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                                                                                                                                             “Proud of Our Past, Focused On Our Future”


Welcome to the home of the East Farmington Volunteer Fire Department, Inc! Scroll down to read more about recent events.


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22nd Annual Golf Outing

The East Farmington Volunteer Fire Department will hold its 22nd Annual Golf Outing on Monday, June 9th at Blue Fox Run Golf Course in Avon.  The day will begin at 11:00 a.m. with 18 holes of golf, including complimentary food and beverages on the course.  Following golf, there will be an awards ceremony and dinner and The Stonewell Restaurant, including cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a choice of entrees, accompanied by salad, desserts, fruit and beverages.  Cost per golfer is $150.  For more information please contact firefighter Patrick Royce or Vice President Jack Nelson at

EFFD 2013 Annual Awards Banquet

Vice President and Past Chief Jack Nelson (center) posing with Assistant Chief David Czlapinski  (left) and Chief Russell Nelson (right) after receiving the EFFD Firefighter of the Year award.

Vice President and Past Chief Jack Nelson (center) posing with Assistant Chief David Czlapinski (left) and Chief Russell Nelson (right) after receiving the EFFD Firefighter of the Year award.

The East Farmington Volunteer Fire Department held its annual Holiday Party and Awards Banquet on December 7, 2013 at Farmington Gardens.  The evening began with a welcome from President Bonnie Sudell and an overview of the past year from Chief Russell Nelson.  Members recognized for passing probation included Lieutenant Christopher Berry, Peter Haines and Brian Pasqurell.  Years of service pins were awarded to Julian Bolduc, David Koplowitz and Frankie Medina for five years, and Gary Larkum and Deputy Chief Brian Nelson for twenty years.


During the past year, The East Farmington Volunteer Fire Department responded to 1,304 calls, including 905 of a medical nature.  Certificates of Excellence were awarded to the following members who responded to more than 25% of the Department’s calls:  Lieutenant Christopher Berry, William Caiaze, Captain Graham Eyres, Vincenzo Garcia, Nicholas Kimball, Sarrena Lombard, Captain Kevin Moriarty, Deputy Chief Brian Nelson, Past Chief and Vice President John Nelson, Chief Russell Nelson and Katherine Wollenberg.


Letters of Recognition were issued to the following members who had notable or distinguished performances or were members of a team that contributed positively to the outcome of some of the more serious calls during the past year:  Deputy Chief Brian Nelson, Richard Palmer and Gary Petersen for a structure fire on January 4, 2013; Lieutenant Christopher Berry, Assistant Chief David Czlapinski, Deputy Chief Brian Nelson and Gary Petersen for a motor vehicle accident with entrapment on April 19, 2013; Lieutenant Christopher Berry, Kamber Bulica, Peter Haines, Nicholas Kimball, Lieutenant Shawn Koch; Sarrena Lombard; Jeremy McLaurin, Captain Kevin Moriarty, James Moynihan and Vice President John Nelson for a structure fire on May 9, 2013; William Caiaze, Captain Graham Eyres, Jesse Garrard, Nicholas Kimball, Jeremy McLaurin, Captain Kevin Moriarty and Vice President John Nelson for a motor vehicle accident with entrapment on May 10, 2013; Irma Butler, Assistant Chief David Czlapinski, Matthew Czlapinski, Vincenzo Garcia, Jesse Garrard, Sarrena Lombard, Captain Kevin Moriarty, James Moynihan, Deputy Chief Brian Nelson, Vice President John Nelson and Patrick Royce for a motor vehicle accident with entrapment on June 30, 2013.


Irma Butler was recognized as the Department’s newest EMT.  CPR Save pins were awarded to the following members who were part of a team that achieved CPR saves:  Captain Graham Eyres, Chief Russell Nelson, Richard Palmer, Gary Petersen and Jason Salemme for a call on December 27, 2012; Lieutenant Christopher Berry, Julian Bolduc, James Moynihan and Katherine Wollenberg for a call on August 27, 2013.


Other awards presented that evening included Top Responder to Fire Calls – Chief Russell Nelson; Top Responder to Medical Calls – Vice President John Nelson; Rookie Firefighter of the Year – Matthew Czlapinski; Rookie EMT of the Year – Katherine Wollenberg; Most Improved Firefighter – Julian Bolduc; Most Improved EMT – Captain Kevin Moriarty; Best Use of Technical Skills – Lieutenant Christopher Berry; Best Use of Medical Skills – Sarrena Lombard; Part-Time Staff Member of the Year – Captain Kevin Moriarty; Career Staff Member of the Year – Gary Petersen; Achievement Award – Keith Haley; Chief’s Award – Irma Butler; Petersen Award – Deputy Chief Brian Nelson; Line Officer of the Year – Deputy Chief Brian Nelson; EMT of the Year – Graham Eyres and Firefighter of the Year – Vice President John Nelson.

Winter Fire Safety Tips

Now that we are entering the winter months, there are several fire safety tips that you should be aware of.  Many fires that happen during these months may be avoided if proper care is taken.


-Make sure all wooden stoves are correctly installed and cleaned.


-Have your chimney cleaned and inspected at least once a year.


-When using a space heater make sure that it is monitored and that three feet surrounding the heater is clear of all materials (especially paper).


-Have working smoke detectors in all bedrooms and in the hallways throughout your home (as well as carbon monoxide detectors).


