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 [...]

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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.  

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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

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 [...]

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The History of Stamford’s Steam Fire Engines

During a violent afternoon storm on August 7, 1882, lightning struck the wooden steeple  of the Presbyterian Church and set it afire. The church then was on the north side of Broad St. between Bedford and Summer. Atlantic Hose Co. quickly laid hose to the belfry but hydrant pressure was [...]

By |2021-05-05T11:22:46+00:00November 24, 2016|Categories: Apparatus|Tags: , , |Comments Off on The History of Stamford’s Steam Fire Engines
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