Welcome to the City of Meriden Department of Fire and Emergency Services. Established in 1851, the Meriden Fire Department has a rich and deep history of providing quality service to the community. The Meriden Fire Department has 103 dedicated members, 100 of whom are sworn fire personnel. They are divided into four divisions; Administration, Operations, Fire Marshal’s Office, and Training. The operations division is overseen by the Deputy Chief, and is divided into four “groups”. There are 23 personnel assigned to each group with a minimum of 22 personnel on duty each day. Each group is supervised by an Assistant Chief/Shift Commander.

We are a full service department that is committed to providing the best possible service to our citizens and visitors. Our focus is to ensure that the Meriden Fire Department continues to add value to Meriden’s standard of living.

Kenneth E. Morgan, Ph.D, EFO, CFO
Fire Chief

Cristina Schoeck
Deputy Fire Chief

John Galdenzi
Deputy Fire Chief

Headquarters: 561 Broad St., Meriden

Our Mission Statement

It is the mission of the City of Meriden Department of Fire and Emergency Services to deliver the best fire and emergency protective services to benefit the quality of life for the citizens and visitor of our community.

Our core values demonstrate the commitment to our community and our members.


It will be the mission that the City of Meriden Department of Fire and Emergency Services provide a team-based approach to deliver effective and efficient services to the community in the following programs:

  • Fire Prevention
  • Public Fire Education
  • Fire Suppression
  • Hazardous Material Incident Mitigation
  • Technical Rescue
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Community Involvement

The delivery of these programs will be effected with professionalism, integrity, compassion and optimism often under adverse and difficult circumstances.

Mission First - People Always

Home fires occur more during Winter than any other season. The Meriden Fire  Department offers the following  friendly reminders and tips: