Welcome to today's edition of the LFC Blog! I'm your host, Michael, and I am honored to present to you one of the OG members of the Lego fire community, Russ C! Enjoy the interview below!
LFC Blog: Welcome to the blog Russ! Tell us about yourself. When and why did you start building Lego fire trucks?
RC: I am an AFOL and have been building with Lego’s since 1978. My first Lego set was given to me at the age of 4 and it was the Lego Fire House set 590. I still have it built and on display on one of my shelfs.
I started building Lego Fire trucks in 2000 after I joined Bay Ridge Vol. Fire Co., in Queensbury NY. I found it was a way to deal with the stress after being at a “Bad Call”. I didn’t really get to heavy into building though until after Memorial Day weekend 2007 after losing my younger brother.
For me Lego building has always been therapeutic. It helps me relax and focus. However building Lego Fire trucks took it to a new level, try to make them as detailed as possible while keeping them within the constraints to be usable by MiniFigs.
LFC Blog: Sorry to hear about your loss! But it's awesome to hear how you used Legos to cope with life! Legos are a fantastic medium to express a variety of feelings! Who/what inspires you to build?
RC: I got inspired by Sixby Fire and by various builders on the mocpages. I was also inspired by Sean Kenney. His detail for the FDNY truck was really awesome. Today I get inspired by a lot of the builders in our group. They have some terrific building techniques.
LFC Blog: Indeed! There are so many talented builders out there today! What's in the name Brick Ridge Fire and why did you settle on the current color scheme?
RC: Brick Ridge Fire was named after my real department. My department is Bay Ridge Vol. Fire, so I figured why not Brick Ridge Fire. The color scheme is White over Red just like Bay Ridge, however as I added more stations to my department each station had its own color scheme. I have black over Red, all black and also all blue.
LFC Blog: Your blue fire trucks are among my favorites! That's a color you don't see everyday! What is the most challenging rig you've ever built?
RC: My most challenging build to date is not a fire truck. It is my new station that I built. I wanted it to be a 3 bay station that connected to an inside corner building which housed communications and offices. The 2nd floor of the apparatus bays contained the living quarters for the members. Trying to get the inside corner building to work with a tower was challenging.
LFC Blog: Fire Stations are ambitious projects, and yours is really astounding! What is your most favorite rig and why?
RC: My favorite rig is my original mid-mount tower. It was my first tower design that I did and it was functional. The outriggers supported the weight of the truck when the bucket was fully extended and working off the side.
LFC Blog: Awesome! Completely functional ladders are a challenge to replicate in Lego due to the scale. What is one Lego piece you wish were manufactured and why?
RC: I want Lego to make a inverted Slope 30 1 x 1 x 2/3. I like to use these for the wheel wells for the rear of the trucks. Currently I use SNOT to do it, but it would be nice to have them.
LFC Blog: Now that is a new kind of brick that would be great indeed! What are your future plans for your department?
RC: Future plans for my department is to add a Marine Rescue Unit and also Wildland Firefighting Unit. I want to build a side by side with different skid units for Fire, Rope Rescue and EMS.
LFC Blog: Awesome! I personally can't wait to see those new rigs! What is the best part of the Lego Fire Community?
RC: I thought about this long and hard. I use to think that the best part was seeing everyone’s creations and getting inspired by everyone’s builds, but as I sit back and really think about it, I think the best part is the friendships that have been made. Yes most of us have not met each other, however we are all brought together by our love for Lego Fire trucks.
LFC Blog: You're totally right! When I got into posting my creations on the web, I never knew that I would meet some really cool and down-to-earth people! How would you like to see the LFC grow better?
RC: I think the way LFC is growing is great, we have a tight group of serious builders who want to push the envelope on how much detail can be put into a Lego Fire Truck and the scenes that are created are fantastic. I like the fact that each one of us in the LFC is there to help each other out if they get stuck or need a suggestion on how to do something. As long as we continue being that type of group, we can grow by getting more people involved.
LFC Blog: It's been an honor to have you with us today Russ! We look forward to seeing more of your creations in the near future! To those reading this blog, I hope you enjoyed this edition of the LFC Blog! If you haven't done so already, be sure to stay up to date and subscribe using the form on the right side of the page!
LFC Blog: Welcome to this week's edition of the LFC Blog! Today, we are honored to have Maik, the owner of Feuerwehr Farnheim. He specializes in 4-wide creations, which is a rarity due to the ever so popular 6-wide windshield! Enjoy the interview below!
LFC Blog: Welcome to the Blog! Tell us about yourself. When and why did you start building Lego fire trucks?
MW: I'm Maik and in the mid fourties. My dark ages ended in 2009 on that day when I bought a set, that I owned when I was a kid (#6650). Building it brought back the same magic building moments I had during my childhood days. As a teenager (I am a classic town kid) I unfortunately offered all my Legos at a flea market. Later (during the 1980s an 90s) I started 1/87 scale modeling, especially fire trucks for a fictional city that I call Farnheim ever since. Then, in 2009, almost 20 twenty years after this hobby had come to an end, I decided to combine both: building rigs with Lego for my old Feuerwehr Farnheim (Fire Department Farnheim). Btw, the Feuerwehr Farnheim celebrated it 30th anniversary in 2017.
LFC Blog: Fascinating history behind your department! Congratulations on 30 years! Who/what inspires you to build?
MW: Real fire apparatus and equipment are a great source for new ideas, but also (every kind of) MOCs from others builders - mostly cars and trucks. A really good source inspriation are the MOCs by the latvian native builder de-marco. He has also built a few fire trucks.
LFC Blog: Looking at real life rigs is definitely one of the best ways to get inspiration! De-marco is a fantastic builder as well! What's in the name of Feuerwehr Farnheim and why did you settle on the current color scheme?
