ChIef's Office

Message from Chief   


Welcome to the official web page of the Cromwell Fire Department. We invite you to look through this site and get to know what makes the Cromwell Fire Department so special.

The Cromwell Fire Department continues to be one of the most unique fire departments in the State of Connecticut. Originally established in 1928, the Department was founded, like many similar fire departments, with the community-spirited concept of neighbors helping neighbors. However, as the Town has grown and continues to expand, the volunteer model which was relied on so heavily to provide an effective fire and EMS response began to wane, the staffing model required to be modified.  In order for the department to continue to provide its mission to the public of providing a predictable, certified level of response by qualified first responders that was compliant with state and federal mandates, a part time segment of a personnel staffing category was established. Over the years the essence of community has become woven into the fabric of the Department and further defines our organization.

Today the Department operates as a combination fire and life safety protection delivery system, which means its membership, is comprised of both non-career and career personnel. The four staffing classifications of personnel include 12 full time career firefighter/EMTs, and 32 part time Scheduled Firefighter EMTs who collectively staff 24 hour shifts, seven days a week. Each shift is comprised of 6 and 7 personnel on duty to provide the initial fire response onboard a piece of fire apparatus, and a primary and secondary ambulance response.  The unscheduled part time and volunteer staff provides the additional personnel response from home when the need and or call volume goes beyond the available on duty personnel.

These dedicated, professionally-minded first responders work side by side every day to provide a wide variety of services to protect the Cromwell community and mutually assist its neighboring fire departments.  As an integral part of the Cromwell Fire District, the Fire Department is responsible for the delivery of fire protection and emergency medical services through the Fire Marshal's Office, the Fire Operations Division and the Communications Office.

 In addition to the emergency services response provided, the department also provides non-emergency public protection services such as our certified Child Safety Car Seat installations, and the joint participation with the Town of Cromwell Health Department combination Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detector installation program, as well as participation in other community events throughout the year.

As you further peruse this site I hope you will become inspired, and will continue to have your interest piqued to explore becoming a member of this organization in whatever capacity you feel comfortable. If you are someone who is community minded but currently does not have any fire or EMS experience, we would welcome you to come in and discuss how we could further develop these skills.  If you do already possess certification as a firefighter and or EMT we would also like to speak with you to explore how you could utilize your training with us and becoming a part of our organization.   I sincerely hope your interest which originally caused you to examine us closer remains enticed, and the reason for your visit has successfully been fulfilled.

"Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detectors Save Lives." Please ensure that your smoke detectors are operational at all times. If you need assistance in ensuring proper smoke detector protection, please do not hesitate to contact us.



Jason Brade, Acting Chief

Please contact me with any comments or questions.







Upon request, the Cromwell Fire District will provide accommodations or assistance to individuals with disabilities who wish to meet with the Chief of the Fire Department.  Requests can be made by contacting the Chief's secretary at (860) 635-6155 or



Learn more about our: Smoke Detector Program by clicking this link.