About Philip Hayes

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

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 [...]

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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 |2021-06-17T21:59:53-05:00June 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.

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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 |2021-06-14T13:20:01-05:00June 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 |2021-06-09T02:29:45-05:00June 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 |2021-06-09T00:40:50-05:00June 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

1885-06: The Very First Fire Districts and Bell Sequences for the New Stamford Fire Department (with a Map)

These bell sequences would ring at the Luther Street Fire Station and at the Stamford Town Hall letting everybody know that there was an alarm of Fire and its approximate location.  Call firefighters would rush to the station and try to catch a ride to the fire on one of [...]

By |2021-06-08T23:46:22-05:00June 8, 2021|Categories: 1800's, 1880-1889, Alarm Room, Map, Timeline|Comments Off on 1885-06: The Very First Fire Districts and Bell Sequences for the New Stamford Fire Department (with a Map)

1984-11-26: Apartment Fire at 65 Prospect Street, One Rescued

Stamford firefighters responded to 65 Prospect Street for a report of an activated fire alarm sounding in an apartment on the 7th floor.  On arrival, firefighters determined the alarm was sounding in Apartment 7B.  They quickly gained entry to the apartment and found a fire in the bedroom that was [...]

By |2021-06-08T13:46:27-05:00June 8, 2021|Categories: 1900's, 1980-1989, Residential Fire, Timeline|Comments Off on 1984-11-26: Apartment Fire at 65 Prospect Street, One Rescued

1885-05-15: Borough of Stamford Adopts Ordinances Establishing the “First” Stamford Fire Department

Just over a month after the Committee on the Fire Department published recommendations in the Stamford Advocate for a partially paid (call) Fire Department for the Borough, the Board of Wardens and Burgesses publish the required ordinances that establish the "first" Stamford Fire Department. There are a few differences between the [...]

By |2021-06-02T17:00:33-05:00June 2, 2021|Categories: 1800's, 1850-1859, Landmark Historical Event, Timeline|Comments Off on 1885-05-15: Borough of Stamford Adopts Ordinances Establishing the “First” Stamford Fire Department

1885-04-03: The Committee on the Fire Department Recommends a Partially Paid (Call) Fire Department for Stamford

On April 3, 19885, the Committee on the Fire Department published a recommendation in the Stamford Advocate for a partially paid (call) Fire Department for the Borough. According to the recommendation, it should have a Chief Engineer and Engineman who give their full time to the service and are paid [...]

By |2021-06-02T15:24:20-05:00June 2, 2021|Categories: 1800's, 1880-1889, Landmark Historical Event, Timeline|Comments Off on 1885-04-03: The Committee on the Fire Department Recommends a Partially Paid (Call) Fire Department for Stamford
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