State Representative Sean Williams (R- Oakville) applauded the Governor’s proposal to bond $26.2 million for our aging and antiquated regional fire training schools inConnecticut, including theWolcottRegionalFireSchool.
Williams, the House Republican leader on the State Bond Commission, stressed the need for proper training facilities for firefighters. “When people dial 911 they expect a properly trained firefighter at their door,” he said. “Providing suitable training facilities will help ensure that happens.”
“I have always said that we should limit our bonding to public health, public safety and infrastructure. The renovation of our fire training schools fits in that category,” Williams added.
Williams said there are a lot of people that should be thanked for pushing the bonding project including Dave Hardt of the Watertown Fire Department, Al Hawkins, Chairman of the Fire School Education Committee and Jeff Morrisette from the Commission of Fire Prevention and Control.
“It took a lot of time and effort to see this to fruition,” Hardt said. “I would like to thank the all of the members of the Statewide Fire School Education Committee, all of the regional Fire School Directors and the State Fire Commission for sticking together to secure the bonding. It truly was a group effort. These renovations will help improve the training of our firefighters and, by extension, makeConnecticutresidents safer.”
Along with theWolcottRegionalFireSchool, the other schools affected by this legislation are: theBurrvilleFireSchoolinTorrington, theEasternConnecticutFireSchoolin Willimantic, theFairfieldFireSchool, and theValleyFireSchoolinBeaconFalls.
According to the Connecticut State Firefighters Association, there are about 26,000 firefighters inConnecticut. About 4,000 are professional firefighters and more than 22,000 are volunteers, as is the case inWatertown.