New fire chief: Town expects hiring process to last through spring

New Ridgefield Fire Department Chief Kevin Tappe, left, with Jerry Myers, who was named assistant chief, filling the position left by Chief Tappe. —Macklin Reid photo

It’ll likely be late spring, early summer by the time Ridgefield has a new fire chief. “Hopefully, May, June — it depends on all the pieces working together,” said Laurie Fernandez, the town human resources director. Fernandez is putting together a process for the Board of Selectmen to follow in filling the position, which has a salary range of $93,500 … read more

Aquarion reports water discoloration on Governor Street Saturday

Reports of rusty water in apartments on Governor Street Saturday, Feb. 18, were attributed to the fire department’s using a nearby Aquarion water system. “The fire department was using a hydrant nearby. It created some discoloration at the one location,” Peter Fazekas, Aquarion’s director of communications, said Saturday evening. Steve Zemo, landlord of the building where the rusty water had … read more

William A. Warner, 74, former assistant fire chief

William A. Warner, retired assistant fire chief of the Ridgefield Fire Department and a 27-year veteran firefighter, died Friday, Feb. 10, at his home in Danbury. He was 74 years old. A Ridgefield native, Warner was the son of Grace and Francis Warner. He joined the department as a firefighter in 1965, rising through the ranks over two and a … read more

One size fits all: Public safety building sparks debate

The spectre of a new public safety administration building — with police, fire and ambulance operations at one site — is again haunting town budget deliberations, as the ghosts of renovation plans past lurk in the pages of budget documents and loom over discussions among town officials. “The debate has to happen,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said Monday night. The … read more

Ridgefield EMTs leave big tip for little business

On a chilly Saturday afternoon on New Street, 9-year-old Owen Christensen officially opened for business with his newly constructed cardboard box hot chocolate stand. The business, which offers hot chocolate with a choice of either whipped cream or marshmallows, was conceived and designed by young Mr. Christensen, and is supported by his father as assistant and his mother as master … read more

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

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