Tuesday, January 11th - Starting at 11 AM at the Hamden Elks Lodge, 175 School Street
Brief meeting right after the lodge opens at 11 AM Dinner at Noon.
Three-Alarm Chili with homemade French Fries - $6.00 No reservation necessary
MEETING AGENDA Committee Reports Vote to adopt By-laws Vote on affiliation with the UPFFA Alumni Alumni Assn Anything for the Good of the Association
Members still owing 2011 dues ($12) may pay at the meeting - see Chick Manware.
1969 - Lt. Joe McDermott (Photo by Ed Doiron, Sr.)
Radio Station WDEE 473 Denslow Hill Road Thursday, January 21, 1965
In 1965, most Hamden kids were listening to at least one of three local Top-40 radio stations: WPOP (1410 KHz) in Hartford, WAVZ (1300 KHz) in New Haven, and WDEE (1220 KHz), located in a converted ranch house on Denslow Hill Road right here in Hamden.
Unlike WPOP and WAVZ, Hamden's radio station WDEE was a "daytimer," with a relatively low power output and an FCC license that restricted its airtime to daytime hours only. This, of course, meant that its broadcasting hours varied with the length of the day. In summer, you could listen to WDEE until almost 9. In winter, they were off the air by dinnertime, a possible factor in the destruction of WDEE.
On Wednesday evening, January 20, 1965, WDEE was all closed up by 7 p.m. Whatever caused the fire - it was never determined - got a good head start before flames were discovered by neighbors in the wee hours of the following morning.
Young Hamden fire apparatus buff, Chan Brainard, was visiting Station 6 with his mom on his birthday in 1951. It was his first visit to the small fire station on Merritt Street, which housed a 1926 Maxim 500 GPM pumper.
As Chan and his mom were about to leave, the bell hit and the dispatcher sent Engine 6 and Engine 3 to Fennbrook Drive for a brush fire. Chan had a camera and took several photos of the action, including two ancient Maxim pumpers that would be gone within a year or two afterward.
Check out the unusual hydrant placement in this Greater New Haven area parking lot that is shared by two restaurants.
Question 1: Would you get a ticket for parking here?
Question 2: Who the hell placed this hydrant? (It is NOT in Hamden.)
Perhaps the parking space should be marked "RESERVED FOR FD ONLY."
September 26, 2009 - CLICK to enlarge
HFRA Winter Meeting Photos
Hydrant Stuff - CLICK
April 1976 - The Hamden Fire Department held a blood pressure clinic in the high school gym during the 1976 Goldenbells Festival. Ff. Ralph Dievert takes the blood pressure of Dep. Chief Francis "Chalky" Leddy, while Lt. John Tramontano looks on. (Courtesy of the Hamden Historical Society)