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.

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.

Nichols Truck 303 Is Up For Sale

Nichols Truck 303 has served the Nichols Fire Department for 40 years. Having difficulty setting emotions aside, the Chief and the Fire Commission will be placing this vehicle up for sale effective April 1, 2021. Needless to say, we would like to see this vehicle go to a good home and the Commission reserves the right to do what is in the best interest of the Nichols Fire taxpayers and the reputation of the Department. We estimate the fair market value to be $15,000.

We will be accepting written offers for purchase by mail and intend to vote on the new owner of 303 during the Commission meeting to be held on Tuesday April 20, 2021. The truck will be sold “AS IS” and without any warranties of any kind. See details below. If you, or if you know of someone interested in purchasing this vehicle, please submit your purchase proposal in writing no later than April 15, 2021 by mail to:

Nichols Fire District

100 Shelton Road

Trumbull, CT. 06611

Mark outside of envelope: Truck 303

Please direct any questions to Chief Franko or Commissioner Patrick Freyer

Vehicle details:

1981 Hahn S/N HCC4148008141

Detroit 8V92TA – rebuilt less than 6 years ago for approximately $32,000

Allison HT740 automatic transmission

On board 15KW generator, light tower and cascade system with compressor to remain on apparatus which will be sold “as is”.

All firefighting equipment and radios will be removed before delivery to the purchaser.

Due to the age of the vehicle, per DMV guidelines, the registration acts as the Certificate of Title.  

Thank you.

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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