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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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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Southington, Commercial bldg. 06-25-08

At 20:00; Southington fire responded to Meriden/Waterbury Turnpike for an Commercial BLDG on fire. Crews found heavy smoke coming from the building a 2 story appliance repair shop. Due to manning they started with an exterior attack. Command Requested a general alarm. After a short time crews entered the building and knocked down the fire.
Captain Allen Zygmunt Working his first fire after his promotion.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

PAST FIRE's (East Hartford 1989)

East Hartford, Ct on 04/04/89. Fire was a general alarm at 19 Emely St. I believe for you EHFD guys that the super group had this fire. (Group 2).

Info and photos from Patrick Dooley

Patrick as sent me several groups of fires from the past and I will be posting them overtime with my old shots, when things get slow. Rob

Monday, June 23, 2008

North Coventry Barn Fire. 06-07-08

The Coventry's responded to 3513 Main St for a working barn fire. They found a large barn with heavy fire conditions. Several departments responded. The fire is under investigation by the FMO.

A Cell phone photo

Friday, June 13, 2008

Hartford 2nd Alarm 06-13-08

Hartford, Ct. 2nd alarm was transmitted around 1400 hrs. at 400 Washington St. The Institute of Living. For those not familiar with this facility it is surrounded by a brick/fence wall with security gates because it is a psych hospital. The fire I am told started in the basement and traveled up. The roof was slate. It was a 2 story bldg.
With this fire the city was down to 1 engine and 1 ladder to cover the whole city. They had company's in Colchester, Ct at least a 30 minute drive for a fire in a junk yard.
Coming soon

Colchester Multi alarm. 06-13-08

COLCHESTER, CT - Around 10:30 a.m. on June 13, 2008 A explosion and fire rocked M&J Salvage on Rt-85 in Colchester. This started one of the biggest movements of fire apparatus in recent years. The following plans were placed into use, strike teams, foam trailers and an incident management team.

The strike teams brought companies together that had never worked together before (Hartford, New London,Windhan and Toland
Counties ).

The scrapyard was full of hundreds of autos and thousands of tires were ablaze with in minutes of the explosion. Several workers were taken to area hospitals, one with burns. Fire crews had difficulties extinguishing the fire as water had to be shuttled from several miles away until a line was laid over a mile to a local pond and several foam trailers were placed into service.

After about five hours the main body of the fire was knocked down and crews with heavy equipment added firefighters with the overhaul. The fire is under investigation by local and State FMO's office.

I will be posting more photos laterThis photo is about two years old, The fire area was a lot more congested today About 10 mins into the fireOne of the worker's being transported By CHFD-EMS
Ladder 128 Chief Cox and FF Brown Colchesters new Flash over trainer Norwich's Foam trailer gets a helping hand NLC incident Management TeamWillinton's foam trailer Hartford and Norwich a event that does not happen every day

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Windsor locks 06-06-08

Windsor locks Several cars burned in the Roncari Express Parking, Heavy smoke could be seen from the fire academy on the far side of the airfield. Several departments responded, Windsor Locks, Bradley and Hamilton Standard. The Fire was under control in about 15 mins.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Franklin Garage fire, 06-05-08

Franklin fire responded to 26 Pleasure Hill Rd for a reported garage fire. On arrival the found a 15x50 building with light smoke showing. First due firefighters found the fire knocked down by the occupant. Crews overhauled the building, Minor damage was found.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Groton, Car vs Building 05/08

Poquonnock Bridge respondedto Family Dollar on Long Hill Road in Groton for a car into the building. The Pt was transported by Groton Ambulance. This is a few storefronts down from the optical shop that had a drive-in last January. Popular spot !!