The Hamden Fire Department, led by Fire Chief David Berardesca, is a "combination" career-volunteer department. Twenty-three career officers and firefighters on each of four platoons man a total of 4 engine companies, 2 rescue units, 1 squad unit, and 1 tower ladder truck. In 1976, Hamden became one of the first communities in southern Connecticut to have paramedics. Last year, the department answered more than 10,000 fire and EMS calls.
Hamden also has three volunteer fire companies: Mt. Carmel Co. 5 (Est. 1911), Mix District Co. 7 (Est. 1924), and Dunbar Hill Co. 8 (Est. 1926), each of which operates under the direction of the career department. Each volunteer fire company is led by a captain, who oversees his company's volunteer firefighters, all of whom are certified by the State of Connecticut to a minimum level of Fire Fighter I.
Volunteer firefighting in Hamden is a tradition that goes back to 1896, when the Highwood Hose Co. No. 1 was organized. Seven more companies were organized during the next 30 years. The Hamden Fire Department was created under the General Statutes of the State of Connecticut in July 1925, when all the Hamden volunteer fire companies came under the authority of the Fire Chief and the Board of Fire Commissioners.
Hamden's volunteers are a very dedicated group of men and women, who devote a great deal of their own time and energy to serving their town. Hamden's volunteer fire companies have organized the annual Fourth of July Fireworks display since 1993. Hamden's fireworks display is considered by many to be the best in the region.
Click on the volunteer company photo below to visit their website/webpage.
Mt. Carmel Co. 5 (CLICK)
Mix District Co. 7 (CLICK)
Dunbar Hill Co. 8 (CLICK)
Official website for the Hamden Volunteer Firefighters' Fourth of July Fireworks