August 18 - A brand new full-size Class A pumper was placed in service yesterday afternoon at Mt. Carmel's Station 5. The new Smeal 1,500 g.p.m. pumper, technically a "Quint," also carries 1,000 feet of 5" supply line, a 485-gallon tank, an array of ground ladders, and is equipped with a 75-foot rear-mount aerial ladder.
As Engine 5, the new quint will respond as a regular pumping engine when it is first and second due. When third due on box assignments for working fires, when its crew is an RIT, Engine 5 may also operate as a truck company.
The new Smeal quint replaces the department's spare pumper, Engine 1, which had served as Engine 5 since the 2005 Ferrara was sold recently.
The 75-foot aerial ladder on the Smeal "Quint"
This handy roll-out tray carries 1,000' of 5"
On hand at Station 5 for yesterday's inauguration of the new Engine 5 were, from left to right, Commissioners Eric Curtis, Richard Reilly, Henry Candido, and James O'Brien, Chief David Berardesca, Firefighter Jaime Bonet, Capt. Greg Bannon, Firefighter Zach Criscuolo, Dep. Chief Gary Merwede, and Lieut. Charles Lubowicki, department training officer.
Firefighter Zachary Criscuolo assists as Firefighter Jaime Bonet backs the new rig into the Raymond K. Spencer Memorial Annex at Mount Carmel's Station 5. It's tight, but it fits.
The annex to Station 5 was built onto the 1925 station by the Mt. Carmel Volunteer Fire Company in 1975, and currently is the newest "new construction" for Hamden's career fire apparatus. Hamden's newest free standing fire station is the "Ridge Road Fire Station" No. 3 at 441 Hartford Tpke, dedicated November 1, 1970.
One hour and one minute after being placed in service, the new Engine 5 responded on its first run, a natural gas emergency, at 1601 hours. Check out the video of the response by clicking on the icon below. (The video, courtesy of the Fire Chief's Office, may appear sideways on some internet service providers).
Until now, apparatus assigned to Mt. Carmel were typically hand-me-downs that were assigned to other fire stations when new. But this new Smeal 1,500 g.p.m. pumper is the first new full-size pumper to be assigned to Station 5 since a new Maxim 600 g.p.m. pumper was delivered to Mt. Carmel on January 6, 1930. (A new Ford/Pierce "fast attack" mini-pumper was assigned to Station 5 in 1978, but it was not a Class A pumper.)
Friday, August 4 - During the height of yesterday's heat and humidity, Hamden's Engine 3 with Cars 1, 2, 3 and 4 responded on a call by the North Haven Fire Department for mutual aid, as they fought a nasty fire that heavily damaged the home of an on-duty North Haven firefighter at 68 Maple Avenue.
Engine 3 and Car 4 acted as a four-man company on the 3rd floor, encountering heavy fire behind knee walls and in attic spaces.
After Engine 3's second rehab, Engine 5 was called to the scene and Engine 3 was released back to Hamden.
Hamden Volunteer Cos. 7 and 8 were called to man their stations while a company was out of town, although no responses occurred during the stand-by. Hamden CERT was called to the scene to assist with rehab.
According to published news reports, four firefighters at this call were overcome by smoke inhalation and a fifth was hospitalized for evaluation. There is no word on the firefighter's condition.
Hamden's Community Emergency Reponse Team (CERT) also responded to assist with on-scene rehab, which was a godsend for the firefighters in the extreme heat and humidity. The website thanks Hamden CERT for these photos.
Thursday, July 27 - At 11:48 this morning, Hamden Central Communications received a call from the resident of 4400 Whitney Avenue, who reported that his home was on fire. The lone male occupant was able to self-rescue and escaped with burns and smoke inhalation.
Engine 5 arrived on scene first, at 11:54. The homeowner was found curbside, reporting a working fire at the address. Fire suppression operations were initiated by the engine company and Rescue 1 personnel tended to the patient, who was subsequently transported to Yale New Haven Hospital for further treatment and evaluation.
