News briefs: Volunteer emergency response team, Library announces hours change

Volunteer emergency response team

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Community Emergency Response Team offers free disaster training beginningFeb. 24. Attendees are trained in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, disaster psychology, disaster medical operations, as well as shelter operations.

The state Division of Emergency Management, Homeland Security, and FEMA developed the training, and upon completion, participants are eligible and invited to join the Fairfield CERT Team.

The training sessions begin Feb. 24, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and run for five consecutive Saturdays, ending March 24, at the Fairfield Regional Fire School classroom, 205 Richard White Way. Attendance at all classes is required.

The training is free and open to those 18 and older. Register at For information, contact Norma Peterson at, or call the Fairfield Fire Department at 203-254-4720.

Library announces

hours change

FAIRFIELD — Beginning Saturday, Feb. 3, hours of operation will be added back to the Fairfield Public Library, at both the Main Library and the Fairfield Woods Branch Library. The Fairfield Public Library board of library trustees unanimously approved the decision at its meeting on Jan. 22.

Effective Feb. 3, the new hours are as follows:

Main Library

Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.

Branch Library

Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.

The day the newly expanded hours go into effect, Feb. 3, coincides with the seventh annual Take Your Child to the Library Day. Families are invited to the Children’s Room at the Main Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a musical performance by Mr. Joe, crafts, a scavenger hunt and more. Registration is required for the Mr. Joe performance.