The Dayville Fire Company is a combination fire company that protects the village of Dayville from medical, fire, hazardous material and environmental emergencies. The Dayville Fire Company was established in 1937 to protect the ever-growing village of Dayville but the roots of fire protection in Dayville can be traced back to the mid to late 1800s when the fire protection for the local mills would also respond to fires in the village.
The Dayville Fire Company covers an area that is about 9 square miles in size and is one of the most diverse and busiest fire districts not only in the Town of Killingly but also in all of Windham County. Dayville is the center of the Town of Killingly and covers the main intersection Rt. 12 and Rt. 101, which is the location of many commercial buildings and shopping plazas. We also cover the Towns Industrial park that houses several large warehouses, distribution centers, and manufacturing facilities. Some of these include the fifth largest Frito Lay plant in North America, which are also the town’s largest employer and a three-turbine natural gas power plant. We also protect Quinebaug Valley Community College, the Killingly elementary and middle schools, an alternative high school, and several other preschools and daycares. Along with all that we cover about 6 miles of Interstate 395, have multiple large elderly housing complexes and a large residential base.
Since our beginning back in 1937 the Dayville Fire Company has been a 100% volunteer force that has lead the way in modern technology in the Fire Service. For instance Dayville was among the first departments to have a hose tender with large diameter hose, which would respond to fires all over eastern Connecticut, southern Massachusetts, and Western Rhode Island. We were also among the first departments to carry the Jaws of Life and to this day still provide vehicle extrication for many surrounding communities. And recently we were able to build a live fire-training center, which is the only one of its kind within 30 miles of Killingly.
Most recently in 2015 the Dayville Fire Company has hired two full-time Firefighter/EMT’s that will supplement the volunteer members during the daytime hours. In recent years the number of emergencies during the day have jump dramatically and the numbers of volunteers has fallen. These firefighters were hired to better protect the citizens and visitors of Dayville.