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To minimize injuries, and property loss from fire, hazardous conditions, rescue situations, and other disasters, by providing excellent state of the art, life and
property conservation, emergency and educational services while recognizing our people as our most important resource and the key to our success!

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The Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company and Simsbury Fire District joins the nation in remembering our fallen firefighters who gave the ultimate sacrifice while protecting the lives and properties of our communities.

Starting Sunday September 27th through Sunday October 4th all six fire stations plus our Frank Bradley Memorial at the Main Station will be illuminated in red lights in remembrance.

The loss of Firefighters to the perils of fire has also hit home right here in Simsbury where only days after the Fire Company was formed in 1944  Simsbury resident and volunteer firefighter Frank Bradley lost his life at the infamous Hartford Circus Fire.  We also suffered our only line of duty death with the loss of volunteer Lieutenant Richard Kelleher who died while fighting a structure fire at the Knights of Columbus building at Saint Mary's Church 39 years ago November 6, 1981.

Below are links to learn more:

LIGHT THE NIGHT FOR FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS

FRANK BRADLEY

THE FRANK BRADLEY MEMORIAL & L.O.D. PLAQUE HONORING LT, RICHARD KELLEHER

 

 

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Over the summer The Simsbury Fire District saw two of its longest serving employees retire.

Ron Kasulaitus, Maintenance Engineer, retired after 42 years of dedicated service to the Fire District.

Kevin Kowalski, Fire Marshal, Emergency Manager and Chief of Administration for the District,  retired after 32 years full time on top of 4 additional years as a part time Deputy Fire Marshal.

Both employees, often working together, worked through the entire rebuilding of the Fire District infrastructure with all 6 Fire Stations being rebuilt, including its communications systems.

Ron spent many hours each week ensuring the Fire Stations were prepared to meet the needs of the volunteers who served out of them in addition to keeping the outside grounds in great shape reflecting the Districts commitment to compliment the aesthetic value of the neighborhood that the fire station serves.

Ron will enjoy his retirement with his wife Mary camping with their new camper and working on his Maple Syrup Sugaring hobby as well as his various woodworking projects.

  

Kevin, in his multiple hat role, was instrumental in overseeing and coordinating the town's emergency response for years which included the 2011 October Snow Storm, hurricane Sandy, and other significant storm and flooding events.  He helped to develop safety plans for The Hartford Symphony Talcott Mountain Music Festival at the Performing Art Center as well as many large public gathering events in town.  He served on the Board of Selectman's Public Safety Subcommittee and provided mandatory training in Incident Command Operations to various town departments. He also was involved in ensuring fire safety standards were met for the substaintial housing and industry growth Simsbury has seen over the years.

Kevin will enjoy his retirement traveling with his wife Bobbie, camping, boating and snowmobiling.

Kevin will continue to serve the community as an active member of The Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company as Deputy Chief.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions normal retirement festivities were limited but  outside retirement "Coffee Breaks" were held to provide deserving well wishes.  

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WSIM 103.5 FM is here to help the community by providing local information regarding the impact on the Coronavirus.

The Volunteer Staff of WSIM 103.5 FM is working to schedule regular updates as well as periodic recorded public service announcements during the day.

In addition to providing local announcements, WSIM 103.5 FM will continue to broadcast our commercial free music which can be a nice respite from the non-stop information broadcasted by the regional and national media.

You can use the link below to hear the radio station through our streaming service.

 

 

LIVE STREAMING RADIO FROM WSIM 103.5 STUDIO

BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE SIMSBURY FIRE DISTRICT AND THE SIMSBURY VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY

 

 

 Mike Berry Sworn In as EMD

Simsbury Fire District's Mike Berry, the Assistant Emergency Management Director, was sworn-in by Town Clerk Ericka Butler during a private (due to Covid-19 restrictions) ceremony as the new Emergency Management Director on July 1st, 2020.  Mike is  replacing Kevin Kowalski who is retiring next month having served as the town's Emergency Management Director for many years.  This recommended appointment by the Town Manager was approved by the Select Board during a recent June meeting.  Mike has served as the Assistant EMD under Kevin Kowalski for a few years and has been a key coordinator during the recent Covid-19 Pandemic in helping to secure supplies for the town's emergency services and businesses.

 

 

Remembering the Fallen

Remembering the Fallen

In memory of those firefighters who died in the line of duty

For All Emergencies

Call 911 for all Emergencies