In conjunction with Fire Fighter I certification for all Hamden career and volunteer personnel, the Wallingford Fire Department kindly offered the use of their training tower and smoke house for several months. The first of these live fire training sessions for career personnel took place on Saturday, December 8, 1984. The occasion was also marked the maiden voyage for one of two of Hamden's new Pierce Dash 1000 GPM pumpers, delivered only two weeks earlier. It was placed in service as Engine 2 the week after this training session. The other Pierce Dash pumper went in service at the start of the New Year.
Under the auspices of the Connecticut Fire School, Hamden's training officer was assisted by Naugutuck Lieut. Kerry Flaherty, who would eventually lead that department. All of these photos were taken by Chief John Tramontano.
Training Tower at Wallingford Fire Headquarters
Delivered two weeks earlier, Hamden's brand new 1984 Pierce Dash pumper will be used for this training session. It was placed in service as Engine 2 the following month.
Laying in. Hamden's traditional split beds of 3" and 2-1/2" supply lines will disappear a year later with the introduction of LDH.
The eight-point hats like the one worn by Augie Williams will also disappear. This is probably the last photo taken while they were still officially part of the department's uniform. The following week the department issued new traditional "bell caps" for dress blues and ball caps for work uniforms. According to Department Bulletin #118 (December 13-19, 1984), the "eight-pointers are to be thrown out."
Preparing attack and back-up lines for the first evolution.
First crew prepares to enter with the attack line.
Fire has been started in the basement. Attack crew will be cued to enter once there is sufficient build up of smoke and heat.
Attack line crew enters and starts descending stairs to locate and extinguish basement fire.
Located! Nozzleman will direct fog pattern once he has been cued that ventilation has been achieved.
Crew of the back-up line will man the attack line with the next evolution.
Using a fog pattern for ventilation. Chief Tramontano caught this at just the right moment.
Repacking when it was over.
Frank Critchett is at the left. Augie Williams in the soft hat. Dave McDermott's head is seen right above the Scott tank. Paul Wetmore, Jr. at the right.
Taking a break inside Wallingford Fire Headquarters: Ffs. Ray Ramelli, Ralph Tomaselli and Frank Kafka
Firefighters Dave McDermott, Charlie Cargan, Gerry Dinneen and Paul Petrillo