Nichols Fire District

Serving and Protecting Nichols with Pride since 1917

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Nichols Fire District as it has been for the last 100 plus years is to protect and serve the citizens of Nichols and surrounding communities with superior fire suppression and rescue services.

It is our intent to supply fire education to our citizens AND their children with dedication and pride from our Fire Department members. Those Fire Department members receive continuous training, and are equipped with state of the art fire suppression and rescue equipment via the support from the Nichols Fire District taxpayers which allows us to continue this rich tradition.

A Word from Commissioner Patrick Freyer

Training Today for Tomorrow’s Incidents

Nichols Fire Department trains every Thursday night. Training sessions range from donning SCBA gear to practicing car extrication.

Recently I attended 2 of the more real-life situations that can occur. On February 10th, Nichols firefighters practiced ice rescue at Pinewood Lake. In this case a “suited up” victim gets into the lake and calls for help. On a rotating basis, each firefighter dons their protective gear and goes out on the ice with the ice rescue sled to save the victim.

On March 10th, Nichols firefighters were able to “smoke up” the entire interior of a house soon to be demolished. A victim was placed inside the house. Firefighters climbed ladders, breached windows, and did a lifelike search and rescue. Our thanks to the homeowner. (You know who you are)

The point here is quite simple; being a volunteer firefighter is not just showing up for calls. Training is an important requirement. The March session had 17 firefighters training more than 3 hours on their own time so they can be ready today, for a call tomorrow.

Pinewood Lake
House Slated for Demolition

Fire Department and Commission Members Participate in the Jingle Bell Run on December 4, 2021

On Saturday December 4, 2021 members of the Nichols Fire Department and the Nichols Fire Commission participated in the Jingle Bell run to raise awareness of the constant need for new members for this volunteer organization. Department members donned their turn out gear and SCBA ( breathing apparatus packs) adding 60 pounds to the challenge.
7 started and 7 finished.
Congrats to all and thank you for your service!
Commissioner Freyer
Commissioner Patrick Freyer

Chris Briganti Sworn In as Senior Firefighter on October 5, 2021

Commissioner Patrick Freyer swears in Chris Briganti as a Senior Firefighter at the October 5th Fire Department monthly meeting.

    Commissioner Freyer                  Chris Briganti

Nichols Fire Department Honors June 30, 2021 as Barbara Plofkin Day

Nichols Fire Department honors
Barbara Plofkin for 21 years as a Commissioner and 9 years as District Treasurer.

A Proclamation was read by First Selectman Vicki Tesoro which makes June 30, 2021 Barbara Plofkin Day.


Barbara Plofkin                  Vicki Tesoro

Nichols Fire Dept gathered to “pitch fork in”

At 8 am  on 4/17/21 members of the Nichols Fire Dept gathered to “pitch fork in” ( pun intended) at Stations 1 and 2 with mulch spreading. Always trying to keep the Fire Tax payers property looking good. Many thanks to these Volunteers for their service in many different ways.

Chief Franko is Sworn In as New NFD Chief

Trumbull, Conn. – At Nichols Fire Department Station 1, Commissioner Patrick Freyer swears in Nichols Fire department new Chief Raymond Franko at the monthly Department meeting January 5, 2021. Chief Franko replaces Chief Kingsbury who stepped down as NFD Chief on December 31, 2020

Chief Kingsbury to Step Down

TRUMBULL, Conn.—The Nichols Fire Department announced on December 31st, 2020 that Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury will be stepping down as Chief, and that Assistant Fire Chief Raymond Franko will be taking over the reins in January. Deputy Chief John DelVento will remain as Deputy Chief and assist Chief Franko in the transition.

“I am proud of the accomplishments we have been able to achieve as a department” Kingsbury said. “The fleet was in pretty rough shape when I took over. We have been able to replace our Aerial Ladder and Squad, complete a much needed training facility behind Fire Headquarters, and expand our bays at the Booth Hill Road station. We are also ushering in a state of the art radio system.” “Asst Chief Franko does have a few challenges in front of him still” stated Kingsbury. “Our Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus need to be replaced in 2021, and we still have a front line pumper that will be 40 years old, that needs to be replaced also. I am confident that Chief Franko and his staff will be able to accomplish those goals and much more”.

Chief Kingsbury has been Fire Chief in Nichols for the last 4 years, prior to that he was Fire Chief in Westport for 6 years where he spent 30 years as a career firefighter. Like Kingsbury, Chief Franko has been in numerous leadership roles within the Nichols Fire Department, serving in most positions, he started with the department in 1986. Chief Franko’s father was also a firefighter in Nichols, serving as a Lieutenant with the department.

Fire Commission Chairman Patrick Freyer plans to swear-in Chief Franko during next Tuesday’s monthly meeting January 5th, 2021. “I am glad Asst. Chief Franko has accepted the challenge and I echo Chief Kingsbury’s confidence in his leadership. Chief Kingsbury looks forward to having some free time “ the Commissioner exclaimed. “I have a lot of home improvement projects to get caught up on” Kingsbury added. He will continue his duties as Deputy Emergency Management Director for the Town of Trumbull and teaching as an adjunct instructor for the Connecticut Fire Academy.

Nichols Fire Dept's New Squad 309

Nichols Fire Department’s new Squad 309 is a 2020 Pierce Enforcer Heavy-Duty Rescue Pumper.   

  • 1500 GPM Pump
  • 750 gallon Water Tank 
  • 20 gallon Foam Tank 
  • Cummins Diesel 450 hp L9 Engine
  • Ground Ladders
  • Hard Suction
  • Full Complement of Hose
  • Hurst eDraulic Extrication Equipment

Tax Collector

Nichols residents who have questions or concerns regarding fire taxes are asked to contact our official Nichols Fire District tax collector. Please DO NOT call 911 or the Trumbull Regional Dispatch Center regarding fire tax inquiries.

Tax Collector Office Phone: 203-378-0450

Using the same system as the Town of Trumbull, Nichols Fire District Taxpayers now have a quick and convenient way to pay their Fire District Tax. You can view and pay bills and see payment information for tax purposes.

View and Pay Taxes: Note: Payments made online will be reflected the following day.


Founded in 1917, the Nichols Fire Department is one of three 100% all volunteer departments in the town of Trumbull, Connecticut. Operating out of two stations, we provide primary fire and rescue services to the Nichols Fire District along with assistance to the Trumbull Center and Long Hill Fire Departments. We also provide coverage to the surrounding communities and beyond.. We are dedicated to serving the Town of Trumbull and will continue to do so for years to come

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