Eastern Connecticut Fire School

About the Eastern Connecticut Fire School



Al Hawkins - President

Home 860-487-1105

Mobile 860-450-6875

Fax 860-429-0210

242 Spring Hill Rd.

Storrs, CT. 06268





Les Shull, Jr. - Vice President

Home 860-822-9241

Mobile 860-941-5982

P.O. Box 194

Baltic, CT 06330



Philip Lee

Mobile 860-234-3214

53 Athol Street

Danielson, CT 06239


Peter Starkel

Home 860-228-8559

Mobile 860-208-3681

P.O. Box 911

Columbia, CT 06237


John Wylie

Home 860-456-4066

Mobile 860-213-2376

551 North Windham Rd.

North Windham, CT 06256


William Eyberse - Secretary

Home 860-889-8970

P.O. Box 54 Work 860-823-3213

Yantic, CT. 06389


Board of Directors


Early in the 1950's, fire service leaders from eastern Connecticut recognized the need for a local training facility in order to provide firefighter training for the region. Fire chiefs from New London, Tolland and Windham counties organized a committee to investigate possible sites for construction of a regional fire training facility. Three different sites were proposed for consideration but a site in Willimantic was determined to be the most desirable. This ten acre site was acquired through a long term lease agreement. The initial agreement was for 25 years with a subsequent 25 year option.  The lease was executed and state grant funds were provided by the General Assembly in order to build a classroom and administrative building, a “Class A” burn building, and a storage building and training tower. 

Beginning in 1955 the Eastern Connecticut Training School for Firemen, Inc. started to deliver basic fire and rescue training for firefighters from area fire departments. Additional state grant funding was secured in subsequent years in order to construct additional classrooms and to finance various improvements to the facility.

The mission of the Eastern Connecticut Fire School is to provide fire service training for fire departments in New London, Tolland and Windham counties. These three counties contain 49 towns with 97 public fire departments. Several departments from Middlesex and Hartford counties also send their personnel to this facility for training on a regular basis. This is the only regional fire school located east of the Connecticut River.

At the termination of the original twenty-five year lease term the directors of the school executed the option for a second twenty-five year lease. At the termination of the second lease term in 2005, another three-year lease agreement was negotiated with the property owner. This agreement contained two additional one-year extensions.

The Eastern Connecticut Training School for Firemen, Inc. (doing business as the Eastern

Connecticut Fire School) has now been doing business for sixty years at this one location. The school has developed a proud tradition of exemplary service to fire departments across eastern Connecticut. More than 125 departments send students to training programs at this regional fire school.

The property on which the Eastern Connecticut Fire School is located has recently been purchased by the state of Connecticut and now belongs to the Commission of Fire Prevention and Control.

Design and planning is underway to raze the existing structures and to construct a new facility consisting of a Classroom and Administrative building, a Maintenance and Storage building, a new Training Tower and a new Class “A” Burn Building.

Eric Deschamps

34 Pond Rd.

Mobile 860-234-0154

Franklin, CT 06254


Arthur Heon

Home 860-564-8178

Mobile 860-377-0837

23 Salmon Drive

Moosup, CT 06354


 Bruce Dixon

home phone 860-643-1511 

cell phone 860-281-8850

72 Tinker Pond Road

Bolton, CT 06043