HISTORY TIMELINE OF MAJOR EVENTS

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 Company 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 – 58-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