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+00:00September 3, 2021|Categories: 1900's, 1950-1959, Apparatus, Equipment, Timeline|0 Comments

1904-02-04: John George Schlechtweg Pumping the American LaFrance Steamer

This photo is of John George Schlechtweg, pumping the American LaFrance Steamer Engine at the Stamford Town Hall Fire on February 4, 1904. John received his appointment as a "call" firefighter on July1, 1889. He received his appointment as a career firefighter on March 1, 1910. He resigned and was [...]

By |2021-05-05T12:48:10+00:00May 5, 2021|Categories: 1900-1909, Apparatus, Commercial Building Fire, Firefighters, Personnel|Tags: |Comments Off on 1904-02-04: John George Schlechtweg Pumping the American LaFrance Steamer

1885-1915: The Horses of the Stamford Department

This article is dedicated to the numerous hard-working horses of the Stamford Fire Department. They deserve special recognition, often providing a near lifetime of service to the Citizens of Stamford. HarryHarry (2)Dick ZophGeorgeFrankHomer JimEagleBilly BoThe other unnamed Horses Stamford's first horse-drawn steam pumper arrived on February 3, 1883. But they [...]

By |2021-05-20T23:58:50+00:00April 21, 2021|Categories: 1800's, 1880-1889, 1890-1899, 1900's, featured, Horses, Timeline|Tags: |Comments Off on 1885-1915: The Horses of the Stamford Department

1989: Mack CF/Ranger 1000/400/50′ Tele-Squirt (E4) & Mack CF/Ranger 1000/500 (E3)

This two engines were warmly received by the members of the Department. The Tele-Squirt served the East side of Stamford as Engine 4, while its twin, without the squirt, served as Engine 3 for many years.  

By |2021-06-01T01:57:29+00:00April 3, 2021|Categories: 1900's, 1980-1989, Apparatus, New Apparatus, Timeline|Comments Off on 1989: Mack CF/Ranger 1000/400/50′ Tele-Squirt (E4) & Mack CF/Ranger 1000/500 (E3)

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

An Illustrated History of Stamford’s Hand Drawn Fire Apparatus (Handtubs)

Handtub "a fire-fighting apparatus consisting of an often tub-shaped reservoir of water pumped out through a hose by means of a pump with brakes that are rocked up and down by a number of men on each side of the apparatus. ... Also called a hand pumper or hand engine [...]

By |2021-05-20T23:59:24+00:00November 30, 2020|Categories: Apparatus, featured|Tags: |Comments Off on An Illustrated History of Stamford’s Hand Drawn Fire Apparatus (Handtubs)

The Rippowam… Stamford’s First Pumping Apparatus

The Rippowam as it sat in the "relic" room of the Central Fire Station Stamford's first pumping apparatus was known as the "Rippowam."  Pictured above, the "Rippowam" survived the early 1900's and was on display in the "Relic" room on the third floor of the new Central Fire Station which [...]

By |2016-12-04T04:10:40+00:00December 4, 2016|Categories: Apparatus|Comments Off on The Rippowam… Stamford’s First Pumping Apparatus

1947: The Stamford Fire Department in the Hit Movie Boomerang

The 1947 video clip below shows the interior of the old "Central Fire Station", with the church across the street.   The station was directly next door to the present day "Central Fire Station", commonly referred to today as "Headquarters." The clip comes to us by way of the 1947 hit [...]

By |2021-05-25T01:29:48+00:00December 2, 2016|Categories: 1900's, 1940-1949, Fire Stations, Timeline, Topics|Tags: , |Comments Off on 1947: The Stamford Fire Department in the Hit Movie Boomerang

2009 Firefighter of the Year Captain Matthew T Palmer

Matthew T. Palmer was cited for his life-saving efforts while he was off duty. He was on his way home from working an extra shift at the Stamford Fire and Rescue Department when he stopped to assist a man who had collapsed on the sidewalk in front of a building [...]

By |2021-05-03T21:31:45+00:00November 27, 2016|Categories: 2000's, 2000-2009, Fire Captains, Firefighter of the Year, Timeline|Tags: |Comments Off on 2009 Firefighter of the Year Captain Matthew T Palmer

2010 Firefighter of the Year Lieutenant James B Arndt

Fire Lieutenant James B. Arndt has been chosen as the 2010 “Firefighter of the Year” for his outstanding & unconditional service and contribution to this department. Jim has devoted an exorbitant amount of time to establishing the MDT system, Firehouse maintenance, PC & printer repair and maintenance, and the dispatching [...]

By |2016-12-02T01:30:37+00:00November 27, 2016|Categories: Fire Lieutenants, Firefighter of the Year|Tags: |Comments Off on 2010 Firefighter of the Year Lieutenant James B Arndt
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