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Joseph J. Crisco, Jr.

Chief Deputy President Pro Tempore
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Representing Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Hamden, Naugatuck & Woodbridge

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Contact: Lawrence Cook

April 9, 2012

Crisco Completes ‘Fire Ops 101’ After Day-Long, Simulated Firefighter Duties

State Senator Joseph J. Crisco, Jr. (D-Woodbridge) today experienced first hand the stresses, strains, and responsibilities of state firefighters while going through simulated, typical firefighters’ duties. Fire Ops 101 Day put Senator Crisco and other guests into the heat of battle, responding to a structure fire, motor vehicle accident, and an emergency medical incident at the City of Hartford Fire Department Training Center.

According to the Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association of CT (UPFFA), the guests gleaned an, ‘understanding (of) a fraction of the physical and mental stress, importance of what we do, as well as the purpose of our actions and requests,’ through their participation.

“I’m always so grateful to professional and volunteer firefighters throughout the state who routinely risk their own safety, and after today’ glimpse of what they encounter in the line of duty I appreciate even more the work they do and the dangers they face,” Senator Crisco said. “There is no substitute for this first-hand experience and the lasting memory I’ll have of the urgency with which these men and women respond to emergencies, make decisions, and execute what they’ve been trained to do, saving lives and protecting property in the process.”

“I was really impressed with how quickly they switch back and forth from using brute strength to using finesse, and how thoroughly focused they remain to address the task at hand in the appropriate sequence as the circumstance demands,” Senator Crisco said.

Senator Crisco is a long-standing advocate for firefighters and other first responders. The senator provided key support for legislation to provide Workers Compensation coverage for both professional and volunteer firefighters and has helped secure state funding for firefighting and rescue equipment for departments throughout his district. In 2010 Senator Crisco helped secure funds to purchase property in Beacon Falls for a new Naugatuck Valley Regional Fire Training School.

“There’s no question but that my experience today will serve me well while we continue working to replace the former fire training school in Derby,” Senator Crisco said. “While I have always upheld the need for these fire training schools as recruitment tools, and as a means for firefighters to attain and retain their necessary certification, today I have a renewed sense of appreciation for what they take on as a matter of routine during each and every shift they work and the need for them to keep current with firefighting equipment and techniques.”


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