Box 22 Associates
Associates, Inc. was founded in 1932 by a group of prominent business and
professional people who found a common interest in the New Haven Fire
Department. During that era, they hung out at fire stations and would show
up at a fire no matter the time of day. The first president was John
Sloan, a recently retired fire commissioner, whose favorite hangout was
the legendary Engine 12’s house on Crown St.
the primary purpose of Box 22 Associates is to provide emergency canteen
and rehab service at major fires, sponsor a “Firefighter of the Year”
award, participate in parades such as the St. Patrick’s Day and Columbus
Day Parades, and preserve the memorabilia and heritage of the New Haven
Fire Department. To that end, Box 22 Associates is assembling a book that
will cite many of the historical milestones since New Haven became a paid
department in 1862.
with many fire buff organizations, the membership of Box 22 consists of
enthusiastic citizens from all walks of life, active and retired
firefighters from New Haven and surrounding communities. Our membership
stretches from New England to South Florida to the West Coast.
the age old question as to how the club got its name, the number “22”
signified the taps given at 8:00 AM, 12 Noon, 6:00 PM and Midnight when
the bells were sounded throughout the system to test them. On the roster
of box locations within the New Haven Fire Dept. communications system,
Box 22 was a phantom box in the basement of the Hall of Records at City
Associates is an affiliate member of the International Fire Buff
Associates. In February 1953, representatives from fire buff organizations
from around the country met in Milwaukee and founded the IFBA. Today, the
IFBA lists more than 80 fire service organizations among its members,
including several clubs in Canada. Box 22 Associates mission is to serve
as a common ground for fire buffs, active in promoting the general welfare
of the fire department, allied emergency services, their officers &
half of the IFBA member clubs provide some sort of “rehab” or canteen
service for firefighters at fire scenes or other types of emergency
situations. Some clubs provide volunteers to man Salvation Army or Red
Cross sponsored vehicles. Others, like Box 22, sponsor their own vehicles
and supply the manpower as well. We launched our canteen service over
Fourth of July 1980 at the suggestion of the Chief’s Office.
Our first run was on July 15th 1980, a Second Alarm fire
at the corner of Howard Ave. and Spring St. in the Hill Section of New
Box 22 operates a 1973 Chevrolet Grumman-Olsen Step Van, purchased in 1988
with a generous donation from the late Dr. Luca Celentano. It was
converted from its former use as a bread truck to our specifications as an
Emergency Canteen vehicle. It features a three station coffee maker, an
Onan RV generator and a 200 bottle capacity cooler. Without numerous
benefactors, our canteen operation would never have been possible. We have
been supported by the New Haven Firemen’s Benevolent Association, New
Haven Firefighters Local 825, The Dahill Company, Earth Technology, Inc.,
as well as our members and individual firefighters, who are always ready
and willing to assist our efforts.
cannot underestimate the influence of the late Chief John P. Reardon.
Chief Reardon was our mentor. He helped to formulate the policies which
govern the operation of our programs to this day.
the operation of the Emergency Canteen, Box 22 also is responsible for
collecting and maintaining historic memorabilia pertaining to the New
Haven Fire Department. Much of that information is being assembled for the
publication of a book “New Haven Firefighters” expected to be
published in 2005 by Arcadia Publishing Co. We assisted Corgi Classics in
researching the article that accompanied the 70th Anniversary
Seagrave pumper model released by Corgi as New Haven Engine 6. Box 22 also
sponsors a “Firefighter of the Year” Award to a New Haven firefighter.
Over the years, Box 22 has supported the Bridgeport
Hospital and Yale Medical Burn Centers, The Frank Foley Memorial Golf
Tournament, the NHFD Emerald Society, the New Haven Firebirds, the U.S.
& Canadian Professional Firefighters Golf Tournament as well as the
mural honoring fallen fighters that is displayed in the auditorium of the
New Haven Fire Training Academy.
During research for the Photographic
History Book on the New Haven Fire Department many interesting photographs
were sent to us.
Many people asked us to keep and
archive their collection for fear that others would not understand it's
value or historical importance. Citizens and Firefighting families alike
provided us airlooms that they cherished for years in hopes that we could
use them in this upcoming publication. Many pictures seen on these pages
were from these sources.
This photograph was of particular
interest, it shows a little boy, an aspiring firefighter atop the
shoulders of Fire Chief Tom Collins sometime in the 1960's at an event at
the New Fire Haven Training Grounds.
