancing, self-quarantining, and staying healthy at all costs seems the most important thing on the table, even organizations like ours need to go through serious changes. Being 100% volunteer, the SWFD relies on members who have full-time jobs outside of the Fire Department.Many also being essential workers, the Department needs to implement everything it can to ensure the town is protected, but also ensure its members ...can survive in their normal lives.

The Department originally made the decision to suspend all in-person training. This was done in an effort to limit any unnecessary person-to-person contact while we were at the peak of the virus. If members got sick, our ability to respond to emergencies would degrade. The Training Division took that opportunity to be creative, and “SWFD Training Minutes”, a video training series, was established. So far, the Training Division has 5 episodes made, and the videos have been disseminated to the membership


On Jan 7, FF Ben Couillard (center) receives his yellow helmet

BenCouillardYellowHelmetL to R:  Lt. Mike Samsel, Lt. Mike Giroux, FF Ben Couillard,  Ben's father FF Jim Couillard (retired), Capt. Matt Falletti 


BenCouillardYellowHelmet2L to R:  FF Ben Couillard receives his yellow helmet from his father FF Jim Couillard (retired) 

On Jan 28, FF Noah Fine receives his yellow helmet

NoahFineYellowHelmetL to R:   Deputy Chief Scott Fine presents the yellow helmet to his son FF Noah Fine 

NoahFineYellowHelmet2L to R:   Deputy Chief Scott Fine, his son FF Noah Fine, and Capt. Carlo Piacentini

On Jan 28, FF Allison Sheldon receives her yellow helmet

AllisonSheldonYellowHelmetL to R:   FF Allison Sheldon receives her yellow helmet from Capt. Carlo Piacentini

Yellow helmets are presented after completion of mandatory Firefighter I training.  Probationary firefighters are issued a black helmet which signifies non-interior qualification.  Upon completion of Firefighter I, they receive their yellow helmet, which designates an interior firefighter.  Firefighter I training involves several months of classroom and hands on


The annual Stuff-A-Truck collection will be held
this Saturday 12/14 from 9am to 4:00.
We will be collecting toys and food at
South Windsor Geisslers and Stop & Shop
Thank you and Happy Holidays to everyone!

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