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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.

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Manchester Rollover 11-30-09

Manchester, Ct Fire Rescue-EMS shift 3 responded to 205 Spencer St at 1232 hours for this rollover accident with 1 person trapped. Vehicle needed to be stabilized before occupant could be extricated. Occupant was removed with minor injuries and transported to the hospital.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

East Hartford 2nd Alarm 11-18-09

East Hartford, Ct responded to 108 Sisson St at 0353 hours. A second alarm was transmitted on arrival of first due Engine 1 due to a heavy fire condition in the rear of the building. Members made entry into the first floor but due to the heavy fire and a "colliers mansion" condition members were forced to exit the building and go to a defensive mode. One occupant was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries. Mutual aid from Hartford and Manchester covered EHFD stations. more photos @. The accident pictures happened at Roberts St & Old Roberts St. The car was trying to aviod a deer and hit the hydrant. Unsure on injuries but as you can see the car got a little wet. This accident happened while the second alarm was happening.

East Hartford Water search 11-15-09

East Hartford fire launched their 2 boats with assistance from the Connecticut State Police dive team to search a vehicle in the Connecticut River for any occupants. The incident occurred at 0624 hours when the vehicle drove into the river at the East Hartford boat launch with 3 people reported in the vehicle. Two people have been accounted for. Group 2 again. @.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

RIP Chief Curley, FDNY and Subase Fire Departments


Posted On: Nov 17, 2009 (12:44:02)

Groton - Robert F. Curley, of 1159 Poquonnock Rd., Groton died Sunday at his residence.

He was born in Bronx, N.Y. on June 29, 1927. He married Pauline Dorothy Mayers on Aug. 24, 1948. Mrs. Curley died on Sept. 19, 2009.

Prior to his marriage, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and was honorably discharged at the end of World War II.

He became a fire fighter in New York City in January of 1952, and was promoted through the ranks until August of 1976, when he retired as a Deputy Fire Chief from the South Bronx, the busiest fire district in the world.

He went on to perform safety and fire services in Florida, California, West Point and at Subase New London as Chief.

He is survived by his son, Dougls Curley of Groton; his daughter, Nita Curley of Waterford; his sister, Alyce Conners of California; and his brother, James Curley of Florida.

A Memorial Service will be held 7 p.m. on Friday at the Byles-Groton Memorial Home, 310 Thames St., Groton. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Salvation Army, 5 Gov. Winthrop Blvd., New London, CT 06320 or to a fire company of your choice.

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I have been told he was in charge of the development of the 10 code system FDNY now uses. He was known as the "special call chief", do to not wanting to give up command by calling the next alarm. His name pops up in several books about the bronx durning the 70s. From the firefighters that worked with him, he could tell you what was burning and the location by the color of the smoke. They also say the stories were incredible too. He will be missed by all he had known.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Yantic rollover with Pin. 11-13-09

Around 15:30 Yantic fire responded to Wawecus Hill and Rogers Rd for a Rollover. First officer reported entrapment with minor injuries. The occupant was seat belted in up side down. The car was stabilized with struts and the door and the "B" post were removed. The pt was transported by American.

East Great Plan W/F 11-11-09

Mid-morning, East Great plan fire responded to The Norwich Ice Rink for a phoned in report of a active fire in the building. First due officer reported a active fire in a office with the sprinklers holding it in check with a heavy smoke condition in the building. Command request HT-6 and Mohegan Tribe for FAST. The fire was confined to the office space. The fire is under investigation.

Yantic 2nd Alarm 11-12-09

Around 17:00 Yantic responded to 91 Lafayette St for a reported house fire. The chief arrived and found a heavy fire in the rear section of a true 1.5 story wood frame. A one story addition for the kitchen was fully involved extending up the outside of the house. Winds around 10-20 mph were coming in to the rear pushing to the front. Smoke was banked down to the street. The first firefighter arrived to find two civilians pulling the occupant from the front door and assisted them, then started CPR. The chief had the first due engine pull two exposure lines after confirming that she was the only resident. One house was about 8ft away (3 decker) and its siding was starting to melt, as the lines were being pulled 2nd due engine was directed to attack the fire and the main body of fire was knocked down fairly quick even with "Colliers Mansion" condition inside, extra man power was requested with overhaul. . According to the paper the occupant succumbed to injuries.A cell phone shot about 25mins into the incident. For first due shot click here. I will post any I find.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Hartford W/F 11-08-09

Hartford Fire responded to Belden Block 1545 Main St around 15:15 for working fire on floor #2, Via a verbal alarm to Engine 2 / Ladder 3 across the St. Reporting fire showing from the 2nd floor. NFI More photos at squad fire photos

Groton MVA/Haz-mat 11-10-09

Around 07:00 the City of Groton responded to Walker Hill and Pleasant Valley RD. For a reported MVA into a propane tank. Upon arrival they found two 1000lbs tank off gassing with a heavy order in the area. M/A was requested from PGFD, EBFD and Subase to aid in vapor dispersion and evacuation. he area of Rt-12 was closed until the tank was secured and the area is clear of meter readings.

Side view of the tanks. They yellow pipe was connected to both tanksFire and DEP meter manholes in the area after the leak was controlled.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Ellington W/F 11/06/09

Ellington Fire with automatic mutual aid from Vernon and Crystal Lake FD's responded to 2205 Autumn Chase at 1144 hours for many calls being received reporting a structure fire in a OMD. On arrival they had heavy smoke showing from the garage of a 3 story W/F OMD with small explosions coming from the building. It was later determined that ammunition was stored in the garage. More pictures at.