Dick Sylvia was a former chief of Noroton Fire Department, former editor of Fire Engineering Magazine, author and instructor. He also served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II from 1942 through 1945.
In 1958 he became a member of the Connecticut Fire Department Instructors Association, serving as its president in 1962 and 1963 and continuing with the organization, first active and then as a life member, until his death. He was also twice a recipient of their Harry Kelly Award in 1985 and 1988. He was appointed to the State of Connecticut Commission on Fire Prevention and Control by Governor Ella Grasso in 1975 and was re-appointed by her in 1978 and in 1981 by Governor William O’Neill. He also served in the capacity of vice chairman of that organization from 1982 to 1984. Among his other fire service activities were honors from the Fairfield County Fire Chiefs Emergency Plan and the Connecticut State Fireman’s Association and memberships in the Connecticut Parade Marshals Association, The NFPA, ISFSI and the IAFC.
He was well known for his series on residential fires-and authored several fire service books on the subject. His work mattered!! Chief Dick Sylvia made a positive mark in this business that carries on today!!!
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