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November 26, 2015
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Updated: Nov. 26 (15:59)

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Working Structure Fire 10/24/15
Car fire near a house with quick knockdown.
NLFF's respond to 514 Ocean Ave. for a 2nd alarm, heavy fire on arrival.
FFs battle a stubborn fire in the roof assembly.
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Killed in the line of duty on Feb. 1, 1993 at 2nd alarm, 91 Truman St.

 Important info: 

 Please remember that the incidents you read about below are more "newsworthy" than our everyday type of incident.  Local 1522 takes great pride in handling many of our responses without "fanfare".  We respond to over 6,000 calls for service per year with an average response time of approx. 3 minutes.  The calls we are most proud of are the heart attacks or the "small fires" that are kept under control by responding quickly, effectively, and efficiently. 

We would not be able to complete our mission without the support of the residents of the City of New London.  Thank you!

What's New at IAFF 1522
Firefighter of the Year Award

Congratulations to FF Jack Tackling who is this years Firefighter of the Year. A ceremony will be held at the VFW awards night on Saturday night, November 21st. Tickets are still available from the Chief's office or can be purchased at the VFW on Garfield Ave. Great job Jack!

BC Melanson

Local 1522 would like to congratulate Battalion Chief Melanson on his recent retirement. BC Melanson joined the New London Fire Department in 1988. In October of 1997 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and in April of 2001 to the rank of Battalion Chief. Good luck and best wishes to you on your retirement.

Passing of Retired Firefighter Mondo Esposito

It is with deep regret and sadness that we announce the passing of Retired Firefighter Armando "Mondo" Esposito. Mondo became a substitute firefighter in 1952 and was appointed as a full time firefighter in 1958. He retired in March of 1994. Mondo also worked part time as a car salesman for many years at MJ Sullivan. Mondo leaves behind his wife Mercedes and their three children. At his request, services are private. A celebration of life will be planned at a later date. Our condolences to the Esposito family.

450 Montauk Ave.

On 10/24/15 at 0403am, a call for a structure fire at 450 Montauk Ave. was received. Initially 31,11,25,100 and BC3 were dispatched to the call. Prior to our arrival, NLPD arrived and notified the dispatcher we had an active fire on the second floor. A-21 and A-200 were added to the assignment, bringing a full compliment of 16 personnel to the scene. On our arrival we found the 2nd floor rear porch fully involved with fire extending into the kitchen area. A working fire was transmitted bringing the SUB Base FAST team and the Canteen to the scene. An aggressive interior attack knocked this fire down within 15 minutes and a cat was also rescued from the second floor. Companies remained on scene for overhaul. FM Skau determined the cause to be improperly discarded smoking materials. No injuries were reported.

61 Summer St. Second Alarm

At 1830 hrs, companies responded to 61 Summer St. for a reported fire with fire showing. Battalion 2 immediately transmitted a working fire to bring all New London units to the scene. NLPD confirmed a working fire on their arrival and shortly after BC 2's arrival, a second alarm was transmitted. Heavy fire was blowing from the second floor "B" side of the building which also caused an exposure problem. Battalion 2 assigned the A-31 crew to wet down the exposure building preventing it from igniting. An aggressive interior attack by first arriving units A-11 and A-100 was initiated. A majority of the second floor was heavily involved in fire with extension to the attic. The attic area was extremely hard to access due to the heat and tight area the crews were working in. Eventually all areas of fire were knocked down and an extensive overhaul was required. Once again, due to an aggressive interior attack and a properly staffed shift, over 300,000 dollars in property values were saved, not including contents. Great job by all of those who responded to this fire. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation by Fire Marshal Vern Skau.

Prior to our arrival, good Samaritans in the neighborhood were able to let two dogs that were in the apartment out of the building. Unfortunately one dog did not make it out and perished in the fire. Our condolences to the family for the loss of their pet.

Neighbors also assisted a wheelchair bound elderly female out of the exposure building prior to our arrival. It is unknown at this time who they were.

We would like to thank the following for assisting us at this fire:

Sub Base FAST Team

Norwich Fire Dept. FAST Team

Mohegan Tribe FAST Team

Waterford Fire Department (City Coverage)

Red Cross

New London Police Department

A special thanks to:

 The Quaker Hill FD for supplying beverages and food along with the Providence Canteen members who arrived and provided hot and cold beverages along with sandwiches to our members after the fire.

Photos below provided by The Day(Steven Frischling) 61 Summer and BC Curcio (exposure Bldg.) 65 Summer.

Three Car MVA

Group 3 Members operating at a three car MVA Route 32 and Deshon. Four patients transported to L&M. A-11, A-21, A-200, A-100 and W-500 with BC3 responded to the incident.

Flash Flood

Members of Group 3 North Station rescuing trapped occupants from their vehicles during the flash flood on 9/10/15.

Remembering those who were lost on 9/11
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