MW: Let me first explain what Farnheim is about. It's a fictional city in Germany located on the shoreline of the North Sea where almost 571,000 minifigs work and live. The municipal fire department has got six strategically distributed stations throughout the city. The volunteers support the professional fire brigade with 16 more stations. The whole Feuerwehr Farnheim owns more than 250 engines, ladders, ambulances, containers and trailers to fight any kind of incident adequate.
The color scheme in Germany is traditionally based on red. Because it is required by law that 75 % of the fire truck's visible parts have to be painted in red/bright red/luminous red. The rest can be painted in white or yellow or what other materials basically may have. The scheme of my rigs reflect that. The yellowish details symbolizes the typical retro reflective side markings. The rescue service has its own scheme for a better visability through daily traffic. The cars are mostly white with a c-shaped red contour. I also use some different paint schemes for my other fire departments (airport and refinery).
LFC Blog: Thank you for the extensive insight into your department! I see that you have put much time and effort into it! What is the most challenging rig you've ever built?
MW: The telescope handler. It bothered me for almost two years to create such an apparatus in 4/5 wide and with its full functionality. I haven't had the right idea to get it done or for some reasons important parts were missing. But lately, all in all, it just took me one evening chatting with others builders who helped me with their own and essential suggestions to complete it.
LFC Blog: That is actually my most favorite apparatus from you! The functionality on that scale is impeccable! What is your most favorite rig and why?
MW: The most favorite rig usually is the lastest creation. But actually it is the water rescue truck. Because of the special mixture of 4 and 5 studs width and the level of detail.
LFC Blog: I love your water rescue truck as well! What is one Lego piece you wish were manufactured and why?
MW: There could be a few, but I don't really have that special one on my mind that I could need so badly, because I am always trying to get the things done just with the parts I own or which are available. Every building process is a compromise. Especially in 4 or 5-wide. For me this is the essence of building.
LFC Blog: Interesting take! I guess it shows just how creative one can be with available parts. What are your future plans for your department?
MW: There are several plans. First, keeping my rigs updated from time to time. The water rescue truck was one of these, that got a structural update. I actually have a huge tanker truck in the works. Furthermore there is the idea of a scenario with a huge fire of an industrial compound which shows a realistic firefighting infrastructure (water supply, the use of foam, hose laying, firefighting measures, etc.) in combination with the old Monorail cruisin' around. I also keep an idea on my mind, to build every single rig that the Feuerwehr Farnheim owns. So they're still a few to build.
LFC Blog: Oh wow! Those are extensive plans! I, for one, cannot wait to see your new creations! What is the best part of the Lego Fire Community?
MW: The huge amount of new builds and the high building level are amazing. The worldwide connection with people that have the same special interest is awesome. I am also a member of a german LEGO community called "1000steine", but there you can find MOCs throughout every kind of theme. The LFC is special. I like getting in touch here with others from all around the globe. And finally, it helps me to improve my english skills... ;-)
LFC Blog: Indeed, it's amazing to meet people around the world who share the same passions! How would you like to see the LFC grow better?
MW: I would love to see the LFC grow more by reaching more builders of other parts of the world. Maybe from the far east, like Japan and/or Australia, New Zealand.
LFC Blog: That would be really cool too! Any tips or advice for new builders?
MW: Get inspired by other builders MOCs and the techniques they used. Try rebuild it on your own. That helps to improve your personal skills. Try to find other capabilites of the parts. Know the parts. The more you know about, the better you see through tricky building techniques. And of course for your own projects get inspired by the real life. Simply walk around with open eyes.
LFC Blog: Thanks for your words of inspiration Maik! To those reading this blog, I hope you enjoyed this interview! I highly encourage you to check out Maik's own website by clicking on this link! Stay tuned for more exciting content in the near future!
Welcome to a very special edition of the Lego Fire Community Blog! Today, we have the distinct honor of presenting Collin Renner, the owner of New Brickington Fire Department and LMFD Station 89. Enjoy the interview below!
LFC Blog: Welcome to the blog Collin! Tell us about yourself. When and why did you start building Lego fire trucks?
CR: For those who don’t know, my name is Collin. I am a career firefighter in the Kansas City metro. I was an Explorer prior to moving to Kansas from New York, and continued the Explorer program here until becoming a career firefighter. I started building LEGO fire trucks in 2005/2006. It started as me just being creative and trying to replicate rigs from around my area (let me tell you, my first ones were monstrosities).
LFC Blog: Awesome! I think many of us started because we were inspired by local rigs/family. Who/what inspires you to build?
CR: After I started building, sometime later I ran across websites and Brickshelf accounts belonging to Bob K, Mike L, Paul B, Tom D, Jeff C, etc. and decided I wanted to build rigs as good and unique as theirs. Paul B was actually the first guy I ever contacted (we share some laughs from those early days!) and he informed me about Sixby Fire (the Yahoo builders group), the LMFD and about Lego Digital Designer. He gave me some pointers and helped me develop my first true custom rigs. I got to talk with Mike L, Bob K, De and Tony S a little bit after. I’ve become close friends with many of those guys and several of us frequently bounced ideas off each other. There were obviously many other guys I got to talk with and first took inspiration from like Adam J, Rodney G and so on. After joining the LMFD in 09, I was able to really form my own style and get some great advice from some great folks.
LFC Blog: Wow! What a legendary group of people to get inspiration from! What's in the name New Brickington and why did you settle on the current color scheme?
CR: I lived in northern NY, and one of the towns up there was called Farmington. I really like their rigs at the time, and Brickington sounded better than Brickchester (Rochester) to me; so, I replaced Farm with Brick and added New because I thought it sounded cool. Rochester FD ran white over red rigs and I liked it a lot. I changed (mainly because I had more red parts at the time) to red over red and just never switched back.
