Over the years, those of us who worked at "new" Station 3 spent literally hundreds of hours at the watch desk.
On any given day we often take our surroundings for granted. But let a few decades pass and the surroundings that we once took for granted may seem a bit "quaint." Check out these two photos of the view from the Station 3 watch desk, taken thirty-three years apart.
June 15, 1978 - Watch Desk - Station 3 - CLICK to enlarge the photo and see if you can spot at least three items that are not found in Hamden fire stations today. Scroll down slowly to the bottom of the photo to see the answers.
June 3, 2011 - Almost the same vantage point. The artifacts in the 1978 photo have been replaced by a 21st century computer printer for receiving dispatches, and a flat screen TV. Ahh, but that cup hook for the keys is still there. Still gotta have keys! (CLICK to enlarge)
Every Wednesday - 25 panes times 6. And then there were the rest of the windows!
A retired Hamden fireifghter and regular website
visitor noted that the more recent photo on the right-hand side above shows the insulated overhead
doors that were installed after the front of Station 3 was unexpectedly
remodeled in the late 1980s when the 1970 ladder truck backed into one
of the center columns. The center bay door was heightened and all six front and rear overhead doors could now be opened and closed by just pushing a
button. The original all-glass overhead doors were opened by the tug of
a rope and closed by sheer manpower.
Those old overhead doors
provided a nice view of the apparatus for passersby, but they were a
pain-in-the-neck to wash (inside and out) every Wednesday, the day the
windows in every Hamden fire station were supposed to be washed ("W" for
"windows, "W" for "Wednesdays" - get it?).