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The Watertown Fire Department is pleased to announce the Town winners of this year’s Connecticut Fire Prevention Poster Recognition Program

4TH Grade Winner

Deanna Gallant

St John The Evangelist School

(with Principal Mrs Marylou Walsh Iannone)

5th Grade Winner

Jalyssa  Kennedy

Polk School

(with teacher Mrs. Barlow)

Each year this contest attracts thousands of students from communities throughout the state to help spread the message of Fire Safety.

 We believe the  students are a valuable link in the chain of communication when it comes to Fire Safety because they will take this lesson home and promote fire prevention measures to the entire family. 

Although every poster cannot win, each and every one of them helps to promote a very important message; Fire Prevention Everyone/ Everyday.

This year’s winners faced some tough competition making the selection to choose just one from each grade very difficult.

This Year the fourth grade winner was Deanna Gallant from St John the Evangelist and The Fifth Grade winner was Jalyssa Kennedy from Polk School.  Both winners were presented with a certificate and a check from the Watertown Fire Marshal’s office and their posters where sent on to be judged at the county level. If selected as a Litchfield County winner their posters will then move to the finale Phase and be judged against all county winners for the title of State winner.  All county winners posters will be displayed throughout the capital this October as well as featured in a fire prevention calendar for next year.


The contest is put on each year through the office of the State Fire Marshal along with the CT Fire Marshals association, Ct Fire Chief’s Association , Ct Board of Education, Ct Department of Energy & Environmental Protection and The CT Fair plan representing the Insurance Industry.

Volunteers Needed

Watertown Fire Department is looking for recruit firefighters to fill our ranks. 

Requirements for membership are as follows:

  • Resident of the Town of Watertown
  • 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Being of good moral character

If you meet the above requirements click here or stop by Headquarters during normal business hours to obtain an application.

James (Jim) DeMarest Jr.

is the new Watertown Fire Department Deputy Chief.

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We Are Looking For Junior Firefighters 

Do you live in Watertown Connecticut? Are you 14 to 16 years old? Would you like to learn about firefighting and get some of the same training that our firefighters do?

Click here to get an application, or stop by Headquarters during normal business hours.

Fire Safety Tip

Need a reason to not to fall asleep with your cell phone??? This looks like a good one!

The Department regrets to announce the passing of Past Chief O’Neil Burrows.

Phippsburg, ME – O’Neill Skiff Burrows, 76, of Phippsburg, ME, passed away early Sunday morning, January 28, 2018, after succumbing to injuries sustained in a fall.  He was the husband of Karen Andrew Burrows.
            O’Neill was born in Waterbury, CT on February 19, 1941, son of the late Charles Frederick Burrows and Emily O’Neill  Burrows.  He was raised in Woodbury, CT where he graduated from Woodbury High School and later attended Southern Connecticut State University.  He was a consummate athlete, excelling at baseball and basketball, and played a serious game of golf.  He was an avid racing fan and knew the lyrics to every Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Johnny Cash song in existence.
           O’Neill’s driving passion, however, was the service he performed as a firefighter. He began his firefighting career while still in high school, and continued this service throughout his adult life.  He was a member of Watertown Fire Department for 42 years, beginning in 1970, and served in the roles of Lieutenant, Captain, Training Officer, and Deputy Chief.  In 1992, he achieved a lifelong dream, becoming Fire Chief and Fire Marshall for the Town of Watertown.  He served as Chief of the Department until 1997, and continued as Fire Marshall until his retirement in 2005.
            O’Neill felt privileged to serve as President of the Waterbury Area Fire Chiefs, President of the Litchfield County Plan, President of the Connecticut State Fire Fighters Association (CSFA), member and Vice President of CSFA County, member of CSFA Irregulars Association, President of the State Fire Marshals Association, member of the International Fire Chiefs Association, member of the New England Fire Chiefs Association, member of the New England Fire Marshals Association, and member of the National Fire Protection Association.  He was also an active Judge for the Connecticut Parade Marshals Association and was instrumental in founding the Connecticut Firefighters Memorial and Hall of Fame.  He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012. One the most moving moments of his long career, was being honored to deliver a speech during post-9/11 memorial services held in Connecticut. 
            Besides his wife of 48 years, O’Neill leaves behind three sons, William Burrows of Phippsburg, ME, Christopher Faust and his wife Megan of Newton, MA , and David Faust and his wife Joni of Ridgemont, NY. He also leaves behind five grandchildren, Charles, Emory, Karlee, Adelaide and Sascha. O’Neill was predeceased by his sister Susan Ganavage.
            A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 3, 2018, 2 p.m., First Congregational Church, 40 DeForest Street, Watertown.  Burial of ashes will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.  There are no calling hours.  The Hickcox Funeral Home has been entrusted with local arrangements.
            In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Watertown Fire Department, 935 Main Street, Watertown, CT 06795.  


Fire is Everyone's Fight

Some great Websites to check out


fantastic website for younger kids that includes games and songs about fire safety. (check our Little Rosalie...its a hit)


great info for all ages


great campaign on closing your door to help stop the spread of fire


Always be prepared!

*** Important Safety Recall!