LFC Blog: Fascinating history behind your department! What is the most challenging rig you've ever built?
CR: My most challenging rig is one I never finished, which was Rescue 2. It was/is pretty SNOT intensive and had some unique (for the time) designs. Maybe one day I’ll get around to finishing it.
LFC Blog: Here's to hoping we'll see it soon ;) What is your most favorite rig and why?
CR: I would have to say my favorite is Brickington Engine 57. The unit design itself is not my most favorite, but the history is. The unit was going to be built for New Brickington originally but I changed plans and the design sat on the backburner. I had a neighbor in NY who was very supportive of my hobby and was like a grandfather to me. He told me it was one of his favorite rigs I had designed. After I moved, he passed away, so I built the rig and nicknamed it after him.
LFC Blog: Now that is a great tribute! What is one Lego piece you wish were manufactured and why?
CR: Probably a better assortment of compartment/roll up doors. 3 wide roll ups would have been awesome!
LFC Blog: I agree with you! I hope that Lego will release new variations of the doors! What are your future plans for your department?
CR: I haven’t built for going on 5 years now, and haven’t been active in the community for probably 3 or 4. I had plans and designs ready to build 7 more engines, 3 more trucks, 2 more squads, 1 more rescue, a hazmat, and few more chiefs but I unfortunately don’t see that happening ever. Life, other hobbies and priorities have shifted. New Brickington and Brickington are frozen in time I believe.
LFC Blog: Well, we can always dream of seeing New Brickington expand, right? What is the best part of the Lego Fire Community?
CR: I would say the people are the best part. As I mentioned earlier, several folks I met through the LFC have now become lifelong best friends that I talk to regularly and/or hang out with when possible. I enjoyed talking with folks late at night bouncing ideas around and seeing unique creations.
LFC Blog: Indeed, meeting people has been one of the best parts of the LFC! How would you like to see the LFC grow better?
CR: I’ve been out for several years, but I poke my head in every once in a blue moon to see what is happening. Something I always pushed was turning LDD designs into bricks. People had/have these massive 40, 60, 80+ unit departments and not a single unit built. I definitely understand the cost factor but start small; Rome wasn’t built in a day, nor were any of the Lego FDs. Those who are still active and have now become more tenured need to help mentor those who are just starting out or even have been around a while. Give them tips, help them mature into young adults, show them how to effectively run calls, etc. It’s about being a community and helping each other. Be respectful, learn the craft, and pass it on.
LFC Blog: Mentoring newer builders is part of the reason why I started up this blog, so thank you for encouraging me in that sense. Any tips or advice for new builders?
CR: Use real bricks. Take advice from the more tenured builders. Ask for help. Find people who you can bounce ideas off. Create a goal, and work towards it. Like I said, none of these departments came about overnight. I have a small number of rigs compared to some (30ish) and it took me years to get there.
Most importantly, have fun while you are doing it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to come back, or almost bought parts to start building again. It is a blast of a hobby and is meant to be fun. Enjoy it while you can!
LFC Blog: Thank you for your wise words Collin! I (along with many others) sincerely hope that you will make a return sometime in the future! To those reading this blog, thanks for reading this edition of the Lego Fire Community Blog! Stay tuned for more exciting content!
LFC Blog: Welcome to the first Lego Fire Community Blog post of 2018! I'm super excited to introduce Alex W, who is the owner of Westbrick Fire Department! Enjoy the interview below!
LFC Blog: Welcome to the blog Alex! Tell us about yourself. When and why did you start building Lego fire trucks?
AW: Well, I am 26 year old Firefighter/EMT outside of the Cincinnati, OH area. I can remember building at the age of 5 and it really took off when the PC was introduced into my household and explore more than just the game Pong. I found a page of Lego Fire Trucks and stumbled upon St. Lego Fire Rescue and that’s all she wrote. I had discovered a whole new world at that point in the mid 90’s.
LFC Blog: Awesome! Tom D has definitely inspired so many people! Who/what inspires you to build?
AW: The ones that inspired me early on were Thomas D of St. Lego, Matt J, Bob K of Lego Twp Fire Dept and Paul Bock of New Brickton Fire Rescue. The real legend was a man whose name escapes me, operated Legoborough County Fire Dept and disappeared in the early 00’s. What really got me going was the quality you could make out of Legos and make them look like the real thing.
LFC Blog: Oh wow! That is a town I have never heard of! I wish I could have seen that back then! What's in the name Westbrick and why did you settle on the current color scheme?
AW: I originally started out as Legocreek Fire/Rescue and then decided to reorganize into the Westbrick Fire Department. West because I grew up on the westside of Chesapeake, VA where we lived at the time before moving to Ohio. Brick was what was on my desk and then the new name was formed. I started with all white and loved them until I found a new paint scheme of grey over red with black and grey stripes and settled on that as the new paint scheme for new trucks from then on.
LFC Blog: I remember Legocreek! Your Quantum quint was one of my favorites! What is the most challenging rig you've ever built?
AW: The most challenging rig I built and is still around (being refurbished at the present time) was my first rig, a 1995 Pierce Lance pumper. This was similar to one I saw on Brickshelf. I was nervous as to how it would turn out and turns out, it was a masterpiece. It has some how has survived three moves and all the abuse. Just need to spruce it up and make it a piece for Westbrick.
LFC Blog: Awesome! Can't wait to see it back in action! What is your most favorite rig and why?
AW: My favorite rig as of now has got to be my Squad 5A. It screams Chicago and the Quinn era of the fire service. It is unique and a good asset to the department.
LFC Blog: Indeed it is! The Snorkel Squad is a beauty and has so many applications! What is one Lego piece you wish were manufactured and why?
