PROUDLY SERVING THE COMMUNITIES OF BANTAM, LITCHFIELD, & BEYOND SINCE 1916
The Bantam Fire Company provides volunteer Fire, Rescue and Emergency Medical services to the Borough of Bantam, Town of Litchfield, Town of Morris, and surrounding areas. We operate 2 Engines, 1 Engine Tanker, 1 Medium Rescue, 1 Mini Pumper, 2 BLS Ambulances, 1 Utility Truck, and 2 Boats. We respond to approximately 600 calls for service a year ~ 250 Fire and 350 EMS.
The Bantam Fire Company provides many rescue capabilities. We strive to use the latest equipment and techniques in order to accomplish these tasks. In addition to Carbon Monoxide Emergencies and Motor Vehicle Accidents, we also cover Bantam Lake for various water and ice related incidents.
Emergency Medical Incidents are a vast majority of the Bantam Fire Company’s mission. We provide two Basic Life Support ambulances and first responders to render medical care. We transport to area hospitals based upon our protocols. Trinity Health of New England EMS provides our Paramedic intercept service.
Community Outreach is important to the Bantam Fire Company. Fire Prevention, File for Life, Cellar Pump Outs, Roast Beef Dinners, and Christmas Tree Sales are just some of the ways we’re able to positively interact with the members of the community we serve.
The Bantam Fire Company provides volunteer fire safety, rescue, and emergency medical services within town limits, as well as mutual aid for other fire departments across Litchfield, Morris, East Litchfield, Northfield, Cornwall, Goshen, Washington, and Warren.
Bantam Fire Company is one of four fire companies and one of two EMS agencies that proudly serve the citizens of our community. We are comprised of 47 Firefighters, 26 Emergency Medical Technichians, 12 Emergency Medical Responders, 5 Junior Firefighters and 4 Scuba Divers. Our members are also part of Task Force 83, the Goshen Dive and Region 5 Dive Team.
In addition to serving our community through over 7300 man hours per year, we value our important role in community outreach. That is why we work to provide CPR, First Aid, and Stop the Bleed trainings to the public. We beleive it's not just your emergency - it's all of ours. The better prepared you are, the better off we all are as a community. If you or your business would like to attend a CPR-First Aid or Stop the Bleed class please click below to contact our EMS Director, Troy Curulla, EMS-I, AHA-I.
Chief - Ryan Litwin
Deputy Chief - Sam Wolff
Captain - John Cattey
1st Lieutenant - Kyle Rosenbeck
2nd Lieutenant - Mike Berry
3rd Lieutenant - Chris Ricard
Safety Officer - Jane Golding
Safety Officer - Ken Matson
EMS Director - Troy Curulla
President - Darren Lounsbury
Treasurer - Suzanne Litwin
Secretary - Jessica McSaveny
Trustee - Ed Brown
Trustee - Dan Calhoun
Trustee - Jane Golding
President - Pat Mossiman
Vice President - Cindy McPhee
Secretary - Darcy Cattey
Treasurer - Paula Rosenbeck
Bantam Fire Company Chief
"Welcome to our website. It is an honor and a privilege to be the Chief of the Bantam Fire Company. Our group of dedicated Officers, Members, Juniors, and Ladies Auxiliary are devoted to serving their community. We strive to continually improve our equipment and services. If you have any questions about us or would like more information on becoming a member, please do not hesitate to contact us."
Square Miles of Coverage
2023 Calls for Service FIRE
2023 Calls for Service EMS
Bantam Fire Company 2021 Statistics
2022 Total Responses: 606
Structure Fires: 10
Chimney Fires: 1
Vehicle Fires: 3
Other Fires: 11
Good Intent | Alarms: 127
Motor Vehicle Accidents: 15
Land Search: 2
Water & Ice Rescues: 12
EMS Assists: 33
CO Alarms: 7
Gas Calls: 2
Electrical Hazards: 13
Calls for EMS Care: 359
218 Day - 128 Night Emergencies
Who will answer the Call? 70% of our nation's firefighters are volunteers and in Connecticut it's even higher. Bantam Fire Company is 100% volunteer and has been since 1916. We're a team from various walks of life, but all share a common bond of serving our community in ways few can. Your community is calling. Will you answer the call?
Be part of our team! Volunteer as a firefighter or EMT and make a difference in ways few can. #MakeMeAFirefighter
= A VERY BIG ASK
Trying to raise this kind of money with annual dinners, bootdrops, and bingo nights seems crazy, but this is the norm all across America. Inspite of the challenges, volunteer fire departments fill a critical roll in many of our towns and they also knit our communities together in a unique way. The fire might be at your house, but its not your fire. Its ALL of ours - a challenge to be faced together as a unique community. None of this will happen without your support.
Many changes and improvements have evolved over the last 104 years. Our members continue to strive to provide the best life and property saving techniques and community service possible.
