Fire consumes Lake Road home (VIDEO)

A residential home at 45 Lake Road burned to the ground during the early morning hours Monday, Oct. 15. According to authorities, the home’s alarm went off at 1:35 a.m.. Authorities at the scene said no one was injured. All four walls of the two-and-a-half story home collapsed in the blaze, with the home’s brick chimney the only remaining structure … read more

Ridgefield man arrested after assaulting, threatening firefighter

A Spring Valley Road man was arrested for assault on a public safety official at police headquarters on Thursday, Sept. 28. Police said the 39-year-old man turned himself in at 12:45 p.m. on an outstanding warrant. He was also charged with second-degree threatening. According to a report, the man grabbed a Ridgefield firefighter by the arm and shoved him to … read more

Firehouse to host CPR class for teens

An American Heart Association CPR course is being held for teenage students at the Ridgefield Fire Station on Oct. 10, starting at 10 a.m. This class is taught by instructors from Your Home CPR, LLC and is designed especially for young adults aged 12-17 who want to learn skills to save a life. Students will learn Adult, Child, and Infant CPR, how to use … read more

Police, firefighters to host Safety Day Sept. 23

Folks snap shots of a helicopter at Safety Day in 2014 —Scott Mullin photo

Crash simulators, a K-9 team demonstration, and a chance for kids to get up close to Eagle One, the police helicopter — the town’s annual Safety Day is Sunday, Sept. 23. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of East Ridge Middle School. Those who attend will get a chance to see … read more

Fire department captain retires after 30 years

Ridgefield Fire Capt. Dave McDevitt retired this week after serving the department for 30 years. “Although it is tough to say goodbye, we wish Dave many, many years of health and happiness in his new and future endeavors,” the department said on its Facebook page. “From the senior guys, all the way down to the new probie, we truly thank … read more

Ambulance rates going up by 2.3%

Ambulance rides will cost a bit more next year. A 2.3% increase in ambulance rates was approved by the Board of Selectmen on Aug. 13, with the board taking great pains to make clear that cost should never discourage someone from calling a needed ambulance — help paying the cost is available, the town doesn’t chase after unpaid ambulance bills, … read more

Mickey Grasso named assistant fire chief

Firefighting and emergency medical service have been a focus for new Assistant Fire Chief Mickey Grasso since high school, when he and fellow Ridgefield High School Class of 1977 graduate Jerry Myers — now the fire chief he’ll be working with — signed up for a volunteer fire department outreach program. “We got introduced into the fire service in high … read more

Eight-man shift improves ambulance response time

The eight-man shift has improved response times by the fire department’s ambulances and fire truck, reduced the frequency that “mutual aid” assistance from neighboring towns is required, and town officials like the way the first 18 months of the program have gone. “The eight-man shift has worked out very well,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi told The Press. “We’re able to … read more

In this week’s Ridgefield Press

Here’s a look at some of the headlines from this week’s Ridgefield Press: SummerFest returns to Main Street Saturday. The Chamber of Commerce’s annual extravaganza features a touch-a-truck event for kids, sidewalk sales, and plenty of live music. Parking changes have been made in the village. Make sure you know where to leave your car — and for how long … read more

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