First In

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

As of July 2017, my site has had 319000 hits thanks for viewing. If you keep coming I will keep posting. First time visitors for older post click on the month links right side.

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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Box Plus Mystic fire 08-19-06

Saturday at 04:30 Mystic struck a Box 411- plus at 51 Washington st. for a 2.5 story Victorian style home under renovations. Fire was found on the seconded floor of the home, spreading into the attic area. As crews made entry to the first floor, the ceiling dropped down causing fire to spread to the first floor. Crews made an aggressive attack in all areas of the house, due to renovations and balloon framing of the house; fire made its way to the attic area. Crews had the fire under control in about and hour. Departments that responded: BF Hoxie, Mystic Hook & Ladder, Subase C-25 for FAST and Old Mystic for covrage.Mystic ladder 55, venting the roof and 3rd floor window

Friday, August 18, 2006

Past fires II

Below are several photos from various locataions, from the past 8 years or so. I found them on my old computer, and they are in a lower resulsion then the newer ones. I will continue to add older shots as time go's on.Live burn Franklin fire department.
Renta wreck RT-32 Norwich, East Great Plain fire department
2nd Alarm, 2.5 story vacant house heavy fire on arrival, Bolduc Ln.
Taftville fire department. Eng-21

2nd Alarm FDNY, The Bronx, Ladder 42
FDNY, The Bronx, Eng 45 takes up after an all hands fire
FDNY-4th Alarm, Brooklyn section , a tower ladder operates on the upper floors

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Car vs Building, East Great Plain - Aug 15, 2006

Tuesday Aug 15th around 11:20, EGPFD responded to a report of a car into the building with structural collapse at 118 New London turnpike. Upon arrival they found the front overhang resting on a car. The car smashed the two brick support column's, all occupants removed them selves with no reported injuries. EGPFD were added by Norwich PD, Building official's and a heavy duty wrecker from Northeast towing.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Yantic 395 MVA & State PD Chase 08-11-06

Friday around 18:30-19:00 the State PD was looking for an individual for undisclosed reason's, when he was spotted he fled north bound on 395 into the Yantic section of Norwich, As the State PD was trying to catch up with him he tried to exit at 81 west and found that at high speed you cannot control your car well. He ended up tearing up the wire guardrails and going over the embankment. Then he thought he would run though the woods to get away. He thought wrong, with about 6 State PD and a SPD Dog, 2 or more Norwich PD, and trooper 1, he was found hiding near the river. After his removal from the wooded area, Yantic and American personnel treated him for multiple injuries from the MVA and his attempt to run. State PD & Norwich PD watch as YFD personnell check the PT condition.
Yantic (FF Clement) and American personel inspect a wound on the PT backStanding guard

Friday, August 11, 2006


Thanks again for visiting my blog. We have had over 8000 hits in the last 6 months, not bad for basically word of mouth. I have noticed that some departments are using some of my photos on their web sites. I have no problem with this, but please just let me know, and if you could please place me in your links. If any one would like a high-resolution copy of a photo contact me at, The photos on this site are reduced by 75% and are just a few of the shots from each incident.

I have just upgraded to a new digital camera, a Nikon D70s, so I hope to bring you sharper images and clearer nighttime photos. So thanks for stopping by and stay safe. Also please visit my fellow bloggers from the area see my links. if you would like your departments site linked just send it to me a I will add it.

Congratulations to Bozrah Fire Department in wining the Weekly cook off at Mohegan Suns Wild Wednesday's fire department cook off. The ribs from both teams were great they were up against The Mohegan Tribe Team. Next week New London vs. Mashantucket. Team BFD at work.

The judges.
Fireworks to end the night.

Gardner Lake MVA, 08-08-06

A 2-car MVA on RTE 354 in Salem. Veh #1 (bright green) was traveling south and making a left turn into a driveway, vehicle # 2 (dark green) was heading north and drove right into the passenger side of veh #1, which landed approximately 100' from the road against the foundation of the house. The driver of veh #1 was transported to WWBH by Gardner Lake's ambulance (luckily there was no passenger) and the driver and passenger of veh #2 were also transported to WWBH by Colchester's ambulance.

Pics by Heather Mislivets, Assistant Chief, Gardner Lake Volunteer Fire Company

Monday, August 07, 2006

Yantic pin job, 31 Town St. 8-7-06

Monday Morning extrication at 31 Town St. 1:30am, One male unconscious was found in the rear seats of the vehicle(he was the driver), after he struck two utility poles and snapped it at the base, a trauma alert was called and patient was removed in approx 10min’s. Yantic was assisted by American and transported to Backus Hospital. Firefighters removed the roof and made a third door for removal of the patient.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Taftville house fire, 8-03-06

About 18:20 Thursday, Taftville & Occum fire departments responded for smoke coming from the roof area at 4 Prentice St. Crews found fire in the 2nd floor rear wall and attic area on a small addition, A 2nd alarm was requested from Yantic for manpower due to the high temp. of the day. Norwich fire marshals are investigating.

Taftville firefighters start to open up the rear in-search of the fire.