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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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Friday, November 29, 2019

Montville, Commercial building fire. 11-29-19

Montivlle Ct, 888 Rt-32 Working fire, I will post more photos in the next day and post on my full page later for more photos use this link Laddsphotos

Saturday, November 23, 2019

(New) Yantic Engine 31

Today, Yantic Fire Engine Company #1 Received the new Engine 31. A 2019 Pierce Enforcer, 2000 gpm with 770 gln water tank, with 30 gln Class B foam.  The engine is expected to be in Service later in December.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Yantic 3rd Alarm+, 11-17-19

Around 12 noon, Yantic was Dispatched in the area of 84 Otrobando Ave, for heavy smoke coming from a roof of a home. Car 30 Arrived to find a large 2.5 story converted apartment building, with a fire on the 2nd floor. He requested a 2nd Alarm then a quick 3rd alarm. Fire advanced to the attic area. Do to poor water supply on that street, 2nd alarm companies laid in from several hundred feet away. At this time crew are still working the scene 13:53


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Norwich 2nd alarm+ 10-23-19

Around 15:05; Norwich Fire, was dispatched to 31 Bentley Ave for a reported dwelling fire, Dispatch updated Battalion 1 of power lines down in the street and a possible occupant in the building. Battalion 1 arrived and reported fire showing on the A side.Engine 3 stretched in and began fire attack, as the truck split up and searched and one went too the roof. SqA and Engine two assisted with several fire ground duties, (search, water supply and 2nd and 3rd hand lines.) The fire spread to the upper floor and attic space before being brought under control. The 2nd and 3rd alarm companies were brought into the scene for man-power. Unfortunately this fire has been declared a fatal fire. More info can be found in the local paper. The fire is under investigation by NFD, NPD and the state fire marshals offices.
More photos can be viewed at Ladds photos

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Taftville W/F+ 10-20-19

Around 08:20 Taftville fire was dispatched to 149 Old Canterbury Turnpike, for a report of fire coming from the roof. First due officer found an active fire on the 2nd floor coming from the rear of the dwelling. Around this time car 2 requested Occum and one Engine from Yantic. Due to hydrant pressure two tankers were added to the incident. Crews stretched lines to the 2nd floor from the street as the tower positioned on the driveway. One occupant was walked out of the building before arrival. The fire was brought under control in about 20 mins. Additional apparatus responded, Mohegan Tribel Fast, Baltic + Lisbon Tankers and and extra engine from Yantic.


Sunday, October 06, 2019

New London W/F 10-01-19

New London Fire was dispatched to 123 Ashcraft RD, for smoke coming from the dwelling. Crews found light smoke from the home, and searched for the cause of the fire. Crews found a fire in the walls, and controlled the fire in a short time.


Yantic MVA 9-17-19

Yantic Fire was dispatched to West Town St and the 395 off ramp for a MVA involving a Bus. 
PD upgraded the calls location to the lot of Global gas station, by ACE. The MVA ended up being a fatal MVA, NFI

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

The Firefighter, former FDNY

Docked in New London Ct, for a couple of months this summer, The Former FDNY fire boat the Firefighter. The boat is now docked in Stonington Ct, at the Mystic Seaport.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Montville, W/F 07-24-19

Montville fire was dispatched to 45 Driscoll Dr. for a reported garage fire, first due found a 2 bay garage with an active fire inside. Montville departments along with M/A knocked the fire down in a short time. NFI.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Bozrah Ct. Car fire 07-19-19

Around 6pm Bozrah fire responded to Rt-2 west bound for a car fire.


Monday, July 01, 2019

Newark, NJ. 06-30-19

Newark, NJ fire was dispatched for smoke in the area of 3rd Ave and Mt Prospect Ave, First due transmitted a working fire for 275 Mt Prospect Ave. The dwelling was a large 2.5 story vacant building, Crews had fire showing from a bay window on the A side, Fire due truck worked on forcible entry, As the engine stretched in. The pump operator had the steamer port threads come right out of the hydrant as he was tying in. This only delayed a water supply for a few minutes. 

The crews knocked down the main body of fire once the plywood and other security measures were breached, As the companies opened up fire was found running to the attic in the void spaces. In about 20 minutes the fire was under-control.