About Philip Hayes

I am a Captain with the Stamford Fire Department and the developer of this website.

Help Bring Stamford Fire Department History Back Home!

My name is Fire Captain Philip Hayes. I have been with the SFD for more than 34 years. I have been a history fan for most of my life. As a young firefighter, I discovered a collection of old photographs in a box at the Stamford Fire Department. But [...]

By |2022-04-29T13:24:25-05:00April 29, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Help Bring Stamford Fire Department History Back Home!

1829 05 – The Earliest Mention Of Organizing A Fire Company for Stamford

The Resolve shown below established the very fire Stamford Fire Company for the Village and Town, Resolve Authorizing A Fire Company in Stamford Passed, May 1829 Resolved, that the civil authority and the select-men of said Stamford, may meet, and they are here by directed to meet instead Stamford on [...]

By |2022-04-08T19:15:46-05:00April 8, 2022|Categories: 1800's, 1820-1839, Ordinances Rules Regulations & Orders, Regulations & Orders|Comments Off on 1829 05 – The Earliest Mention Of Organizing A Fire Company for Stamford

1913-06-12: Major Train Wreck in Stamford Results in the Deaths of Six People

On Thursday, June 12, 1913, the second section of the Boston Express crashed into the first section near the Canal Street Bridge in Stamford. Six people lost their lives and another twenty were sent to the hospital with a wide range of injuries. The Stamford Fire Department was called to [...]

By |2021-11-25T03:27:31-05:00November 25, 2021|Categories: 1910-1919, Train Incident|Comments Off on 1913-06-12: Major Train Wreck in Stamford Results in the Deaths of Six People

1951-05-02: Cigarette Causes Major Fire at the Augusta Building at 485-503 Atlantic Street

The picture shown below has been hanging on the wall at Fire Headquarters for years.  It was donated by Deputy Chief Jack Boesen many years ago. It has a label on it that says: Unknown Fire on Atlantic Street, 1951 Jack Dillon, John Boesen and Captain Frank Fox. Jack [...]

By |2021-11-04T21:05:05-05:00November 4, 2021|Categories: 1900's, 1950-1959, Commercial Building Fire, Residential Fire|Comments Off on 1951-05-02: Cigarette Causes Major Fire at the Augusta Building at 485-503 Atlantic Street

1986: Stamford Fire Department Honor Guard Marching In Two Events

The Stamford Fire Department was formed in the 1980's.  Several members have served for the Honor Guard for more than two decades.

By |2021-10-31T01:51:45-05:00October 31, 2021|Categories: 1900's, 1980-1989, Honor Guard, Parade, Timeline|Comments Off on 1986: Stamford Fire Department Honor Guard Marching In Two Events

1990-11-19: Boat Fire in Stamford Harbor

An explosion and fire in Stamford Harbor knocked a boater into the water.  He was rescued by nearby witnesses.  The boater was fueling his boat using an electric drill when the explosion occurred.  Firefighters used foam to suppress the fire.

By |2021-10-30T23:49:35-05:00October 30, 2021|Categories: 1900's, 1990-1999, Boat Fire, Timeline|Comments Off on 1990-11-19: Boat Fire in Stamford Harbor

1981-02-08: Cigarette Causes Fire That Destroy Apartment

A cigarette was named as the cause of a fire that destroyed an apartment and displaced six families for a period of time.  Nobody was injured in the fire

By |2021-10-30T23:40:21-05:00October 30, 2021|Categories: 1900's, 1980-1989, Residential Fire, Timeline|Comments Off on 1981-02-08: Cigarette Causes Fire That Destroy Apartment

1961-09: The 1960-1961 Annual Report of the SFD

The fire losses in the area served by this department showed an increase from $512,796.42 in 1959–60 to $547,040.04 in 1960-61. Due to the fact that there were no four-alarm fires during the past year, it was hoped that the fire losses in the area of the Stamford Fire Department [...]

By |2021-09-03T14:50:43-05:00September 3, 2021|Categories: 1900's, 1960-1969, Annual Reports, Timeline|Comments Off on 1961-09: The 1960-1961 Annual Report of the SFD

1951: Equipment Inventory of the Stamford Fire Department

The image below shows the entire 1951 inventory of apparatus according to the Fairfield County Chief's Emergency Plan.  The inventory reveals that the 1951 SFD had four pumpers, an 85' aerial, a 65' aerial with booster tank, two City Service Trucks, one Rescue Truck, one Ambulance and one Chemical Hose [...]

By |2021-09-03T12:59:28-05:00September 3, 2021|Categories: 1900's, 1950-1959, Apparatus, Equipment, Timeline|Comments Off on 1951: Equipment Inventory of the Stamford Fire Department
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