At 5:21 p.m. on Monday, January 9, 2017, a 9-1-1 caller to Central Communications reported a structure fire with flames showing. Engine 2, Engine 3, Squad 1, Tower 1, Rescue 2 and Car 3 were dispatched to a reported house fire, located at 6 Wilson Lane.
Arriving first on scene at 5:25, Engine 2 from Circular Ave, confirmed a working fire with heavy involvement in the garage area.
A primary search during fire suppression confirmed the home was unoccupied. Battalion Chief Gary Couture declared the fire under control at 5:43 p.m.
The main body of fire was confined to the garage, however the living area sustained heat and smoke damage.
Hamden Building Official Robert Labulis worked with the homeowner to secure the electrical service and keep the home heated overnight. With temperatures in the low teens during operations, frozen pipes would have greatly increased the damage in the home.
The homeowners arrived during operations, and the Red Cross was also called to the scene to assist with overnight accommodations. There were no injuries reported as a result of the incident.
Additional companies at the scene included volunteer Engine 8, Engine 5 (Rapid Intervention Team) and Rescue 1. Fire Marshal Brian Dolan is investigating the origin and cause of this fire.
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(The website thanks the Fire Chief's Office and Dep. Chief Gary Merwede for providing the article and photos.)
Recruit Ff/Paramedic David DeMarest is sworn in by Town Clerk Vera Morrison
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Last Tuesday, the Hamden Fire Department welcomed recruit Firefighter/Paramedic David DeMarest, whose swearing-in took place in the town hall rotunda before dozens of department members, friends and family.
Ff. DeMarest, formerly of the UConn Health Fire Department for three years, has served as a volunteer firefighter with the Watertown Fire Department since 1997. Ff. DeMarest has served in the United States Army Reserve since 1999, having been deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He will be assigned to Station 2 on Plartoon 4.
The members of the Hamden Fire Retirees Association thank Ff. DeMarest for his military service, and wish him a long, successful and safe career with the Hamden Fire Department.
Great shot of Mark Pratt and HPD's Richie Reutenauer, brother of HFD's Paul, taken at 5's on Mark's last day on the job in 1995. Mark began his career in July 1973 and spent most of it on Platoon 3. Toward the end he was a Platoon 2 guy. Mark is a bona fide legend - so is Richie!
The website's Posterity Project was completed earlier this year, with all crews on all platoons having been photographed. Yep, we're done.
The first Posterity Project crew photo, posted on November 27, 2015, was Lieut. Daryl Osiecki's crew at Station 2 on Platoon 1. On a visit to 2's today, the camera caught the lieutenant and his crew for this impromptu update.
Platoon 1 - Station 2
Left to right: Lieutenant Daryl Osiecki, Firefighter Tim Doyle, Firefighter Larry Bowden, Firefighter/Paramedic Zach Criscuolo and Firefighter/Paramedic William Heiney, who was sworn in last October.