Thank you for your interest in joining the Torringford Volunteer Fire Department(TVFD). We offer many levels of membership so whether you would like to dedicate your time to help out your neighboring community, or you are looking to further your advancement in the direction of becoming a career firefighter, the Torringford Volunteer Fire Department is here to offer you that opportunity.
Please take some time to review the following:
Black Helmet Firefighter: A Black helmet firefighter in the City of Torrington is a certified interior firefighter. These individuals are fully qualified to fight structural fires, provide aid at motor vehicle accidents, or mitigate situations in otherwise hazardous conditions. A Black Helmet must be at least 18 years old, undergo a medical evaluation, undergo training in the State of Connecticut Firefighter 1/Hazardous Materials Operational course, training in first-aid/CPR, and blood-borne pathogens. Many of our Black Helmets go on to additional training in emergency medicine, rescue operations, or leadership.
Yellow Helmet Firefighter: A yellow helmet firefighter in the City of Torrington is a firefighter who provides support functions to the other crews on scene. These individuals may either not yet have received full training to become Black Helmets, or simply choose to serve in this support role only. A Yellow Helmet Firefighter must be at least 18 years old, undergo a medical evaluation, and successfully pass a proficiency test administered by TVFD on department apparatus. Responsibilities’ of a Yellow Helmet may include: driver of apparatus, filling air cylinders at fire or hazmat incidents, or assisting with miscellaneous fire ground operations from the exterior of the structure.
Fire Police: A member of the Fire Police in the City of Torrington assists the fire and police departments with traffic control at incidents throughout the city, and occasionally in neighboring communities. The Fire Police respond to close roads and direct traffic at motor vehicle accidents, structural fires, or as requested by another agency when a hazardous condition exists on a roadway. Fire Police must be at least 18 years old, undergo a medical evaluation, and must attend a basic Fire Police course that is about 8 hours in length. All Fire Police members are appointed by the Chief for a 1 yr. term and are renewed annually after that.
Associate Member: Are you interested in helping out at Torringford but are not interested in responding to emergency scenes? There is still plenty for you to do, and we are always looking for help! Much of our funding comes from the various fundraisers we put on throughout the year. It is not easy to run these fundraisers, especially when our personnel are interrupted by an emergency call. We also have associate members assist with rehab operations during long duration or high exertion incidents, providing water and food to responders. Would you like to become a firefighter but are not old enough yet? Many of our current firefighters began as Associate Members. Get a jump and come watch how we train. Come on down and ask how you can help out!