The crew of Engine 5 encountered a heavy volume of fire at the front doorway leading to the living room. While most of the fire was contained to the living room, heat and smoke damage were evident throughout the first floor.
Additional fire companies checked for fire extension and began ventilation and salvage operations. Battalion Chief Richard Otlowski declared the fire under control at 12:22.
During firefighting operations, the Hamden Police Department closed Whitney Avenue and held trucks and busses. Regular passenger automobiles were rerouted through narrow residential streets around the emergency scene.
Fire Marshal Brian Dolan has determined the origin of the fire to be a recently installed propane supplied fireplace insert. The exact cause of the fire within the appliance or adjacent connections remains under investigation at this time.
The photo shows the entry way to the home just after the initial fire attack.
The info in this article and the fire photograph were provided by the Fire Chief's Office.
A Hamden Professional Firefighters team has been created for a cycling event called
"CLOSER TO FREE"
The ride is on September 9, 2017. Registration ends on September 5th.
We are looking for any members who would like to participate.
Starting and ending at the historic Yale Bowl, the CTF Ride features four professionally-designed and fully-supported routes: 10 miles, 25 miles, 62.5 miles and the iconic CTF Century at 100 miles.
You'll ride alongside cancer survivors and those riding in honor of those they’ve lost. Every dollar raised supports patient care and research at Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center. To register as a participant with team Hamden Professional Firefighters, or to make a donation to the team, please click the link below:
The 2017 Summer meeting of the Hamden Fire Retirees Association attracted about two dozen members. Mr. Todd Levine, an architectural historian with the State of Connecticut and Chairman of Hamden's Historic Properties Commission fielded questions from members regarding the Association's desire to obtain use of the 1909 red schoolhouse in West Woods for a fire museum.
Following the meeting, member Brian Forsyth and his kitchen staff at the Elks provided a variety of great food for the members. Meeting minutes will be posted on the Member's Only page as soon as they have been typed. A link will be provided here, as well as more photos.
21 of the members who attended the HFRA's Summer Meeting at the Elks. CLICK to enlarge
Standing (L-R): Rev. Owen Sanderson, Jack Mordecai, Bob Macauley, Austin Williams, Bob Viglione, Ray Dobbs, Kerry Castracane, Don LaBanca, Paul Frodel, Jim Leddy, Bob Surprise, Harold Mangler, Bill Fitzmaurice, Dennis Baker, and Dave Johnson.
Seated (L-R): Doug Yocher, Tom Doherty, Chick Manware, Bob Mordecai, Gil Spencer, and Mark Barletta. (Todd Levine photo.)
The Hamden Fire Department has taken delivery of its latest piece of apparatus, a 2016 Smeal quintuple combination pumper, or "quint." The apparatus will serve as a dual purpose engine (pumper) and a 75 ft. ladder truck.
The nickname "Quint" (derived from quintuple) refers to a vehicle with five functions that provides a pump, 500 gallon water tank, fire hose, aerial device, and ground ladders capabilities. Once personnel have been trained on this new apparatus, it will be assigned to Station 5 as Engine 5. This expected to happen sometime in early August. We will have plenty of photos.
Website thanks to the Fire Chief's Office for providing this article and photograph.
Arcadia Press has announced that the publication of Hamden Firefighting is set for Monday, November 20th. The 128-page pictorial history, in Arcadia's popular Image of America series, chronicles the story of the Hamden Fire Department from the formation of the town's first organized fire company in 1896 to the present day.
Well over 200 photographs of individual fire companies, vintage fire apparatus, major fires and other emergencies, as well as group photographs of firefighters from virtually every generation of the department's career and volunteer personnel, help to tell the colorful 120-year story of the HFD.
Hamden Firefighting will be sold at all major bookstores and on Amazon. It also will be available through the Hamden Fire Retirees Association and the Hamden Historical Society, which will share equally in all royalties from the book.