Civil Defense Exercise at Groton Includes Hamden's Engine 4
Under rainy skies, 105 pumpers from all over Connecticut participated in a "mobility" exercise at the Groton submarine base sixty years ago today. Fifteen pumpers from the New Haven area, including Hamden's Engine 4, the 1954 Maxim, were transported fifty miles to the exercise site on railroad flat cars from the New Haven freight yards. The exercise, which was coordinated by state Civil Defense Director Leo Mulcahy*, was designed to test the ability of fire, rescue and other emergency units to respond quickly to a stricken disaster area.
*Leo Mulcahy, who also served as Commissioner of the Connecticut State Police from 1959 to 1971, was the uncle of our own Bill Mulcahy (1943-85).
New Haven Evening Register, Monday, May 20, 1957 (Brainard Collection)
The New Haven Journal-Courier, Monday, May 20, 1957 (Brainard Collection)
This fire at the Hillside Village condos on Townhouse Road was under investigation by the Marshal's office. Flames were coming through the roof when fire units arrived on scene, but firefighters quickly had the situation under control. All residents escaped safely and there were no injuries. Hamden's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the American Red Cross assisted displaced residents in obtaining emergency housing.
While Hamden career companies were working on the fire at Townhouse Road on Wednesday evening, May 10th, New Haven Fire Department's Engine 8 out of Whitney station stood by at Station 2 with Dunbar Hill's Engine 8. Easy to tell which was which.
Any firefighter who ever worked at Station 4 knows the Brown Stone House, where the elite meet to eat here in Hamden. Located since 1949 on the northeast corner of Whitney and Dixwell Avenues, the Brown Stone is Hamden's "Times Square," where local politicians, business big shots and regular folks could be seen satisfying their gastronomic needs in a comfortable setting, and at very reasonable prices.
Five years ago, when the Brown Stone celebrated its 63rd anniversary with a grand reopening following renovations, legendary New Haven Register reporter, the late Ann DeMatteo, covered the occasion. Among Ann's several interviewees was our own John O'Hare, who shared some special memories of his own. CLICK on the 1953 advertisement at right to read Ann's article. (The video apparently is no longer available.)
Revision of original article, posted 5/11/12
CLICK on this 1953 ad for the Brown Stone House to view Ann DeMatteo's 2012 New Haven Register article featuring one of our most senior HFRA members, who has been a patron of this famous Hamden eatery since '49.