State Sen. Anthony Musto (D-Trumbull) today welcomed local senior citizens to his annual Trumbull Senior Fair, where a variety of state and private service providers informed seniors about the variety of goods and services available especially for them.
“The state offers a multitude of great services for seniors, as do a variety of local providers, and there are some new changes in health care and other matters that they should know about. That’s why we’re here today," Musto said.
Robert and Mary Keane of Trumbull attended their first Senior Fair and were very impressed.
“This has been excellent, really,” Mr. Keane said as he clutched a bag of informational and promotional items. “There is lots of information on all kinds of subjects, and it afforded us an opportunity to talk to people and get direct answers. We found it very helpful.”
“It was wonderful. It was marvelous,” Mrs. Keane said. “The people were so wonderful, they gave us answers to questions we didn’t even now we had. It was very well done.”
The Senior Fair, held at Calvary Church on White Plains Road, featured representatives from the AARP, Social Security, Alzheimer’s Association, Southeastern Connecticut Agency on Aging, Bridgeport Hospital, Trumbull Monroe Health District, Trumbull library system, and the state departments of Banking, Consumer Protection, energy efficiency, foreclosure assistance, Aging, and the Treasurer’s office.
A New Generator: 2011 Tropical Storm Irene & October Blizzard demonstrated need for local emergency power
Musto and Fire Department Chief John Plofkin, Jr., announced today that the State Bond Commission is poised to approve funding for an emergency power generator for the Nichols Fire Department on Shelton Road in Trumbull.
“Tropical Storm Irene and this past fall’s nor’easter left many homes without power, said Musto. “These recent weather emergencies further highlight the importance of an emergency generator as the Nichols Fire Station provided residents the opportunity to charge the batteries of their medical and communication devices. I am happy I was able to help fill this urgent community need.”
Widespread power outages following a Tropical Storm and a heavy October blizzard last year prompted a reexamination of the state’s emergency preparedness policies. Senator Musto voted for comprehensive storm response legislation in May, which, among other provisions, established a pilot program to support local distributed electricity generation at hospitals, police and fire stations, prisons, water treatment plants and other critical locations statewide.
The Nichols Fire Department’s current emergency generator is more than 30 years old. It has become unreliable, and replacement parts are difficult to find. The new generator will guarantee a reliable power source for the both the fire department and backup Fire Department and Emergency Medical Service dispatch center, which is housed in the station.
“The funding for this project will benefit the citizens of Trumbull and residents in the village of Nichols by providing the department with an uninterrupted power supply when storms and natural disasters occur affecting our residents,” said Chief Plofkin The department would like to thank Senator Musto, Governor Malloy and the other state officials who helped make this project possible.”
Founded in 1917, the Nichols Fire Department is one of three all-volunteer departments in the town of Trumbull, Connecticut. Operating out of two stations, the department provides primary fire and rescue services to the Nichols Fire District along with assistance to the Trumbull Center andLong Hill Fire Departments.