AW: Actual roll up doors.
LFC Blog: Now that would be an excellent piece to have! What are your future plans for your department?
AW: My plans for Westbrick is to expand the department to 10 stations once I complete a couple more rigs. Slowly but surely. I also have another department in the plans. Approximately 6 stations in the ghetto. Then, I have recently picked up a spot with Studington Fire Rescue and have a station there. Yellow trucks is actually a first for me so I’m excited for the challenge and new venture.
LFC Blog: Hopefully we can see your new creations sooner than later :p What is the best part of the Lego Fire Community?
AW: The vast levels of building experience and new ways to build. There are ways I haven’t thought of doing 10 years ago and you are always learning. I love watching young builders grow in time on the bricks and through learning from the pros.
LFC Blog: I agree! There are so many new ways to build compartments and cabs that I did not think were possible five or even ten years ago! How would you like to see the LFC grow better?
AW: I honestly can’t think of anything. As long as we stick together, we’ll be just fine.
LFC Blog: Any tips or advice for new builders?
AW: First, get your hands on your bricks and just free build. There was no Lego Digital Designer back in my day so I experimented by building with my hands. Trial and error. That’s how you learn and what will work and what won’t. Secondly, don’t get frustrated and quit; keep going! Finally, ask for help. I can’t tell you how many times I have asked more experienced builders for help or tips. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Great people like De, Bob, Matt J and Paul B have been there and are willing to lend a hand and help a fellow builder no matter how experienced he/she is.
LFC Blog: Indeed, building using actual bricks is so much better than using digitally as there are those softwares have their own nuances and limitations. Well, thank you again Alex for taking the time to be a part of the show this week! To my ever faithful readers, thanks for reading the blog today (or whenever you read this) and stay tuned for more exciting content! If you haven't done so already, be sure to subscribe so that you can be the first to know when new content is posted!
LFC Blog: Welcome to the latest edition of the LFC Blog! Today, we have the distinct honor of presenting Matt J, who is the owner of Jakeland Fire Department, Rochelle Heights Fire Department, and Liberty County Fire Department. Enjoy the interview below!
LFC Blog: Welcome to the blog Matt! First off, I would like to thank you for inspiring me to build! Tell us about yourself. When and why did you start building Lego fire trucks?
MJ: Well first off my name is Matt and I am currently a volunteer firefighter and a police officer in New Jersey. I have been a volunteer FF since 1999 and a police officer since 2009.
I started building Lego fire trucks when I was probably 8 or 9. I built only 4-wide firetrucks until 2007. That was when I finally made the switch to 6 wide. The reason I got into building Lego fire apparatus is because of my dad. My dad would sit at the dining room table filled with bowls of different Lego bricks and pieces. This was way back in the early 90’s so we didn’t have the internet or even a computer in the house. So he would look at fire apparatus in books and get inspired to build a fire truck similar to it. I eventually learned how to build them on my own and have been doing it ever since.
LFC Blog: Awesome to hear about how you got started building! I remember seeing your 4-wide builds on Brickshelf a long time ago! Who/what inspires you to build?
MJ: In the beginning it was my father since he showed me the ropes. Then as I got older, I didn’t build with Lego much. At 18 I joined the U.S. Navy and didn’t touch a Lego brick for years. When I got out of the military, I discovered the LMFD. So I would say all the members of the LMFD, especially Bob K, Paul B, Anthony S, Mike L and of course Tom D inspired me to get back into Lego. Steve Asbury inspired me to make the switch from 4 wide to 6 wide and to use the bigger style wheels.
LFC Blog: Wow! Those are great people to get inspiration from! What's in the name Jakeland and why did you settle on the current color scheme?
MJ: For Jakeland, my nickname in the Navy was Jake which is short for Jacobsen. Also Jake is a nickname for a firefighter in New England so I thought it fit. The color scheme for Jakeland originally was inspired by F.D.N.Y. but then I wanted Jakeland to have it’s own identity. Black and red has always been my favorite scheme on a fire truck, but a lot of guys at the time had black over red. So I decided to make my own unique scheme. I then tweaked it a bit to again stand out from the crowd.
For Rochelle Heights, the name is from the original name of my volunteer fire department. The color scheme, black and orange, was inspired by Hasbrouck Heights, NJ whos colors are black and orange.
And for Liberty County, that was of course inspired by the statue of liberty which is 10 minutes away from my house. I wanted the color scheme to be simple since it is planned to be a good size department with a lot of engines and ladders. So a simple white over red scheme was picked for simplicity and availability of parts.
LFC Blog: I especially love Jakeland's red over black color scheme! What is the most challenging rig you've ever built?
MJ: I would have to say my aerialscope probably. I put some new features into it that I hadn’t done before and I think made it more realistic. Especially since it can go below grade for the “store front” attack.
LFC Blog: Indeed, Aerialscopes are among the most difficult rigs to replicate! What is your most favorite rig and why?
MJ: I would say FDLC’s Engine 59, the Pierce Enforcer. Bob K actually helped me get the pitch of the roof perfect to give it the Enforcer look!
LFC Blog: That is a really cool build! What is one Lego piece you wish were manufactured and why?
MJ: This is a tough one, there are a lot of pieces that would make it easier or make a truck more realistic. But if I had to choose just one, it would be a flat windshield the same size as the regular windshield. Then Seagraves, Macks, etc would look much better!
LFC Blog: I agree! I think that a diversity of windshields would help out so much! What are your future plans for your department?
MJ: For Jakeland I am planning on building 1 or 2 new engines. At least 1. For Rochelle Heights I want to build a new ladder and possibly bring back the rescue. And for the FDLC, just keep building new trucks to grow the department. And for all 3 departments, I plan on new incidents. I would like to get back on pace of 1 incident per month, but time isn’t a luxury like it used to be.
