Wolcott Fire Training School - March 3, 1987 (CLICK to enlarge)
The final phase of Fire Fighter I certification training for these six HFD recruits was live firefighting at the Wolcott Fire Training School. Pictured here with three other personnel are Hamden's newest firefighters, which included one future chief of the department, two future battalion chiefs, and two future captains (so far), one of whom is now fire marshal.
Four more recruits would join the department six months later. 1987 would be the last year that fire certification training for new Hamden recruits would be carried out "in-house." When the next set of recruit firefighters joined the department seven years later, there was no training division and fire certification training for Hamden recruits was conducted through the state. When the position of training officer was restored in 1999, after a nine year absence, the job was ably filled by 1987 recruit Bill Fitzmaurice, who is now B/C of Platoon 2.
Pictured L-R - Ff. Tim Sullivan, Ff. Dennis Harrison, Ff. Ron Desroches, Asst. Supt. Mike Murray, Ff. John Spencer, Ff. Kevin O'Hare, Lt. Doug Yocher, Ff. Bill Fitzmaurice and Capt/Training Off. Dave Johnson. Behind them is Rescue 3, a spare, which was equipped with a cascade air system. Engine 6, the 1959 Maxim, was the pumper used that day.
HFD Class of March '87, the only member of which who can be identified is Kevin O'Hare.
Station 3 - March 16, 1987
The clock says it's 5 o'clock. Ff. George Edwards, Lt. Doug Yocher (seated) and Lt. Howie Hurlburt, Jr. are getting ready for the night shift to come in. Doug is reviewing some photos taken earlier in the month when the training officer and he conducted live fire burns at Wolcott Fire Training School as part of the Fire Fighter I certification for six HFD recruits.
At headquarters alarm room, Ff. Ralph Dievert spells Platoon 4 Dispatcher Ace Callahan in this c. 1975 photo by Joe Rahl.
Following up on our "Popeye" thank-you message article in last week's Friday update (immediately below), we received word earlier this week that the Miller Library this month is featuring a great display of Popeye memorabilia from the collection of Hamden resident George Wildman, who has been drawing Popeye for decades. Visit this outstanding website! www.georgewildman.com
When we contacted George's son, Karl, to learn more about the display, he replied, "Ironically, whats on display was boxed years back because of ... you guessed it - the fire. The cleaning crew that came in wiped down and boxed the collection to protect it while the house got painted. The decision to keep it wrapped and dust-free was out of convenience."
The Popeye memorabilia display case is right by the main staircase in the Miller Library. Karl is working on a second, smaller case with a bio of his dad and some of his original pages of art.
Karl Wildman has served as a Hamden volunteer firefighter and has contributed much of his own talents to several town projects over the years, including designing the T-shirts for the annual Hamden Volunteer Firefighter Fireworks and the annual town Christmas ornaments. In 2011, the ornament honored Hamden's three volunteer fire companies; in 2012 it was the new police headquarters.
George Wildman "Popeye" Display
at Miller During January
It must be in the Wildman DNA, because Karl's oldest daughter, Kelsea, worked on the Veterans' tribute (three surrounding squares) in the middle school and also has a painting hanging in the Bd. of Ed. building on Putnam Avenue.