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SWFD Explorer Training

Monday, June 29, 2020
The SWFD Explorers, Explorer Post 838, are a group of junior members age 14 to 17. Like the 18+ members, this dedicated group trains weekly on similar topics like the rest of the department. Tonight was a fire behavior class, consisting of both classroom and outside/practical work.

The “dollhouse” shown here is built to be an example of a standard, two-story, wood-frame residential structure. Each “window” is an opening to a separate room inside the dollhouse, and can be opened fully or partially. This is done to show what effect different points of ventilation would have on a small room and contents fire, or an advanced multi-room fire.
  • Adapting During COVID-19

     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    The Department originally made the decision to suspend all in-person training.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 in place of in-person training. Additionally, we subscribe to an online training academy so special classes can be assigned out and learning can be tracked.

    As restrictions begin to soften, we’re doing everything we can to get members back to hands-on work. The Training Division is currently running drills in small groups, more frequently than the standard Tuesday nights we’re used to. Company Captains and Lieutenants are doing the same with members on their own time. We’ve recently focused on airbags/lifting, hydraulics/pumping and water flow, apparatus placement and positioning, ladders, first-second-third-due response patterns, forcible entry, rappelling, and high-angle rope work - all just in the last few weeks. We’ve had a few real-life incidents recently where almost all these topics have been necessary on scene.

    We’re also taking advantage of the time we spend out on calls or community events. Stopping at properties or locations on the way back to quarters give us a chance to pre-plan and be ready for whatever may come in next.

    If we stop training, we stop bettering ourselves. If we stop bettering ourselves, we may not be 100% ready when the time comes to operate in real life. To the citizens of South Windsor, we want you all to know we are taking every possible opportunity to keep up on our skills and training. The Chief Officers and Training Division will continue to be creative and not only think of ways to keep everyone safe, but educated.

    We thank all of our members who have taken extra time out of their lives to attend these off-night and weekend drills - your dedication to being the best you can be shows strong.

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  • Recruitment

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    Complete a Membership Application today!  Contact Deputy Chief Scott Fine at 860-463-0500 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Bring membership application in person.

     Do you have what it takes to become a member of the South Windsor Volunteer Fire Department?  The SWFD is currently recruiting new members.  What does it take?  We are seeking new members of all ages and abilities who possess a desire to help and a passion for service, as well as a sense of pride and tradition.  Founded in 1938, the South Windsor Fire Department has been an all-volunteer service for over 75 years; but we can’t do it without your help!! 

    Come join our team of highly dedicated and well trained members who have the newest apparatus and state of the art equipment at their disposal. 

    Positions include Fire Fighter, Fire Police, Fire Explorer (for youth aged 14-17), Support Staff and Fire and Life Safety.  All training and equipment is included.  For more information, please visit

    South Windsor Volunteer Fire Department
    1175 Ellington Road 
    South Windsor, CT  06074

  • Welcome!

    The South Windsor Volunteer Fire Department proudly protects the lives and property of over 25,000 people living and working in a 28.5 square mile area.  Our approximately 130 members, all volunteers, work out of three stations.  In addition to our staff officers and line firefighters, we have a Support Unit (Company 6), a Fire & Life Safety Education & Community Outreach Support Unit, and an Explorer Post (Company 5) for members under 18 years old.  The Department currently operates 5 engines, 1 aerial platform, 1 heavy rescue, a utility truck and 1 marine unit.

    Please browse our site to learn more about the Department and visit us again in the near future for new and additional information.  Thank you for visiting!


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