Visit by a Big Fan and Good Friend of the Department
Honorary HFRA member and benefactor Chandler "Chan" Brainard visited Station 3 during his biennial visit to New England this past week. A former Hamden resident who has lived in California for the past 40 years, Chan has visited Station 3 many times before, but never this particular 43-year old Station 3. During the late 1950s, Chan spent many shifts at the old Station 3 on Putnam Avenue when he was a member of Hamden's Civil Defense Fire Auxiliary. That station, now privately-owned, closed in September 1970.
Batt. Chief Bill Fitzmaurice, Capt. Rich Otlowski, Lt. Jeff Naples and the other members of Tower 1 and Engine 3 welcomed Chan, who also had an opportunity to ride with Tower 1. And, of course, many good stories were swapped during the Wednesday morning visit.
Sept. 25, 2013, Next to Tower 1 - Capt. Rich Otlowski, Ff. Ron Mikolinski and Ff. Luis Torres, Chan Brainard, Ff. Mike Battick, Ff. Glenn Tricarico, and Lt. Jeff Naples
Lt. Naples, Capt. Otlowski, Chan and Ff. Mikolinski
Connecticut State Firefighters' Assn. Convention Parade
CSFA Parade judges give Bethany's Engine 82 the white glove treatment - and it wins! (Photo by Lester Warner)
Bethany Wins 2013 Trophy
by Les Warner, BVFD
It is no small feat to win the trophy and plaque for best fire apparatus at a State Fireman's Convention. Nonetheless, at the annual Convention, held this year in South Windsor, Ct., the Bethany Volunteer Fire Dept beat out over one hundred other trucks, engines and antiques to do just that.
Led by former Chief Alan Green, members of the department put in many hours to make Engine 82, a 2008 Spartan Custom, sparkle and shine. When the judges in the line of march went over Bethany's pristine pumper, they declared it the outstanding vehicle of the 2013 State Convention.
The trophy is Bethany's to keep and the plaque will hang in the firehouse until next year when it is brought back to the 2014 Convention in Litchfield / Bantam to be presented to next year's winner.
. . . and 75 years earlier:
August 1938 - Hamden's brand new Seagrave pumper won the CSFA Parade trophy at Milford
(These photos courtesy of the late G. Donald Steele)
August 1938 - Preparing Hamden's '38 Seagrave and '38 Diamond-T "Squad" at Milford
There are still slots in the Local 2687 October 4th
Contact any of the guys on the poster at right.
The Fall Meeting of the Hamden Fire Retirees' Association
will take place at the Hamden Elks on
Wednesday, October 9th
Menu to be announced shortly.
This article from The New Haven Evening Register courtesy of Chan Brainard
Ed Doiron Jr's photo of Station 9 bunk room twenty-five years ago (1988)