There are a few areas of business I'd like to cover. As some of you already are aware, I took a new position in South Carolina. It was a very smart move on my part and I am quite happy I made the choice I made. With that being said, I am going to remain as active as possible regarding the fire and EMS apparatus within Connecticut. I will also return to Connecticut to do some apparatus photography and see some of my friends throughout the year. This is a hobby that I very much enjoy.
I have decided to bring my fire apparatus photography to South Carolina. I am hoping within the next few weeks to start doing apparatus photography down here as well. There is a lot of apparatus to be photographed in this area.
The next area of business is the website. I have spent quite a bit of time messing around with several website building companies. I have finally found one that is "Mike proof." I am building two websites, one to replace this website and one for my South Carolina photographs. I am hoping to have both up and running in the next few weeks. I am the least computer savvy person, so this has taken me a lot longer to do than I thought. For that, I do apologize.
Last but certainly not least, I owe a very big thank you to Chief Hanks and the Naugatuck Fire Department. I was given the pleasure to photograph their new Spartan/Marion pumper which was published in the Marion 2015 calendar as "Mrs. November." This was my first published photograph and I am very grateful for the opportunity.
I am also very thankful for all the people who help me make this website, my hobby a reality. I met some of the best people doing my apparatus photography and I am very thankful for the friendships I have made and continue to make. I would especially like to thank the Connecticut Fire Equipment Mechanics Association members who welcomed me into their organization when I first started doing photographs. Excellent group of members with some top shelf training courses. Every department should have an active member in the organization. Thank you.
I am still a member of:
- Connecticut Fire Equipment Mechanics Association (http://www.cfema.org/)
- Connecticut Fire Photographers Association
- Southern Connecticut Antique Fire Apparatus Collectors
Stay warm and above all, be safe.
2015 News and Information
Ashford: Ashford has a Spartan/ERV 1500/1000 engine tanker on order with an early summer expected delivery.
Atwood Hose (Plainfield): Spec's for a new hose wagon to replace the Mack "R" / Ferrar
Avon: Avon Fire has placed an order with GK for two pumpers. A late summer delivery is expected.
Ansonia: Ansonia Rescue Medical Services is currently spec'ing a new ambulance
Bantam (Litchfield): Engine 35, 2001 Spartan Gladiator / Gowans Knight 1500/1000 underwent a major refurbishment by GK after an accident. The truck is now back in service.
Bantam (Litchfield): A new tanker 33 is being spec'd out and will likely be ordered in the next budget year. It will likely be a 1500/2500 tanker on a Peterbuilt or Kenworth chassis.
Beacon Falls: Funds have been approved for a new Engine 1, which will be a Quint. To date, I do not think a contract has been signed with any manufacturer.
Bethel: Funds are approved and Sutphen was awarded the bid for a new engine 2000/100040/F. It will replace Engine 5, a 1994 Spartan / Smeal.
Bethlehem: Bethlehem Ambulance is now operating out of a new station across from Bethlehem Fire next to the bank. They were housed inside the firehouse prior to this new facility.
Bethlehem: Bethlehem Fire is in the early stages of spec'g a pumper tanker.
Burlington: Construction on the new Lake Garda Fire Station should begin this Spring.
Bradley International Airport: 1995 KME 1500/1000 (?) being prepared for service.
Bradley International Airport: A 2015 Sutphen 75' Quint will be delivered later this year.
Branford: Engine 4 is back in service after being sent to Twin Lights for a refurb. Currently Engine 2 is being refurbished. Both engines are 1997 Pierce Saber 1500/500 and are now painted white over red.
Branford: Funds are being requested to knock down and build a new Indian Neck / Pine Orchard fire station.
Bridgeport: Battalion #1 and Battalion #2 have been asigned 2015 Chevy Suburbans
Bristol: Bristol will be taken delivery of a Pierce engine in the next few weeks.
Brookfield: Brookfield Fire should have funds approved for a new pumper in the near future if not already.
Brooklyn: The Mortlake Fire Company placed a 2014 Spartan Metro Star / Rescue 1 250/250 Walk Around Heavy Rescue demo truck into service.
Canton: The town approved spending money to replace the current ladder truck which needs about 100K in work to be placed back in service.
Canton Update 3/4: A 100' Pierce Demo Quint has been purchased and will be delivered in the next several weeks.
Central Village (Plainfield): A Seagrave Rescue Pumper 1500/750 black over red is currently being built which wil replace the Freighliner / Central States.
Colchester: 2014 Spartan/Marion Heavy Rescue now in service
Connecticut Fire Academy: Funds are approved for a new pumper, but I do not think a contract has been signed.
