Regular visitors to this website are probably familiar with Chan Brainard, whose numerous photos and written contributions have been published here since the website began over a year ago. Since he was a young kid in the mid-1940s, Chan has amassed an enormous collection of fire department equipment, photos, uniforms, documents, and other related artifacts and memorabilia from all over the world - all of which got started in Hamden.
Chan sent us some photos of his magnificent collection, which occupies a significant portion of his Signal Hill, California home. Among his Hamden items are Chief Spencer's helmet, a homemade annunciator used at Station 2 many years ago, and many one-of-a-kind photos which Chan has been kind enough to share with the website since the beginning. Enjoy!
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Chief Spencer's Helmet
Some local photos from Chan's collection. See anything familiar?
Foam Nozzle (?)
Many, many toys!
June 19, 2010 at the SPAAMFAA Summer Muster at Littleton, Colorado. Chan is pictured here with Walter McCall, noted author of books on fire apparatus. The Seagrave canopy cab pumper is very much like the one purchased by Hamden in 1938.