chiefOn behalf of the Westfield Fire Department, allow me to welcome you to our website.

Our personnel are comprised of approximately 75 dedicated and highly trained men and women that respond to fire, rescue, and medical emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our members have gone through various training classes and are certified to handle the dynamic situations when they are called upon.

It is the vision of the Westfield Fire Department to be a premier provider of fire prevention, fire protection, medical, and rescue services; and to be held in the highest regard by the people we work with and the people we serve.

As a combination fire department, with both paid and volunteer staff, we are always looking for new members to join our team and staff our ranks. I highly encourage you to stop by on a Tuesday evening and find out how you can help.

We provide training, free of charge, if you do not have any experience. If you have been a firefighter or EMS provider prior in the past, please come down and share your time and knowledge with us.

As you look through our website, please let us know if there is anything you would like to see. This site was designed to be an information center for our residents and business owners to rely on with regards to our services, as well as a connection point to other local, state, federal safety agencies and organizations.

William Balch
Fire Chief
Westfield Fire Department


WFD Implements New EMS Protocols

If you have ever fallen down or been involved in a motor vehicle accident that required the attention of EMS, chances are that your treatment involved being tied down flat on a hard and uncomfortable board which caused pain and anxiety. New national research has revealed that the discomfort and anxiety patients experience from the immobilization process outweighs its benefits. Based on this medical evidence, Westfield Fire Department has implemented a new protocol that does not involve securing patients to a hard backboard thus improving comfort and reducing anxiety. Each member has received specialized training on the new procedure which has been sanctioned by Middlesex Hospital Emergency Medical Director Dr. Michael Zanker. The new procedure requires the Fire Department responder to conduct a specialized examination. If a spinal injury is suspected, the patient will have a collar placed to reduce neck movement and will then lie on the ambulance stretcher without the use of the hard board. This is another step in our ongoing efforts to provide the best possible care for those who become sick or injured in our community.


Run-Off Election Results for District Commissioner

On Tuesday February 24, 2015 the Westfield Fire District of the City of Middletown held a Special Meeting of the Board of Fire Commissioners for the purposes of declaring a winner of the run-off election for District Commissioner.  The votes were tallied and announced as:  102 votes for John Lockwood and 86 votes for Leo Zieller.  The Chairman announced John Lockwood as the winner for a three year term that begins on February 25, 2015.  Mr. Lockwood joins re-elected incumbents Fred Jones, Jr. and Richard Williams that were voted in on February 3, 2015.


Car Fire Warms Things Up

Among many water problems, medicals and other cold-weather related incidents, Westfield was called out to I91 for a car fire this evening.  On arrival, 10-5 reported a fully involved car fire in the breakdown lane of I91 southbound between exits 21 and 20.  Westfield Engine 2, Tanker 4 and Rescue 3 responded along with CT State Police.  The fire was extinguished within minutes of Westfield Fire arriving on-scene.  Click here to see the video on FOXCT.COM


District Commission Annual Elections Held

On Tuesday February 3, 2015 the Westfield Fire District Commission held its annual elections.  There are 9 commissioners on the board and each year, 3 commissioners are elected for a 3-year term.  This year, the candidates were Fred Jones, Rick Williams, Leo Zieller and John Lockwood.  Fred Jones and Rick Williams won the first 2 vacancies.  Leo Zieller and John Lockwood tied for the third vacancy.  A runoff election will be held at the fire house on Tuesday February 24, 2015 between both candidates.  The runoff election will follow the same process as the annual election – validated electors may cast a ballot between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM.  After elections are closed at 8:00 PM, the votes will be counted and the winner, by plaurality of votes counted, will fill the third vacancy.


Westfield, South & Middletown Fire Support MPD

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The Department’s 3 Fire Districts, Westfield, South and Middletown Fire all came together to help support their brothers in blue tonight as the Middletown Police Department and the City of Middletown honored the 15th anniversary of the passing of Sgt. George Ross Dingwall.


WFD Battles Stubborn Car Fire

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Westfield Fire and Cromwell Fire were called out to I19 southbound between exits 21 and 20 for a fully involved car fire.  Crews from both Cromwell and Westfield used over 2200 gallons of water and 3 pails of AFFF foam to extinguish the fire, which was complicated by involvement of the fuel line and tank.  There were no injuries.


EMT Class to be Hosted

Lisa DeJohn, EMT-I and Harold Holmes, EMT-I will be holding an EMT class at the Westfield Fire Department on Mondays, Thursdays and every other weekend starting January 5, 2015.  The course includes 150+ hours of instruction.  Registration is $850 per person and includes text, stethoscope and BP cuff, The EMT course provides instruction in life support skills including assessment of patient condition, airway management, treatment and control of bleeding, shock recognition and management, AHA CPR and more.  The program is a combination of classroom instruction and 10 hours of clinical observation.  NREMT and state exam fees are additional.  The final step in the program is completion of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification exam.  The examination fee is $125 and is separate from the tuition and is due at the time of the exam.

Please register by December 15, 2014.  Contact Harold Holmes for questions.

(OEMS Approval #15-16135)


Westfield FD Enhances Emergency Medical Services

One of the many ways the Westfield Fire Department members serve their community is by responding to medical emergencies. Our state certified emergency medical professionals recently upgraded their training to be able to provide even more advanced care to those suffering from cardiac arrest, acute coronary syndrome and opiate overdose.  The Westfield Fire Department is now trained in the use of Epi-pens, Aspirin and Narcan in an appropriate emergency setting.  Epi-pens are used in an allergic reaction emergency; Aspirin is used in any cardiac emergency and Narcan is used in a narcotic overdose emergency.

Over the past month, Westfield personnel have also spent over 4 hours learning a new method of CPR (called “CCR”) recently authorized by Middlesex Hospital Medical Director Dr. Michael Zanker. Within two weeks of this training, a patient was successfully resuscitated in the District by EMS personnel using the new methods.

In addition to the above services, Westfield Fire has been working closely with other City agencies (Middletown Fire, South Fire, Portland Fire, Middletown Central Communications, Middletown PD, Dept. of Public Health, Middletown Emergency Management, Middlesex Hospital, and Hunters Ambulance) to establish response protocols for possible Ebola patients.

Westfield Fire, in close partnership with Middlesex Hospital, is continuing to make major strides to assure the best possible care is available to the residents of our district and to the City of Middletown.  If you have interest in saving lives as a member of the Westfield Fire Department, please email us at


Simultaneous Tractor-Trailer Accidents

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This morning Westfield Fire was called mutual aid to Middlefield to help with a tractor-trailer roll-over on Route 66 and Jackson Hill Road.  Westfield 3 and Westfield 9 responded and assisted with extrication of the driver.  While out at that call, Westfield was toned out for a tractor-trailer fire on I91 at exit 20.  Crews arrived to find a fully-involved tractor-trailer.  Two compromised saddle tanks required the use of class-B foam to fully extinguish the fire.


Mutual Aid to Berlin for Train Accident

Yesterday morning Westfield Engine 2 went mutual aid to the Town of Berlin for a train accident along with multiple other agencies including Meriden Fire, Cromwell Fire, Newington Fire, Rocky Hill Fire and Wethersfield Fire.Engine 2 was on scene just under 3 hours.