1947: Boomerang! A Scene From Inside the Original Central Fire Station

Boomerang! is a 1947 American crime film noir based on the true story of a vagrant who was accused of murder by an incompetent police force, only to be found not guilty through the efforts of the prosecutor. The film was shot mostly in Stamford after the director was denied [...]

By |2021-05-20T23:58:26+00:00April 27, 2021|Categories: 1900's, 1940-1949, featured, Off-Duty, Timeline|Tags: |Comments Off on 1947: Boomerang! A Scene From Inside the Original Central Fire Station

1950: The Members of the Stamford Fire Department in Pictures

Captains Supervisors & Inspectors Firefighters

By |2021-05-20T23:58:36+00:00April 24, 2021|Categories: 1900's, 1950-1959, Assistant Fire Chiefs, Deputy Chiefs, featured, Fire Captains, Fire Chiefs, Firefighters, Mechanics, Personnel, Timeline, Uncategorized|Tags: |Comments Off on 1950: The Members of the Stamford Fire Department in Pictures

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

1922-02-03: The Stamford Fire Department in 1922… A Pictorial and Roster

The Stamford Fire Department has grown to fifty-eight personnel in 1922, staffing three fire stations. Chief Victor Veit is in charge. During the previous year, 1921, the Department received and responded to 94 Bell Alarms, 140 Telephone Alarms and 18 verbal calls, for a total of 252 Alarms. This is [...]

By |2021-05-20T23:59:05+00:00April 8, 2021|Categories: 1900's, 1920-1929, featured, Personnel, Portraits, Timeline|Tags: |Comments Off on 1922-02-03: The Stamford Fire Department in 1922… A Pictorial and Roster

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)

1887: Picture of the Luther Street Fire Station and the Men of the SFD

On December 2, 2014, Deputy Chief Tim Conroy (now retired) presented me with a very old photograph of the Luther Street Fire Station and members of the SFD. As I remember it, he told me he found it in one of the closets at the Central Fire Station (Fire HQ). [...]

By |2021-05-20T23:59:43+00:00December 3, 2016|Categories: 1800's, 1880-1889, featured, Historical Collection, Timeline|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on 1887: Picture of the Luther Street Fire Station and the Men of the SFD

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

1913-03-23: Beehler Hat Store Fire

The following was published in the Stamford Advocate on March 24, 1913. $25,000 Fire Damage in Fessenden Block Blaze in Cellar Ruins Big Stocks of Merchandise on Easter Day BEEHLER'S LOSS, $12,000; H.NEWSTAD's, $6,000 JK Lawrence suffers $2500 loss; Royce and Judd, $200, and building damaged $3500 — tenants driven [...]

By |2021-05-03T21:22:40+00:00December 2, 2016|Categories: 1900's, 1910-1919, Commercial Building Fire, Timeline|Tags: , , |Comments Off on 1913-03-23: Beehler Hat Store Fire

1874-12-18: Meadow Street Barn Fire

Below is an article from the December 18, 1874 Stamford Advocate that tells the story of a barn fire on Meadow Street.  Fire Apparatus from the Atlantic Hose Company needed to be hauled from the center of town to Meadow Street...twice, to roughly the area where U-Haul now stands.  There [...]

By |2021-05-03T19:28:14+00:00November 27, 2016|Categories: 1800's, 1870-1879|Tags: , , |Comments Off on 1874-12-18: Meadow Street Barn Fire

1959-01-10: Freight Train Collides with Mail Train… Fire Ensues

As published in the Daily Advocate (Published as STAMFORD ADVOCATE) on January 10, 1959, pages 1 and 8 Freight Jumps Track, Crashes Mail train Four cars plunge into road after wreck at bridge All tracks tied up in wreckage – strewn area; fire results Eaighteen cars of a westbound freight train [...]

By |2021-05-03T21:22:40+00:00November 24, 2016|Categories: 1900's, 1950-1959, Timeline|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on 1959-01-10: Freight Train Collides with Mail Train… Fire Ensues
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