Chief David Berardesca looked on last Friday morning in the town hall rotunda as Town Clerk Vera Morrison swore in Hamden's newest recruits, Firefighter/EMTs Fernando Feliz and Brian Gagnon.
Firefighter Feliz served five years with the Willimantic Fire Department and is a United States Army Reserve veteran. Firefighter Gagnon served six years with the Mansfield Fire Department and is also a CFA instructor. Both firefighters are assigned to the 2nd platoon under Battalion Chief Bill Fitzmaurice. Ff. Feliz will be assigned to Station 2 and Ff. Gagnon will go to Station 4.
The members of the HFRA congratulate Firefighters Feliz and Gagnon and wish them both long, safe and fulfilling careers with the Hamden Fire Department.
Hamden Firefighters Tackle a Nasty Apartment Fire at Dogwood Hills
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Hamden firefighters responded to the Dogwood Hills Apartments, 200 Evergreen Avenue, around 2:30 Sunday morning for a working structure fire involving a total of nine units, damaging six. A ninety-year old women jumped from her second floor window into the arms of three other residents before fire apparatus arrived.
On arrival, Platoon 2 firefighters were faced with a large amount of fire showing. Using an aggressive interior attack coordfinated with effective ventilation, firefighters were able to make a good stop, preventing what easily could have been a disastrous situation. The elderly woman who was forced to jump before firefighters arrived sustained injuries to her lower body. No other injuries were reported. The Fire Marshal is investigating the cause.
Photo by the Hamden Professional Firefghters Local 2687, I.A.F.F. - CLICK ON PHOTO FOR MORE PHOTOS
August 9th Baseball Fundraiser for Pregnant Firefighter/EMT with ALS
The Website has received word from Hamden CERT Director Bob Freeman that there will be a fundraiser for Amanda Bernier, wife of Chris Bernier, who is member of the Logistics Component of the Connecticut Incident Management Team, West (CT Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security).
Amanda Bernier, a Madison volunteer Firefighter/EMT, is pregnant and was recently diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).
Donations will go toward medical costs, the renovation of their home to make it more compatible to the medical needs, and a motorized wheelchair for Amanda.
The fundraiser is a Bridgeport Blue Fish Baseball game at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport. on Saturday, August 9th at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are only $11.
PLEASE NOTE: TICKETS MUST BE PRE-PURCHASED UNDER THE CODE WORD ANGELS.
June 2, 2014 - The guys at Station 3 invited a couple of camera-shy retirees to an impromptu birthday party for B/C Sam Deburra. L-R: Ff. Daryl Osiecki, Ff. Dave Beaton, the Honoree, Lt. Matt Sarracco, Capt. Rick Otlowski, Ff. Paul Anderson and Ff. Doug O'Rourke (CLICK to enlarge)
1976 - Supt. of Alarms & Apparatus Richie Lostritto
c. 1962 - Firefighters Paul Reutenauer and Milner Benham with three of Hamden's Finest at Brooksvale Park.
June 2010 - One of the last photos of one of two matching Pierce Dash pumpers delivered in late 1984. Standard Shift! It was filling in for Engine 3 at the time. A couple of years later the pumper was scrapped along with its twin.
Hamden Civil Defense in 1960
Future Fire Chief Concerned About Public Apathy
The article below, published in the New Haven Journal-Courier, Thursday, August 4, 1960, provided an interesting and somewhat scary Cold War snapshot of the local plans to address civil defense and public safety following an nuclear attack.
Batt. Chief V. Paul Leddy, Hamden Civil Defense Director, candidly expressed his own concern for what he saw as public apathy - a concern that some may see as having changed little in over 50 years.
Five Hamden guys are in this end of season group shot of the Greater New Haven Firemen's Softball League at Montowese Field. Photo courtesy of John O'Hare, who played well into the 1970s and was the coach for many years.
1) Salvatore "Cookie" Ferraro 2) Art Heriot 3) George Reutenauer 4) John Tramontano and 5) John O'Hare