These hi-rez photos of Hamden's 1941 Diamond-T "Hook and Ladder," taken in 1957 by Chan Brainard, were scanned by Connecticut fire apparatus chronicler Rob Palmer from the original negatives provided by Chan during Rob's recent visit to the West Coast. More new scans coming in future weeks.
The website is celebrating today's future HFD retirees with the HFRA "Posterity Project," a collection of photographs of every current active member of the department, line and staff. A new photo will be posted here each week. Kicking off the Posterity Project, this week's photo features Station 2's crew of Platoon 1.
Platoon 1 - Station 2
Left to right: Lieutenant Daryl Osiecki, Firefighter Larry Bowden, Firefighter Tim Doyle,
Firefighter/Paramedic Pete Lynch, and Firefighter/Paramedic Zach Criscuolo.
THOSE WERE THE DAYS! The photographer was in "alarm readiness" in the dayroom at Station 3 when snapping this 1978 photo. Notice the ancient cable TV controller atop the equally ancient console TV set. (CLICK to enlarge)
Memorial Day 1978 - Some schmoozing after the parade. Lt. John Tramontano and Dep. Chief George Reutenauer at left, and Ff. Howie Hurlburt, Jr. and a guy who looks like it might be Ff. Ralph Dievert at right. (CLICK to enlarge)
The final image from the mid-1960s Maxim fire apparatus catalog is this "open-cab" cab-forward tractor trailer aerial ladder truck. These three axle ladder trucks, with a tillerman to steer the trailer around tight corners, can be found in both large cities and small towns with narrow streets. The truck featured in the catalog photo is almost identical to a three-axle Maxim aerial truck purchased by the Bristol [Connecticut] Fire Department in 1962.
Hamden's only three axle ladder truck was Volunteer Co. 9's "parade piece," a 1929 Seagrave aerial truck that was purchased new by Wellesley, Massachusetts, but was never an active piece in Hamden. Hamden's Volunteer Co. 9 (1956-88) owned the truck from 1963 until the mid-1970s. The present location of the truck is not known.