Firefighter Dave Beaton did the honors of backing Hamden's newest
pumper onto the ramp of Station 3 for the first time.
Only the 7th motorized apparatus since 1915 to be assigned as Engine 3, this brand new Smeal pumper became part of the HFD's rolling stock on Monday morning, July 25, 2016.
According to Batt. Chief Ron Desroches, who was on the specifications committee, the truck was built by Smeal on a Spartan Gladiator chassis, with a 10' roof. It is equipped with a 1,500 GPM pump and carries 750 gallons of water, 40 gallons of Class A foam, and is also equipped with a brand new Holmatro hydraulic rescue tool.
It carries 1,000 feet of 5" LDH and 600 feet of 3" supply lines. There are 600' of 1-3/4" attack lines: One crosslay has 300', another 200', and there are 100' on the front bumper. There is also a 200' 2-1/2" attack line up top.
The pumper was purchased through New England Fire Equipment & Apparatus Corp. of North Haven for $474K.
(L-R): Cmmr. James O'Brien, Cmmr. Richard Reilly, Chief David Berardesca,
Cmmr. Henry Candido, Cmmr. Eric Curtis, Jr. and Dep. Chief Gary Merwede
Hamden Board of Fire Commissioners
Commissioners Eric Curtis, Jr., Henry Candido, Richard Reilly and James O'Brien
The First Crew
Capt. Brion Tierney, Lieut. Rich Lennon, Ff. Kurt Vogt, Ff. Dave Beaton, Ff. Steve Postemsky and Ff. Brian Gagnon
At 0918 hours, retired Capt. Dave Johnson was asked to radio Central, officially placing Engine 3 in service.
Developing specifications for the new pumper began in 2014 under then-Superintendent of Apparatus Don Buechele (left), pictured here in front of Tower 1 with present Supterintendent James LaFond.
Rider's side compartments
Retired Supt. Don Buechele noted that one of the best suggestions during the development of specifications was this dual access compartment for medical equipment, placed away from the exhaust pipe, between the front and rear cab doors. Personnel may access the compartment, either from inside the cab (left) or from the outside, right above the right front wheel.
Hi-side compartment on the driver's side.
Driver's side behind rear wheels
Driver's area. Ff. Beaton says, "It drives like a Cadillac!"
Rear seating, driver's side - Seats four!
A veritable mobile office for responding personnel.