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ABOUT ECHO HOSE HOOK & LADDER CO.1

Echo Hose Hook & Ladder Fire Company No.1 is located in the downtown district of the City of Shelton at 379 Coram Ave and has been serving the community since 1882. We are the busiest fire company out of the four fire companies that comprise the Shelton Fire Department. We provide fire suppression and rescue services to the residents of Shelton 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on a 100% volunteer basis.

The Captain of the company oversees the day to day operations of the firehouse and its membership with the support of 2 Lieutenants.  Our goal and the goal of the Shelton Fire Department is to provide the highest level of life safety and property conservation to our community through fire education, fire prevention, fire suppression, and rescue services. Our mission is to perform life safety, incident stabilization and property conservation. Echo Hose H&L Co. #1 and the Shelton Fire Department is committed to upholding a standard of excellence, by building on a solid foundation of community spirit by dedicated neighbors helping neighbors..

We have around 70 active members.

We respond to about 700 to 800 calls for service a year and are rated as an ISO Class 4 fire department.

We protect 31.9 square miles of residential, commercial and industrial properties with a population of 40,000 which escalates to over 100,000 during the daytime hours.

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MAJOR EVENTS

The Echo Hose Hook and Ladder Co.1 is a very historic fire company. Several major fires and incidents took place in the city of Shelton in which the Echo Hose fire company responded to. Below is a historic timeline of major fires and significant events that took place during the era of the Echo Hose Hook and Ladder Co.1 since its origination in 1882.

  • May 1882 – The Echo Hose Hook and Ladder company was originated
  • February 21, 1921 – Head on trolley car collision in downtown Shelton kills 2, injures 12
  • September 14, 1939 – The Echo Hose takes delivery of an Ahrens Fox Engine (Jumbo, E-1)
  • March 26, 1961 – Echo Hose Fire Headquarters Firehouse built (379 Coram Avenue)
  • March 1, 1975 – Sponge Rubber Products fire (largest arson fire in United States history)
  • 1980 – Rapp’s Restaurant Fire
  • October 9, 1982 – The Echo Hose hosts its annual ball celebrating 100 years of service
  • October 23, 1985 – The Echo Hose takes delivery of a 1985 Ford LN 8000 Rescue truck (Squad 5)
  • December 6, 1985 – Natural gas explosion at the River Restaurant in Derby (6 killed, 12 injured) Echo Hose responded as mutual aid
  • February 24, 1989 – Beard Asphalt Plant Fire (185 Canal St)
  • July 6, 1989 – Satin America Fire (40 Oliver Terr)
  • May 11, 1990 – Celastics/Vangard Fire (93 Canal St)
  • April 11, 1991 – Boys Club Fire (423 Howe Ave)
  • October 31, 1991 – Birchwood Condos Fire (39 Coram Rd)
  • March 2, 1992 – Shelton Tack Compay Fire (93  Canal St)
  • July 14, 1993 – Hunter’s Corner Fire
  • July 31, 1993 – Samarius Fire
  • June 17, 1994 – Samarius Fire (2nd time)
  • September 15, 1995 – Shelton Laundry Fire
  • January 14, 1996 – The Echo Hose takes delivery of a 1996 KME Aerialcat 95-foot Tower (Tower 7)
  • November 4, 1996 – Shelton arsonist Jerry Walburn pleads guilty to 1st degree arson and is sentenced to 20 years in prison
  • May 14, 2001 – A massive industrial fire at Latex Foam Products in Ansonia – Tower 7 responded as mutual aid
  • June 3, 2007 – The Echo Hose celebrates 125 years of service – Hosts parade and convention
  • December 30, 2008 – Shelton High School Fire
  • December 13, 2009 – 56-car pile up on Route 110 in the area of Indian Wells State Park
  • June 24, 2010 – A tornado rips through Bridgeport – Tower 7 is called for mutual aid
  • October 4, 2012 – Ladder 1 decommissioned after 36 years of service
  • January 9, 2013 – Apex Tool / Better Packages Fire (235 Canal St)
  • January 5, 2014 – Howe Convenient Fire / building collapse (441 Howe Ave)
  • June 25, 2014 – Large industrial fire at Latex Foam Products (515 River Rd)
  • August 29, 2014 – The Echo Hose takes delivery of a 2014 Pierce Velocity Heavy Rescue (Squad 1)
  • August 30, 2014 – Squad 5 decommissioned after 29 years of service
  • January 29, 2015 – Engine 4 decommissioned after 28 years of service
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