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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, July 31, 2010

City of Groton 1st Alarm 07-31-10

Around 22:00 City of Groton was dispatched to Bridge St for Smoke coming from a building, Upon arrival they found a 1 story laundry mat with smoke showing and a active fire from a dryer. A first alarm was requested. The main body of fire was knocked down quickly but it had extended into the cock-loft and a rain roof. The truck companies opened up the roof in several locations to get to the remaining spots of fire.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Groton, RT-12 Car fire 07-29-10

Around 11:00. Poquonnock Bridge, Subase and City of Groton responded to Rt-12 and Crystal lake for a reported car fire, on arrival they found a taxi with a engine compartment fire. Crews worked to open the hood and extinguish the fire. (photos from a Passer-by)

City of Groton and Subase responded about 1 hour later, around the corner a vehicle backed out of the overlook on Military Highway and continued to back up the hill and rolled over. The PT self extricated and transported to L&M

Baltic Trailer fire, 07-27-10

Baltic fire responded around 11:30 to Federal Paper board for a trailer fire in the parking lot, this was filled with roofing material that a roofing company was removing from the roof. The contents were heavily involved upon arrival M/A for one engine from Lisbon.

Norwich Rollover w/ Pin 07-27-10

Norwich responded to RT-82 for a rollover this entrapment. Engine 3 & SQA worked to free the occupants. NFI

Vernon 2nd Alarm, Auto shop. 07-28-10

At 02:35 hours the Town of Vernon, FD was dispatched to 6 Hartford Turnpike the "Drive Auto Group" for a working structure fire. On arrival members had heavy fire showing from the roof area. A special call for an extra ladder and rescue was made followed by the second alarm. Manchester Fire Rescue EMS Engine/Medic 5 responded as the RIT company (this fire was on the Manchester town line and Engine 5 is just down the street) and other area departments covered Vernon's stations. There were no injuries and the fire marshal is investigating.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

LODD Bridgeport: update

The viewing for Brother Velasquez will be held on Thursday, July 29, 2010 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Klein Auditorium, 910 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, Connecticut 06605; (203) 337-6195.
The viewing for Brother Baik will be held on Thursday, July 29, 2010 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Road, Trumbull, Connecticut 06611; (203) 373-1013.
The funeral service for Brother Velasquez will be held on Friday, July 30 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Augustine Cathedral, 359 Washington Avenue, Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604, (203) 368-6777.
The funeral service for Brother Baik will be held on Friday, July 30 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church, 5458 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604, (203) 372-9767.
A Collation honoring both our Brothers will be held on Friday, July 30, 2010 at the conclusion of the services at the Arena at Harbor Yard, 600 Main Street, Bridgeport, Connecticut.Local 834 and the Bridgeport Fire Department have established a fund to support the families of the two fallen fire fighters.
Donations to the "Bridgeport Fallen Firefighters Fund" can be made through the Bridgeport Fire Department Employees Federal Credit Union at 3115 Madison Ave., Bridgeport CT 06606, Attn: Bridgeport Fallen Firefighters Fund. The credit union can be reached at (203) 374-8120 or 1-800-242-8120.Other expressions of sympathy or condolences can be sent to Local 834 at 30 Congress Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604 or emailed to

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Norwich, Vac House W/F 07-20-10

Norwich fire responded to 26 Hinkley St for a fire in a vacant house around 12noon. while responding heavy smoke could be seen from the area. Upon arrival heavy fire was coming from the garage area spreading into the main structure. High temp, steep hill, poor water supply and a water main break in town contributed to fire conditions. M/A was requested for laurel Hills Hose tender to reach a large water main. During the fire a explosion happened in the garage area adding the roof to collapse. Firefighting operations went exterior for the remaining operations, NFD spent several hours working hot spots until getting the fire under control.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

LODD X2 Bridgeport Ct. 07-24-10

Today two Bridgeport Ct. firefighters lost their lives battling a house fire info is still coming out check with the local new service for more info. Once the official fire department message comes out I will post it.

Bridgeport, Conn. (WTNH) - Two firefighters have died in the line of duty this afternoon, Mayor Bill Finch's spokesperson Elaine Ficarra tells News 8, while battling a house fire on Elmwood Avenue.
A fire broke out at a multi-family house around 4 p.m.
At least two other firefighters were taken to an area hospitial.
News 8 will have more information when it becomes available.

UPDATE: 07-25

BRIDGEPORT -- Lt. Steven Velazquez and Firefighter Michel Baik were on the third-floor of the wood-frame home at 41 Elmwood Ave., checking for hot spots and making sure there were no people in the smoldering blaze. Then trouble hit. The two sent mayday signals back to dispatch.

Within minutes, the fire department's rapid intervention team found the pair on the floor, unconscious, and gave them CPR.

The two men could not be revived.

Hours later, a somber and distraught Mayor Bill Finch at a news conference talked about the two, both family men with young children. Velazquez was Finch's neighbor, and the mayor recalled pinning his badge on him when he was promoted to lieutenant in February. Baik, he said, was a rookie with two years on the job. Rest of article

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Glastonbury W/F 07-19-10

Glastonbury, Ct had this working fire at 49 Jacques Lane at 12:30. Mutual aid tankers from Marlborough also responded to the scene. I was told a lightning storm had passed through the area just before the fire.
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Monday, July 19, 2010

Manchester W/F 07-18-10

Manchester Fire responded to 649 Middle Tpke W. at about 19:45 hours. Fire was on the D side near the front. The power lines dropped into the street as companies were pulling up.

New Delivery , City of Groton C-15

The City of Groton recently received a 2010 Pierce mid-mount tower ladder (G-15). Here are a few photos.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

East Hartford W/F 07-13-10

East Hartford, Ct had this working fire at 95 Park Ave., at 0110 hours. Quick knockdown but extensive overhaul due to colliers mansion conditions.

Groton Long Point 1st alarm, 07-09-2010

Groton Long Point and Noank responded to 12 Beach Rd in Groton Long Point. First due companies found smoke showing from the rear of the building. The neighbors had started to attack the fire on the out side of the building with garden hoses. Firefighters found smoke and heat on the second floor, and opened the attic area and walls to knock down the fire. M/A aid from PGFD and Mystic with Subase as FAST. The photos were taken before FD arrival.