Memorial Day 1967 - HFD Color Guard (Photo by Ed Doiron, Sr.)
June 21, 1916 - Hamden Volunteer Firefighters at Savin Rock Parade in West Haven
CLICK to enlarge (Courtesy of Hamden Historical Society)
August 20, 1927 Hamden Firefighters at Savin Rock
This photo of Hamden volunteer firefighters, courtesy of the Hamden Historical Society, was taken on August 20, 1927 at West Haven's Savin Rock. The group was comprised of members from all of Hamden's fire companies, who organized to march as a single unit under the banner "Hamden Volunteer Fire Co - Hamden, Conn." They won the trophy for the most members in the line of march.
The group is photographed next to what appears to be a burnt out structure - perhaps as a joke - at the once locally popular amusement park, which closed in 1966 for "redevelopment."
1938 Connecticut State Firemen's Association Parade at Milford - Hamden's new Seagrave 600 GPM pumper (Photo by G. Donald Steele)
1951 Fire Apparatus Parade Photos by Chandler Brainard
During the 1940s, 50s, and early 60s, the Hamden Fire Department observed Fire Prevention Week with a parade of Hamden fire apparatus. Conducted on a Sunday afternoon, the apparatus parade started on Dixwell Avenue near the New Haven city line, proceeding to Whitney Avenue, then north to the Cheshire line.
Chan Brainard took these photos in 1951. When Chan sent these photos several months ago he noted, "These four pictures were taken on Dixwell Avenue, as the annual kick-off parade for Fire Prevention Week was just "stepping-off." I clearly recall watching Danny Hume directing the placement of apparatus during the formation."
Engine 1 - 1938 Seagrave 600 GPM - In the background are the Art Deco style Dixwell Theater and Sterling & Sussman Dept. Store. The nose of Engine 4, the 1939 Diamond-T, can be seen as it pulls out of Goodrich Street on the extreme left. - CLICK to enlarge
Engine 2 - 1951 Maxim 750 GPM pumper delivered a couple of months earlier. Unfortunately, the nice looking '49 Chrysler in the foreground was not part of the parade - CLICK to enlarge
May 30, 1964 - This was when the parade began in Highwood and ended at the high school
1964 - Volunteer Co. 7's chemical hose cart and 1918 Brockway. In the distance is West Woods Co. 9 marching contingent and 1929 Seagrave aerial ladder truck. This photo was taken on Dixwell Avenue just south of the parkway overpass near the high school.
Memorial Day 1965
(Photo by Chan Brainard)
Our thanks to HFRA Honorary Member Chan
Brainard, who recently sent in this photo of Hamden’s 1959 Maxim “cab-forward” pumper in
the 1961 Connecticut State Firemen’s Convention Parade.
It was assigned as Engine 2 at the time. Chan wrote, “I took this photo from somebody's front lawn, high up on a bluff in (I
think) Danbury. But, here's
something interesting: note the red wooden sign mounted along the hard
suctions. It reads ‘West Woods Fire Company #9.’
"Clearly, the volunteer company persuaded the paid department to
allow them to "Showcase" the new pumper. I believe that the paid firefighter riding the rear step was Art
Memorial Day 1966 - 1959 Maxim 750 GPM "Cab-Forward" (Photo by Ed Doiron)
"An unscheduled way to participate in the Hamden Parade" was the newspaper caption for this Memorial Day photo snapped by I.A. Sneiderman in 1967.
Memorial Day 1970 - Co. 8's 1942 Diamond-T 500 GPM pumper, purchased from Prospect by Company 8 on December 10, 1957. This is NOT the same 1942 Diamond-T 600 GPM pumper that was purchased by Hamden in April 1942 to be Engine 1. (Photo by Ed Doiron)
May 28, 1978 - Memorial Day Parade (Photo by Barb Olson)
Memorial Day 1979 - Bob Slater in Truck 2 (Maxim 100' Aerial) in driveway of high school, getting ready to enter the parade. The old natatorium, razed in 1997, can be seen in the background at the far left. (Photo courtesy of Bob Slater)
Memorial Day 1979 - Joe Shields at the wheel of Engine 3, a 1973 Maxim Telesqurt. (Photo courtesy of Bob Slater)
Hamden's Bicentennial Parade Sunday, May 11, 1986
In May 1986, Storer Cable TV videotaped Hamden's Bicentennial Parade, which was broadcast on the company's local access station. A four minute excerpt of the video, featuring the Hamden Fire Department marching unit and apparatus, is now on YouTube. Also included are the Mix District Volunteer Fire Co. marching unit and its vintage fire apparatus.
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Memorial Day 1988 (Photo by Shirley Mangler)
Memorial Day 1998
Members of the Hamden Professional Firefighters Local 2687 little league baseball team pose with department members opposite the high school just before stepping off in the 1998 Memorial Day Parade. L-R: Jim Moore, Dep. Chief Ed Badamo, Paul Turner, Batt. Chief Paul Wetmore, Jr., Don Paczowski (driving Engine 2) Dave Proulx, Jeff Pechmann, Capt. Don LaBanca, Batt. Chief Jim Leddy, Lt. Bernie Amatrudo, Ed DeFrancesco, Ed Evers, Brian Badamo, Lt. Jeff Stoehr, Rob Madigosky, Lt. Mike DiStefano, Lt. Bill Fitzmaurice, Lt. Bob Surprise, Dep. Marshal John Spencer, Ron Mikolinski (team coach), Don Buechele, Capt. Dave Johnson, Mark Barletta, Bob Macauley, Scott Chasney, Ron Desroches, Harold Mangler, Paul Anderson, Mike Murray, Kevin Shields, and Julio Lopes. (Photo courtesy Tim Sullivan)