1920-1954: Fire Chief Victor H Veit

Served as Fire Chief (1920 - 1954) Fire Chief Victor H. Veit, Chief of the department for 33 years, got his start in 1896, just around the corner from his job at Yale & Towne. "It was a little old barn," recalled the Chief. George Walton was Captain, and nobody [...]

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1950-11-06: Conflagration Destroys Diamond Match Company Lumbar Yard and Several Other Buildings and Homes

Children playing with flares and dynamite caps are believed to be the cause of a blaze that razed a lumber yard, damaged an adjoining 4-story distilling plant, destroyed three houses, and partially burned three others. The children reportedly stole flares and dynamite caps from the nearby rail yard around 5;50 [...]

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1950: The Members of the Stamford Fire Department in Pictures

Captains Supervisors & Inspectors Firefighters

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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 [...]

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1952-04-24: The First of Several Two-way Radios Was Installed

The first two-way General Elec. FM radio receiver and transmitter was installed in the Chiefs Car, a 1950 Dodge  - Serial Number N-5391.  The radio was installed by Charles Ruby of Fairfield Marine Co., 433 Main St. and H. C. Oefinger, Supt. Of Fire Alarm.  In the coming months, additional [...]

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1954-09-03: Elevator Motor Fire at 1 Atlantic Street

Early in the day of September 3, 1954, Stamford Firefighters from the Central and Westside Fire Stations were called to 1 Atlantic Street for an elevator motor fire. Firefighters had to enter the building through a fourth-floor window to extinguish the fire using Truck 1's 85-foot aerial ladder. The fire [...]

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1954-10-29: Lione – Mitchell Building at 209 Bedford Street Gutted in Early Morning Fire

An early morning fire gutted a two-story mercantile building at 209 Bedford Street.  The fire at the Lione - Mitchell Building also threatened several adjacent buildings but was brought under control before the fire could spread.  The Delf Company, a hardware store on the first floor, The Vuono Construction Company, [...]

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1955-08-05: Stamford First Black Firefighter Starts Career with Five Others

David Austin, Stamford's fire black firefighter and five others; Hugh Winters, Michael B Coppola, William J McCarthy, , Martin McNamara and Barkley Berg, begin their long careers with the Stamford Fire Department.

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1955-09-21: 85′ Maxim Aerial Ladder Arrives in Stamford and Placed Into Service as Truck #4

The 1955 85' Maxim Ladder Truck arrived from the factory at 4:24 pm with company engineer Fred Haskins and sales representative R. Bartholemew. This truck officially assigned as #4 Truck and assigned to Station #4 after testing and breaking-in drivers. The #2 Maxim Aerial Ladder Truck which had been serving [...]

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1955: Maxim 85’ Aerial Ladder Truck

Service History: Truck 4 9/21/1955: Arrived from factory at 4:24pm with company engineer Fred Haskins and R. Bartholemew sales representative. This truck officially #4 Truck.9/22/1955: #4 Maxim Aerial Ladder Truck after testing and breaking drivers went in commission at #4 Station as #4 Truck.#2 Maxim Aerial Ladder Truck which had been [...]

By |2021-06-01T01:56:22+00:00November 30, 2020|Categories: 1900's, 1950-1959, Apparatus, New Apparatus, Timeline|Comments Off on 1955: Maxim 85’ Aerial Ladder Truck
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