The present and the future.  Five admiring boys watch as their firefighter fathers stand at attention at the Bristol Fire Department 9/11 memorial service on North Main Street  Sunday. Sitting from left are: Drew Martineau, 2, Brandon, 5, Jude, 3, and Tyler Lavoie, 6, and Noah Dufour, 7.

The present and the future.
Five admiring boys watch as their firefighter fathers stand at attention at the Bristol Fire Department 9/11 memorial service on North Main Street
Sunday. Sitting from left are: Drew Martineau, 2, Brandon, 5, Jude, 3, and Tyler Lavoie, 6, and Noah Dufour, 7.

The Bristol FireFighters Association, I.A.F.F. Local 773, represents the uniformed members of the City of Bristol, CT.  Organized in 1943, the Bristol Firefighters’ Association is dedicated to the protection of it’s members safety, rights and benefits.

The Bristol Firefighters’ Association is comprised of the 90 professional firefighters that work for the City of Bristol Fire Department, and is an affiliate of the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF Local 773), and member of the Uniformed Professional Firefighters Association of Connecticut.

2014 Chili’s Tip-A-Firefighter

chilis 773Please come down to the Chili’s in Bristol on April 24th from 4-11 PM for Bristol Firefighter’s Local 773 annual Tip-A-Firefighter night! Proceeds will benefit the McCabe Waters Little League and Girls’ Softball; also , if you bring with you a printout of the flyer attached to this post, Chili’s will donate 10% of your check to the cause! Special guests to include Dave Fisch of Radio 104.1’s “Fisch in the Morning” and Fox CT’s Maggie Slysz, along with Pucky the Whale and Rocky the Rock Cat. We hope to see you there!

3 Bristol firefighters hailed as heroes

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 10:17 PM EDT

By LLuvia Mares Staff Writer, Bristol Press

BRISTOL — If it weren’t for the heroic actions of three city firefighters, one woman may have died in a Tuesday fire that engulfed the second-floor of a Somerset Circle condo.
While enroute, firefighters Adrienne Plourde, Tom Varanelli and Capt. Jeffery Newmann of Fire Engine One were alerted by dispatch that at least one person was still inside the burning building.
As flames shot out windows and thick black smoke filled the second floor, Plourde, Varanelli and Newman did what they have done a dozen times in training.
“There were a bunch of emotions running through me all at once,” said Varanelli. “But I was confident when I ran into the building because I had a team of well-trained and experienced crew behind me.”    

The fire at 36 Somerset Circle was Varanelli’s first assignment as a firefighter. Using the search-and-escue techniques he learned in training, Varanelli was able to locate the woman and bring her downstairs with the help of Plourde and Newmann.
Although this was not Plourde’s first fire, it was the first rescue she had ever performed.
“I usually assist in fire suppression,” she said. “We went in and did what we were trained to do.”
The crew found the injured woman lying on the floor between her nightstand and the wall, not breathing.
According to fire officials, when the firefighters hauled her outside, they spent a few minutes doing CPR before she began breathing again.
The woman was taken to Bristol Hospital and transferred to the Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital where she remains hospitalized. Her condition was not available late Wednesday.
A second woman was able to escape the home on her own when the fire started. She was taken to Bristol Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation, according to fire officials.
Fire Chief Jon Pose said it took seven minutes for the trucks to arrive at the scene —– just within the window they aim for.
“The firefighters were remarkably professional and efficient in going right in and finding her and getting her out,” he said.
Deputy Fire Chief Jay Kolakoski said the bulk of the fire was confined to the front of the building on the second floor.
“The whole crew that responded to the fire did an outstanding job,” he said. “They did it quick and prevented the fire from spreading. I am very proud of them.”
Police Chief Thomas Grimaldi also said the expertise shown by firefighters at the scene was unbelievable.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Fire officials investigating blaze on E. Main Street


BRISTOL — Fire officials are still investigating a suspicious fire that scorched the back of an East Main Street building.
Firefighters and police responded to a fire at 23 E. Main St. shortly before 5:30 p.m. Sunday. The call came after witnesses reported smoke and flames shooting from the back of the building, police said.
According to fire officials, firefighters had to cut a hole in the roof of the building to ventilate and release flammable gases inside.
The commercial building was vacant at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported, fire officials said.

An investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office concluded the origin of the fire was suspicious. The marshal’s office and the police Criminal Investigation Division continue to investigate.



