The Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company

Since 1944, the Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company, partnered with the Simsbury Fire District, has been providing fire protection and rescue services to the Town of Simsbury. The town is mixture of light manufacturing, commercial businesses and farming, but is comprised mostly of homes for Simsbury’s 23,000 residents. Six fire stations are geographically distributed to ensure that no home is more than four miles from any station. An engine is assigned to each of the six stations and the other apparatus are distributed accordingly to provide the most efficient coverage throughout the town. The remainder of the fleet includes two aerials, a medium and a heavy rescue, a tanker, a brush unit, a front-mount pumper designed for brush applications including drafting, two marine units, a special hazards trailer, and four utility vehicles of differing purposes. The Company’s 80 active members respond to an average of 475 incidents each year and are prepared to face a wide variety of challenges. In addition to typical activities such as fire suppression and vehicle extrication, personnel are trained in the disciplines of high-angle rescue, cold water and ice rescue, confined space and trench rescue, and hazardous materials incidents. With the addition of the Special Hazards Trailer, Simsbury certified two dozen members to the Hazardous Materials Technician level to form an in-house response team. Proud of our history and accomplishments in the past, complacency is not an option as the Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company is always preparing for the future. Our Company has always been quick to adopt new concepts and technology such as the incident command system, fire-ground personnel accountability, rapid intervention teams and thermal imagers. Our Junior Firefighter Program was started in 1978 as a way of recruiting young adults and solidifying our ranks by generating interest in our vocation. Our Junior Firefighter Program has been recognized nationally, and our Juniors have won the 2001 through 2004 state Junior Firefighter Challenges. Building on the lessons from yesterday, we continue to work towards the future, always striving to fulfill our mission statement: "To minimize deaths, injuries, and property loss from fire, hazardous conditions, rescue situations, and other disasters, by providing excellent, state of the art, life and property preservation, emergency and educational services, while recognizing our people as our most important resource and the key to our success!"