Seal: Washington, Connecticut; Founded 1779
The Town of Washington, Connecticut

Washington Volunteer Fire Department

Emergency: 911
Or, if 911 fails, 860-868-7300

Washington Depot 860-868-7403
New Preston 860-868-7831
Fax: 860-868-0621

Fire Marshal: Tom Osborne
* 860-868-7212
U.S. Mail Address:
Washington Volunteer Fire Department
P.O. Box 244
Washington Depot, CT 06794

Street Address:
Washington Volunteer Fire Department
109 Bee Brook Road
Washington Depot, CT 06794

Fire Chief: Mark Showalter
1st Assistant: Darryl Wright
2nd Assistant: George Steiner
Captain: Mike Difronzo
1st Lieutenant: Ethan Labella
2nd Lieutenant: Craig wilbur



The Washington Volunteer Fire Department was organized in 1926 with one truck, one building and forty-three charter members.

Today the department has grown to nine pieces of apparatus working out of two stations and sixty active members. Working under a Chief, Two Assistant Chiefs, Captain and two Lieutenants, we are an all volunteer department providing fire protection and First Responder capabilities for a town that encompasses the villages of Washington, Washington Depot, Marbledale, New Preston, and Woodville. There are 4,000 full time residents in the town that covers 38.7 square miles

The Washington Volunteer Fire Department
fiscal year 2012-2013 call break down is as follows:

Auto alarms 73
Carbon monoxide- 13
Motor Vehicle accidents 52
Brush fires- 19
Structure fires 8
Chimney fires -3
Car fires 4
EMS calls- 22

Total call volume for this year was about the same as last year. Brush fires were up due to a stretch of dry weather. Motor vehicle accidents and EMS calls continue to rise. Automatic fire alarms continue to be most of the calls.

One of our largest incidents was the propane leak and explosion at the town hall with an effort that took seventy-four responders from twelve different agencies thirteen hours to bring under control. The leak from the tank caused and explosion in the building that caused several thousand dollars damage. The time of the incident was 1:00 am on a Sunday morning and the plaza area was empty. The characteristics of propane caused the vapor to sink and remain in the depot area. Power was shut off in the area to reduce the chance for any other explosions. We are fortunate that there was not more damage.

Our membership is very solid with sixty Active Members, twenty Life Members, and twelve Auxiliary Members. Active members continue to train and be prepared as best we can for the types of calls that occur in town and the surrounding region.

We have a dedicated group that is willing to respond and volunteer their time twenty-four hours a day seven days a week. It takes a tremendous amount of time on weekends and evenings to operate the department. Many people need to juggle schedules between work, families, or some of their other duties and interests. Thank them when you see them.

Respectfully submitted
Mark Showalter
Fire Chief
Washington Volunteer Fire Department

Annual Reports:

See the Town Annual Report for yearly reports on the activities of the Fire Department.

Web page last updated: October 28, 2013