Can you hear me now? Radio upgrade nears completion

The town’s $3.7-million public safety radio system upgrade that started in 2012 is expected to be operational by April 1. Work on adding an antenna to an existing Moses Mountain tower in Danbury begins this week, according to deputy emergency manager, Dick Aarons. It’s the final piece in linking the signals among five different antennas around town. Aarons  said Moses … read more

Fire chief search starts soon

Finding a new fire chief is a process. Should the selectmen promote from within or seek applications from “outside” for a position with a salary range from $93,000 to $135,000? Must the chief live nearby? “There have been a few comments made about ‘Why do we have to go outside?’ But that’s up to the board,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi … read more

Letter: Police and fire taken for granted

To the Editor: Shortly after my wife and I moved here from Sandy Hook in April last year, our police department did a wonderful job in solving the break-ins and apprehending the suspect that had been terrorizing residents on Old Sib Road and Mamanasco Lake Road. I was remiss in not thanking them for their diligence and hard work at … read more

Town mum on fire chief violation

New Ridgefield Fire Department Chief Kevin Tappe, left, with Jerry Myers, who was named assistant chief, filling the position left by Chief Tappe. Chief Tappe has been acting chief since former Chief Heather Burford left the department for a Florida fire department.

Fire Chief Kevin Tappe has retired, ending a nearly five-decade career in firefighting, and the town’s investigation into an unspecified “violation of town policy” that had him on administrative leave the last three weeks. The fire department is now being led by assistant chief — redesignated acting chief — Jerry Myers, and town officials are fending off requests for further … read more

Chief Tappe looks back

New Ridgefield Fire Department Chief Kevin Tappe, left, with Jerry Myers, who was named assistant chief, filling the position left by Chief Tappe. Chief Tappe has been acting chief since former Chief Heather Burford left the department for a Florida fire department.

“It’s been a long run,” former Fire Chief Kevin Tappe said, looking back on close to five decades of fire fighting and “a wonderful 10 years” as assistant chief and then chief of the Ridgefield Fire Department. Tappe spoke Thursday, Jan. 5, a day after the Board of Selectmen voted to formally accept his retirement, cutting short an investigation into … read more

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