Timeline of Major Events
May 1882 – The Echo Hose Hook and Ladder company was originated
December 15, 1905 – The ladders on the Echo Hose Hook & Ladder truck are dangerous, and are in need of replacement. The entire truck, purchased in 1883, should be replaced, however the Borough of Shelton is heavily in debt.
July 21, 1906 – The Echo Hose, Hook & Ladder Co #1’s horse drawn ladder truck, purchased in 1883, was rebuilt.
July 1, 1908 – While returning from a baseball game at Sunnyside Field between the Echo Hose Hook & Ladder Co. No. 1 and the Whitlock Machine Company, the fire alarm rings. Both baseball teams, in their uniforms, man the hand-drawn jumpers from the Howe Avenue firehouse to the Adams Cotton Mills on Canal Street. The fire was in a detached building, and it took over an hour to put out. Two firemen were injured.
July 21, 1910 – A serious fire breaks out in the wood buildings behind the Shelton Tack Company on Canal Street near Hill Street. The Echo Hose Hook & Ladder Co. No. 1’s first jumper (hose cart) is delayed in arriving because someone assured them the fire was near Wooster Street. Most of the tightly packed wood buildings between the main factory and the river are destroyed, with slight damage to main factory.
February 21, 1921 – Head on trolley car collision in downtown Shelton kills 2, injures 12
May 31, 1932 – The Echo Hose, Hook & Ladder Company No. 1 holds its anniversary dinner, 50 years from the date it was first organized, at its Howe Avenue firehouse. 3 of 9 surviving charter members are present.
December 9, 1932 – Over 700 people attend the Echo Hose Hook & Ladder Company ball at Shelton High School – the largest crowd they ever hosted up to that time.
February 20, 1934 – The entire city is snowbound, with many automobiles abandoned. Echo Hose is now responding to emergencies in a horse-drawn sleigh. A baby is born on New Street right after midnight during the blizzard, assisted by a local doctor and a district nurse.
July 19, 1939 – The City’s new fire engine, a 1934 Aherns-Fox combination pumper, arrives by rail at the Derby freight station. It will be assigned to Echo Hose, Hook & Ladder Co. No. 1, but will respond to any major fire in the City.
January 12, 1939 – Fire sweeps through and destroys the Mullite Refactories Company building
April 29, 1956 – A two-story, 30’x30′ barn on King’s Highway is struck by lightning and burns to the ground. The five cattle inside are saved. The City’s fire alarm system is also struck by lightning, preventing the Echo Hose fire horns from sounding. Fire engine drivers are called by telephone, while a man climbs to the roof of the building and manually sounds the fire horns.
February 23, 1957 – 200 people attend the Echo Hose Hook & Ladder Company’s 75th anniversary banquet at the American-Russian Club Crystal Ballroom.
October 17, 1957 – The Echo Hose, Hook & Ladder Co. No. 1 has its 75th anniversary dinner dance at Actor’s Colony in Seymour.
February 6, 1958 – The Echo Hose Hook & Ladder Co. No. 1 votes unanimously to go on record as opposing plans to renovate the Howe Avenue firehouse they have occupied since 1882, favoring instead a new facility.
September 12, 1960 – Captain Edward Wilsons asks the Board of Aldermen to add a referendum for the upcoming November election, to approve a scaled back plan to build a new firehouse on Coram Avenue, minus the previously proposed City Hall and Police Station.
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)
November 27, 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 – $1 million in damage at 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)
August 12, 1991 – Echo Hose responds mutual aid to 273 Caroline Street in Derby for a row house fire that killed 3 people.
October 31, 1991 – Birchwood Condos Fire (39 Coram Rd)
March 2, 1992 – Shelton Tack Company Fire (93 Canal St)
May 10, 1992 – 2nd fire at the Shelton Tack Company (93 Canal St)
July 14, 1993 – Hunter’s Corner Fire
July 31, 1993 – An explosion and fire rip through the Samarius Electronics Corporation
June 17, 1994 – Samarius Electronics Corp Fire (2nd time)
September 15, 1995 – Shelton Laundry / Shelton Pizza 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 state 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
June 13, 2020 – Star Pin Building Structure Fire
October, 2020– Tower 7 decommissioned after 24 years of service
October, 2020– Truck 3 purchesed. 2020 Pierce Ascendant Midmount Tower