"Ah, there it is!" Shoveling out hydrants during record breaking snowfalls of January 2011. (CLICK to enlarge)
L-R: Firefighters Jay McCarthy, Rich Lennon and Capt. Greg Bannon on Engine 5. (CLICK to enlarge)
Above - January 28, 2011 - Capt. Greg Bannon and Firefighters Jay McCarthy and Rich Lennon do some hydrant excavation on MacArthur Drive. These photos were taken by retiree Bob Mordecai, who also took the photos below when he was the officer at Station 9.
Below - February 19, 2003 - Firefighters Paul "Froggy" Frodel and Julio Lopes digging out a hydrant in 9's territory. That snowfall was a "dusting" compared to what is on the ground now. Hey, whatever happened to those hydrant markers? (Photos by Bob Mordecai)
Digging out - CLICK to enlarge
Looks like Still Hill Road - CLICK to enlarge photo
February 7, 1967 - Lt. Bill Hines and Ffs. Gil Spencer and John Hoffman digging out the hydrant on Dixwell opp. Sanford, the exact location of a fire in an abandoned house last week. (CLICK to enlarge)
December 31, 2000 - Performing a usual post-snowstorm activity, Paul Turner shovels out a hydrant on Hartford Tpke. on the final day of the 20th Century!
Sunday, February 6, 2011 - Platoon 4 at Station 3 - Capt. Ron Desroches and his crew spent most of the day shoveling the roof at Station 3. The tremendous amount of weight from the snow and ice of several large storms since Christmas have already caused failures of scores of roofs throughout Connecticut, including a fire station in Meriden. Today was the 33rd anniversary of the Blizzard of 1978.
Thanks to Ff. Daryl Osiecki for providing these photos.
February 6, 2011 - Platoon 4 crew at Station 3 de-snowing the roof. L-R: Ffs. Dave Beaton, Kurt Vogt and Mike DeLine, Jr. (All photos by Daryl Osiecki)
L-R: Capt. Ron Desroches, Ffs. Kurt Vogt and Dave Beaton
Ff. Dave Beaton
Capt. Ron Desroches operates snowblower as Ff. Dave Beaton shovels. The snow appears to be at least 20-24" deep. The lack of any thaws between several heavy storms had allowed tremendous weight to accumulate on all roofs throughout the state.