We need your help! As one of three volunteer fire departments serving Darien, CT we need fire fighters AND office/clerical staff. From paperwork to bookwork; fundraising to meeting notes/recording; event planning to budgeting. As all three of Darien's fire departments do, we operate as a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity. Like any non-profit, we are stretched for resources and people are our most valuable asset. You do not have to be a fire fighter to be of help, and you do not have to be trained (we will train you, at no cost to you) if you desire to be a fire fighter.
We're sure you have more questions, contact us today so we can show you all that Noroton Heights FD has to offer. We are happy to meet you in person, introduce you to members, and offer a tour of the fire house and our apparatus.
All Noroton Heights Fire Department staff are fully volunteer. They give their time to the department when they can. How frequently and when when you volunteer are up to you. Make no mistake - our members stay busy. They lead full lives and work full-time jobs, many with families and extensive obligations outside the fire house. At NHFD though, you have the unique opportunity to serve the Darien community without compromising your other obligations. Generations before have served Darien in the same way, and genations to come are counting on your service.
We have two types of memberships: Fire Fighters ("Line Member") and Office Staff ("Non-Line Member"). The benefits are the same, the service you provide is different. Our requirements provide for healthy, well-rounded members without being overly burdensome. If you are interested in the fire department, there is a home for you here.
All members go through a six-month probationary period where they are asked to attend our monthly meeting and a monthly Probationary Members drill. You will join other probationary members through the process of advancing your skills and knowledge of the fire service. Your Probationary curriculum is a structured course we developed based on widely accepted best-practices; NFPA, NIOSH and State of Connecticut fire fighter certification guidelines.
Upon a vote in favor by the full membership, you will immediately move from Probationary status to full Membership. Congratulations! At this point you are now a full member and part of a long history of brotherhood dating back over 115 years and across over 300 members. You will have the same rights and responsibilities as the rest of the full membership, and will no longer be required to attend Probationary drills. At this point, you will be scheduled to enter the next Firefighter 1 certification course, at a time and location (usually our fire house) most convenient to you.
As a Member, you will now be able to vote on all matters before the full membership, continue to go on calls, and qualify for increasing levels of responsibility. We hold elections for line and non-line officers yearly, with the Chief's position filled every two-years by election.