In the newspaper photo below, Mayor William Adams presents two 1968 Maxim Model-S 1000 GPM pumpers to Chief V. Paul Leddy, while Dep. Chief Training Officer Daniel Hume and Supt. of Alarms and Apparatus Clem Wetmore look on.
One of the two pumpers was assigned to Station 3, replacing the 1954 Maxim, which went to Station 6. The other went to Station 4, replacing the 1965 Mack, which was re-assigned to Station 2.
The New Haven Register, Wednesday, November 6, 1968 - photo be John Mongillo Jr. (Article courtesy of Gil Spencer)
The two pumpers were absolutely identical except for their serial numbers. In 1974, both pumpers were transferred to Station 2, as Engine 1 (#2686) and Engine 2 (#2687). Serial #2686 remained as Engine 1 to the end. Serial #2687, coincidentally the same number as the HFD union's IAFF local, was reassigned as Engine 5 in 1984. Due to the potential for long supply line lays in the north end, the bed of #2687 was reconfigured to accommodate 1,800 feet of LDH.
A portion of the CITGO gas station that once stood on the southwest corner of Whitney and Dixwell can be seen in the background. The building was razed in the early 1970's to make way for Adams Park and the fountain located there.
The 1968 cost of both trucks seems a bit crazy by today's standards. Two Class A pumpers today would likely run well over a million dollars.
Date unknown, but probably after 1973. Nice b&w photo of one of the two 1968 Maxim S models parked in front of the bay marked "Engine 1," which actually was the bay for Engine 2, as it was (is) somewhat wider than the other two bays at Station 2.
Serial #2687 on the ramp at 4's for a stand-by in 1994 with Ff. Jim Dunlop, it was now Engine 5, packed with 1,800' of LDH. (CLICK either photo to enlarge)
Dedication plaque from one of the two 1968 Maxim 1,000 GPM S-Model pumpers. It is not known which pumper this came from. (CLICK to enlarge)
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
CLICK on the photo at left to see pictures of one of our 1968 Maxims today. CAUTION: VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
Until the 1980s, Hamden firefighters at Stations 2 and 3 sat "watch" in two-hour shifts between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., and one-hour shifts from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. Station officers assigned watches on a rotating basis. You always knew when it was your turn to sit watch because you always followed the same guy. Day or night, the last guy on watch was responsible for cleaning the kitchen.
Firefighters sitting watch greeted and directed station visitors, answered the station telephones, acknowledged all alarms and apparatus in other stations "ringing" back in service. All visits by chief officers were logged into the station log books.
For purposes of the Gamewell alarm system, where station personnel self-dispatched upon receipt of alarms, the firefighters on watch were responsible for knowing if their station apparatus were "next due" when other apparatus were on a call.
As can been seen in this photo, firefighters on watch were required to wear their ties and work hats. Here, sitting watch at old Station 3, is Firefighter Eddy Doiron, who worked on Lieut. Joe McDermott's crew on Platoon 1.
Ed was born November 9, 1938. He passed away in October of last year.
HAMDEN – The Town of Hamden cordially invites any residents wishing to participate in this year’s Veterans Day ceremony to join Town Officials on Sunday, November 11th , 2018 at 11 A.M. at the Memorial Town Hall Rotunda, located at 2900 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, CT 06518.
Veterans’ organizations from Hamden and New Haven will lay wreaths in the rotunda and students from Hamden High School and Hamden Middle School will actively participate in this year’s ceremony by leading the Pledge of Allegiance, singing the National Anthem, and performing a rendition of “Taps”.
The Hamden Police and Fire Departments will provide the Honor Guard for the duration of the ceremony. Anthony Cardo, immediate family relative of Antonio Cardo, Hamden resident who died in World War I, will give a short talk about the meaning of Veterans Day to his family.
Veterans Commission member Bill MacMullen will talk about Flanders Field, a World War I battlefield in an area straddling Belgium. The Town looks forward to a great attendance as we honor the heroes who have undertaken truly profound personal sacrifices in order to preserve the rights and freedom of our great nation.
For further information, please contact Information & Research Officer, Patrick J. Donnelly at (203) 287-7009 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Little Hunk of History Dept.
All warring parties ceased hostilities at 11:00 a.m. Paris time, exactly two-and-a-half hours before this postcard bound for Bridgeport, Connecticut was postmarked at Norfolk, Virginia at 8:30 a.m. on November 11, 1918. The "war to end all wars," or so it was hoped, was history.
This really nice 1953 factory photo of Branford's brand new Maxim 750 g.p.m. open-cab pumper sports the same Civil Defense logo that was also found on Hamden's 1954 Maxim pumper. As with Hamden's pumper, deivered the following year, it is likely that the feds picked up half the tab for this beauty, which we believe is still in Branford's inventory.
Photo courtesy of Chan Brainard - CLICK TO ENLARGE
Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that – in accordance with a presidential proclamation directing flags be lowered to half-staff throughout the country in honor of the victims of the mass shooting late last night in Thousand Oaks, California – U.S. and state flags in Connecticut will fly at half-staff beginning immediately until sunset on Saturday, November 10.
----------- Please keep the victims, their families and loved ones, and the first responders in your thoughts and prayers.