Emergency Activations!  

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 @ 13:40 pm 

A Working Fire at a Private Dwelling at 113 First Street.  Hamden Firefighters contained the fire to the rear porch and kitchen of the 1 Family Private Dwelling. Six residents were dispaced due to the fire and smoke damage. 

A porch fire caused by improperly discarded ashes displaced a family of five from their home Wednesday afternoon in Hamden, according to fire officials. Firefighters were dispatched to the home at 113 First Street at 1:40 p.m. Engine 2 arrived at the scene at 1:43 to find heavy smoke coming from the rear of the two-story house.

An attack line was stretched to the rear porch that was heavily involved in fire and the porch fire was quickly knocked down. The fire extended into the kitchen where crews continued to put out hot spots and perform overhaul to check for any further extension.

The Hamden CERT Personnel supplied the family with warm beverages and assistance with the relocation process on their vehicle until the arrival of the Red Cross who completed the process. 

The Hamden Fire Department would like to remind residents to practice fire safety when removing ashes from a fireplace or wood stove. Make sure to place them into a fire-resistant metal can with a tight-fitting lid. Never keep the metal can in or near your home; keeping it at least 10 feet away. Never use a paper bag, cardboard box, or plastic trash bag to dispose of ashes. Never place the metal container next to the firewood pile, against the garage, on or under a wooden deck or under a porch."

Friday, November 8, 2019 @ 2:51 am 

A Working Fire at a Private Dwelling, Hamden Firefighters contained the fire to the owner's vehicle and garage of the 1 Family Private Dwelling. Eight residents were dispaced due to the fire and smoke damage. 

Earlier today, November 08, 2019; the Hamden Fire Department was dispatched (02:51 AM) to a fire at 89 Stanley Road. Engine 2 arrived first on scene within 2 minutes of the dispatch (02:53 AM). Engine 2 reported heavy fire coming from an attached garage of a one story ranch style home. The fire in the garage was quickly knocked down by suppression crews. There was a heavy smoke condition throughout the home as crews checked for fire extension in the bedrooms directly above the fire.  Eight people were displaced from the home as a result of the fire including seven family members and a family friend. They are staying with family until they can reoccupy the house. 

Hamden CERT was notified by Central Communications and activated to assist with firefighter rehabilitation and any relocation services needed by the occupants. CERT Personnel assisted on scene and were released at 05:50 hours.  

Friday, April 19, 2019 @ 2:28 pm 

A Working Fire at a Private Dwelling, Hamden Firefighters contained the fire to the attic and roof area of the 1 Family Private Dwelling. Three residents were dispaced due to the fire and smoke damage. 

At 2:28PM, companies were dispatched to 17 Grafton Road for a reported residential house fire. Companies arriving on scene at 2:31 reported heavy smoke from the attic. A family of three, home at the time, did not realize an attic fire was burning overhead. All occupants escaped with no injuries. The fire was declared under control at 2:57PM. There were no HFD injuries reported. The Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire. Hamden CERT was activated to assist at the scene and support the Gross Decontamination and Rehab Services for the firefighters. 

Monday, February 25, 2019 @ 2:52 pm 

2 Alarm Fire at a Private Dwelling, Hamden Firefighters contained the fire to the structure of origin. Firefighters battled the fire in winds above 30 mph to keep it from extending to other houses.

The Hamden Fire Department was dispatched to a reported house fire located at 114 Fallon Drive at 14:52 hrs. Hamden Central Communications (911) received multiple calls reporting a house fire at this location. Engine 2 arrived on scene at 14:55 hrs. and reported a heavily involved structure with fire showing, and fire exposure to a nearby home.
 Unfortunately, the family dog was unable to escape and perished in the fire. Neighbors gave statements to Fire Marshal Brian Dolan regarding the quick spread of fire from the open carport to the attached home.

Firefighters on scene were challenged by gusting winds that accelerated the spread of the fire. A nearby home was damaged by radiant heat and had significant vinyl siding damage. Firefighters were able to keep the fire from extending into this nearby exposure. (See below!)
The home experienced significant heat, smoke and water damage as a result of this event. The displaced family will be staying with relatives in the area. The homeowner and firefighters reported no injuries.

 Photos by CERT Member, John Homer 

Saturday, February 2, 2019 @ 11:31 am 

2 Alarm Fire at a Single Family Dwelling, Hamden Firefighters rescued 3 occupants of the building who were displaced due to heavy fire damage.

Central Communications dispatched a call for a structure fire located at 453 Newhall Street at 11:31 this morning. Dispatchers had received a call from that location reporting a working basement fire with people trapped on the second floor of the home and unable to escape.
Firefighters made two ladder rescues from the front of the home and one ladder rescue from the rear. A fourth person living in the home was able to escape on his own prior to the arrival of the fire department. He was transported to Yale New Haven Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. The people rescued from the second floor declined further medical treatment.

Parishioners from the Faith Tabernacle Church on Newhall Street provided emergency shelter for the displaced family and were assisted by the Hamden CERT team until the arrival of Red Cross Representatives, who arranged for emergency lodging.


Thursday, December 13, 2018 @ 06:09 pm 

2 Alarm Fire at Multi Family, Condo Complex, Fortunately all occupants of the building were able to escape with no civilian or firefighter injuries reported.


On Thursday evening, December 13th, Hamden Central Communication (911) received a report of a structure fire at 71 Towne House Road. On arrival of the first fire units, a working fire was reported with a heavy fire and smoke conditions throughout the structure. The fire displaced a total of 9 occupants from 4 different units and is under investigation by the Hamden Fire Marshal's Office.