The first meeting establishing The Bantam Fire Company was held on February 16, 1916 at the home of Mr. Robert Currie, who was elected the First Chief of the newly formed company. Charter members include: Wilbur Anderson, George Burgoyne, Robert Currie, Charles Dempsey, Charles Deno Sr., Henry Edwards, Frank Frisbie, Charles Heath, Clifford Hotchkiss, Harry Kilborn, Robert Marvin, William Ravenscroft, Clarence Wheeler, Ernest White, George Woodcock, and Harry Wright. Several of these names have a present day legacy; their descendants currently serving in the company.
A shed renovation in 1917 was the first "firehouse" and a hand-drawn wagon equipped with buckets and ladders was the first apparatus for firefighting.
In the early 1900's Bantam had suffered several devistating fires destroying the Shear Shop Factory, Neville's Cotton Mill, Flynn and Doyle's Wagon Shop and a Grist Mill over a short period of time. Modern firefighting quickly became a ncessity.
In 1921, a new firehouse was built on Bantam's Main Street - now home to Arethusa, with an electric whistle to alert firefighters. In August of 1922, The Bantam Fire Company took delivery of an American La France Engine with a 60 - gallon per minute capability. By comparison, today, Bantam Fire Company's apparatus are capable of well over 1500 gallons per minute.
In July 1940, two Bantam Firemen attended "Fireman's School" in order to instrut the other members in current firefighting strategy and operations. Firefighting and emergency service provider training has changed dramatically over the past 100 years, incorporating safety standards and standardized knowledge for mandated certifications. Many of our members receive Firefighter 1 along with further certification in other areas of operation such as Pump Operation, Firefighter 2, Fire Officer Training, Swift Water Rescue and a myriad of other training.
In June 1941, a few members attended a First Aid Class. The first "Recognized Ambulance Attendant" class of 30 hours was held at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in 1968. The first EMT class was held in September of 1972, also at Chartlotte Hungerford Hospital, training the first wave of volunteer EMT's for The Bantam Fire Company Ambulance Service. Today the Basic EMT course is 160 hours of class training with mandatory refreshers and certifications to ensure all licensed EMT's are aware of the most current techniques and protocols.
In 1960 a need for emergency medical services was recognized. That year the first Bantam Ambulance was purchased; a 1947 Cadillac. Bantam's Ambulance service covered Morris, Bethlehem and parts of Litchfield as well as Bantam. Many senior members remember fondly the comfort and speed of the Cadillacs. Presently Bantam Fire Company supports two ambulances. Our EMS service remains 100% volunteer staffed, providing comfort and familiarity to our patients.
In 1992, The Bantam Fire Company improved its facility with the construction of a modern Firehouse on Doyle road in Bantam, to service the community for decades to come. This facility not only houses the apparatus and gear, but serves as an emergency shelter in times of disaster, a community gathering location and banquet facility. Today its home to our two main attack Engines 36 and 56, a 2500 gallon Tanker Truck 33, Heavy Rescue 38, a Four-Wheel Drive Brush Truck 34, two Ambulances 39 and 37, and our newest addition Utility 32, along with our two Marine units -Marine 1 and 2.
Dispatch and alert systems have evolved from an electric whistle on the first firehouse with a designated number of blasts signifying the area of town affected by a fire to a blackboard on the outside of the firehouse with the address of the fire. Later a telephone system and answering service alerted firefighters and ambulance attendants. Millie and George Shaughnessy of Litchfield Answering Service called members at home and coordinated emergencies. Many members remember having to stay near the phone in case Millie called them to duty. Now, while a siren is still used for fire calls, members carry portable pagers, radios, and get messages of location and nature of the call directly on their cell phones. The firehouse and apparatus have sophisticated radio and communication capabilities in addition to computers that document the fire and ambulance response. The Bantam Fire Company can communicate with mutual aid companies to speed the response to emergencies and our heavy rescue conains a satellite phone to enure reliable communication in the most serious disasters.
Fundraising to supplement the Litchfield Town Budget has been a constant factor in The Bantam Fire Company's time and energy. The first treasurers report in 1916 showed $1.00 in the treasury. The fire company members began organizing carnivals, balls, concerts, and minstrel shows to bolster the coffers. In 1927, the members voted to install two bowling alley lanes in the basement of the firehouse. In August 1930 the bowling alleys reported a monthy gross income of $275.00 through fees and rentals. Today fundraising remains a fundamental part of the company's operating budget. Income is supplemented by our popular roast beef dinners, donations, Christamas Tree Sales, and sponsorships. Our ambulance is sustained by billing for service in an effort to reduce the burden on the town's coffers and to ensure the rising costs of Emergency Medical Services will be sustained for the future.
The Bantam Fire Company has a proud history of outstanding achievement tested by fire, floods, ice and snow storms, and the devestaing Tornado of 1989. Sixteen men have served as Chief. Today the Bantam Fire Company has over 60 members, led by Chief Ryan Litwin, committed to serving our community whenever called upon.
92 Doyle Road, Bantam CT
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