The 21st Century

New Vehicles

In 2000, the Fire Department purchased a second Marion pumper. The next year, the department also purchased three Spartan chassis. They remounted the three Pemfab pumpers on these new chassis.

In 2005, the department bought a second Sutphen tower ladder, and in 2007, another Marion-Spartan pumper was delivered. The 2007 pumper marked a return to a red paint scheme after 25 years of white fire apparatus. The pumper was painted traditional red with gold lettering and red wheels. These had been the department colors from the 1920s until 1979. A third Marion pumper and a new Marion Heavy-Duty Rescue vehicle were also delivered in 2009.

Assistance on September 11

On September 11, 2001, following the attack on the World Trade Center and at the request of the New York City Fire Department, Norwalk firefighters were dispatched to a staging area at Yonkers Raceway. Here, they waited on standby to render assistance in the city if needed. Although they were not needed that day, many Norwalk firefighters returned to ground zero on their own time over the next few weeks to help where needed.

Chief Anderson

Chief Verda retired in April of 2004 and was replaced by Assistant Chief Sanford Anderson. Chief Anderson, who was hired in 1959, was the department's first African-American firefighter. He had been a long-time instructor with the Connecticut Fire Academy and was well-known throughout Connecticut for the many classes he taught.


Today, the Fire Department uses grants and awards to provide many programs and services to the City of Norwalk. View more information about the department's current activities.