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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1951-05-02: 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 [...]

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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 [...]

By |2021-05-21T00:42:54-05:00May 1, 2021|Categories: 1900's, 1950-1959, New Equipment, Timeline|Comments Off on 1952-04-24: The First of Several Two-way Radios Was Installed

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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