LFC Blog: I always enjoy seeing your incidents! The details such as the ground ladder placement, the "snow," the trees, and of course the minifigs make it look like a real incident! What is the best part of the Lego Fire Community?
MJ: The social media groups and sites. You can literally go on Facebook and see so many Lego trucks and get inspired to build something.
LFC Blog: Indeed! We are blessed to live in such an age! How would you like to see the LFC grow better?
MJ: I personally would like to see more trucks with actual operating compartments that can be used for storage. I am not a fan of the brick built compartments with just a round plate to act as a handle or just grill bricks used as roll up doors. All my trucks have at least 1 compartment that can be used to store tools and actually has tools inside. But I build my trucks to be used at an incident, not sit on a shelf.
LFC Blog: Functionality while maintaining the structural integrity is a challenge, especially when using unconventional doors. Well, thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to have this interview, Matt! I personally can't wait to see what the future holds for Jakeland, Rochelle Heights, and Liberty County! To all those reading this blog, it's hard to believe that 2017 is coming to a close, but you all made this a very special year through your support of this blog! We look forward to presenting some really awesome features in 2018! From all of us here at LFC Blog (Actually, it's just MM and me :p), Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! To those who will be serving on those holidays, we greatly appreciate the work and service you provide for us!
LFC Blog: Welcome to today's edition of the LFC Blog, and we are excited to present Zak O, who is one of the most innovative builders! With the Christmas holidays coming upon us really soon, interviews will be reduced to one per week starting this week. Hope you enjoy today's interview!
LFC Blog: Welcome to the blog Zak! Tell us about yourself. When and why did you start building Lego fire trucks?
ZO: I’m Zak (With a K. Only a K. Not a CH, CK, or C. I like to be different.), 23, and live in the wonderful state of Alaska. I was brought up here by the Air Force about 3 and a half years ago and it looks like it will be my forever home. I’m currently a Fire Dispatcher for the USAF and a Lieutenant for Chugiak Vol. Fire Rescue. I first got into Legos when my uncle bought me a fire department set for Christmas in my childhood years. (It was either 6477 or 6478, maybe even both. I remember having both of them.) I continued collecting other sets, tubs that my mom found at garage sales, and even hand me downs from other family members. I grew up in a firefighter family, so building fire trucks came natural to me.
LFC Blog: Awesome! I think being part of the field is a recurring trend within builders. Who/what inspires you to build?
ZO: Like many others have echoed, I did a google search one day for “Lego Fire Truck,” and thats where it all started. I had no idea of how many people were out there building these awesome things. Lego Twp and St. Lego were the first ones I found. I then just started clicking on the links tab and found so many other sites. So much inspiration.
Currently, everyone and everything inspires me. If I see something cool, I save a picture, put it in a folder to get to at a later date. I’m a total fire truck nerd and proud of it. Being in Alaska, seeing (and driving) so many 4x4 and AWD rigs has sparked that recently.
LFC Blog: Bob K And Tom D are the real legends in the community! I can definitely see the inspiration on your latest rigs! What's in your department's name and why did you settle on the current color schemes?
ZO: West Brickmont is sort of a play on words from a random town in the Chicagoland area where I grew up. Westmont. I saw one of their ambulances one day and thought the name was cool. Added “Brick” in there because everyone else did it. I think they had yellow and white trucks at the time. As far as the Black and Yellow… I liked it. Simple as that. It’s different.
Lake Brickmont is loosely modeled after Lake Geneva Fire Department in Wisconsin. Went there for a day trip and fell in love with that little town. Color scheme is the same, although I may transition to a black stripe with some of the new rigs coming.
Theres quite a few more out there, (LegoLab, Mill Creek, West Brickmont University, Cheyenne Valley, Starved Brick State Park, Overson County) but I’ll spare you the pixels and gigabytes explaining all of those. I could go on all day…
LFC Blog: Haha! That's awesome! All your communities are unique! What is the most challenging rig you've ever built?
ZO: The most challenging rig would be my International Ambulance. It was my first 6/7 wide truck, and first ambulance I completely outfitted with an interior. Still one of my favorites.
LFC Blog: That is a really really great rig! The interior is definitely cool! What is your most favorite rig and why?
ZO: Although that ambulance may be one of my favorites, my absolute favorite goes to Lake Brickmont Tanker 861. I spent a ton of time perfecting that truck to be the ultimate first-out rural engine-tanker for the area it covers… and even more time on all the graphics.
LFC Blog: Graphics are challenging, and you did a fantastic job with it! What is one Lego piece you wish were manufactured and why?
ZO: For someone that uses the fender flares on pretty much all his rigs… I with they made them in the light grey. All the other “chrome” accents on the rig are light grey, but then having to use black or charcoal grey stands out.
LFC Blog: I agree! Lego needs to diversify the colors of some (or all) their parts! What are your future plans for your departments?
ZO: Future plans are to actually build all the rigs I have planned. I’ll be getting out of the Air Force this spring, and I plan to take the summer off and enjoy myself before starting school next fall. I hope to have plenty of building time in there. I’d eventually like to start designing stations and a town layout when I get into a bigger house.
LFC Blog: Awesome! Can't wait to see your new builds! What is the best part of the Lego Fire Community?
ZO: As everyone else has said, the people. I’ve made a ton of friends. Gunnar N. is one example. Every time I make it back to Illinois for a vacation, I make it a point to drive a few hours down to Indiana to see him and his family. It’s great to not only have a network for Lego, but also real word Fire/EMS networking.
LFC Blog: The people really do make this group special! How would you like to see the LFC grow better?
