UConn Fire Department

Chief William Perez
Address 126 North Eagleville Road, Unit 3165
Storrs CT 06269
Phone (860) 486-4925
Website https://fire.universitysafety.uconn.edu/

University of Connecticut Fire Department

The UConn Fire Department responds to approximately 5400 emergency calls per year between the main campus in Storrs and UConn Health in Farmington.  In addition to emergency responses, department members provide fire/EMS standbys for large public events, offer public education programs, provide a wide range of fire marshal and building official services to UConn campuses across the state, and perform many non-emergency activities all which contribute to a safer community.


Preserving the Past, Protecting the Future. 

Founded in 1898, seventeen years after the first class was held at was then known as the Storrs Agricultural School, the University of Connecticut Fire Department (UCFD) has protected the University’s infrastructure, academics, research and population as it has grown from a small rural college to a nearly 40,000 person “city” ranked continually within the top 20 public colleges and universities in the United States. UCFD’s main goal is to provide fire protection and other critical University Safety services to the UConn community, which includes students, staff, faculty, visitors and neighbors. The Department continually educates the University in fire, life safety and disaster preparedness, as well as serves as the primary unit responsible for enforcing University Safety codes. This effort requires dedicated, professional uniformed personnel who have sworn an oath to maintain the Department’s mission and values.

Professional Operations 24/7. 

UCFD consists of three divisions: Fire OperationsFire Administration and the Fire Marshal Unit.  The UCFD is comprised of 50 personnel at maximum staffing.

The Fire Operations Division, is divided between two fire stations, one located in Storrs (Headquarters) and the other in Farmington (Health Center). The Storrs station, also known as Station 22, is comprised of four platoons with up to six personnel consisting of a Captain, Lieutenant and Firefighters. All personnel are state certified in fire suppression operations, technician-level hazardous materials operations and are licensed Emergency Medical Technicians providing ambulance transport services from the Storrs station. Station 22 has two engines, a tower ladder, four BLS ambulances, a pick up truck, Shift commander SUV, a Special Hazards vehicle, and other support vehicles / trailers.

The UCFD Health Center station, also known as station 122, is dedicated to the protection and preservation of the UConn Health Center Campus. The station has 17 personnel assigned at maximum staffing.   This includes four Lieutenants, twelve firefighters, and a Staff Officer.  There is always a minimum of three personnel on duty with one of them being a Paramedic. The UCFD HC station provides an ALS service for the campus. They have one engine, two ALS ambulances, a rescue, a utility body pick up truck, and additional support vehicles / trailers. They provide all fire, rescue, and hazmat response to the campus along with providing any ALS transport needed on campus and provide mutual aid to the surrounding communities when requested. They have the ability to staff one ALS ambulance at any given time. In addition to the emergency response, they are responsible for regular fire sprinkler and extinguisher inspections of all UConn Farmington buildings.

Fire Administration is responsible for planning, budget and oversight of the Department under the direction of the Fire Chief.

Reliable Emergency Response When Seconds Count.

Responding to over 5400 calls for service annually, UCFD response times exceed the national standard, providing highly skilled professionals on-scene when life safety is at risk.  UCFD’s presence on campus provides a rapid response to emergency calls.

Fire Suppression - UCFD headquarters responds to approximately 100 actual fires annually, which include mutual aid fires, building fires, cooking fires, car fires, dumpster fires and other various fire emergencies.  This number does not reflect the number of incidents that do not occur due to the extensive fire prevention measures in place.

Emergency Medical Services- Between the six on-campus ambulances, UCFD responds to over 2500 medical emergencies per year to provide emergency medical services and emergency transport services to both campuses.

Hazardous Materials (HazMat) Incidents – HazMat incidents comprise approximately 100 emergency response calls per year. These incidents range in size and complexity from small incidents, such as a motor vehicle fluid leak, to larger scale incidents in our laboratory buildings.  All UConn Fire Department personnel are certified at the Hazardous Materials Technician level and trained for site specific hazards.  This level of training provides for a rapid response to hazardous materials incidents on campus without having to wait on other agencies, such as the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.  This is instrumental in providing a rapid, high level of service for unique building hazards, such as the chemistry, pharmacy and biology buildings.  UCFD is also a member of the Connecticut Eastern Region Response Integrated Team (CERRIT) team, a multi-jurisdictional, multi-disciplined, all hazards response team that was formed in 2003 to address emergency incidents that occur within New London and Windham Counties.  Additionally the UCFD is a member of the Capitol Region Hazardous Materials Response Team which serves CT Region 3 communities.  The Department is equipped with complex and comprehensive metering equipment, proper protective clothing, decontamination equipment and various other items to assist in a safe and effective hazardous materials response.

Additional Emergency Services and Technical Rescue. The remainder of the calls for service range from responses to motor vehicle accidents, elevator entrapments, false alarms, malicious alarms, special rescue calls and other hazardous conditions.  Our firefighters are trained in technical rescue, which allows us to provide specialized rescue to the entire campus community. UCFD routinely provides technical rescue services, such as confined space and rope rescue, for construction projects, facilities and maintenance.


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