On one of his annual trips back east ten years ago, Chan Brainard took some action photos of a three-alarm fire at 106 Helen Street. 19 full-size photos are displayed below. This was one of the last responses to a working fire by the 1965 Mack 750. "The Mack" was placed in service 35 years earlier on August 18, 1965. It was Engine 7 at the time of these photos.
Staff car in the foreground may be Car 4 (Training Officer), a 1988 GMC Jimmy with a storied past.
Haz-Mat unit on the left is the former Rescue 1, on a 1988 GMC chassis.
Engine 8 - 1978 Pierce 250 GPM Mini-Pumper
Engine 7 arriving on third alarm
Engine 7 - 1965 Mack 750 GPM pumper - at 35 years, it was the longest serving first line piece in the history of the Hamden Fire Department
Engine 5 was one of two 1984 Pierce Dash 1000 GPM pumpers delivered in December 1984.