City of Meriden Fire Department 561 Broad St, Meriden, CT06450 The City of Meriden Fire Department started out with a horse-drawn truck back in 1851 and has grown to a five-engine,…More one-truck fleet today. Run by Waterbury native Chief Jim Trainor, the department responds to fire and medical emergencies in the city. Its firefighters are active in the community, partnering with local and state organizations to provide fire prevention equipment and education to residents as well as participating in events like the Daffodil Festival, holiday bell ringing and clean-up days. The entity is also politically active, having supported two bills that successfully went through the state legislature since 2007: one that allows fire departments to give smoke alarms to residents without liability and another that forces manufacturers to sell only fire-safe cigarettes in Connecticut. The Fire Department has five stations spread throughout the city: Engine 1 at 168 Capitol Avenue; Engine 2 and Truck 1 at 61 Pratt Street; Engine 3 at 561 Broad Street; Engine Company 4 at 260 Sherman Avenue; and Engine Company 5 at 1075 East Main Street.
Children First Initiative 105 Miller St, Meriden, CT06450 Children First is a Meriden nonprofit serving local children and families through a variety of free educational programs…More and political advocacy services. For parents, it provides a leadership training institute that teaches democracy skills meant to empower them within the educational system and local government. Graduates include City Councilor Hilda Santiago and State Representative Cathy Abercrombie. Senior Buddy Readers matches retirees with first- and second-graders who need to hone their reading skills. The organization also runs the Meriden Family Zone, established in January 2010. Modeled after New York's Harlem Children's Zone, the project focuses on improving the lives of a group of at-risk families in a small geographic area through coordinated early childhood education, health care and access, parental education and community-building -- putting "cradle to career paths in place" for local children.