Officers & Board2024-04-05T18:21:34+00:00

Meet our  Officers and Board members

Chief James Trzaski, President
Chief James Trzaski, PresidentSouth District in Middletown., Fire Chief
Chief Trzaski began his firefighting career in 1985 as a volunteer with Beacon Hose Co. No. 1. In 1991, he started as a career firefighter with the Naugatuck Fire Department, from which he retired as Captain in 2014. Trzaski, also a past officer and Captain at Beacon Hose during his earlier tenure, served as Chief from 2014 until he was hired as a firefighter by South Fire District in 2016, where he quickly rose through the ranks to Deputy Chief. He left the department in July of 2020 and rejoined Naugatuck Fire Department where he served as Deputy Chief until his return to South Fire District. He currently is the Fire Chief of the South District in Middletown.

In addition to his work as firefighter and officer, he is a former Director of Training for the Wolcott State Fire School, the Valley Regional Fire Training School fire and the Connecticut Fire Academy. As a CFA instructor Jim was a lead instructor for the recruit program for several years. Chief Trzaski has been inducted into the Connecticut State Firefighters Association Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020 and is a past receipt of the State of Connecticut Firefighter of the Year.

Chief Trzaski is a Fire service Instructor III, Officer III and an EMS-I. Jim has also attended the National Fire Academy and the Alabama Fire College.
Jim currently resides in Beacon Falls with his wife Kristen, also a firefighter / EMT. The Trzaski family have 5 children Justin, Caitlyn, Cassandra, James and Sarah.

Chief Bud Meyers,1st Vice President
Chief Bud Meyers,1st Vice PresidentTown of Coventry Fire & EMS, Fire Chief
Fire Chief Bud Meyers began his career in the fire service in 1977 as a volunteer in his hometown of Columbia, CT. After high school, he joined the United States Navy, receiving an honorable discharge in 1982. Several years later, Meyers accepted a job working for the town of Columbia as its Facilities Manager, allowing him to continue serving his hometown in this additional capacity while remaining an active volunteer of the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) before retiring in 2020.
In 2008, Bud relocated to Coventry and began serving the citizens of Coventry at the North Coventry Volunteer Fire Department (NCFD). In 2019, he moved up the ranks to Chief. Meyers served as Chief of the NCFD until the town wide department merger in 2020. On June 30, 2020, he was then sworn in as the first ever Fire Chief of the newly merged Town of Coventry Fire & EMS Department.
Recognized and known for his strong firefighter mentality and critical thinking, Chief Meyers brings a wide array of technical skills to his position including Incident Command, EMS, Special Operations, Technical Rescue, Fire Suppression, Haz-Mat, Health and Safety, Strategic Planning, Fire Training, and Fire and Explosives Investigations. Since 2005, Meyers has been actively involved in the Eastern Connecticut Fire School. He previously was a lead instructor for Firefighter 1 program and currently serves as lead instructor Firefighter 2 program.
Chief Meyers is a certified Fire Marshal, Fire Service Instructor II, Fire Officer III, and Building Official Emeritus. He currently resides in Coventry with the two loves of his life, his partner Kim, and their sweet Pitbull rescue, Babygirl. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, relaxing at home, and pursuing his ongoing passion for the fire service.
Chief John Roache, 2nd Vice President
Chief John Roache, 2nd Vice PresidentMansfield Fire and Emergency Services, Fire Chief
Chief John Roache has been selected as the Fire Chief for the Mansfield Fire and Emergency Services. Prior to this appointment in May 2024, he was the Fire Chief and Fire Marshal for the Town of Somers Fire Department. He took over that role when he was appointed as the town’s first full-time career chief in 2016. Chief Roache originally started with the Andover Fire Department in 1992. He made his way up through the ranks to Assistant Chief before transitioning over to becoming Andover’s part-time Fire Marshal from 2001 to 2019. In 2011, Roache also joined the Manchester Eighth District Fire Department. He again quickly rose through the ranks and served as the Deputy Chief and Safety Officer. Chief Roache has completed Fire Officer IV, Instructor III, and Fire Marshal and has attended programs at the National Fire Academy. Chief Roache is a PMP and has a Master’s in Information Systems. Before working full-time in the fire service, he specialized in public safety mapping and data management systems. This included working as a Senior System Engineer at the US Coast Guard Academy and as a director for Applied Geographics. He has worked on several GIS initiatives, such as USCG’s SAROPS, FirstNet, and the DHS HIFLD program. In addition, he worked for CT Fire Apparatus and E-One, helping with CAD designs for new apparatus. Chief Roache has served as the Commander of the Tolland County Dive Team. Chief Roache also currently works per diem as a paramedic with Windsor Ambulance and as an instructor for the Eastern CT Fire School. He resides in Andover with his wife, Deb, and has two adult children, Jack and Jessica.

