Photo from a 1921 program celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Highwood Volunteer Fire Association. (Courtesy of the Hamden Historical Society)
ICE RESCUE TRAINING
February 15, 2002 - Bob Mordecai took these photos of Firefighters John Longo and Seth Patrick in wetsuits during ice rescue training at Clark's Pond on Sherman Avenue in Mt. Carmel.
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HFRA Honorary Member Chan Brainard poses next to three 1920s era Ahrens-Fox piston pumpers at the Long Beach (California) Fire Department Museum. Note that each of these pumpers is right-hand-drive, which was common on open-cab American fire apparatus until the early 1930s, ostensibly to make it easier for the driver to "spot" the hydrant (although these pumpers had intakes at the front).
These odd looking piston pumpers, with their distinctive expansion tanks, were capable of supplying great quantities of water from draft. Drafting from the Housatonic River, Shelton's 1938 Ahrens-Fox supplied several pumpers, including Hamden's 1973 Maxim Telesqurt, during the March 1, 1975 Sponge-Rubber Co. fire.
c. 1982 - The 1951 Maxim 750 GPM, Engine 19 of the West Woods Volunteer Co. 9, sits on the ramp at Station 9.
(Photo by and courtesy of Frank Wegloski)
HFRA Honorary Member Helyn Callahan Ramelli Barbato
It is with deep regret that we announce the passing on February 9th of honorary HFRA member Helyn Callahan Ramelli Barbato, mother of our brother retiree, Ray Ramelli.
Helyn was wife of the late Pasquale Barbato. She was predeceased by her first husband, Hamden firefighter Alfred Ramelli, brothers Robert "Ace" Callahan, also a Hamden firefighter, and John Callahan, and sister Joyce Moulter.
A Private Celebration of Life will be held for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc., 26345 Network Place, Chicago, IL 60673-1263.
To read Helyn's complete obituary, published in today's edition of The New Haven Register: