Firefighter requirements

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Membership Requirements

All applicants must

  • Be eighteen (18) years of age or older to apply for all positions except explorer
  • 14-18 years of age for explorer
  • Be a United States citizen.
  • Live or work within the city of Winsted.
  • Possess a current CT driver’s license.
  • Have an acceptable driving record.
  • Pass a criminal background investigation, with any of the following resulting in automatic dismissal:
    • Felony convictions;
    • Arson convictions;
    • Serious drug convictions.
  • Successfully pass a Department physical examination and drug screening.
  • Be available to attend mandatory training and drills as outlined in the Department Bylaws.


Applicants who pass the above criteria will be contacted and scheduled for an interview.  Applicants applying for a firefighter will be assigned to a company based on residential location or company affiliation.  

*The background and processing can take several weeks so we ask you please be patient.


Membership duties

*To include but not limited to


  • Perform fire extinguishing tasks
  • Perform lifesaving operations
  • Motor vehicle incidents
  • Water rescue
  • Rope Rescue
  • Hazardous materials
  • Weather Emergencies
  • Other calls for service

Attend Monthly company meetings

Quarterly department meetings

Special committee meetings as assigned

Training and meeting Requirements

Prior to responding to calls

  • Must pass a physical exam by department specified, occupational medicine provider
  • Blood-borne Airborne Pathogens
  • Hazmat Awareness
  • Live Burn

Training Requirements

*To include but not limited to

Every Monday evening 6:30 pm (See Training Tab)

  • Yearly Live burn
  • Yearly SCBA mask fit test
  • Yearly Hazardous Materials Operational training;
  • Yearly Blood-borne & Airborne exposure training;
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation certification (2 year cert)
  • Quarterly training to include ladders & air packs.


To be an interior firefighter you must pass the state firefighter 1 certification.


Fire Police

  • Protect the scene and fire personnel by providing traffic control
  • Crowd control
  • Assist department with training and special events


Support Services

  • Assist with firefighter rehabilitation
  • Provide refreshments to emergency scene, training, large scale incidents
  • Assist department with fundraising and special events


Explorer post 911

Under the Boy Scouts of America and sponsored by the WFD, the explorer program is a hands on program open to young men and women interested in learning more about the fire service.  Applicants to the explorers must be age 14 to apply.  Under the guidance of experienced firefighters from the WFD, explorers learn firefighting skills and build confidence and leadership which can help in future education and career paths.

Explorers train and respond with the WFD in a controlled environment and under the guidance of mentors.  Upon explorers 18th birthday they can apply to be a firefighter and join the WFD.




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Toll free telephone number:  1-888-447-3339; Local telephone number:  860-482-1560.

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