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Office of the Fire Marshal

501 Main Street South
(3rd Floor)

Southbury, CT 06488
Maps and Directions
P:(203) 262-0620
F:(203) 264-3719
Monday - Thursday:
8:00am - 4:30pm
Fri: 8:00am - 1:00pm

Department Members

Derrek Guertin - Fire Marshal & Fire Investigator

Derrek Guertin - Deputy Fire Marshal

Derrek Guertin lives in Southbury. He went to school in Newtown. He has been a volunteer with Southbury Fire Department for 10 years.

Derrek is certified in the following:

  • Firefighter 2
  • EMT
  • Fire Officer 2
  • Fire service Instructor
  • NFPA 472 HazMAt Tech
  • Certified Fire Marshal

Timothy Baldwin - Deputy Fire Marshal & Local Burning Official

Timothy Baldwin - Deputy Fire Marshal

Timothy Baldwin, Fire Marshal and Open burning official for the town of Southbury was born and raised in Southbury Connecticut.

His service in fire safety started in 1983 as a 3rd generation volunteer firefighter for the Southbury Volunteer Firemen’s Association and later became a member of the Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department. During his tenure at the Southbury Volunteer Firemen’s Association he rose through the ranks from Lieutenant to Fire Chief, leading the department from 1990 to 1992 and then again served as an officer first as the Assistant Fire Chief from 2001 to 2003 and then as Chief of the department from 2003 to 2006. As a member of the Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department he still serves as a Deputy Fire Marshal to this day.

In 1996 he was hired by the State of Connecticut as a firefighter at the Southbury Training School Fire Dept. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2005 and was appointed as Fire Chief of this Department in 2006. As Fire Chief at Southbury Training School he is responsible for all emergency service delivery to include fire, EMS, rescue and hazardous materials response and also oversees an aggressive fire prevention program. In addition he assists statewide with fire code and fire prevention issues as well as some emergency management functions within the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services. In addition to these duties he is also involved in the Connecticut West Incident Management Team.

As an EMS provider, DFM Baldwin also works with a local commercial ambulance service facilitating their OSHA compliance and injury reduction programs.

DFM Baldwin started at the Southbury Fire Marshal’s office after completing the Ct Department of Public Safety Fire Marshal program in 2001. His original fire code compliance duties centered on hazardous materials code enforcement. Since then he has worked on fire investigation and inspections and plan reviews on all occupancy types.

DFM Baldwin professional affiliations include the Connecticut Fire Marshals Association, the International Association of Arson Investigators, the Connecticut Career Fire Chiefs Association and the New Haven County Fire Plan. Married to his wife Linda they reside in Southbury with their children Sean, Nicholas, Kacie and Andrew and their family pet bloodhound Holly.

Russell E Tolles - Deputy Fire Marshal & Local Burning Official

Russell E Tolles - Deputy Fire Marshal

Deputy Fire Marshal Russell Tolles joined the Southbury Volunteer Firemen’s Association Junior Corps. in the Spring of 1994. He served as Secretary and Captain until the summer of his 18th birthday.

Afterwards, he joined as an apprentice of the Southbury Volunteer Firemen’s Association (SVFA). During his time as an apprentice, and eventual member of the SVFA, Russell attended the University of New Haven’s Fire Science program. While at UNH, he received his B.S. in Fire Science Administration, his Fire & Occupational Safety, and certificates in Fire/Arson Investigation, Industrial Fire Protection, Fire Prevention and Hazardous Materials. Russell was also a member of Lambda Alpha Epsilon (Criminal Justice Society), and served as Hall Council Treasurer.

As a member of the Southbury Volunteer Fireman’s Association, Russell attends numerous training courses. He is certified in the following:

  • Connecticut Firefighter I & II
  • National Firefighter I & II
  • Internationally Accredited Firefighter II
  • Elevator Emergencies
  • CPR/First Responder
  • Among others

Most recently Russell finished a tour in the United States Coast Guard (USCG). During his time in the USCG, he was involved in the testing of new standards. Such standards include the replacement of the original Halon 1301 systems, C4/TNT Detection devices (the machines that scan luggage at airports) and shatterproof glass for cargo and cruise ship engine compartments. Russell also participated in Terrorist Training in San Francisco. This training was to interconnect all sectors of Emergency Responders, including Fire, Police, EMS, SWAT, USCG, State Police, among others.

While testing the Halon 1301 replacement and Shatterproof glass testing, Russell served under Dave Bean. C4/TNT Detection, he served under Dr. Chin Wu Su. Terrorist Training, he served under Dr. Silver and Ensign John Dewey, USCG.

Russell was rated as a Storekeeper 3rd Class while in the USCG, and upon completion of his tour he promptly started training to be a State of Connecticut Fire Marshal. He completed all modules to be certified as a Fire Marshal November of 2006 and was hired as a Deputy Fire Marshal for the Town of Southbury March 2007. Russell is also certified by the State of Connecticut's Department of Environmental Protection as a Local Burning Official for the Town of Southbury. He is also a member of the International Association of Arson Investigators CT Chapter.

Daniel Tomascak - Deputy Fire Marshal & Local Burning Official

Fire Marshal Daniel Tomascak

Dan Tomascak grew up and lives in Southbury. He has been a volunteer with the Southbury Fire Department since 1995. Four of those years were in Junior Corp and seventeen as a Fire Officer. Dan has an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science from Keiser University.

Dan is certified in the following:

  • Fire Instructor 1
  • Firefighter 2
  • EMR
  • Associate Degree in Fire Science
  • EPA HazMat Tech
  • Certified Fire Marshal
  • Health and Safety Officer

Dan is the past Chief of the Southbury Volunteer Firemen’s Association. Dan's professional affiliations include the International Association of Arson Investigators.