Governor Lamont Directs Flags Lowered To Half-Staff In Honor of Vice President Walter Mondale
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he is directing U.S. and state flags in Connecticut to be lowered to half-staff as a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding public service of Vice President Walter F. Mondale.
The Office of the Governor will send out a notification when flags should be returned to full-staff.
The new rescue contained a 4,000 watt generator and an air cascade system for refilling Scott bottles on scene.
1960 International Travel-al
Rescue 1 when new on a 1971 Ford Chassis
Two small International suburban-like trucks called "Travel-als" were Hamden's rescue units from the late 1950s until November 1971. Originally assigned to Station 2, then Station 3, Rescue 1 covered the south end. Rescue 2 covered the north end out of Station 4.
The white rescue units were removed from service in November 1971 when the "new" Rescue 1, a 1971 Ford with a modular body, went in service at Station 4 to cover the north end. EMS calls in the south end, however, were covered by Engine 2 until the "new" Rescue 2 was placed in service four and a half years later.
Rescue 2's addition to the inventory in 1976 coincided with the certification of Hamden's first paramedics and the introduction of Advanced Life Support services in the department.
Originally posted 4/15/16
NOTE: This news photo was taken in front of Station 4 at Town Hall.
The gentleman at the extreme right in the news photo above is Pasquale "Pat" Barbato. Several years earlier when he was a state senator, Pat Barbato lent a hand to vastly improve our working conditions.
Last year on April 12th your webmeister ventured out to document the shutdown that had only recently affected Hamden and the rest of the country. This was at the very beginning of the "Stay Home - Stay Safe" campaign that was intended to curb the spread of COVID-19.
People were definitely staying home, as shown in these photos taken at the start of the day at Hamden's own Times Square, the corner of Whitney and Dixwell Avenues. Ghost town.
A year later we have a vaccine, now received by more than 50% of the state's population. And despite a significant loosening of restrictions, many establishments continue to have limited seating or remain closed altogether.
A year ago on March 13th schools were closed for "two weeks," then remained closed until May 1, then till the end of the school year. Our active firefighters paid the price, too, with several contracting the virus and some of them being hospitalized with the most significant and debilitating effects of COVID. It has been a rough year, indeed. Bravo, HFD - Bravo! And thank you.
Ff. John Coughlin and 1-3/4" preconnect off Squad 1 - CLICK TO ENLARGE
Website thanks to Chief Gary Merwede for these Twitter photos of a car fire knocked down Friday by the personnel of Squad 1 (Pl 3) at 85 James Street, a home once owned by Hamden First Selectman Leon Booth (1951-55). Posted 4/10/21
Putting the wet stuff on the red stuff - CLICK TO ENLARGE
The Hamden Chronicle, Thursday, April 13, 1067 - CLICK TO ENLARGE
April 10, 1967 Tipsy MART Sign Victim of Windy Hamden Weather
Every year the Hamden Fire Department will rack up a few oddball calls that do not fit into any category of emergency responses. In 2021, those of us living in the southern Connecticut area have been experiencing some very wild and windy April weather, not unlike the April weather of 54 years ago when the wind wreaked havoc with the sign at the main entrance to the Hamden Mart. Our guys responded to handle the situation.
According to the article, the incident happened on Monday, April 10th, when Platoon 2 was on duty. The Engine 4 crew pictured in the photo - CLICK on it - would have included Lieut. Bill Hines, probably the fellow in the soft hat, and Firefighter Gilbert Spencer, probably the tall guy standing on the right.
This photo might give one the impression that Hamden was "Ford Country." Note the 1959, 1960 and 1963 Fords parked in a row at left, with one lone 1964 Chevy way off in the distance at right. Bradford Ford, now Bob Thomas Ford, is still there not far from where this photo was taken. Partyka Chevrolet had just opened on Skiff Street a couple of years earlier. It replaced Dixwell Motors, which sold new Chevys just up the street from Bradford Ford opposite the Plaza.
The Ambassador Restaurant was a fixture at the Mart for many years, located between the Hamden Mart Bowling Lanes and Howland's Department Store.Posted 4/9/2021
Discarded Cigarette Starts Fire
2480 Whitney Avenue
Saturday, April 3, 2021
At 11:08 Saturday night, the Hamden Fire Department was dispatched to a smoke condition in the basement of a condo complex at 2480 Whitney Avenue. Squad 1 arrived on-scene at 11:12 to find smoke coming from the basement of a 2 story condo unit. The homeowner had used a portable fire extinguisher to put the fire out.
The crew from Squad 1 advanced a hose line to the basement and checked for extension while extinguishing any remaining fire. Fire damage was contained to the molding around the sliding door and immediate wall space. There was no extension and the unit was ventilated.
The fire started from an improperly discarded cigarette that a resident had been smoking in the doorway while waiting for her dog to return from the outside. The resident stated that she smelled smoke inside her condo and went to investigate. The smoke detector in the basement activated alerting her. The resident used a portable fire extinguisher to put the fire out and evacuated the building with her son.
The Hamden Fire Department advises residents to extinguish cigarettes in a proper container. If you cannot safely extinguish the fire call 911 and exit the home immediately.
Posted 4/4/2021 - 1046
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Governor Lamont Directs Flags Lowered To Honor United States Capitol Police Officer William F. Evans
. (HARTFORD, CT - April 2) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that – in accordance with a proclamation from President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. directing flags to be lowered throughout the country as a mark of solemn respect for United States Capitol Police Officer William F. Evans, who was killed in the line of duty Friday while defending the U.S. Capitol – he is directing U.S. and state flags in Connecticut to fly at half-staff beginning immediately until sunset on Tuesday, April 6, 2021
On March 27, 1986, Bethany Fire Chief George Quinn sat down with Hamden Chief John Tramontano to ink a mutual aid agreement that has endured for the benefit of both communities for the past thirty-five years. The need for the agreement stemmed from the June 1982 flood that wreaked havoc with border areas of both towns, preventing Hamden and Bethany apparatus from reaching occupancies in their respective communities.
Chiuef John Tramontano and Bethany Chief George Quinn (Photo courtesy of Tara Tramontano Madison)
Chief Tramontano retired in 1993. He passed away in September 2015 at his home in Gilford, New Hampshire. Chief Quinn led one of the most progressive and well-trained volunteer fire departments in Connecticut. Now retired from his fire service duties, George Quinn is well and still living in Bethany. Our own Tom Doherty runs into him frequently at a popular Bethany eatery following his weekly Wednesday golf outings.
When Chief Quinn recently saw this photo he chuckled and noted that, like Hamden a couple of years before this photo was taken, Bethany subsequently dumped the eight-pointers and adopted the traditional firefighter's "bell" cap.
Governor Lamont Orders Flags Lowered To Half-Staff In Remembrance of the Indianapolis Mass Shooting Victims
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that – in accordance with a proclamation from President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. directing flags to be lowered throughout the country as a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the mass shooting last night in Indianapolis, Indiana – he is directing U.S. and state flags in Connecticut to fly at half-staff beginning immediately until sunset on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.