Commission on Fire Prevention and Control
At a Glance
PETER S. CAROZZA, JR., Chairman
Kevin J. Kowalski, Vice Chairman
Jeffrey J. Morrissette, State Fire Administrator
Established - 1975
Statutory authority - CGS Sec. 7-323
Central office -
Average number of full-time employees - 18
Recurring operating expenses - $2,095,233
Capital outlay - $247,912
Organizational structure - Office of State Fire Administration, Training and Certification
The Commission proudly presents the following summary of activities as evidence that the responsibilities entrusted to us have been faithfully administered.
To prevent or mitigate the effects of fire and disasters,
either natural or man-made, on the citizens of the State of
The Commission is charged with and has
primary responsibility for training, public fire and life safety education and
professional certification for members of
To fairly balance program development and delivery, the competing needs and priorities of both the volunteer and career fire service are carefully considered. A conscious effort is made to schedule programs and services within every geographic region of the state.
The State Fire Administrator and staff continue to remain active in state and national committees, boards and organizations in an effort to maintain a positive, proactive impact upon agency services. By Connecticut General Statutes, the Administrator serves on both the State Emergency Response and Enhanced 911 Commissions in addition to the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Coordinating Council and the Statewide Highway Incident Management Task Force. The Administrator also serves as the Executive Board Chairman for the International Fire Service Training Association. The Director of Certification serves on the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications Board of Directors and is Chairman of its Advisory Committee. Agency staff represents the Commission on the Department of Public Health’s Office of Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board and various committees and working groups established by the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
Agency events and activities included:
· Provided technical expertise and assistance to support other state agencies such as the Governor’s Office, Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Correction, Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Department of Administrative Services, Department of Public Safety, Department of Public Health, Connecticut General Assembly and the Department of Mental Retardation.
· Continued support to the Connecticut Fire Chiefs’ Association in the implementation of the Statewide Fire-Rescue Disaster Response Plan. To date, 145 fire departments have agreed to participate, an increase of 14 over last fiscal year. With the assistance of federal homeland security grant funds, procured resources for county and regional fire coordinators including global positioning satellite units, laptop computers and incident command resource vest kits.
· Provided staffing and assistance to the state’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) as needed for exercises and activations. Coordinated the development of fire service asset lists for possible deployment in support of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
· Continued to host and provide logistical and staff support to the Department of Public Safety for their annual Advanced Fire Investigation and Vehicle Fire Investigation training programs.
total of 160 fire officers attended Connecticut Fire Officer’s Weekend at the
Hosted the 4th
annual Connecticut Firefighters Memorial service. The names of six
administration of the 800 FIRE LINE program, a national volunteer fire and
emergency services recruitment tool.
During the fiscal year, 16 calls were received with six referred to
· Delivered one Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Training program highlighting the revised assessment tool with 15 participants. Made eight referrals of at-risk youths to local Juvenile Firesetter Intervention programs or mental health professionals.
placed into operation a new self-contained breathing apparatus
compressor/cascade system with multiple fill stations. Also procured new self-contained breathing
apparatus units, wash extractor unit, personal protective equipment and
numerous metering devices in support of Homeland Security related
training. Also took delivery of a
· With the support of federal Homeland Security funding, procured an additional 4,500 gallons of vapor suppressing firefighting foam concentrate to be shared by the foam trailer host communities. Three additional foam trailer units have been ordered and are expected to be delivered by the 1st quarter of fiscal year 2007.
· Coordinated the delivery of two specialized Incident Command training programs for 59 participants.
· Delivered two, five-day “Introduction to the Fire Service” summer training camps for youths 14 to18 years of age with 86 participants.
· Initiated the Fire Officer Seminar Series headlined by national platform speakers presenting on a variety of contemporary topics. Four day-long sessions were held with 280 participants.
· Students occupied academy dormitory rooms, an equivalent of 6,065 room nights during the year, a slight decrease from the previous fiscal year.
· Continued support to the Joint Council of Connecticut Fire Service Organizations including coordination of the 8th Annual Fire Service Day at the Capitol.
