This minor fire on Servoss Street was only the beginning. Platoon 2 would get hammered this week!
(Photos by Ed Doiron, Jr.)
Platoon 2 fought this relatively minor fire in one of the satellite buildings at the old Board of Education complex on the corner of Servoss Street and Whitney Avenue. No one was hurt. (Two months earlier a major fire did considerable damage to the vacant main building on Whitney Avenue that was once Larson/Quinnipiac College.)
The next day, Platoon 2 responded to a fire in an apartment at Hamden Village on Treadwell Street took the life of an elderly woman who was smoking in bed. Four days later, on Platoon 2's first night, Commander Joe McDermott and his personnel would tackle a fire with the greatest potential for mass loss of life in the history of the Department, the Davenport Apartments at 125 Putnam Avenue. Hundreds of elderly residents were quickly evacuated through a massive effort by Hamden firefighters and mutual aid, and no lives were lost.
Cmdr. Joe McDermott can be seen at the right hand side of this photo, as firefighters prepare to "Scott up" and advance a line into the building. (CLICK to enlarge)
Lt. Bob Viglione and Firefighter Mike DiStefano
Lt. Bob Viglione, Ff Jimmy Dunlop, Capt. Dave Johnson, and Lt. Clark Hurlburt - Blue helmets were worn by paramedics. Red helmets were worn by personnel assigned to truck companies.
November 30, 1999 - Firefighters Bob Kenney and Eddie DeFrancesco refueling at Public Works (Photo by Bob Mordecai)
A Day in the Life
March 1988 - The New Haven Register (Courtesy of Jim Koutsopolos) - CLICK to enlarge for easier reading
Car 55, later "Brush 5", on the ramp at Station 5. This 1960 GMC with four-wheel-drive was bought by the members of Co. 5 in 1969 from the Town of Woodbridge for $800. The members added Indian tanks, brooms, a booster reel, a 150 gallon tank and a small pump powered by a two-cycle engine. The result was a vehicle perfect for fighting ground cover fires, especially on Sleeping Giant, where it could easily traverse the gravel trail to the Tower. (Frank Wegloski photo)