ZO: It sure would be nice to have some more Alaskans up here. Or even come for visit and realize you never want to go home. The moose don’t bite! Actually, they taste super good.
LFC Blog: I've heard great things about Alaska! I'll be sure to visit! Any tips or advice for new builders?
ZO: Like I tell all my new firefighters and EMTs… be a sponge! Absorb as much information as you can. Trail and error in a controlled environment. This community is here for you and we want you to learn and grow into the best firefighter/EMT/builder out there. But not as good as me. We all know that isn’t gonna happen. ;)
Thank you for the opportunity to share my story guys! If anyone wants to know more, feel free to give me a shout.
LFC Blog: Thanks for your great words of encouragement Zak! To those reading this blog, thanks for reading this far and for your continued support!
LFC Blog: Welcome to today's edition of the LFC Blog! It really is an honor to present Paul B, one of the founding members of the LMFD and the owner of New Brickton Fire-Rescue! Enjoy the interview below!
LFC Blog: Welcome to the blog Paul! Tell us about yourself. When and why did you start building Lego fire trucks?
PB: I’m Paul B, I’m an AFOL but got my start building LEGO fire apparatus when I was around 11 or 12 years old. I have been inactive with new builds for the past 5-7 year but still try to stay active in the LFC. I’m from the Pittsburgh area and work in the Mortgage Industry. In my spare time I volunteer with my local fire department where I hold the rank of Lieutenant and spend time with my family (wife, son, and dog). As you can imagine, I stay pretty busy!
LFC Blog: Awesome! Your work (especially the Quantums) has definitely inspired my builds! So thank you for that! Who/what inspires you to build?
PB: I first stumbled upon Jeff C’s rigs from Sixby Fire many years ago, probably around 1997/1998, I was stunned! There were LEGO fire engines that actually looked like real American based fire apparatus! The more a searched around I found there was a whole community. Woodchuck Fire (Rodney), Lego City Fire (Eric), St Lego Fire (Thomas), and countless others who drifted off the web over the years. I looked at these trucks in detail and thought, I have pieces like that, I could build that. There was not LDD, it was trial and error, spending hours with the bricks designing and redesigning. Showcasing your trucks on a website or on Yahoo Groups. Getting feedback and going back to the drawing boards. There were a group of builders who came on the scene all about the same time, Bob K, Mike L, Paul G, De, and Tony S. This group was pivotal in creating the LEGO Metro Fire District and sharing and giving constructive feedback on the current NBF/R Fleet. Everyone’s trucks and new innovations today, especially with new LEGO pieces remind me that a lot has changed design wise since I’ve become less active in the community.
LFC Blog: Wow! All those names evoked feelings of nostalgia! What's in the name (insert department here) and why did you settle on the current color scheme?
PB: The town I’m from is called New Brighton so I basically just changed the Brigh to Brick and the New Brickton Fire/Rescue name was born. New Brickton has had various color schemes with each station claiming their own. Some did match but if you look at early incident photos there were multiple colored trucks. In late 2007 I made the switch over to white roof, red body, and black stripe. (Minus the Airport rigs) The decal kit from 7239 was also used on all new apparatus. I believe there wasn’t anyone really in the community who was using this color scheme and that’s why I chose it.
LFC Blog: That is really interesting! Lego set 7239 is one of my most favorite sets! There were so many combinations you could do with that set! What is the most challenging rig you've ever built?
PB: The most challenging truck I have ever built would have to be the replica of my departments 1998 Pierce Quantum. It has been through numerous upgrades to add extra elements of realism including working steps and decals to match my departments truck.
LFC Blog: Pierce Quantums are one of the most challenging rigs to replicate, especially the first generation! And you, sir, have the best first generation Pierce Quantum out there! What is your most favorite rig and why?
PB: I would say that’s a tie between Engines 3, 5, and Squad 4. That design/building style was the direction NBF/R was moving towards. There was/is a 3rd engine (matching the 3&5 spec) on order and a 95% completed KME mid-mount tower. These just need finished up and decaled.
LFC Blog: Great! Those KMEs are really beautiful! Can't wait to see the new engine and the tower! What is one Lego piece you wish were manufactured and why?
PB: A 3 wide lift door. I don’t claim to be a purest by any means but I never had the guts to modify one of these doors. There are some braver builders out there in the community who have though...tip of the hat to you gentlemen.
LFC Blog: I agree! New lift door variations would really be awesome! What are your future plans for your department?
PB: Hopefully to complete the couple unfinished trucks I have in production still is the short term. A long term goal would be begin to start replacing current front line apparatus as they are reaching or have reached a 10 year in service mark. This would be a pretty significant under taking and we’ll see what the future holds.
LFC Blog: Wow! Time really does fly! We would love to see more new rigs from you in the near future! What is the best part of the Lego Fire Community?
PB: The best part is I’ve made friends that have extended beyond the bricks. I chat regularly with a group of guys from the LMFD about everyday stuff and happenings in our lives and careers.
LFC Blog: That is the best part indeed! And that is what makes the LFC special! How would you like to see the LFC grow better?
PB: Putting the LDD designs into actual bricks. I know the community has gotten way better about doing this recently, I hope this trend continues.
Secondly, if you have the means to, create incidents scenes! Get the trucks out and have a fire or two. Just think of those poor minifig firefighters all cooped up with no JOBS to go to! LOL It’s a nice way to show case your creations and see different angles of trucks you wouldn’t normally see.
LFC Blog: Seeing the software designed builds come to fruition is one of the best feelings ever! Incidents are really a fabulous way to showcase rigs as well as tactics! Any tips or advice for new builders?
