The Harwinton Volunteer Fire Department is the Town of Harwinton’s first fire department. While Harwinton was founded in 1737, it wasn’t until 207 years later that the Harwinton Volunteer Fire Department began serving the town’s residents.
The department was organized on March 21, 1944 and continues to answer calls more than 77 years later. A loud siren atop the firehouse summons firefighters to climb on a truck whenever the fire department is needed. These days, pagers and text messages also call volunteers.
Harwinton is located in the northwest corner of Connecticut in picturesque Litchfield County, roughly 25 miles west of Hartford. It covers 31 square miles and has slightly more than 5,400 residents.
Besides serving the town, the Harwinton V.F.D. provides mutual aid to neighboring towns when requested.
The Harwinton V.F.D. holds its monthly meetings at 8 p.m. on the first Monday of every month.
The department is always seeking new members who desire to help their neighbors. An application may be picked up at the firehouse. A background check is required.
Victims Of 9/11 Honored On 20th Anniversary
Sept. 11, 2021 – The Harwinton V.F.D. resolved to remember those who lives were lost in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 by displaying a large U.S. flag above the firehouse. Thanks to Tom LaGanga and DBL Industries for supplying the flag and crane to hoist it.
Rousseau Completes Class
June 26, 2021 – Harwinton V.F.D. junior member Megan Rousseau completed her Cadet program training and graduated from the Connecticut Fire Academy. The Cadet program familiarizes students with multiple aspects of firefighting and prepares them for Firefighter 1 training when they reach 18 years old.
(Photo by Bernie Meehan)
Harwinton V.F.D. participated in 2021 Memorial Day Parade
For Your Information:
Emergency: Call 9-1-1
Litchfield County Dispatch: For situations requiring non-emergency assistance by the fire department: 860-496-0711.
Firehouse (for non-emergency calls): 860-485-9336. The firehouse is not staffed on a full-time basis.
Chief Bill Buys Jr.: 860-307-2144.
Resident state trooper: 860-485-1421.
Fire Marshal Terry Ferrarotti: 860-485-9051, ext. 1128 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opening burning of brush is only allowed in Harwinton from Oct. 1 through May 31. It is prohibited June through September.
A burn permit is required and may be obtained from open burning official Bill Rinko at work (275 Burlington Road). Call: 860-485-9744. A permit application may be printed from the town’s website in advance.
While the Town of Harwinton covers the department’s operating expenses, donations are also needed for other expenses.