We never know the next emergency.
SO WE PREPARE FOR ANY ALARM
DFD has been called to every major emergency in the Town of Darien for over 125 years. Members are trained to NFPA standards and registered with the Connecticut State Commission on Fire Prevention and Control (CFPC). Their credentials are nationally recognized by IFSAC and Pro Board. All members receive ongoing training, with opportunities for specialized classes and advanced certifications. DFD's rigorous training approach keeps our 100% volunteer staff prepared for any alarm 24/7/365.
HERE'S OUR SIX FAVORITE
NATIONAL CERTIFICATION & MORE
Training for a Modern Fire Environment
DFD gives members a complete suite of tools designed to increase speed of access to alarm information, seamlessly communicate with dispatch and additional units, and enhance member's quality of information.
Why you should join
Darien Fire Dept
To be the best, join the best.
There's many reasons members volunteer with DFD. Put their safety in each other's hands. Trust each other. Care about each other. Make each other better. It's more than just good tools, it's great people. Here's a few more reasons.
REAL-TIME DISPATCH ANDIncident Information
Mobile apps with GPS coordinate incident-response, and provide detailed Preplans with building layout and occupant details.
BOOTCAMP WORKOUTS WITHPersonal Trainers
DFD places a priority on physical fitness, so we hold regular workouts led by local fitness professionals.
ADVANCED FIRE/RESCUECutting-Edge Tools
The fire service equipment we rigorously test, purchase, and upgrade puts cutting-edge technology in members hands.
RIGOROUS TRAINING FORNational Certification
OUR LEADERSHIP HASDecades of Experience
Members work diligently to protect you, because they trust leaders with decades of experience are protecting theirs.
HIGHEST ANNUALAlarm Volume
Quickly gain experience and put training to work. DFD runs more alarms and mutual-aid than similar departments, combined.
Real-Time Alarm Tracking
911/Dispatch information is passed directly to fire fighter's mobile phones, Chief's cars, and iPads on apparatus. Portable radios for seamless communication. GPS estimates arrival times. It all comes together to coordinate a fast response, with the right equipment, for any type of alarm.
MOBILE APPS FOR 24/7 ALERTS!
Specialized fire fighting apps work perfectly on any screen resolution and mobile devices, so they're accessible anywhere. We continually grow our technology infrastructure to put faster, better, more accurate info in our member's hands. Which means on-scene and off, members have a plethora of info right in their hands.
CUTTING-EDGE FIRE SERVICE EQUIPMENT
Train with the latest and greatest equipment, tools, technologies in the modern fire service.
Constant Upgrade Cycle - Department budget includes regular equipment upgrades.
Hands-On Teaching - Members learn from live simulations with hands-on experience.
Experienced Teachers - Regular trainings held by certified instructors teaching best practices.
LIVE DRILL AREA
Darien has a fire fighting training area including a two-story and a four-story building replicating commercial and residential occupancies. We regularly light these afire to simulate real-life incidents. The Drill Grounds include a live car fire prop, roof-work practice, oil burn pit, and MVA/Rescue/Extrication on real cars.
Every Monday, DFD fire fighters train on these real structures; honing skills, testing new tools, experimenting with new techniques.
Two burn buildings
Car fire prop + oil burn pit
Vehicles for Extrication Practice
Rappelling, gas-leak, and other simulations.
KEEPING MEMBERS CONNECTED 24/7
We don't just ask members to make a commitment, we give them the tools to track performance and compare themselves against peers. Friendly competition and real-time stats on any device, anywhere.
THOROUGH AND COMPLETE
Premium Training Your Whole Career
Achieving our lifesaving mission means we start by training smart and safe - with each other. Learning the right way. Diving deep into subjects. Learning advanced scenarios. Honing those techniques so we're safer, faster, better. Until our actions on the fireground become muscle memory. You'll have full access (at no charge) to premium-level training, your whole career.
Our fire trucks are manufactured to our demanding specifications. From the factory, the trucks see every compartment and interior upfit to our custom designs. So every tool, every person, is exactly where we want them. Finally, the truck is loaded with additional fire service and rescue tools - exactly as we've planned from Day 1. Trucks are checked regularly. Members are assigned to each apparatus, and memorize the use and location of every tool - on every truck.
Our officers have decades of experience in the fire service. Ensuring not just the safety of our town, but our members too.
Realtime Computer-Aided-Dispatch on trucks and member's phones. Lowering our response time, increasing member preparedness pre-arrival.
100% volunteer membership means we emphasize balance. It's possible to serve in your spare time; 100+ of us are doing it right now!
To run for higher office you must both (a) have requisite experience in the immediate-preceding role, and (b) nominated by five members.
In-house IT team keeps the latest fire service technology in our fire trucks, and member's hands. Every member uses cutting-edge tech.
Pagers for Everyone
Members issued 256-channel, P25, multiple-band, water-submersible, rugged radios; monitoring townwide fire/EMS/fireground channels.
Local drill grounds for training in real-life scenarios, like live building burns, car fires, and accidents simulating real calls.
Weekly bootcamp workouts at fire station. Led by trained fitness professionals. From HIIT to Strength and Cardio, you'll get - and stay - fit.
Hydraulic Rescue Tools
DFD was first dept in the region with Hurst "Jaws of Life." Today they're on multiple trucks and Chief's vehicles, saving countless lives.
Our apparatus carry a full complement of struts, jacks, air bags, hydraulic tools, pneumatic tools, and more. Lifting 30+ tons with millimeter precision.
Thousands of feet of 1-3/4" and 2-1/2" attack hose and 5" supply hose prepacked on our engines. Ensuring a quick attack, fast water.
For those with a desire to lead, you'll receive ample training and experience to become a Fire Officer, leading fellow members.
Assigned to Company
Every member is assigned to a Company, representing a piece of apparatus. You'll become an expert on it, all while riding every apparatus.
Work areas at the station, kitchen, gym, and lounge to hang out or "work from home." Open 24/7 to members via digital access keys.
Share a meal with your fellow fire fighters. Fully-stocked chef's kitchen for any member's use. Swapping stories over a hot meal is tradition!
Discount on your local tax bill. A free beach permit. Plus discounts and memberships from local businesses. It's Residents' way of saying "Thank you."