Hamden Firefighter Gerry Dinneen shot the first "unofficial" department video at the Co. 7 Halloween Party on Friday, October 29, 1982. He used his own video equipment, a Panasonic "shoulder pack" with a separate camera that did not have auto-focus. A single VHS cassette in those days was very expensive - about $12. As more people bought VHS recorders the price of blank VHS cassettes came down considerably.
During the next couple of years, Gerald shot several events for the Department, including the first Awards Ceremony in 1985. Sadly, Gerry died later that year, on Christmas Day, of natural causes.