Hamden CERT was on scene for over 5 hours with 7 members offering Logistical Support, Firefighter Rehabilitation and Support Services to the firefighters and police officers on scene along with any displaced occupants. Recognition also goes out to the 911 Dispatchers from Central Communications who did an outstanding job of keeping our town covered with bordering departments who covered our stations during this extended operation, along with other incidents.


Thank you team for a job well done & thank you to Team Member, John Homer for your great photography!

 Photos by CERT Member, John Homer 

Hamden Neighborhoods continue to recover from Tornado Damage!

Thank you Hamden Residents!

During the late afternoon of Tuesday, May 15th, a historical weather event changed the lives of many Hamden Residents. A F-1 Tornado took a path through the north end of Hamden and changed the landscape for years to come. After a day a checking for victims, opening pathways and addressing major concerns, the Hamden CERT was activated to establish a POD, (Point of Distribution) and Storm Center at the West Woods School to assist the many victims of this disaster. After a 3 day operation starting on Thursday at 12:00 noon  and ending on Saturday at 6:00 pm,  Twenty seven (27) Hamden CERT members logged 323 service hours at the Storm Center and served 79 families totaling 234 people. A special thanks to Hamden, Stop and Shop, Shoprite, AAA, Milford Emergency Management, Amici Restaurant of Hamden, Falcon Pizza, and all residents and volunteers for their generous donations.


Now that our operations have terminated on Saturday, May 19th at our Point of Distribution/Storm Center at West Woods School, we would like to take the time to say "Thank you" to the many residents who, impacted by the tornado themselves, came by to donate food, water, coffee, donuts and additional items for other residents who were in need! Thank you to the Bear Path PTA and other Parent-Teachers Associations who made donations! You have made Hamden Proud! 




































It was an honor to serve all residents who stopped by for supplies, a cup of coffee, charge a phone or just spend some time away from the sounds of chainsaws and chippers. The Storm Center became an oasis for a getaway from an ugly scene and the  large amount of damage that affected so many. To the individuals and businesses who supplied dinner, lunch and gratitude to our team members, we thank you! To the Hamden Police Department, AMR, United Illuminating Crews, the many private tree crews, Our Public Works Employees, and our Mayor and Town Officials we say thank you for your dedication and ongoing efforts.


Last but not least, thank you to the Command Staff, Firefighters and Volunteers of the Hamden Fire Department who again went above and beyond the call over the last 5 days! Your assistance and support to our residents during the severe conditions was beyond anyone’s imagination. Your command and control of such a major incident was exemplary! It was a pleasure to witness the unified, hard work of all agencies involved and the ongoing joint efforts that makes us proud to be part of the recovery team.


The strength, compassion and integrity of the Hamden Residents will help them continue to recover through this major event. As history has taught us, we will come back stronger and better prepared for the future because of the lessons learned during this historical event. We were blessed that we had no injuries or deaths, considering the magnitude of damage to our town! 

Thank you again for making Hamden Proud! 









Monday, November 28, 2016 @ 10:07 pm 

Fortunately  all occupants of the Multi Family Apartment Building were able to escape with no injuries reported.

On Monday evening, Hamden Central Communication (911) received a report of a structure fire at 649 Mix Avenue. On arrival of the first fire units, a working fire was reported with a heavy fire and smoke condition throughout the structure. The fire displaced 20 occupants of 8 different apartments and is under investigation by the Hamden Fire Marshal's Office. Hamden CERT was on scene with 8 members offering Logistical Support, Firefighter Rehabilitation and Support Services to the displaced occupants. 

Saturday, December 26, 2015 - 01:30 hours 

Early Morning House Fire Turns Suspicious.

A tragic house fire on Liliac Avenue is under investigation because of unusual circumstances. Hamden CERT was on scene offering Logistical Support to Local & State Agencies during the fire suppression operations and the initial investigation.


After the fire suppression and overhaul operations were complete, Hamden CERT helped secure the perimeter of the scene, supplied portable lighting for the investigation and cleared the scene at 06:30 hours. 

August 14, 2016 - 4:30 pm Beacon Street House Fire! 

2nd Alarm struck due to a heavy fire condition on a very hot & humid day! 







On Sunday, August 14 at approximately 4:30 pm, Hamden’s Central Communications (911 Center) received a call for a structure fire at 73 Benton Street. On arrival of Engine 2 & Rescue 2, a working fire was transmitted for a heavy fire condition on the third floor, rear.  Additional alarms were transmitted that dispatched the remainder of the on duty paid companies and notified the Hamden Volunteer Firefighters and the Hamden CERT Personnel.

Hamden CERT was special called and dispatched to the scene responding with their Mobile Command Vehicle and 9 personnel. With the severe weather conditions and a heat index of over 100 degrees, the Hamden Firefighters were in need of hydration, rest and other rehabilitating measures.  As the firefighters were rotated from inside the structure, Hamden CERT supplied the firefighters with hydration liquids, cool towels and provided a portable cooling center setting up a tent for shade, two cooling misting/fans and cooling chairs to lower their core temperatures and prevent IV Therapy or hospitalization. One Fire Officer was transported to the hospital with heat related symptoms and we were pleased to hear that he was released later that evening.  There were also 7 residents of the fire building that were displaced. They were brought into the Hamden CERT Command Vehicle that is fully air conditioned. These 7 individuals & 1 canine were given cold beverages and processed for relocation while waiting for Red Cross Personnel who were dispatched and responding to the scene.

 We would like to thank The Command Staff, Officers and Firefighters of the Hamden Fire Department for a great accomplishment conducted under severe conditions. Their commitment and  professional operations prevented any fire casualties and mitigated a very complex fire incident.

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