That little boy grew up to be Steve
Paquette Pump Driver on Engine Company 4, Steve served many years at
Dixwell Station many as the Tillerman on Truck Company 4.
Thanks for the picture Steve.
Members of Box 22 Celebrate
Anticipating the upcoming release of the
much anticipated release of the photographic history of the New Haven Fire
Department and the recent launch of Box22.org members of Box 22 Associates
gathered at Safe Haven for a few cocktails and, of course, some
old fire stories.
Present were current and retired (leather-lunged)
members of the Fire Department as well as members of Box 22 Associates.
Members were honored with the presence of Fire Chief Michael Grant past
Box 22 Associates Fireman of the Year and long time Fire Buff.
Present on everyone's mind was Bob King.
He was there in spirit and much of his input will be seen in the soon to
be release book. Bob was around for a while and was a tremendous help to
all of us in trying to put names with some of the many photographs that
will be seen in the book.
Members took time from the festivities
to pose for a photograph.
Top Left to Right: Allyn Wright NHFD Asst Chief
(ret), Dorrance "DOC" Johnson, Lieut. Kevin Miller (ret),
Fire Chief Michael Grant, North Haven Firefighter Anthony Pelliccio,
Firefighter Mike Celentano, Fire Marshal Joe Cappucci, Captain
Howard McCann, Director of Training Matt Lyons (ret),
Bottom Left to Right: Batt. Chief Al ALBY Bysewitz,
Firefighter Roger Lambert (ret), Lieut. Matt (YOURS TRULY)
Marcarelli, Telegraph Operator George Peet, Batt. Chief Ed (THE
EDITOR) Flynn, and our fearless leader, the never tireless spark
Fire Commish Bill Celentano.
22 Sponsors Historic Photo Shoot
September 26, 2004 Box 22 Associates sponsored a historic photographic
of days gone. When the New Haven Fire Department had uniform fleets of
Segrave Fire Apparatus. The Fire Departments photographic unit would
assemble the fleet of apparatus on the New Haven Green or at Yale Field to
document the fleet of apparatus.
a modern department forward thinking Fire Chief's try to maintain fleet
uniformity for ease of maintenance and familiarity with the Firefighters.
New Haven is no different.
by Box 22 the Fire Chief Michael Grant arranged the assembly of it's fleet
of Pierce Quantum Fire Apparatus in front of Fire Headquarters, for this
historic photograph to be taken.
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All the talk is about firehouse cooking. New Haven boasts of having
some of the best food in the country, some of it prepared right in one of
it's ten stations. Look here to find you
favorite dish or submit one to share.
You can submit your recipe by emailing it to
Box 22 Associates is please to announce the release of our
book on the History of the New Haven Department. For
more information click here.
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Just in time for Christmas Box 22
received an email from Tom Welch, his father Tim Welch drove the last
horse drawn fire apparatus (Eng. 4).
He also has a rich family history
within the New Haven Fire Department. His two uncles were on the job at old
engine 6 (John, who died of the flu in 1911)and Mickey Welch at engine 16
in the Cove. In addition, another uncle was a captain at engine 17 (Harry
Tom sent these pictures to Box 22
Associates, it is unique in that unlike many of the other pictures we have
all the names of the firefighters in the photograph. He can be contacted
1940's that shows from left to right
(standing) Harry Coogan, George Lynch Cap Donahue, George Davins, Tim
Welch, Joe Welch, and Gene Mulligan.
Seated L to R: Al Ross, Pete Reilly, Paul
Heinz, Ed Lawler, and Tom Marino.
This picture is of steamer engine 4
with Tim Welch (on right) leaning over the rear wheel. I think it
was taken out on Whalley Avenue near the pavilion that used to be across
from the Jewish Cemetery.
Seen here is Battalion Chief
Albert H. Abeles, who was Supervisor of Motor Fire Apparatus from
the 30's up through the 50's.
In addition to inventing and
developing prototypes of firefighting tools, such as plaster hooks,
forced entry devices, and unique fireground manifold systems, he was a
mechanical wizard who could fix and rebuild fire apparatus from the
axels up! The picture depicts one of those projects that he and
his crew of "experts" refurbished.
complete set of New Haven Railroad Photograph Postcards were sent to me.
This was a historic New Haven Fire not only because of the damage to
Transportation Infrastructure but also because it took the life of a New
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