· Continued extensive use of the agency’s electronic mail list service providing immediate dissemination of timely information to subscribers. A total of 677 messages were transmitted during the fiscal year. The agency’s web page was also maintained and updated to enhance communication efforts.
· Continued regular dissemination of press releases to the media, most specifically, in areas of public fire and life safety education. Assisted several television news stations with the production of news stories promoting fire safety or fire service issues.
· Assisted ten Connecticut fire departments with the development and administration of local promotional and entry-level examinations through the use of the Commission’s test question database.
· Developed a procedure to automatically register all eligible candidates for national certification. This will become operational in fiscal year 2007.
· Developed and implemented new certification levels for Tanker Operator, Hazardous Materials Awareness, Hazardous Materials Operations, Rescue Technician Rope; Confined Space; Trench; Vehicle and Machinery; Structural Collapse, Incident Safety Officer and Health and Safety Officer.
· In support of the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, conducted outreach grant writing workshops in six locations with a total of 141 attendees.
· Continued in an advocacy role on fire service issues to members of the Connecticut General Assembly and United States Congress.
· Actively participated on the Connecticut State Firefighters’ Association Education Committee in support of the Regional Fire Training Schools.
to the Statewide Honor Guard initiative.
This group of volunteers provides direct support to local fire
departments. Hosted a week-long
Internet network was established within the
· Coordinated the delivery of the annual State Emergency Response Commission’s annual conference attended by 106 participants from both the public and private sector.
Director Frederick W. Piechota, Jr.
oversees the Certification Division that consists of three full-time staff
members assisted by a number of part-time adjunct instructors who serve as
proctors and examiners. The division is responsible for the development and
administration of a voluntary certification and examination system for the fire
Fiscal Year 2006 saw a total of 3,325 examinations delivered within 18 levels of certification offered with an 89 percent passing rate realized. This represents an increase of 152 examinations over last fiscal year. All individuals who completed requirements for certification to national accredited levels of State Certification were provided with an application that allowed them to voluntarily apply for National Certification to these levels. The following chart is provided to give a graphical representation of the history of the Certification System since its inception in 1980:
Fiscal Services Division
This division was consolidated into the
Department of Administrative Services Small Agency Resource Team resulting in a
net loss of two positions to the agency.
Support to the agency in the areas of fiscal and human resources is now
provided from a centralized location in
The Fiscal Division administered a
$100,000 Supplemental “
Completion of the
Division, operating under the banner of the
year, the division offered 528 training programs reaching 9,785 students, a net
increase of 186 classes. The single
greatest factor for the increased number of programs and students is state and
municipal agencies moving toward compliance with the National Incident
Management System (NIMS) as per Presidential Directive 5. The largest on-campus event was the annual
Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) Quantitative Face Piece Fit Testing continues to be a popular service offered to fire departments. A total of 1,897 tests were administered to 52 fire departments, law enforcement and state agencies.
Participation in the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) continues to grow in popularity among the state’s career fire departments as part of their entry-level testing of firefighter candidates. The Academy processed 1,634 registrations an increase of 461 resulting in 709 passing, 371 failing and 569 no-shows. The agency continues to investigate options to move the CPAT test indoors as it is currently subject to the weather, thus complicating scheduling and testing.
Members of the Commission on Fire Prevention and Control are appointed by the Governor and represent statewide fire service organizations. Commissioners serving during the fiscal year: Chairman Peter S. Carozza, Jr., Waterbury; Vice Chairman Kevin J. Kowalski, Simsbury; Secretary James P. Wilkinson, Milford; Edward B. Gomeau, Greenwich; William S. Johnson, Jr., West Haven; John J. Blaschik, Jr., Middletown; Adrian Ouellette, Broad Brook; Richard H. Nicol, Middlebury; Charles M. Stankye, Jr., Derby; Robert Walsh, Plantsville; John J. Brady, Madison; Richard E. Morris, Niantic and Philip K. Schenck, Avon.