HARTFORD – State Reps. Brenda Kupchick (D-132), Laura Devlin (R-134) and Cristin McCarthy Vahey (D-133) have joined the legislature’s newly formed bi-partisan Fire and EMS Caucus. The caucus met in December and again on January 9th. The committee will be divided into four subcommittees: Training/Education, Labor, EMS, and Fire Marshal/Regulations. It will hold monthly meetings going forward.
“Our first responders deserve to have a powerful voice at the State Capitol. The formation of the Fire and EMS Caucus is a great way to hear directly from them on what they need and how, we as legislators can help our courageous men and women that lay their lives down on the line on a daily basis,” said Rep. Devlin.
“The Town of Fairfield prioritizes first responders and fire safety, and we are grateful to have a Fire Training School right in our own town that is utilized by many other towns in Fairfield County,” said Rep. Kupchick. “My Fairfield colleagues and I will use the opportunity to serve on the legislature’s Fire and EMS Services Caucus to listen and learn about the needs and associated costs to host these trainings and making sure first responders have what they need to do their jobs as safely and effectively as possible.”
“I have been a strong supporter of the Fairfield Regional Fire School and of high quality training for first responders across Connecticut,” Rep. McCarthy Vahey said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on legislation to address the needs of the first responders who keep our communities safe.”
According to the Fairfield legislators the top issue is supporting the Regional Fire Training Schools, one of which is located in Fairfield.
The Fairfield House members are strong supporters of our public safety officers, supporting legislation in 2016 that established a firefighter’s cancer relief program, and funding this year for regional fire training schools.
Co-chairs, State Reps. Brian Ohler and Pat Boyd announced in May their plans to form the Fire and EMS Caucus. The caucus will focus on will specific public safety issues that first responders must navigate on a daily basis.