South Windham Vol FD
By CHUCK LOWE, Correspondent | August 08, 2021 | CONNECTICUT
Story No. 080821114
Photo by Chuck LoweSouth Windham Fire Dept
Photo by Chuck LoweEngine 104: 1998 Freightliner FL80 / E-One 1500/1000
Photo by Chuck Lowe Engine 204: 2020 Pierce Saber 1500/1000
Photo by Chuck Lowe Rescue 104: 2008 Ford F-450 / Greenwood
Photo by Chuck LoweService 104: 2010 Ford F-450 4x4 / Firematic Brat 500/300/10F
The Town of Windham operates four separate Fire Departments. "The City" of Willimantic, now a census-designated place within the town, has paid personnel that handle fire responses within their district and EMS town-wide. The remaining three departments are volunteer with standing, auto-aid agreements between them and neighboring assets.
In the lower end of town, the South Windsor VFD operates out of a 4-bay firehouse. Four apparatus are crammed into these tight quarters. Two of the bay doors here were recently modified for higher profile vehicles. None of the bays are deep which required their new engine, and future purchases, to be higher on a shortened wheelbase.
The SWFD fleet consists of two Engines, a light duty rescue and a service/forestry unit. The department also maintains a Zodiac and a John Deer Gator that is also outfitted for brush fires. All apparatus carry the -04 Suffix (Department 4).
This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.