-NEVER dispose of ash from your fireplace (ESPECIALLY if it is still hot) in a regular garbage bin, or scattered outside next to combustible material. Always wet the ash down and store the ash in a sealed metal container.


-When cooking, if you experience a grease fire, DO NOT throw water on the fire or attempt to run outside with the burning items. If the fire is in a pan, attempt to cover the fire with the pan lid, or a wet wash cloth and call the fire department.


-Make sure to water your Christmas tree and, if you have Christmas lights decorating your tree and your home, to unplug them when no one will be home.


The East Farmington Volunteer Fire Department wishes you and your loved ones a safe and happy holidays!

Members attend Veterans Ceremonies

Local businesses took time out recently to honor Veterans who have served our Country.  Ceremonies occurred on Tuesday October 29 at the Amberwoods of Farmington and on Thursday November 21 at Arden Courts.  Each service was facilitated by Vitas, an innovative hospice care service which specializes in care for people with life limiting illnesses.  Chief Russell Nelson, President Bonnie Sudell, Vice President Jack Nelson, Treasurer Robert Sudell and FF/EMT Gary Larkum attended the ceremonies in which there were special guest speakers from the State of Connecticut as well as the Town of Farmington.  State Representative Mike Demicco and Town Council Chairman Jeffrey Hogan honored the Veterans with separate proclamations highlighting the sacrifices that the Veterans have made for our country.  In all the ceremonies were a very fitting tribute to past members of our armed forces which the fire department was pleased to be a part of.

Lt. Kevin Moriarty – Town of Farmington Fire Fighter of the Year

Lt. Moriarty calling for water at a "live burn".

Lt. Moriarty calling for water at a “live burn”.

Congratulations to East Farms. Lt. Kevin Moriarty for being selected as the Farmington Exchange Club’s 2013 Farmington Fire Fighter of the year. Lt. Moriarty has been a member of the East Farmington Volunteer Fire Department since November of 2010. During this time he has proven himself to be an outstanding asset to the Farmington community by his examples of leadership and dedication to the emergency services. In the short time that Lt. Moriarty has been a member of the fire department, he has continued to strive to both better himself and the department, by attending numerous training courses, as well as, volunteering for various committees. Lt. Moriarty is a shining example of some of the best and brightest that Farmington Fire has to offer. Congratulations to Lt. Moriarty!

Operation Save a Life

Operation Save a Life has begun. News 8, Kidde and Home Depot are partnering with fire departments across the State to promote fire and carbon monoxide safety through education and outreach.  Stop by East Farms starting today to pick up your FREE Kidde brand smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector.  All homes should have both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors so please, don’t wait.

Town of Farmington Live Fire Training Facility

The Town of Farmington is looking for donations to build a Live Fire Training facility for it’s community’s firefighters. Please take a moment to watch this short video about the proposed facility and consider donating to this worthwhile cause.


EFVFD Wine, Beer and Martini Tasting Fundraiser

1170687_568317583203767_767694797_nJoin us Thursday night, October 17th from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Community Center at 321 New Britain Avenue for the Third Annual Wine, Beer and Martini Tasting, sponsored by The East Farmington Volunteer Fire Department and Wine Cellars 4.  Tickets are $20, available from East Farms members and at the door.

East Farms Marches away as Best Overall

East Farms Apparatus with the "Best Overall" Trophy.

East Farms Apparatus with the “Best Overall” Trophy.

On Saturday July 13, Tunxis Hose Volunteer Fire Department held their 120th anniversary parade and carnival. Departments from around the state were in attendance to celebrate this historic event and to march in the judged parade.  Many awards were given out for various categories including Most Firefighters in Line, Best Appearing Engine and Best Appearing Musical Unit. This year the members of East Farmington Vol. Fire Department had the honor of winning Best Overall Company! A great deal of work goes into preparing for these judged parades, with countless hours involved in preparing the apparatus for parade ready condition, as well as practicing the marching routine . As always, East Farms would like to thank Tunxis Hose for organizing a wonderful parade and carnival, and here’s to another 120 years!

East Farms Honors Retiring Firefighters


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The East Farmington Volunteer Fire Department hosted a reception June 28, 2013 to thank two retiring firefighters for their years of service, Ted Jones and Alan Kennedy.  Ted Jones joined the fire service in 1967 when he was 18 years old, following in his father’s footsteps.  He first served at the Farmington Fire Department, where he worked on numerous committees including the Jamboree and became an apparatus operator.  It was as coordinator of the town wide cadet program that he passed on his spirit of volunteerism to his son Michael, who completed the program and joined the East Farmington Volunteer Fire Department.  Ted soon joined his son at East Farms, and continued to serve on many committees, including the Golf Outing, the Pancake Breakfast, Coffee Procurement and the Live Fire Training Facility.  After proudly serving the Town for 45 years, Ted retired in early 2013.


Ted was presented with a proclamation from the Farmington Town Council thanking him for his years of dedication and declaring June 30, 2013 as Ted Jones Day in Farmington.  He also received a proclamation from the State, as well as numerous tributes from officers from both Farmington Fire and East Farms.


Alan Kennedy was also recognized at the reception for his nine years of service to the Town and East Farms.  Alan’s years of service were unique in that he began his career as a firefighter at the age of 64.  He became a firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician and apparatus driver, and was one of the top responders for several years.  He took on the duties of Treasurer and was on countless committees, doing whatever was asked of him.


Both firefighters left their mark on the fire service and exemplified the spirit of volunteerism.