Coventry: The Coventry & North Coventry Fire Departments are looking to merge and become a single department in town.
Cromwell: 2015 Ford / Lifeline Ambulance
Danbury: 2015 Pierce Arrow XT 95' Mid Mount Aerial is now assigned to Truck 1.
Danielson (Killingly): A GMC Sierra / Utility vehicle is now in service as an EMS vehicle. Danielson Fire and South Killingly did a joint purchase.
Dayville (Killingly): Dayville Fire took delivery of a 2014 Pierce Velocity 2000/1000/30F
Deep River: 5-7-1 is a 2007 American LaFrance / LTI 100' Mid Mount 2000/300. 2012 Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus in Alabama refurbishment. The truck previously served Schenectady, New York.
Derby: 2015 Pierce Arrow will be assigned to Storms Engine 12.
Derby: FD-10, the 2nd ambulance in town has retuned from Twin Lights after being refurbished. The body was mounted on a new cab and chassis.
Derby: Storms ambulance purchased the bus Trumbull Center Fire once ran as a dive truck.
Derby: Storms Ambulance purchased and rennovated a new facility which will house some of their equipment.
Durham: A new ambulance is in the works with a 2015 delivery expected.
Durham: Durham is in an early phase to possibly combine the fire station, ambuance and resident trooper into a single facility.
Eastford: A Spartan/ERV 1500/1000 pumper tanker should be delivered later this year.
East Putnam: East Putnam Fire is now operating from their new fire station. I was fortunate enough to get a tour of it. Nice job.
Ellington: Ellington Fire is in the early stages of spec'g a new pumper.
Enfield: Enfield Fire is spec'ing a new pumper and new aerial truck but nothing has been ordered yet.
Essex: A new attack pumper is in the early planning / spec'ing stages. It will be housed at the Ivoryton Fire Station.
Greenwich: Engine 4 and Engine 8 have been assigned 2014 Seagrave Marauder II 1500/750 Rescue Engines which are now in service.
Greenwich: Greenwich Fire Headquarters is making progress and should be completed in mid 2016. Approval for a new sub station should begin when headquarters draws nearer in completion.
Griswold: Griswold Ambulance has been sold to a commercial company who will take over the towns EMS services.
Groton Sub Base: Squad-67 is a 2014 KME Preator Walk Around
Guilford: (2) Spartan / 4-Guys 1500/3500 pumper tankers were delivered with one being assigned to fire headquarters and the other going to North Guilford.
Hamden: Hamden is spec'ing an engine which will likely go to Engine 3 and give the department two spare pumpers.
Hamden: 2014 F-350 Pick-Up trucks with cabs to replace the rescue trucks in service.
Hartford: Frog Hollow Engine 8 will be assigned a Sutphen Shield 1500/500.
Hartford: A new Sutphen Tower Ladder should be delivered later this year.
Harwinton: Harwinton EMS has a new facility. I don't know if they moved in yet, but the new station is next to the Harwinton Fire Station where the old gas station once sat.
Hebron: 2014 Spartan / 4-Guys 1500/1000 pumper delivered
Jordan Fire (Waterford): A 2014 E-One Typhoon 1500/500/30B engine was placed into service as Engine 11.
Lisbon: Lisbon Fire is in the planning / spec'ing stages of a new pumper tanker.
Lisbon: Lisbon is looking at options for the existing fire station which include remodeling and adding space to the existing firehouse or building a completely new fire station.
Long Hill Fire (Trumbull): Construction to remodel one or two of the fire stations should begin at some point in the near future. I believe station 2 and station 3 will be getting a full remodel.
Lyme: 2014 Ford F-550 / General Brush Truck
Madison: Madison Hose Company is in the planning / spec'ing stages on a new heavy rescue.
Mansfield: A tanker is currently in the early planning / spec'ing stages.
Mansfield: 2015 Spartan Gladitor / ERV Engine Tanker. Expected delivery is early Spring.
Meriden: Meriden took delivery of a 2008 Spartan/Crimson pumper 1250/750. It was purchased from the Union Fire District in South KIngstown, Rhode Island where it served as Engine 18, housed at Matunuck Fire Station #7. The newly aquired engine was painted silver over red to match E3 & T1. Once ready, it will be assigned to Engine 5 and the current Engine 5 will likely become a reserve. The yellow engine aquired from CVH will become a training engine.
Middlefield: 2014 HME/Gowans Knight 1750/500
Middletown: Funds were approved for the purchase of a new pumper. I believe if any money is left over, they will be able to refurbish an engine as well.
