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I welcome you to my blog site; I hope to show you the fire service in NLC in some interesting events. During the next few years, I will improve on the content and photos to keep you coming back for more. I take pride in my photography and try my best to be first in when possible. The majority of the photos will be from the Norwich companies & surrounding area departments, but sometimes I Buff out of state cities for a change of pace.

As of late I have missed or worked a lot of the incidents. I have a great support group of Photographers to help the site keep up with all the incidents. There are too many to list, So thanks for your support. Thanks for visiting and enjoy .RD Ladd

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Saturday, January 07, 2017

Hartford W/F+ 01-05-17

At 2146 hours Hartford fire dispatched, north end companies to the area of Deerfield Ave & Greenfield St. for a structure fire. First due Engine 14 arrived to find heavy smoke showing from a vacant building at 59 Deerfield Ave. Companies made a good push in knocking down fire on floor's #1&2 but were unable to get into the attic due to holes in the floors. Command decided to then go defensive. Two extra engine's and an addition ladder were special called. 
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Saturday, December 31, 2016

East Great Plain, (Norwich) 3rd Alarm 12-31-16

Around 3:00 Norwich fire dispatched East Great Plan Fire Department to 598 West Main St. for a reported building fire. Fire due found fire showing from the D side window with smoke coming from the roof line. A 2nd Alarm was requested Norwich responded with tower 1, Engine 3 and Battalion 1. Crews placed a 2.5 line in operation and set the ladder to the roof, Crews entered the the building for a few minutes and in short time fire broke threw the roof. Do to the additions and remodeling over the years, Crews went defensive and called for a 3rd alarm. This brought Yantic engine 33, Laurel Hill HT-6, Taftville tower 25 and Engine 21. Heavy fire consumed the old style strip mall. Crews worked for several hours to bring it under control. 

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Thompson 3rd Alarm 12-29-16

Around 22:00 Thompson Hill fire was dispatched to Thompson congregational church, 347 Thompson Rd for a fire alarm. With in a short time command reported light smoke on the 1st floor, then they found heavy smoke on floor two, with in a few minutes the interior crew found heavy fire in the sanctuary, A 2nd alarm was requested. Several lines had been placed in operation,  crews encountered high heat and discovered heavy fire condition. At one point fire made it to the Steeple, that tower opened up the windows a knocked the fire back into the main structure and knocked down the fire to the rear of the attic space. Crews worked from safe locations to keep the fire spreading to the addition and to keep in the rear of the building. Once a positive water supply was established, the knocked down all heave fire in the building. The companies worked to overhaul and salvage the area for the hidden pockets of fire. The fire went to 3 alarms, With departments from Massachusetts and Rhode Island. 

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Sunday, December 18, 2016

East Great Plain W/F 12-17-16

Norwich Fire Dispatched, East Great Plain fire around 13:45 to the 99 Restaurant on Salem Turnpike for the building filling with smoke. Car 5 arrived to find a fire in the office area. Ladder 55 arrived and extinguished the fire, As the rest of the assignment was arriving. Companies vent and searched for any extension.  

Friday, December 16, 2016

Plainfield (Moosup District) W/F 12-16-16

Moosup fire w/MA was dispatched to 80 High Street, for a dwelling fire. Moosup fire chief arrived to find heavy fire from the rear of the building.Crews worked the fire for about a hr to bring it under control.

Ledyard, Multi alarms. 12-15-16

Ledyard fire was dispatched to 20 Lorenz Industrial Parkway, for paper burning in the building. Most of the primary responders were clearing a minor fire on the other side of town. All units responded to the new incident. First do found light smoke coming from the building of a paper recycling building. Once the fire was exposed with the wind the fire intensified.  Do to the weather conditions (temp around 20 degs ans 20-50 miles winds) a 12 hr fight began.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

South Windsor 2nd Alarm 12-06-16

South Windsor fire operated on this 2nd alarm on arrival at 0720 hours. The call came in as fire to the rear of the dwelling. More pictures;