Archive for 2010

Mourning for Past Chief Eugene Maher

Monday, December 6th, 2010

dfd-banded-badge.jpgPast Fire Chief Eugene “Gen-o” Maher first joined the Darien Fire Department in 1944, and served as Chief from 1960-1961.  Chief Maher passed away last week at the age of 84.

He served his community as a fire chief, scout master, and through his work with the post office.  He served his country with the US Army Air Corps.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 372 Danbury Road, Suite 159, Wilton, CT 06897.

Structure Fire: Wednesday Night, Nov 3

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Heavy Fire Involvement at 16 Sunset Rd on Nov 3, 2010 (Poto by M McEwan)

Darien Fire Department was called to a structure fire at 16 Sunset Rd, at about 10:34 PM Wednesday, November 3.

First arriving companies observed the south wing of the colonial house fully involved.

Assistance was rendered by Noroton Heights and Noroton Fire Departments.  The family’s dog died in the fire.

More media coverage can be found at these sites:

Darien Fire Dept. Participates in the 2010 Steven Siller Memorial Tunnel to Towers Run

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Darien Fire Dept. a the 2010 Steven Sillers Tunnel to Towers Run

The annual Firefighter Stephen Siller Memorial Run is a tribute to a brother FDNY firefighter who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11, 2001.  He attempted to drive into Manhattan shortly following the attacks on the world trade center, and was unable to pass through the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel.  The father of five donned his turnout gear, abandoned his truck, and ran to the world trade center, in search of the crew assigned to FDNY Special Operations Command Squad 1 of Brooklyn.  Twelve members of this elite group died that day.

The event commemorates the extraordinary heroism of New York’s bravest by retracing Stephen Siller’s run from Brooklyn to the world trade center.  The Darien Fire Department joins brother and sister firefighters from around the world, every year, on the last weekend of September, for this event.  Participants commonly wear full turnout gear for the run (or walk) commemorating the spirit in which our brother acted.

Pictured (Left to right, standing) are Jack Dowling, Stacey Psichopaidas, Lt. Shane Smith, Russ Oulette; and (left to right, front) Kristi Smith, Andrew Vanech, Chris Rogers, Asst. Chief Matt Lucero, Lt. Aaron Miller, Alex Orsi, and Jamie Condolora.

Darien Fire Dept. Wins the Town Coed Softball Championship!

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

We work harder than we play!

Darien_Fire_Softball_Champs!

Our thanks extend to the entire league for a great season.

Tower Ladder 43 Work has Started

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

Tower Ladder Arrival at Seagrave 1 small Jul2010

Work has begun to remove the boom and jacks from our old tower ladder.  For pictures, click here.

Our Thoughts and Prayers Are With the Bridgeport Fire Dept., and the Families of Our Fallen Brothers

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

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The members of the Darien Fire Department mourn the loss of two fallen brothers from the Bridgeport Fire Department, who made the ultimate sacrifice on July 24, 2010.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Lt. Velasquez and FF.  Baik, as well as with the entire Bridgeport Fire Department.

Information regarding donations to benefit these heroes’ families can be found here.

Darien Tower Ladder 43: To Be Continued!

Sunday, July 18th, 2010



Darien’s oldest fire apparatus, a 1971 Mack / Baker Aerialscope (Tower Ladder 43), started its 1,054 mile journey today to Seagrave Fire Apparatus in Clintonville, Wisconsin.

After years of careful consideration and research, the department has embarked on a project to re-chassis the apparatus.  The metal structures that make up the original truck’s aerial boom, bucket, jacks, turntable, and superstructure, will be removed from the old Mack CF600 truck.  These structures will be inspected, overhauled, re-built, and tested at Seagrave Fire Apparatus.  These components will meet or exceed the standards of those that are new.

While the work is done to the original aerial components, a new truck is being built.  When complete, a new Seagrave Aerialscope will be returned to Darien, early in 2011.

This strategy saves the town about $300,000.  Additionally, the new tower ladder will have a single rear axle with a short overall vehicle length (for improved maneuverability), a low vehicle height (for fitting under railroad bridges), and will remain an extremely safe and versatile fire apparatus to serve Darien for another generation.

During this project, our brothers and sisters from Noroton and Noroton Heights Fire Departments will be providing us assistance with their aerial ladder trucks.

For more information:


TL 43

Friends of Freddie – Benefit Breakfast

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

This Sunday, June 27, from 9 to 12, the Darien Fire Department will host a breakfast benefit for Fred Tuccinardi.  Fred is a very active honorary member whose well-being dependents on frequent physical therapy, which is no longer paid by his medical insurance.

For more, see this article in the Darien Times

Passing of past NHFD member Bill Plank

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

It is with deep sorrow that Chief Weatherstone informs us that past NHFD member Bill Plank has passed away. Thursday (05/27) is the wake at Laurence’s Funeral Home. All available members please meet at Darien Fire between 6:30pm and  6:45pm in full dress uniform, if you do not have a uniform please come in a suit and tie.  At 6:45 Darien Fire will leave for the wake as a group in our fire apparatus.

Our warmest condolences extend to the Plank Family.

http://www.tributes.com/show/William-Plank-88613021

Junior Firefighter Training Day

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Truck RideA fundraiser for the Town of Darien Firefighters’ Foundation is being held this weekend.  We hope to see you and your families there!

When: Saturday, May 22, 10 AM – 3 PM

Where:  Hindley Elementary School,  10 Nearwater Lane, Darien

To learn more about the foundation, please go to their homepage or simply click their link on the left side of ours!