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    Mailing address:                         Location of Administrative Offices:
    21 Tolland Green                     Fire Training Center
    Tolland, CT 06084                   191 Merrow Road (Route 195), Tolland, CT

    Phone: (860) 871-3677           Fax: (860) 871-4430

    * In case of emergency, dial 911 to report fire, police, medical
    or any other emergencies. *

    * Please use the telephone numbers listed on this website
    for non-emergency purposes. *

    Click here to register today for “Tolland Alert”

    Click the link below to “Get Ready”

    This site is full of information that can be useful in planning for your family’s safety!

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    Click here to access the Message from the Fire Chief, Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management Director
    John C. Littell

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    Click on the link below to view an interesting You Tube video about proper battery disposal.


    News Releases:

    March 24, 2015

    On Wednesday morning, March 25, 2015 the Ridzon family and the Town of Tolland will honor the life of Public Works Employee David Ridzon. David died tragically last Thursday while repairing a roadway during the performance of his job. David’s funeral will be held at the United Congregational Church on Tolland Green at 10:00am. Several hundred mourners are expected to attend the funeral including staff and equipment from other Public Works Departments throughout the Northeast Region.

    Anticipate heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic on Tolland Green throughout the morning. Please expect travel delays from approximately 8:00am until 1:00pm. If you plan on attending the funeral, please select an alternate parking lot. Bus transportation will be provided from the alternate locations. Please see lot maps below. Thank you.

    Parking Maps

    lot a &b

    lot c & d


    February 23, 2015

    The Tolland Animal Control Department would like to notify residents that a survey for unlicensed dogs will be conducted.   Pursuant to the Regulations of State Agencies Section 22-349-1, Animal Control Officers will be contacting residents at random beginning next month.  This activity will begin on or about March 15, 2015 and conclude by May 1, 2015.

    Reminder to dog owners: Dogs age six months and older are required to be licensed.  Licenses are available in the Town Clerk’s Office located in Town Hall during regular business hours.  Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Thursday 8:00 AM to 7:30 PM, Friday closed. Proof of current rabies vaccination is required.  All dog licenses purchased from June 1, 2014 to present are considered current and owners may renew their licenses beginning in June 2015.  If you no longer own or the dog is deceased, please contact 860-871-3676 to update our licensing database or send an email to including the owner’s name, address and the dog’s name. Be sure to include why the dog isn’t licensed.

    IMPORTANT: Please take note that by failing to license your dog(s) with the town each year, you are also in violation of Connecticut State Statute §22-338.  This violation carries an additional penalty of $75.00 for each unlicensed dog owned or kept by you, should an infraction ticket is issued.  Animal Control Officers are required to issue infraction tickets to those in violation of the State statute. If you have any questions regarding licensing, please contact our office at 860-871-3676.


    February 4, 2015

    Town of Tolland Requests Neighborly Assistance

    As you know we have built up a good amount of snow due to the last few snowstorms.  With more snow predicted in the coming days we would like to request your assistance keeping fire hydrants clear of snow.

    With that in mind the Town is requesting if residents could come together with Tolland’s strong spirit of community, we can ease the burden for ourselves and our neighbors and get through the next several weeks of winter together.

    Over the next few days we will be out trying to open up buried fire hydrants.  We will try and push snow away from them and clear what we can and will attempt to do as many as we can before next storm.  If the Town or Fire Department clears the area around a hydrant and you notice it begins to get buried again, we ask if you could help us and clear it.  Any assistance you could provide the Town or your neighbors who aren’t able in keeping the hydrants clear would be extremely helpful to all of us. We have already reached out to other resources to try and get some more manpower out here to assist us with this task but are uncertain if we can get this help.

    Another item to think about, please check that your mailbox or house number is visible from the street.  If it is obstructed think about creating a temporary house number sign to stick in a snowbank or area near mailboxes so we find you in case of an emergency. Be careful not to impede motorist’s sight-line with your sign.

    Other important tips; try to keep two exits/entrances to your home open and free of snow/ice, so we are able to get to you quickly if there is an emergency.  Keep a path clear to your oil or gas connection so your fuel service provider can make a safe delivery. Don’t forget to continuously check to be sure that direct vents from your heating equipment or furnace are clear of drifting snow.

    Anyone that has a flat-style roof may want to think about clearing some of the snow now before more arrives. Some flatter roofs have had the snow fall, drift and accumulate pretty high which may block plumbing vent stacks on your roof.  These drain vents should be kept clear.  If these vents are covered, you could get a sewer-type of smell in your home.

    We have been fortunate that the last storms were relative a lightweight-fluffy type of snow.  Should the next storm bring a heavy, wet snow it’ll be more difficult to remove it off your roof, to clear that path or clean the vent area once it’s on top of the current snow load; so get ahead while you can.

    In closing we would like to remind everyone to please check on your neighbors and offer them a helping hand if you are able.  We thank everyone for their patience and assistance as we move towards Spring!

    October 22, 2014


    Residents Can Visit for Useful Facts

     (HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the State of Connecticut has launched a website to keep residents informed regarding the Ebola virus.  There will also be a hyperlink to on the homepages of all state agencies.

    “Many residents have questions and concerns.  For that reason, we felt it was important to create a localized site where information will be updated on an ongoing basis,” said Governor Malloy.  “While there are no cases of Ebola in Connecticut, we are taking safety measures to prevent the spread of this virus should someone in our state become sick with Ebola. Our health officials and Unified Command Team have been meeting to prepare for a potential case here in Connecticut.”

