The Killingworth Volunteer Fire Company is an all-volunteer company which operates as one company but out of two stations. Current membership is approximately 48 members.
The Killingworth Volunteer Fire Company, founded in 1946, provides fire, rescue, and haz-mat service to Killingworth, CT, a residential town in south central Connecticut occupying 36 square miles with a population of approximately 6500. In addition, we have mutual aid agreements with departments in Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Durham, Haddam, Madison, and North Madison.
As volunteers, we are here for two basic purposes.
The first is to prevent fires and medical emergencies from occurring. This is achieved through fire prevention, health maintenance education, inspections, fire safety, education, and code enforcement programs.
We are here to prepare ourselves to control fire or medical emergencies, should prevention fail. This is done through education, training, pre-incident planning, more training, state of the art equipment, and more training.
Anyone can be a volunteer firefighter. Our full-time occupations include accountants, carpenters, custodians, DPW workers, members of the armed services, police officers, retirees, self-employed business owners, students, teachers, truck drivers.
Our volunteer fire department responds to calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. In a town of almost 5,000 people, there are less than 50 active members.
Established with the vision of safeguarding the communities it serves. You can find out more about the people in charge.
This business is not for everyone. You need more than just a desire to help people. You need courage and dedication, assertiveness, and willingness to learn new skills and face new challenges. And you need to have the time, for training sessions, meetings, emergency calls, maintenance of equipment, and other duties. The fire and rescue service is not for the meek or timid or for those who lose control during times of crises. Our service is one which calls on its members to perform hot, sweaty, dirty, and strenuous work, often in uncertain and hazardous environments.
The personal rewards and satisfaction received from the fire and rescue service are often beyond description. There is a sense of accomplishment after controlling a building fire, joy and elation when a child is born, compassion for accident victims, and fulfillment in teaching fire safety. This list goes on and on.
The bottom line in our business is measured by the loss of life, pain and suffering, and property damage we have prevented or reduced. We are here and prepared for one reason, and that is to provide service to the people.