Darien Fire Department will hold an open house on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be fire engine rides, using a fire extinguisher, jaws of life demonstration and more. Darien Fire is at 848 Post Road.
Of neighboring cities, Darien remains the only force that is 100% volunteer including Darien, Noroton and Noroton Heights. The benefit to residents: lower taxes, with no cost to safety.
Volunteers train four to five hours a week and maintain a facility behind the Transfer Station where they simulate forcible entry and motor vehicle incidents. These keep responders on their toes and always learning: how to navigate various structural designs or deal with rescues involving new electric vehicles; how to read smoke, use new equipment, and predict challenges.
In addition, each house moves a few firefighters each year through advanced state training in specialty areas of fire-rescue operations, emergency medical training, and fire ground command and leadership.
The town of Darien owns all apparatus. Funding for additional equipment comes from the town, department-specific fundraising, and fundraising done by the independent Town of Darien Firefighter’s Foundation (TODFF).