Nine new firefighters began training in January 1970 at Station 9 with D/C Training Officer Daniel Hume. This was the third group of recruits hired in preparation for the 42-hour workweek that began the following October. A fourth group of new firefighters, fourteen in number, began their recruit training six months later.
The photo below was taken after the nine men finished their training and received their badges from Fire Commission Chairman Ted Baroncini. All nine of these guys went the distance. The last one, Lt. Bill Marak, retired on the last day of 2001.
Website thanks to retiree John Reynolds for letting these articles be scanned for inclusion on the website. These are among the kinds of historical photos and articles we are looking for!
February 1970 - New Haven Register (CLICK to enlarge)
Bobby Kelo was caught by surprise at his Station 3 bunkroom cleaning station in 1975 by photographer Joe Rahl.
Reprising these department Christmas party photos from last year (and the year before) - Enjoy!
2000 Christmas Party - CLICK to view photos.
Memories of Christmas Past
For decades, starting with the Hamden Paid Firemen's Sick Benefit Association, the members of the Hamden Fire Department have celebrated the Christmas season with a party for their children and grandchildren. For over 30 years, the annual holiday gathering has been sponsored by the Hamden Professional Firefighters, Local 2687, IAFF. We have pictures from the Christmas parties of 1983 and 2000. (We're always looking for more!)
1983 Christmas Party - CLICK to view photos.
Those who have pictures from these or other Christmas parties are urged to share them (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The members of the Hamden Fire Retirees' Association wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. To our brothers and sisters who continue to serve in the fire, police and EMS services in Hamden and elsewhere, we wish you and yours a very Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year.