Branford Fire Department Headquarters 43 N Main St, Branford, CT06405 Since 1964, the Branford Fire Department has been located on North Main Street with the same address but moved to a new…More facility in 2012. Branford's fire history stretches back into the late 1800's with bucket brigades but in 1901 the town officially purchased land on Hillside Avenue to erect a fire station. With 35 career firefighters and 100 volunteers today, the fire department is busy around the clock helping the community and ensuring the safety of all with Branford resident, Chief Jack Ahern in charge.
This fire station is located in Short Beach and is an all-volunteer outfit. Captain Eric Wagner leads his team of 22…More firefighters.
The company was organized in 1911, just a few years after the main fire department in town was formed. According to the Branford Fire Department website, "the town of Branford supplied several lengths of fire hose and a nozzle, which were kept in Edward Knowles grocery store. A chapel bell would be rung to alert the volunteers when there was a fire."
This volunteer fire department has a long history. It interestingly enough got its name through a contest. Voters…More paid five cents to cast their votes, and M.P. Rice, a member of the first Branford Board of Fire Commissioners, won the election, receiving 1,200 votes.
One of the town's two fire trucks was stored at town hall at the turn of the century, and the M.P. Rice station was built shortly after to house the vehicle.
Today Captain Brain Mazzarella leads the department. He and 27 volunteers work to serve the people of Branford.