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Fairfield Delegation Praises State Funding For Sewer, Fire School Upgrades

State Reps. Laura Devlin, far left, Cristin McCarthy Vahey, fourth from left, and Brenda Kupchick, far right, recently expressed their support for state funding for sewer improvements and equipment for the Regional Fire School in Fairfield.
State Reps. Laura Devlin, far left, Cristin McCarthy Vahey, fourth from left, and Brenda Kupchick, far right, recently expressed their support for state funding for sewer improvements and equipment for the Regional Fire School in Fairfield. Photo Credit: Contributed photo

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Fairfield’s contingent of State Reps. Cristin McCarthy Vahey, D-133, Laura Devlin, R-134, and Brenda Kupchick, R-132, joined together Sept. 30 to laud the state Bond Commission’s approval of funding to upgrade sewer lines in Fairfield near the Metro Center and finance equipment for the renovation and improvement project at the Fairfield Regional Fire School.

The approved bonding includes $750,000 for the replacement of 3,000 feet of sewer lines to support future development in the eastern part of Fairfield, including in the vicinity of the new Fairfield Metro Center rail station.

The project will facilitate future real estate development near the Metro Center site.

“As a former member of the Water Pollution Control Authority, I have been a strong advocate for the replacement of the sewer lines,” McCarthy Vahey said. “Increasing the capacity of the sewer system will allow Fairfield to sustain greater economic development in the area of the Fairfield Metro Center and grow our tax base.”

The Bond Commission also approved $500,000 in funding for equipment for the fire school renovation project.

The effort previously received nearly $12 million in state assistance.

“I have witnessed firsthand the dangerous job our Fairfield firefighters undertake, and it is our job as legislators to make sure they receive the proper training,” said Kupchick. “Today’s grant for the Fairfield Regional Fire School provides firefighters with a safe and modern facility to learn the skills we rely on them to deliver to protect our community.”

The project consists of construction of a 9,424-square-foot classroom building, a 5,600-square-foot support building, a 3,200-square-foot class A burn building and demolition of the previous facility.

“The Fairfield Regional Fire School is essential to maintaining the public safety of every resident in the county,” said Devlin.

“Upgrading the sewer lines is a critical step forward in our vision for long-term economic development in Fairfield,” First Selectman Mike Tetreau said. “The new fire school facility will ensure that our first responders are receiving the high-quality training they need, and I’m glad to see a continued investment in the project.”

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