Fire Station 4 at 69 Main St. is one of five fire stations in town and is also home to the Southport Volunteer…More Fire Department. Three career firefighters are at Fire Station 4 at any one time.
The Fairfield Fire Department provides emergency services to citizens, businesses and industries in the town of Fairfield and fire safety education, inspection and investigative services for code enforcement. The Fire Department also determines the origin and cause of fires and is designated by the state Department of Emergency Medical Services as first responders to all medical emergencies within the town.
In 2009, Fairfield firefighters responded to 8,946 calls for help throughout Fairfield's 30 square miles.
The Fairfield Fire Department is a founding member of the Fairfield County Hazardous Materials Response Team, and firefighters also are trained for specialized rescue operations. Their non-emergency work includes smoke detector surveys, fire safety education at public and private schools, fire inspections, pre-fire planning, OSHA-mandated training of firefighters, police officers, public works' employees and school maintenance staff, and training related to homeland defense missions.
The Fire Department employs 97 people full-time, including a fire chief, deputy fire chief, two fire marshals, a fire inspector, a training director, four assistant fire chiefs, 20 fire lieutenants, 64 firefighters, a master mechanic, mechanic and secretary. The department also employs a part-time secretary, part-time training center assistant and part-time clerk in the Fire Marshal's office.
The Fire Department's budget in 2009-10 is $12.2 million.
The Engineering Department, which is a division of the Department of Public Works but has its own budget, prepares…More drawings and survey layouts for town-built drainage systems, road alignment and widening projects, sidewalk installation, parking lots, handicapped ramps, sports fields and bridges. It also prepares architectural plans for the renovation of some town buildings, and, for work performed by contract, the department designs plans, drawings and documents for bidding purposes.
The Engineering Department also maintains and updates maps and drawings of road and drainage systems, subdivision layouts and grading plans, bridges, historic districts and voting districts, town buildings, the official town street map, public parks and miscellaneous projects.
The Engineering Department also prepares easement and legal descriptions for storm sewers and sanitary sewer lines that are designed in-house, and it provides assistance to other town departments that includes surveys, benchmarks, elevations, town property lines, the design of sports fields, school bus loops and driveways, minor building renovations, grading, drainage, sieve analysis, traffic analysis, cost estimates and technical assistance related to grants and permits for town departments.
The Engineering Department's budget in 2009-10 is $724,267.
The Engineering Department is located on the first floor of the Honorable John J. Sullivan Independence Hall, 725 Old Post Road.