A Busy Week

March 20th, 2017

Redding Fire & EMS Co. 1 responded for mutual aid to Georgetown twice in the past week for structure fires.  The first fire was Thursday, March 16, at about 5:15 AM, on Wayside Lane.  The second was Sunday, March 19, at about 6:40 PM, on Church Street South.

Church Street South 19Mar17 - Photo by Mike Trenck

Church Street South 19Mar17 – Photo by Mike Trenck

March 2017 Blizzard

March 13th, 2017

This storm will bring some very strong wind, along with heavy snow and very cold temperatures.  It’s a good time to stay indoors.  Here’s why:

• Most of the time in Redding, we have a chance at spotting a downed power line.  This is not the case when they’re buried in snow drifts that are several feet deep. These are extremely dangerous to approach, even in a car.

• If you get stuck, you may become stranded in dangerous weather conditions.

• Falling trees and limbs pose a very significant and life-threatening hazard.

Connecticut’s Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security offers these blizzard preparation tips (click here)

If you need help during the storm, call 911 from your home or cell phone.  The Redding Communications Center’s direct phone number i9s 203-938-3400

You can monitor the National Weather Service all-hazards radio broadcast on your weather radio, scanner, or online:

National Weather Service updates can be found here:

blizz 2017



September 28th, 2016


Redding Fire & EMS Company 1 will be hosting its annual open house on Sunday, October 9, 2016, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

This year, the open house will be held at the Redding Center fire station instead of the Redding Ridge station. The center fire station is located adjacent to the Redding town green, at 105 Hill Rd (Rt. 107).

Our annual open house is a great opportunity for the community to meet our department members, to learn more about how we operate, get some advice on keeping your homes and family safe, and learn about volunteer opportunities with our organization.  We also give demonstrations and fire apparatus rides that our guests of all ages enjoy.

For more information, contact us at

Prepare for Hermine!

September 2nd, 2016

Happy labor day everybody!

This annual holiday should bring a calm and relaxing conclusion to our summer, but many years, it does not. It seems like a new tradition for tropical storms to visit on the first weekend of September.

This weekend is likely to carry on this new tradition. The national weather service has issued a tropical storm watch near our area.

It would be a good time start preparations for power outages over the weekend, and possibly beyond. The storm may stall and create sustained strong winds. If this happens, please stay at home as much as you can. If power lines are downed, please stay away from them. Do not drive over them. Tires do not insulate safely from energized high voltage lines.

Falling trees and limbs are also a serious hazard that, in the recent past, took the life of an Easton firefighter. Do not take these risks lightly. We certainly don’t.

While we hope the storm turns out to be nothing, we have to prepare for trouble, and act safely in the event of a storm impact.

FEMA provides some preparation advice here.

Storm updates are available here.

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New Water Tank at the Ridge

August 1st, 2016

For many decades, Redding Fire & EMS Co. 1 has maintained a buried 20,000 gallon water tank for the purpose of fire protection to our close neighbors.

The fire station is in the process of installing a new cell phone tower which would have encroached on the tank’s subterranean location. As part of our agreement with the cell phone company, they are installing a new tank in a slightly different location to make way for the new tower.

Once the new tank is finally installed, it will be refilled and tested. We will be left with a brand new tank to go along with the new tower. The fire district will collect revenue from the tower, the fire company will gain some use of the tower to improve communications, and our neighbors will enjoy extra protection from the new water tank for many years to come (and better cell service).

Here’s the new tank staged next to the unearthed old tank:

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Here is the new tank, nearly-ready for service:

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When complete, all we will see is a few PVC pipes sticking on the ground for connection to an engine.

Richard “Bob” Knapp Sr., 84, of Redding, co-founder of Knapp Tree Co., husband of Elizabeth “Betty” (Haen) Knapp, died on Friday June 17, 2016 at Meadow Ridge Health Care Center, Redding.

Contributions in Mr. Knapp’s memory may be made to the Redding Volunteer Fire & EMS Company #1 – PO Box 185; Redding Ridge, CT 06876, or to the First Church of Christ, Congregational – 25 Cross Highway Redding, CT 06896

New Membership Meet & Greet

April 4th, 2016

On Saturday, April 9, 2016, about 60 fire departments throughout Connecticut will celebrate the start of National Volunteer Week (April 10-16, 2016). Redding Fire & EMS Company No. 1 will be among them, hosting a recruitment meet-and-greet, at the Redding Ridge Fire Station, 186 Black Rock Turnpike, in Redding. The event will take place, rain or shine, on Saturday, April 9, 2016, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Officers and members of the department will be on-hand to discuss the broad spectrum of opportunities available to our neighbors to help the community as fire company members.

The department accepts members as young as 16 years of age, with parental consent. Junior members interested in firefighting or emergency medicine are required to adhere to strict safety and academic standards.

The fire company is a small business, comprised of professionals who donate their time and talent. While we specialize in protecting the life and property of our town, we need the talent and skills typical of any small business. Many join the company to serve in an administrative capacity, then move on to volunteer in an operational capacity; while many do not. We welcome with open arms all of our neighbors with a desire to give back to their community.

Eighty percent of all fire personnel in Connecticut are volunteers, and the majority of fire departments throughout the state are experiencing a volunteer shortage. Local fire departments need volunteers of all skill levels and abilities, people willing and able to respond to emergencies whenever called upon, as well as support personnel such as fire police, administrative assistants, and more.

Volunteer Firefighter Day is part of Everyday Hero CT, a program dedicated to increasing the number of volunteer firefighters throughout Connecticut. A partnership of the Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association (CFCA) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the Everyday Hero CT campaign is a two-year Volunteer Workforce Solutions (VWS) initiative designed to address the shortage of volunteer firefighters in Connecticut. It is helping achieve a viable and sustainable volunteer firefighter workforce for 15 Connecticut fire departments. Everyday Hero CT is funded by a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant awarded to the CFCA by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to develop a model to enhance the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters.

Some Cold Water Rescue Training

February 28th, 2016

Captain Cowherd and trainee Peter Stone are suiting up for a swim at Putnam Park to practice cold water rescue techniques.  Peter is a senior at Joel Barlow High School.


photo by Katie Cowherd

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