Bristol FireFighters Salute 9/11 Brothers

By Susan Corica Staff Writer

BRISTOL – Members of the city Fire Department gathered Sunday to the solemn strains of a solitary bagpiper to remember their colleagues who died at the World Trade Center a decade ago.

At the ceremony, Mayor Art Ward announced that Bristol is applying to get a piece of steel from the WTC wreckage, which would be made into a monument and placed somewhere in the city.

A crowd gathered on the grass outside Fire Department headquarters on North Main Street Sunday, as the firefighters in dress uniform marched up nearby Center Street. Sean Lennon, president of the city firefighters’ union, provided the bagpipe accompaniment.

The Rev. Andrew Cadieux, pastor of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, gave a blessing, asking for rest for the souls of “the innocent victims of the atrocious attacks that took place on this day, as well as those who died in the line of duty as they were trying to save others.”

“May their services and sacrifices of love and loyalty inspire us and future generations of Americans to always act as god’s responsible agents of freedom, with the doctrines of justice, equality for all, and courage to be used in the defense of the God-given rights of others,” he said.

The mayor noted that all the 10th anniversary services are intended to provide some closure to the trauma of the terrorist attacks, however there is never really complete closure.

Firefighters and other first responders “live with the odds of a challenge such as 9/11 on every single call,” he said. “You respond to the unknown, and it’s through the brotherhood, the training, the camaraderie, and the bravery that you react to those calls.”

The sacrifices that were made 10 years ago on some level continue today through the actions of firefighters, police officers, emergency medical personnel, and the soldiers who are serving in harm’s way as a result of the events of Sept. 11, Ward said.

Firefighter Tom Bentiebengo and Lt. Kenneth Marek placed a commemorative wreath on the monument to the city’s fallen firefighters. Firefighter Ray Sajdak rang the monument’s bell in a sequence of three-four-three. Lt. Dave Butkuss, vice president of the firefighters’ union, said it was in honor of the 343 firefighters who died at the WTC.

Then Butkuss asked everyone to join in a moment of silence, which was concluded with Lennon playing “Amazing Grace.”

After the ceremony, the mayor explained that the city is applying to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for steel from the WTC. “If they approve it and we can get it, I think it would be symbolic of the spirit of today, which is not to forget,” he said.

He said there is no designated place or designed for the proposed monument yet and he doesn’t even know what size the steel would be.

“As soon as we know more, we’re going to welcome ideas from police, fire, EMS, and the public as to how we should display it and where,” he added.

FireFighter Contract Extension

By Steve Collins Staff Writer

BRISTOL — City councilors gave their unanimous backing Tuesday to a one-year contract extension for the city’s firefighters union.

The deal, sought by Local 773 of the International Association of Firefighters, merely freezes pay for a year.

City Councilor Ken Cockayne, who has voted against most union pacts in recent years, said he could hardly vote no this time when the firefighters weren’t even asking for more money.

The last time the firefighters got a contract, it came in the wake of an arbitration panel decision that smacked down much of what the union wanted.

That deal, which ran for four years from July 2007, gave firefighters raises totaling 6.5 percent while pushing their cost-sharing for health care from 5 percent of the tab to 9.75 percent of the tab.

The fire union is eyeing a possible lawsuit against the city for its recent decision to tap excess pension cash in the fire and police pension funds to pay for retiree health care.

Garage Fire South Street Extension

Police investigate garage fire where teen found burnt

Sunday, May 1, 2011 2:38 PM EDT

BRISTOL — The police criminal investigation division is investigating a fire Friday which destroyed a garage on the South Street Extension.

Several police units and the fire department went to 68 South Street Ext where they found a detached garage engulfed in fire and a 14-year- old male victim in the front

yard with severe burns to his legs.

The fire department was able to extinguish the fire but the garage sustained heavy damage as a result of the fire. The male victim was transported to Bridgeport hospital for treatment .

The cause of the fire still remains under investigation by the Criminal

Investigation Division of the Bristol Police Department.

Route 6 MVA 08/13/11

Two Critical Following One-Car Bristol Crash

 By HILLARY FEDERICO, hfederico@courant.comThe Hartford Courant

3:42 p.m. EDT, August 13, 2011


Two people are in critical condition with life-threatening injuries after a one-car crash on Route 6 Saturday morning, police said.

A preliminary investigation showed that the car was westbound on Terryville Avenue, also known as Route 6, when it crashed into a tree at about 4:30 a.m., police said.

A Life Star helicopter took one of the victims to an area hospital, and the second was taken by ambulance, police said.