Milford: Milford should be taking delivery of a new Smeal 75' Quint which will be assigned to Quint-5, a new unit designation to replace engine.
Monroe: Monroe EMS took delivery of a custom Ford/PL Custom ambulance. A 2nd demo ambulance was also purchased. Both are in service.
Montville: Montville Fire placed an order with Ferrara for a heavy rescue which is slated for delivery later this year.
Morris: Morris Fire is in the very early stages of spec'g a new pumper tanker.
Mystic: 2014 Spartan / Marion Walk Around Rescue
Naugatuck: The 2nd Pierce engine was returned from Bulldog Fire Apparatus after going through an extensive refurbishment.
Nepaug Fire (New Hartford): Nepaug has sent their 1995 International / US Tanker 1250/3000 tanker to be refurbished. The body will be remounted on a 2015 Kenworth chassis. It should be returned and in service this spring.
New Britain: A new Smeal ladder truck is expected to be delivered this summer and it will be assigned to Ladder 1.
New Canaan: 2014 Spartan/Marion 1500/750 (?) engine assigned to Engine 1 in service.
New Fairfield: 2014 Chevy / PL Custom Ambulance
New Hartford: Although I do not have specifics, New Hartford Fire has placed an order for a new rescue truck.
New Haven: New Haven will be taking delivery of a new engine later this year.
Newtown: I believe either a couple of tankers or pumper tankers are on the drawing board but to my knowledge nothing has been ordered.
Norfolk: Norfolk Fire refurbished their Engine and Tanker at Gowans Knight. They're looking to purchase a utility vehicle.
Nichols Fire (Trumbull): 2015 Spartan / Gowans Knight 1500/700 Rescue Pumper with a summertime delivery expected.
North Branford: 2015 Kenworth / US Tanker 1000GPM/3000 tanker which will be housed at fire station #3. Expected delivery is late summer to early Fall.
North Branford: The 2nd ambulance should be coming back from AEV after being refurbished. The body will be on a new cab and chassis.
North Canaan: North Canaan EMS recently placed in service a 2014 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor as an EMS Fly Car.
Northfield Fire (Litchfield): A new Smeal pumper tanker is on order with a late summer delivery expected.
North Haven: A white over red Smeal Sirius 2000/1000 is now running as Engine 1. The old Engine 1 became Engine 2.
North Haven: Emergency 1 is now a 2014 Ford F-450 / PL Custom
North Haven: The remodeling project at both fire stations 3 and 4 should be completed later this year. The entire project consisted of remodeling fire headquarters, station 3 and station 4 while station 2 was torn down and a new station was built. Fire Headquarters & Montowese were completed last summer.
North Stonington: A new combination fire and ambulance station was approved but am unsure of the status as to a completion date.
Norwich: Engine 3 is a 2014 Ferrara Inferno 1500/500
Old Mystic: OMFD purchased Goshen (Waterford) old engine for a spare. A new engine should be ordered later this year to replace the Quantum.
Old Saybrook: The Old Saybrook Fire Department will be getting a new Pierce Velocity 1500/1000 (Specs ?) to be assigned Engine-352.
Orange: Orange Fire purchased a Smeal Demo pumper which will be assigned to Engine 34 and run from the Boston Post Road fire station.
Orange: Spec's are currently being drawn up to replace the Mack CF with a Quint. An order should be placed in the Fall of 2015.
Oxford: Planning and spec'ing for a new pumper are underway. I do not know if a contract has been signed.
Pawcatuck (Stonington): 2014 E-One Typhoon 1500/500
Plainfield: The Plainfield American Legion, which operates the town ambulances, placed into service a 2014 GMC / PL Custom ambulance.
Plymouth: The Terryville Fire Department will be taking delivery of a Spartan Metro Star / Gowans Knight 1500/1000 for Engine 2.
Poquonnock Bridge (Groton): Engine-33 Spartan/???? (Marion or Smeal, can't remember) will be getting refurbished this year.
Poquonnock Bridge (Groton): 2012 Smeal Sirius 100' RMA Demo.
Poquonnock Bridge (Groton): Fort Hill Fire Station is no longer staffed nor is it housing any apparatus.
Portland: A new Spartan Gladiator / 4-Guys 1500/750/20F is ordered with an early summer delivery expected.
Pratt & Whitney: The East Hartford plant will be taking delivery of a Freightliner/Pierce pumper this Spring.
Preston: Preston Fire will be taking delivery of a 2014 Smeal Sirius 1500/1000/25F
Prospect: Prospect Fire has a Kenworth/Pierce ????/3000 tanker on order. Expected delivery is late Spring.
