About Philip Hayes

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

1930-05-14: Chief Victor Veit Sets the Standard for School Fire Drills in Stamford

According to an article published on 5/14/1930 in the Fire & Water Engineering Magazine, then Fire Chief Victor Veit was responsible for establishing the system of organized fire drills for stamford students that continues into today...  without the surprise visits of course.  The magazine pays him great homage with the [...]

By |2021-06-19T21:26:33+00:00June 19, 2021|Categories: 1900's, 1930-1939, Fire Prevention, Timeline|Comments Off on 1930-05-14: Chief Victor Veit Sets the Standard for School Fire Drills in Stamford

1911-12-20: An article About Stamford’s First Fire Engine Trial

On December 20, 1911, Fire & Water Engineering Magazine (now Fire Engineering) published an interesting article about the trials of Stamford's first motorized pumping engine, an American LaFrance.   Lots of out of town guests participated in the trials. After witnessing an exhaustive demonstration of the powers of the new [...]

By |2021-06-19T01:01:01+00:00June 19, 2021|Categories: 1900's, 1910-1919, New Apparatus, Timeline|Comments Off on 1911-12-20: An article About Stamford’s First Fire Engine Trial

1972-12-12: The New Central Fire Station Opens in Stamford

Groundbreaking for the new fire station occurred on June 15, 1971.  The official opening and flag-raising ceremonies were held at the new Central Fire Headquarters on December 12, 1972. Present were Mayor Julius Wilensky, Fire Chief Charles R. McRedmond, Chairman of the Fire Commission member Joseph A. Czescik, John E. [...]

By |2021-06-18T00:47:27+00:00June 18, 2021|Categories: 1900's, 1970-1979, Fire Stations, Timeline|Comments Off on 1972-12-12: The New Central Fire Station Opens in Stamford

1917-07-31: SFD Acts Swiftly To Contain Explosive Fire At Southfield Avenue Factory

An explosion at the American Synthetic Color Company,  caused by acids or some other chemical occurred at 5:30 in the evening on July 31, 1917.  Firefighters from the Westside and Southend fire stations responded to the blaze at Sunnyside and Southfield Avenues.  The alarm reportedly caused more than $50,000 in [...]

By |2021-06-17T22:35:49+00:00June 17, 2021|Categories: 1900's, 1910-1919, Commercial Building Fire, Timeline|Comments Off on 1917-07-31: SFD Acts Swiftly To Contain Explosive Fire At Southfield Avenue Factory

1925-08-08: Firemen Build Drill Tower in Spare Time

Stamford firefighters have a long-standing tradition of helping to improve the job that they love so much. In 1925, when budget constraints prevailed, Stamford Firefighters saved taxpayers $1,500 ($23,0000 in today's money) by building their own training tower in the back of the Central Fire Station. The tower was designed [...]

By |2021-06-17T21:59:53+00:00June 17, 2021|Categories: 1900's, 1920-1929, Timeline, Training|Comments Off on 1925-08-08: Firemen Build Drill Tower in Spare Time

1964-09-14: 24th Annual Stamford Firefighters Memorial Tribute

From 1940 to at least 1964, Stamford Firefighters from the Stamford Fire Department and the Big Five Fire Departments paid tribute to their fallen comrades in an annual ceremony held each September.

By |2021-06-17T02:00:35+00:00June 17, 2021|Categories: 1900's, 1960-1969, Off-Duty, Timeline|Comments Off on 1964-09-14: 24th Annual Stamford Firefighters Memorial Tribute

1914: Stamford’s “Auto” Fire Department Postcard

This picture is a high resolution scan of a mint condition colorized postcard from roughly 1914.  It depicts the motorized apparatus of the Stamford Fire Department in front of the Luther Street Fire Station.  With the first motorized Pope Hartford Chief's Car being bought in November of 1913 (shown as [...]

By |2021-06-14T13:20:01+00:00June 14, 2021|Categories: 1900's, 1910-1919, Timeline, Views|Comments Off on 1914: Stamford’s “Auto” Fire Department Postcard

1885-06: Rules & Regulations of the Fire Department

Membership. Persons to be eligible to membership in the department must be over twenty-one years of age, residents of the Borough of Stamford, citizens of the United States, of good moral character, and able to read and write. Every officer or member before entering on his duties shall sign an agreement, [...]

By |2021-06-09T02:29:45+00:00June 9, 2021|Categories: 1800's, 1880-1889, Ordinances Rules Regulations & Orders, Timeline|Comments Off on 1885-06: Rules & Regulations of the Fire Department

1885-06: Ordinances Pertaining to the New Borough of Stamford Fire Department

The following ordinances were transcribed from a book containing the original Borough ordinances pertaining to the new Stamford Fire Department.   Be it ordained by the Warden and Burgesses of the Borough of Stamford: SECTION 1. The fire department of the Borough of Stamford shall consist of [...]

By |2021-06-09T00:40:50+00:00June 8, 2021|Categories: 1800's, 1880-1889, Ordinances Rules Regulations & Orders, Timeline|Tags: , , |Comments Off on 1885-06: Ordinances Pertaining to the New Borough of Stamford Fire Department
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