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August 18, 2017
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Updated: Aug. 18 (17:10)

2017 SPFF Memorial Walk
IAFF Local 21
MIZZOU Labor Appreciation Day
IAFF Local 42
Ethnic Doll Drive
Toy Program
Christmas in August
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A Brief History of the Fire Service in Danbury
Updated On: Nov 12, 2015

1684 - Danbury is Settled

1687 - The Town of Danbury is established

1777 - The first recorded instance of a fire of any consequence, the British Army Burns Danbury.

1824 - First Fire Inspectors appointed

1829 - The first fire companies, Fire Co#1, and #2 are organized, and two fire engines are ordered.  These two companies have evolved into the current Eng. Co. 21 and Eng. Co. 22

1850 - The Ladder company organized, using a horse drawn Hook and Ladder.  This company became what is still the Cities only Truck Co.

1860 - First fire hydrants are installed in the City.

1884 - Ives St. Fire Headquarters opens it's doors.  This building still stands today, and is the current home of the Two Steps Downtown Grill.

1884 - Danbury hosts the first Connecticut State Firemans' Convention

1888 - Danbury rents it's first steam powered pumper. It is a horse drawn unit capable of pumping 600 gallons per minute.

1890 - Danbury hires it's first paid professional firefighters.  Captains earned $200, Lt's $150, Bunkers $150, and Callmen $75.  These were annual salaries.

1910 - Danbury's first motorized fire engine is delivered, and placed in service with Co #1, on Boughton St.  This building was later used by the Danbury Police Department until 2010, when it was demolished by City. 

1944 - Paid members of the Fire Department, unhappy over long hours (84 hour work week), low pay ($42.30 per week), extra duties and a curtailment of their movements when not working (off duty firefighters could not leave the City) decided to unionize in hopes of improving their working conditions.  As a result, Local 801, International Association of Fire Fighters was organized on the night of October 9, 1944.  The union has acted as the sole bargaining agent for professional fire fighters in the City of Danbury since 1944.

1946 - The work week was reduced from 84 hours per week to 78 hours per week.

1946 - Local 801 joins five other Locals in the state to form the Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association of Connecticut.

1948 - The work week was reduced from 78 hours to 70 hours per week.

1967 - 1970 - Work week gradually reduced from 56 hours per week to the current 42 hours worked by line firefighters now.

1982 - On the night of February 23, the Danbury Fire Department and Local 801, IAFF suffered their greatest tragedy in the Line of Duty Deaths of Lieutenant Martin “Butch” Melody and Fire Fighter Joseph Halas.

1983 - Minimum manpower was negotiated, with 23 per shift.  Three on the engines, four on the truck, and two on the ambulance, one dispatcher.  In exchange for this, the union gave up time and one half pay for overtime.

1987 - With the introduction of 911 service to Ct, the Danbury Fire Department becomes the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) for the City of Danbury.  As a result, one additional dispatcher is added to the manning, making the shift minimum 24.

1993 - City takes the ambulance service out of the fire department, and gives it to the Hospital.  Minimum manning drops to 22 per shift.

1994 - Local 801 moves into rented office space, located in the basement of 240 Main St.

2007 - The first new engine company (Eng. 26) since 1972 opens on the City's Westside, adjacent to the Danbury Airport.  Minimum staffing moves to 25 per shift.

2010 - Local 801 attempts to purchase & restore Boughton St. firehouse in order to use as firefighting museum and union hall.  City opts to sell & demolish building in place of a bank drive-thru.

2011 - Local 801 moves it's offices out of the basement of 240 Main St, to Suite 2F, in the same building.

2012 - Engine 21 is closed by the Fire Administration, in favor of a combination of Squad 1 and a SRV (special response vehicle).  Minimum manning remains at 25 per shift.

2015 - In March, 911 Dispatch moves to the Danbury Police Department building at 375 Main St. and becomes civilian run.  DFD minimum manning drops to 23 per shift.

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