PB: As cliché as it sounds, Rome was not built in a day, nor was any LEGO Fire Department. Build for quality over quantity and build as much as you can when you have the time and funds to do so. You will come to a certain stage in your life and the amount of time and funds you’ll have for this hobby will shift to other things. Most importantly have fun while you’re involved and make friends who will last years outside of the LEGO Fire Community.
LFC Blog: Thank you for those inspiring words Paul! Thank you once again for taking the time out of your busy schedule to converse with us today! To all the readers, thank you for reading this blog, and we will see you next time!
LFC Blog: Welcome to the latest edition of the Lego Fire Community Blog! Today, we have the pleasure of interview Anthony Dryden, the owner of Brickdale Township Fire Department. Enjoy the interview below!
LFC Blog: Thank you for joining us today Anthony! Tell us about yourself. When and why did you start building Lego fire trucks?
AD: My name is Anthony Dryden. I am 20 years old and was born and raised in Cincinnati and the surrounding area. I currently reside in Goshen, OH with my wife, Kelsey and my daughter, Evelyn. I am a Firefighter/EMT/FSI with two local departments. I started building custom Lego Fire Apparatus around 2009/2010 after my grandmother gave me Set 7240 for Easter. I had had Lego since I can remember but that is when I first started tinkering with them.
LFC Blog: Great to hear about you and your family! I remember that set! Those pieces were really cool! Who/what inspires you to build?
AD: In the beginning a lot of inspiration came from Tom Duggan, Christian Collins, James Kountoles, and Paulo Rodriguez. I build for the fun of it, it relaxes me after long shifts and is a great pass time.
LFC Blog: Indeed, Lego is a great way to wind down after a long day! What's in the name Brickdale Township and why did you settle on the current color scheme?
AD: Brickdale Township is the name I settled on. In the beginning I had a lot of names (LDD Ruled MOCPages for a while) but I settled on the BTFD after combining the names of my hometown department (Springdale) and another department I admired (Springfield Township).
LFC Blog: Like many of the others before, a lot of city names comes from things near to us. What is the most challenging rig you've ever built?
AD: The most challenging rig I built was the Seagrave Sedan Pumper for the BURN Contest way back in 2012/2013.
LFC Blog: That is a really fascinating rig, especially since it's a classic rig! What is your most favorite rig and why?
AD: Favorite rig today is Engine 8. I love Seagrave and I have updated that rig so many times because I can’t take it apart. Something pops about that truck. Alex Wallace’s Sutphen Monarch is my favorite non owned apparatus, that truck is sharp and I have had the privilege of seeing it IRL.
LFC Blog: I can see why: Seagrave is one of the best fire apparatus manufacturers out there! Alex W does build some incredible rigs! What is one Lego piece you wish were manufactured and why?
AD: Wish we had better tools for mini-figs.
LFC Blog: Lego tools have been a popular request by many! And I really do hope that the Lego Company reads this :D What are your future plans for your department?
AD: Future plans include brush trucks, staff cars and two aerial trucks. Updates as usual and maybe another department (in the works).
LFC Blog: Awesome! Cant wait to see what you have in store! What is the best part of the Lego Fire Community?
AD: The best part of the LFC has been taking on this Studington Fire Rescue fiasco. I love the support and the group we have had. Close second is LESA. I love that we all share our work, offer tips and also life advice. Comrades, brothers, friends.
LFC Blog: Speaking out of a personal opinion, Studington Fire & Rescue has been a really cool (or hot, if you know what I mean :p) experience! Collaborating with all you guys (SFR, LESA, etc) has definitely pushed me to become a better builder. How would you like to see the LFC grow better?
AD: I would love to see the acceptance of “Fire Kiddies” and some mentor ship. We have lacked in that aspect.
LFC Blog: I agree! I think that being teachable is something that all of us needs. It doesn't matter how long any of us has been around. There's always something new to learn. Any tips or advice for new builders?
AD: Keep on building. If it doesn’t work one way try it another. Never be afraid that no one is gonna like your rig. As long as you like your truck then you are all good.
LFC Blog: Thank you for those inspiring words Anthony! And thank you also for taking the time to conduct this brief interview! We hope to collaborate more with you in the future! To those who have taken the time to read this far, thanks for your continual support, and we will see you in the next installment of the LFC blog!
LFC Blog: Welcome to latest installment of the LFC Blog! Today, we have the honor of presenting James K, the owner of White Ridge Fire, Rescue, and EMS. Enjoy the interview below!
LFC Blog: Welcome to the blog James! Tell us about yourself. When and why did you start building Lego fire trucks?
JK: Well I’m sure a lot of you know me already. Or a little anyway. Currently I’m an EMT-B and Supervisor of Fleet Operations at Syracuse University Ambulance in NY. I’ve worked previously as a volunteer firefighter, wildland firefighter, and fire explorer, and this year starts my eighth in emergency services.
Back in the mid 2000s, I first found the Lego Fire Community on the Internet. Specifically, I found the work of Paul B. on YouTube, and his “New Brickton Fire/Rescue” series of videos. Ad as they say, the rest is history. I built my first truck similar to his Seagrave TL2 (mine was never photographed or posted) somewhere around 2008-2009. I followed his work to MOCpages, and everything took off from there.
Years later, I’m still here, and the builders who I respected and looked up to I’m now honored to call my friends.
LFC Blog: Paul B is a fantastic builder! I think that it's really cool to actually converse with excellent builders and get to know them. Who/what inspires you to build?
JK: I love the fire service. It’s imperfect and tough, but my fellow firefighters and LFC members, they’re family. They keep me motivated and building. Sometimes it’s a rig I’ll find online, sometimes it’s real life, sometimes I just want something cool and unique. At any given time, you’ll find ten or so ongoing projects in my “In Progress” folder on LDD. I keep pretty busy, even if I have to switch between agencies and build styles and continents to stay interested!
