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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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Sunday, May 21, 2023

Worcester Ma, 3rd alarm

 Worcester Ma, around 3pm Worked this 3rd alarm, in a multiple dwelling.

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Saturday, April 29, 2023

Bozrah Ct, 2nd Alarm 04-29-23

 About 15:15 Bozrah and Mutual Aid, was dispatched to 156 Fitchville Road for a house fire. House was actually 140 Fitchville Rd. Moderate fire was found in the rear of the dwelling, extending in the dwelling. The fire took hold of the newer addition attic space and heavily damaged the 2 story section.The main section sustained moderate damage.

More to come.


Sunday, April 23, 2023

3 days, 3 major events. 04/21-23/23

 In the last few days Eastern Ct, had 3 major fire related events, I missed them all. First was a MVA which involved an oil tanker, which rolled over and caught fire after hitting a car, This was on I-95 Sb on the Gold Star Bridge in Groton, About 10+ departments and agencies responded. These photos are from several photographers, most unknown.



The 2nd Incident was in Montville at the Scrap Yard, The pile was well involved on arrival, and companies work for about 10 hrs to bring this under control. This fire required about 10 Departments, Mostly tankers for water supply.

and the 3rd incident was in Eastford, a 3rd alarm Church fire early this morning (4-23) Heavy fire conditions on arrival. 

Monday, March 27, 2023

Norwich Ct, W/F Dwelling fire 03-27-23

 Around 6pm. Norwich fire Dispatched, Norwich along With Ladder 5, Eng 33 & 61, to 23 Mckinly Ave. for a report of a fire on the #2 floor inside and out.First due found fire from the rear of a 1.5 story PVD, a working fire was declared. Crews contained the fire to the 2nd floor and rear of the dwelling. NFI at this time.

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Friday, February 03, 2023

Waterford, Ct. W/F commecical 02-02-23

 Waterford companies was dispatched to the Crystal mall, on arrival they found a active fire in the kitchen ventilation system in the food court. Crew knocked knocked down the interior fire as the truck made the roof. With the sprinkler system activated the fire was confined to the vent system. The fire was under control in about 15 mins. M/A from  New London responded.



Monday, January 30, 2023

Bozrah Ct, W/F 01-30-23

 Bozrah fire and M/A was dispatched at 14:15 to 21 Stanton RD for a dwelling fire, Et-126 and car 126 arrived to find an 2 story dwelling with fire showing on the "B" side wood chimney 1st floor to roof line. Et-126 stretched a 1.75 inch handline and knocked the main body of fire down then stretched in to check for extension, which none was found. Crews from Yantic and Colchester assisted in searching and overhauling while other crews set up water supply. The fire was under control in a few minutes.


Sunday, January 29, 2023

Laurel Hill, W/F Vacant. 1-29-23

 Norwich fire Dispatched Laurel Hill and Norwich FDs to the area of the former state hospital for a possible building fire. After searching the 300 acre land mass, they found a vacant 2 store dwelling on the back side of the hill, well involved. With limited access and the building collapsing they took a controlled burn posture. NFI at this time.


Saturday, January 28, 2023

Bozrah 3rd Alarm, Commecial Barn fire. 01-28-23

 Around 1:pm 1-28-23, Bozrah Fire Department and heavy M/A responded to Schwarts Rd for a commercial building fire. These are condition on Arrival, of a 400ft long barn.

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More info and photos to come.


Thursday, January 12, 2023

Taftville Ct, 1st Alarm. 01-12-23

Taftville Ct, 12 Prentice Street, around 19:20 the original call was for a motorcycle explosion, to the rear,  possible structure fire. PD arrived and gave fully involved, Car 2 then arrived to find fire showing from one room and the rear of the dwelling. Eng 21 then arrived and stretched in and began fire attack. The main body of fire was knocked down in a short time. Moderate fire damage to the dwelling. NFI at this time.

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Thursday, January 05, 2023

Taftville Ct, 2nd Alarm 01-04-23

Taftville Ct, 2nd Alarm, With Bail out. January 4, 2023

    Around 20:00 Norwich fire Dispatched Taftville fire and M/A Engine 2 and Truck 1 and the Battalion to 112 Norwich Ave for reported fire in the window. Engine 2 arrived to fire showing from the D side of the dwelling, followed by Et-21, Tower 25 and Tower 1.

Engine 2 (reserve engine) as the crew stretched in, the pump failed. At the time Engine 21 was arriving and changed to first due operations, The original hand line was relocated to E-21s pump. During this time, Tower 25 and Truck 1 arrived.

Car 2 while en-route requested the 2nd alarm, which added Yantic Engine 33, Rescue 3, Occum Engine 41 &42 and Mohegan Tribe as FAST.

As Engine 33 arrived conditions were deteriorating, the driver of eng-33 laid-out from tower 1 up the road to the hydrant. The crew was staged along with Rescue 3s crew.

Several hand-lines had been stretched into the building, over the next few minutes conditions continued to worsen. The first in crew had just exited the building, as a mayday was heard by some of the fire ground crews, but not all. Command was able to make contact, with the firefighter Eng-2. FAST was activated and was heading to the front door to make access to the 2nd floor, at that time the firefighter from Engine 2 was noticed on the B side 2nd floor middle windows, breaking out the glass, by Car 38. He directed Rescue 3s crew to grab the ladders from the ground and place them to the window. As they secured the first ladder, the firefighter started his bailout. He was able to do and head first bail, and flip around. He bailed with no injuries, and after medial cleared him on scene, he returned to his crew. In all training, was the key to a successful rescue.

During this, Fire vented from the roof then a few minutes later rear of the building. Command had evacuated the building and the fire went defensive. This incident is under review, as the cause is under investigation. A fuller report can be found online @ NorthEast Squad Concepts.


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During the fire it was raining and in the photos, I have some water spots.