Putnam: Voters approved funding for Putnam Fire to replace a 1985 GMC / Ranger Walk-In with a 2001 Freightliner / Ferrara Rescue Pumper.
Quiambaug: Early stages of planning for a new apparatus.
Ridgefield: Another E-One pumper is in the works for a near future order. The new engine will be identical as Engine 1 and an order should be placed in the next several months.
Salisbury: 2014 Ford / EJ Metals mini pumper / brush truck
Sherman: A new ambulance and a new pumper are in the spec'ing stage
Simsbury: (2) Spartan Metro Star / 4-Guys 1500/1000/20F are now in service.
Somers: Somers Fire took delivery of a 2014 kenworth T-800 / 4-Guys 1250/3000 tanker as Tanker 146.
Somers: Somers placed an order with Lifeline for a new ambulance on a Dodge 4x4 chassis. Ambulance 646 will be assigned the new piece, slated to be delivered later this year.
South Fire District (Middletown): A 2014 Spartan Metro Star / Marion 1500/1000/20A/20B Demo pumper is now in service as Engine 32.
South Killingly: A GMC Sierra / Utility vehicle is now in service as an EMS vehicle. Danielson Fire and South Killingly did a joint purchase.
South Windsor: Engine 4 2014 Sutphen 1500/750/60F
Southbury: Southbury Ambulance recently placed a 2014 GMC/Lifeline in service
Southington: Southington ordered a Sutphen pumper which will be identical to the current Sutphen they ordered a few years ago.
Stonington Borough: Stonington Borough Fire is in the planning / spec stage of a new pumper.
Stratford: 2015 Chevy Suburban assigned to Car 3
Stratford: 2015 Seagrave 95' Aerial Scope to replace the current Pierce aerial is on order. Expected delivery is late Spring.
Stratford: A new fireboat has been delivered to the SFD.
Taftville (Norwich): The dive team purchased Mystics 1990 International / Marion Walk In as the new dive truck.
Thomaston: A new Smeal Rescue Pumper is on order and should be delivered later this year.
Thompsonville (Enfield): The new Thompsonville Fire Station should be completed later this year.
Torrington: Torrington Fire replaced their ladder truck with a 2013 Rosenbauer 109' RMA Quint,
Union: Union Fire purchased Willington Fire former ambulance which is a 2006 Freightliner / Lifeline. It is undergoing a refurbishment and will become Union's rescue truck.
Wallingford: Construction on a new fire station 7 should begin this year. Also, the rest of the funds for a new training tower / facility should be applied in the next budget. I believe the hope is also to replace Engine 2 with a twin pumper to Engine 1, however nothing has been approved to date.
Watertown: A Smeal Tower was ordered with delivery expected later this year.
Water Witch (New Milford): 2014 Spartan / Marion 1500/750 pumper truck is now in service.
West Haven (Allingtown): The current E-One tower is for sale and a new Quint is being spec'd out. I do not believe anything has been ordered.
Westfield (Middletown): 2015 Spartan / Rescue 1 Walk Around Heavy Rescue. Expected delivery is early summer.
Wethersfield: 2014 Sutphen 75' Quint is in service, designated as Truck 22.
Wequetequock Fire (Stonington): A new KME pumper is now in service
Williamsville / Rogers Fire (Killingly): Recently purchased and placed into service a 1997 E-One Cyclone 1500/1000 as ET-260. This apparatus previously served Dayville Fire in town as ET-163.
Willington: Ambulance 513 is now assigned a 2015 Ford F-550 / Lifeline 4x4. This ambulance replaces a 2006 Freightliner / Lifeline which has been sold to the Union, Ct Fire Department.
Willington: Funds are approved for a new engine tanker. A manufacturer should be selected and a contract signed in the next couple of months. This will replace the 1981 American LaFrance that previously served Willington Hill.
Willington: A 2014 Ford F-350 Pick-Up was placed into service as Service 213.
Willington: ET-113, a 1990 International / Darley 1500/2000 was refurbished by Gowans Knight in 2014.
Willington Hill (Willington): The Mack / Marion rescue just under went a refurbishment.
Wilton: Engine 4 is a 2014 Spartan/Marion 1500/2500
Wilton: Funds have been approved for a new engine, but I do not believe an order was placed.
Windsor Locks: Windsor Locks Seagrave refurbished Aerial Scope is back in service. Looking forward to photographing the piece.
Woodbridge: Woodbridge Fire has a new engine on order with a strong possibility an aerial maybe ordered in the near future.
Woodbury: Woodbury EMS is now operating in its own station.
Woodbury: Woodbury Fire has a new command vehicle and a new brush truck is in the spec / planning stages.