    “While a widespread outbreak of Ebola in our country remains unlikely, we still want residents to have information they need to understand how Connecticut is preparing,” said Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jewel Mullen.  “This site provides people with access to timely and accurate information about Ebola and the work the state and its partners are doing to protect Connecticut.”

    The site provides risk information about Ebola virus infection, a map of the West African countries affected by Ebola, and information about actions the state of Connecticut is taking to prevent the spread of the virus should someone in Connecticut become sick with Ebola. The site provides links to additional resources and information from the CDC and other partners.

    The site also includes resources for health care providers, including new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the use of personal protective equipment by health care personnel.

    Over the past several weeks, Governor Malloy has taken several preventive measures to help prevent the spread of Ebola in Connecticut.

    The Governor signed an executive order to grant authority to Public Health Commissioner Jewel Mullen to quarantine an individual or group of individuals who have or may have been exposed to the disease.


    • Department of Public Health is ensuring hospital and health system readiness to detect, protect and treat patients infected with Ebola.


    • Governor Malloy convened a Unified y management efforts and to provide clear communication to the public.


    • Most recently, the UCT is in the process of conducting a review of municipal and state agency inventories of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).


    The United Way’s 211 is also a resource equipped to handle inquiries concerning Ebola on its website at, or by calling 2-1-1.

    October 21, 2014

    Connecticut Officials Warn of Ebola Scams

    Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein are encouraging Connecticut residents to be on alert for any potential scams tied to the Ebola outbreak.

    Please click on the link for additional information.

    October 20, 2014

    Ebola Information

    The Eastern Highlands Health District (EHHD) is continuing to field many inquiries from local communities regarding Ebola. In an effort to get consistent Ebola information out to local communities they have suggested visiting the following web-sites for the most current up-to-date information.

    CDC –

    CT DPH –

    EHHD –



    April 24, 2014

    Red Flag Warnings Issued for All of Connecticut PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…




    Residents should use extreme caution when disposing of cigarettes, etc. Residents are further advised that no outdoor fires of any kind are permissible during this high danger weather.

    Click the link below for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Daily Forest Fire Report:

    Remember…Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires.

    April 9, 2014

    Tolland Emergency Management is pleased to announce the formation of a Community Emergency Response Team or C.E.R.T.

    C.E.R.T. members will learn valuable skills such as:

    • How to recognize hazards that are most likely to affect your home, workplace, and neighborhood.
    • Steps you can take to prepare for a disaster.
    • Identifying and reducing potential fire hazards in your home.
    • What to do when disaster strikes.

    C.E.R.T. members also learn how to:

    • Assist Emergency Management and First Responders in meeting the needs of the community during disaster.
    • Be part of a team serving the community.

    To find out more information about this exciting opportunity

    plan to attend one of the two informational sessions hosted by Emergency Management Director John C. Littell or

    e-mail to sign up for the classes.

    Informational Sessions will be held

    Wed. April 16th at 7:30pm OR Sat. April 19th at 10:00am

    At the Fire Department Training Center, 191 Merrow Road

    For FAQ visit:

    For additional C.E.R.T. training:

    Class schedule:

    6-Wednesdays 7pm to 9pm on April 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21 & 28

    2-Saturdays 8am to 12pm on April 26 & May 3

    1-Graduation on June 4, at 7pm

    Classes will be held at the Fire Dept. Training Center and begin promptly at 7pm


    April 9, 2014

    Tolland Animal Control to Host a Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic

    Tolland Public Safety is pleased to announce that Tolland Animal Control in conjunction with Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) will be sponsoring a Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Saturday, May 10th 2014.

    The clinic will be held on May 10, 2014 at the Tolland Fire Department’s Training Center Located at 191 Merrow Road (Route 195), Tolland, Connecticut from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon. The cost is $20.00 (cash only) per animal.  Pet owners with a valid CT state assistance card may have one pet vaccinated at no cost. This rabies vaccination clinic is open to residents of all Connecticut towns.

    Please make certain to bring your previous/current rabies certificate(s) with you for each of the animals you wish to vaccinate.  Proof of current rabies vaccination is required for a three-year vaccine. Without proof of a previous vaccination, your animal is only allowed to receive a one-year vaccination, no exceptions.

    For the safety of all, dogs MUST be leashed and under the control of their owner.  Cats MUST be in a carrier and we also suggest a harness/leash to avoid any chance of escape. Owners are responsible for the actions of their own animals while at the clinic.

    If you have any questions or require special accommodations, please call Tolland Animal Control at 860-871-3676.

    January 4, 2014

    Wintertime Informational Links

    The Public Safety department would like to share the following links to assist residents during this extreme weather. Please be aware for example, that ponds, rivers, lakes and streams can be unstable and unsafe. Pipes in your home may freeze and burst. Knowing the signs and symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite can prevent harm to you, your children and your pets. Also, remember to frequently check your furnace’s outdoor vent. Snow drifts can block your vent and cause carbon monoxide to be released into your home. These vents, located on the outside of your home are often forgotten, but should be regularly cleared of snow, ice and debris during the entire heating season.

    Pond, Lake, Stream and River Ice Conditions. With the drastic fluctuations of temperatures recently, knowing the conditions of pond and river ice is paramount.

    Thawing Frozen Pipes & Preventing Water Damage

    After a Frozen Pipe Bursts

    Recognize and Treat Hypothermia Also

    Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

    Pets and Extreme Cold

      Remember to dial 9 1 1  in an emergency.




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