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50 years of a Fire Exploring program generates a lot of amazing people. Nearly 100 past and current Explorers, Officers, and Advisors gathered today to share stories, see old friends, make new friends, and celebrate a great program.

Having great leaders/mentors such as Jack Bond, George Cox, Phil Crombie, Jr., and many others attend means the world to those of us that you have influenced over the years - THANK YOU!

Thanks to the Explorer Leadership for all their efforts in putting this event together!
- Scott Fine, Thomas Bengston, Tia Cortese, Keith Reynolds, Robin Packi Pendleton, and the Explorer Officers.

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At the Board of Fire Commission meeting on August 8th, the Board approved the promotion and appointment of three members. I’m pleased to announce the following - effective September 1, 2019:
- Captain DEBRA BURCH is promoted to the rank of DEPUTY CHIEF. (Car 14)
- Lieutenant JARED PELLETIER is appointed to the rank of CAPTAIN. (Car 29)
- Lieutenant MATTHEW FALLETTI is appointed to the rank of CAPTAIN. (Car 21)




Deputy Chief Burch will be assigned to the Staff and serve as the Department’s EMS Officer, Health and Safety Officer as well as the Infectious Disease Control Officer. The Health and Safety role will be expanded to include Physicals and Incident Safety.

Captain Pelletier will be assigned to the Staff in the Training Division. His duties will be expanded under the direction of Deputy Chief Papp.

Captain Falletti will be assigned to Station 1/Tower 1. He will serve as the Company Captain.

As they are transitioning to their new


At the recent Board of Fire Commission meeting, the Board approved the promotion and appointment of two members. I’m pleased to announce the following - effective October 1, 2019:
- Firefighter TIA CORTESE is promoted to the rank of LIEUTENANT (Car 33).
- Firefighter MICHAEL SAMSEL is promoted to the rank of LIEUTENANT (Car 32).




Lieutenant Cortese will be assigned to Station 3 as a Company Officer as well continuing to assist our Explorer Program as an Advisor.

Lieutenant SAMSEL will be assigned to Station 1 as a Company Officer, position that his Grandfather, Lt. John Samsel once held.

As they are transitioning to their new roles, other candidates remain on the promotional list and are eligible for future assignments.

Please share in our Congratulations to Tia and Mike!
Kevin E. Cooney, Chief
South Windsor Fire Dept


Matt Falletti presents Rich Gokey with his yellow helmet on March 6, 2019 after his 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 training.  This is the first major accomplishment of a new firefighter. 

MEDIA RELEASE:  On Tuesday, February 5th, the South Windsor Fire Department held its Annual Banquet at Maneeley’s Banquet Facility.  Over 75 active members attended as well many Life Members as we celebrated accomplishments and presented a few significant awards.  Also attending were Town Dignitaries, the Town Council and Fire Chiefs from our neighboring Fire Departments.

In keeping tradition, the main aspect of the event is to honor our members and present the annual awards and was kicked off with the Presentation of the Colors by the SWFD Honor Guard.

The FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR was awarded to BRYAN HOLMES.  All the Company Captains submit nominations and chose from active Firefighters within their Companies. 
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The PRESIDENTS AWARD was awarded to DOROTHY ‘DOT’ McDONALD.  This award recipient is selected by the President of Social side of our organization and is awarded to a member who exemplifies the Social aspect of the Fire Service. The recipient is selected by out-going President,


SWFD participated in The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk - Hello Holidays by delivering Santa and Mrs. Claus to light the tree! Great crowd as always. Thanks to all that decorated the truck and the members and families that attended. Happy and Safe Holidays!

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Zach Placzek, David Harper, Joey Mayette, Eva Hummel, Jesse St. Onge, Matt Delage, Tim Fisher
Photo:  Melanie Harper


This past weekend, the SWFD was a proud participant alongside the SWPD, SW ROTARY, and ASM collecting for the SW Food and Fuel Bank. Not all the details are in yet, but we know at least 170 turkeys, over $5,000, and nearly $700 in gift cards as well as two full trucks/trailers of food were all donated!

Great teamwork by all the agencies with the support of both Geisslers and Stop & Shop supermarkets.

Join us on National Wreaths Across America Day

December 15, 2018 at noon at Veterans Memorial Park in South Windsor

Please help us Remember, Honor, and Teach on December 15th, 2018 at 12:00 noon by sponsoring a wreath, volunteering, or inviting friends to help.
Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,200 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad.

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Click here to see past year's photos.



Proceeds to benefit: Veterans Base Camp, First Responders and South Windsor Community Foundation
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