Executive Officers

Michael Howley              Secretary / Treasurer – Director of Fire Services – Waterford

Gerald Buzzy Schaffer  Assistant Secretary / Treasurer – Mansfield Fire Department

Sergeant of Arms           TBA

Past Presidents

Michael Howley – Director of Fire Services Waterford  2023

Mark Worsman – New Hartford Volunteer Fire Department  2022

Robert F. Duval – Atwood Hose Fire Company  2021

Bruce A. Dixon  – Bolton Fire Department   2020

Nick Wallick III – Hebron Fire Department  2019

Kevin Cooney – South Windsor Fire Department  2017 – 2018

Michael Thurz – Glastonbury Fire Department  2016

Marc Scrivener – Willimantic Fire Department   2015

Robert Shea – Portland Fire Department 2014

John Mancini – UCONN 2013

Paul Litrico – Manchester Fire Department 8th District 2012

Kenneth Richards – Old Mystic 2011

Charles Flynn – Wethersfield Fire Department 2010

Jack Casner – Cheshire Fire Department 2009

James DiPace – Avon Fire Department 2008

Richard McDonough – Southington Fire Department 2007

Fred Dudek Jr. – Killingworth Fire Department 2006

Peter Struble – Wallingford Fire Department 2005

Michael Varney – Ellington Fire Department 2004

Thomas Webber – Manchester Fire Rescue 2003

John Brady – Madison Fire Department 2002

Edward Richards – Enfield Fire Department 2001

Timothy Wall – North Farms Fire Department 2000

Thomas Bellmore – Suffield Fire Department 1999

William Lewis – Windsor Fire Department 1998

John Obier – North Haven Fire Department 1997

Thomas Brennan – Waterbury Fire Department 1996

John McAuliffe – Wethersfield Fire Department 1995

David Dagon – East Hartford Fire Department 1994

David Jorsey – East Berlin Fire Department 1993

George Dunn – Middletown Fire Department 1992

John Senn – Essex Fire Department 1991

John Walsh – Willimantic Fire Department 1990

Fred Moore – Weston Fire Department 1989

John Casper – Naugatuck Fire Department 1988

Howard Swanson – Plainville Fire Department 1987

Avery Lamphier – Watertown Fire Department 1986

Charles Stankye Jr. – Derby Fire Department 1985

Fred Philopena – New London Fire Department 1984

Philip Crombie – Soputh Windsor Fire Department 1983

John Rivosa – Manchester Fire Rescue 1982

John Shanaghan – East Haddam Fire Department 1981

William Healey – Milford Fire Department 1980

Charles Freimuth Je. – Terryville 1979

Robert Redican – Meriden 1978

Charles Scheer – South Kensington 1977

David Norton – Portland 1976

William Johnson – Vernon 1975

Arthur Toth – Southington 1974

William Dush – Newington 1973

John Rossadini – North Haven 1972

Edward Curtin – Hartford 1971

Edward F. Haber – Berlin 1969

Thomas Hayes – East Haven 1968

John Zvonkowic – Branford 1967

Thomas Lee – Hartford 1966

Joseph Stopa – Fairfield 1965

Raymond Potter Jr. – Suffield 1964

Leo Rivard – Willimantic 1963

Richard Coley –  Milford 1962

Allen Bowkett – Thomaston 1961

Thurston Howard – Waterford 1960

James Grote – Chester 1959

Raymond Spencer – Hamden 1958

Howard Reynolds – Eagleville 1956

Warren Hall – Cheshire 1956

Thomas Doney – West Hartford 1955

Francis Scully – Waterbury 1954

William Johnson – West Haven 1953

William Shaw – New Britain 1952

J. Franklin Dunn – Middletown 1951

Thomas Shipman – New London 1950

Henry Thomas – Hartford 1949

Paul Heinz – New Haven 1948

Thomas Furey – Thomaston 1947

George Graham – Bristol 1946

Allen Judson – Stratford 1945

John H. Griffin – Norfolk 1944

R. W. Anderson – Thomaston 1943

John Moroney – Meriden 1942

John Pachl – Annex New Haven 1941

Michael T. Kenna – Hartford 1940

George B. Milne – Rockville 1939

Michael W. Lawton – Middletown 1938

Henry Taft – Norwich 1935 – 1937

John C. Moran – Hartford 1935

Lawrence Reif – New Haven 1934

Rufus R. Fancher – New Haven 1914 – 1933

Albert Hendrick – New Haven 1902 – 1912

Regional Representatives

Carl Dojan               Tolland County

William Skene           Windham County

Michael Thurz          Hartford County

Fred Dudek, Jr.         Middlesex County

Ron Stolz                    New London County

Tim Wall                     New Haven County

Ryan Crichton            Litchfield County

OPEN AT THIS TIME  – Fairfield County –  contact the President if you are interested in this position.