About us

The Town of Winchester/City of Winsted is nestled in the mountains of Litchfield County and is noted as the Gateway to the Berkshire Mountains. Winchester, with 32 square miles and a population of 11,500, claims a wonderful quality of life with beautiful lakes, fishing, boating, fresh water springs and more. Winchester was first settled in 1732, and later incorporated in 1771. 
Winsted is the downtown city area within the Town of Winchester, at the point where the region’s major transportation corridor, Route 8, intersects with Route 44. The Town is noted for its beautiful ecclesiastical, Victorian, neo-classical, Greek Revival, Queen Anne and Colonial Revival architecture, as well as for one of the State’s largest lakes, Highland Lake. Highland Lake is a resort lake over three miles in length and 444 acres in area. It is enjoyed for its swimming, fishing, boating and water skiing.
Northwestern Connecticut Community College is located in downtown Winsted. This two-year State College has a full-time equivalent enrollment of approximately 2,500 students. Degree programs in liberal arts, science, business and technical areas are offered. The college is nationally recognized for its special assistance program for the deaf and hearing impaired

"Building on more than a century of experience, the Winsted Fire Department is committed to being responsive to the needs of our community, along with continuing to provide dependable Fire & Rescue services."

The Winsted Fire Department was organized with four fire companies in 1862. These companies were, and are still presently known as:

Union Hose Company One ~ Deluge Engine Company Two ~ Niagara Engine Company Three ~ Cascade Engine Company Four

In 1879, to meet the needs of a growing community, the Aerial Ladder Company was formed and is presently known as Tower Ladder Company One.

In 1968 the Fire Police; with the main job of providing traffic and crowd control at fire scenes, was organized and added to the list of companies.

The Winsted Fire Department is a proud organization with a foundation rich with tradition, history and legend. Many members are second and third generation Firefighters.

The Winsted Fire Department operates five pumpers, one tower ladder truck, a heavy rescue, a fire police vehicle, a Special Operations tactical unit and a support services unit. These apparatus are housed in three stations strategically placed within the town for quick emergency response.

The Winchester Center Fire Department, also located within the boundaries of the town, additionally operates two pumpers, a brush truck and a water tanker out of one station.

The Support Services Division of the Winsted Fire Department provides opportunities for individuals who chose not to, or are unable to become Firefighters, to become involved in volunteer activities to support the department. This Division supports the department with fund raising, community activities and with non- Firefighting responsibilities and rehabilitation services at major incidents.

Explorer Post 911 is a program affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America that teaches young adults between the ages of 14 and 18 the basic skills to prepare them to become future firefighters. These basic skills include working with tools, scba, ropes, ladders, hose streams and other job related activities.

The Winsted Fire Department assists the residents of the community with fire suppression operations, hazard materials response, water rescue, confined space rescue, vehicle extrication, high angle rope rescue, fire prevention activities and other incidents which require Firefighter response. Present ISO rating is a Class 4/9.

Members of the Winsted Fire Department are trained and certified by the State of Connecticut, Commission on Fire Prevention and Control. All training is provided to members through the Training Division of the Winsted Fire Department. The Training Division ensures compliance with all Local, State and Federal mandates.



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