LFC Blog: I love how you refer to fellow firefighters and LFC members as family. I've seen some of your European designs, and they are really fantastic! What's in the name White Ridge, and why did you settle on the current color scheme?
JK: I’m not quite sure where it came from, honestly. But it’s stuck ever since! The department has changed over the years in name. Starting as White Ridge Fire/Rescue, it changed to White Ridge Fire & Rescue, White Ridge Fire-Rescue-EMS, and now most recently “White Ridge Department of Fire, Rescue, and EMS”.
As for color scheme, I started with a classic white over red and a tri-color stripe. As my building style progressed, and I started using more SNOT, the stripe has become unrealistic to include. So it’s been all but phased out as of the mid 2010s. I’ve been tossing around the idea of a single stripe on the red of the trucks, but we’ll see where that goes.
LFC Blog: Interesting to hear about the origins of your city name! What is the most challenging rig you've ever built?
JK: I’m not quite sure, to be honest. Every rig has its own challenges- especially when you get into complicated SNOTwork and more advanced build elements. I guess I really don’t have an answer to this question, but the biggest challenge for me is picking which rig I want to go where, what it’ll look like, which specs it needs, etc. Luckily fleet management is one of my strong suits!
LFC Blog: I love how you incorporate the specs into your builds as they add a layer of realism! What is your most favorite rig and why?
JK: If I had to choose, I would have to say the current Truck 1. Truck Co. 1 is a 2002/2012 Seagrave Marauder 95’ Aerialscope, It’s built in an older style (with modern touches) and at one time I prided myself on the fact that I felt it was the most accurate and detailed ‘Scope in the LFC. It was the first aerial that I built entirely on my own, and still sports the tri-stripe. The body has been redesigned since its original build date to be more accurate and better looking. I can say with some certainty that it’ll definitely be sticking around for a while!
LFC Blog: Aerialscopes are really fantastic aerial devices both in real life and in Lego! What is one Lego piece you wish were manufactured and why?
JK: Again, a little too specific for me, but I’d love to see some more pieces that I can use for SNOT. Bricks with studs in weird places. A plate with studs on two sides would be great! Lego has put out some great and useful pieces in recent years… I just wish they’d STOP manufacturing these big pieces that could really be put together out of a couple existing parts. I have a whole box of parts I’ll never use because of these big bulky pieces in sets.
LFC Blog: I agree! We can all use new bricks with unconventional stud locations. What are your future plans for your department?
JK: In the next few years I hope to round out the fleet. Engines (four remaining) and Trucks (four remaining) will take priority alongside the wildland fleet (three new Type 3s) and EMS units (six remaining) under the EMS2020 plan. Some more work will then be put into the SOC units (Squad 5, Squad Support, Rescue 4, PPE unit) and the remaining assorted units left (deluge, air unit, others). Lastly, the reserve fleet will be built up slowly, as units are retired and either disposed of or sent to reserve. Preliminary plans are to have one reserve truck, two reserve engines, a reserve squad, and the reserve rescue.
This will round out a fleet of 13 Engines, 8 Trucks, 4 Rescues, 3 Mini-Pumpers, 4 Squads, 7 EMS units, 4 Tankers, 7 wildland units, 7 SOC specialty units, 12 assorted specialty units, and 8 Command/Chief vehicles.
As for the outlying departments, Excellence and Essex Hill have one unit each to be completed, MedLink has three units to be completed, and NCX has several units that will be added in due time. But have no fear, even once these are done there are still plans in the works for small projects.
LFC Blog: Wow! That is a lot of rigs! We wish you the best in completing your goals! What is the best part of the Lego Fire Community?
JK: The camaraderie. The Brotherhood. It’s like the real fire service in a way. I have had the pleasure of meeting a number of LFC members (including Paulo R., Tom D., Tim J., and others) over the years, and meeting builders never gets old. I’ve also had the pleasure of watching new builders come in, improve, and establish themselves in the community. Sure, not every new builder will be the next Tom D., some won’t stick around for long at all, but those that do and create their own styles and techniques and places for themselves will surely be remembered. I love watching people build new things in new styles, create new departments and projects, everything like that. That’s what it’s all about, building together in a community and being able to talk with everyone about the same job we all love.
LFC Blog: That's awesome to hear that you have met some great builders! How would you like to see the LFC grow better?
JK: The LFC has a lot of problems right now. It always has, sure, but it feels like now especially the community is in some tough times. Unfortunately, I see it a lot on Instagram. People come in and directly rip off others’ designs or photos- it’s always happened, but it seems especially bad on that one platform. There is also a distinct attitude problem amongst the newest generation- not all, for sure, but it’s a problem. There’s a lack of respect for builds, for techniques, etc. The older members of the community have been around a long time, but there’s a reason a lot aren’t on many platforms where younger members gather.
Any advice is seen as criticism. Any suggestions are viewed as attacks. Everyone thinks their build is the greatest and wants to argue with anyone who provides advice. There’s also altogether too much “Should I do A or B?”, “Sell or destroy?”, “For sale for (obscene amount of money)!”. Have your own opinions. Create your own place. Form your own identity.
I want to see more originality and less buying. More trying hard and less direct copying. Unique, original builds. People treating others kindly and with respect. People doing their research and trying to learn. Less herd mentality, more uniqueness. Keep building cool things. I’ve seen some of the best and worst work (and attitues) I’ve ever seen in the LFC in the last year or so – I want to see people using their resources to be in that first category instead of the second.
LFC Blog: Indeed, it is sad to see people not respect each other, especially the newer builders who have no idea who the older generation members are. Any tips or advice for new builders?
JK: I promise, younger builders, the LFC has a lot to offer you. But you have to give in order to get back. There are people out there who want to help, and people who want to see you improve. All the world’s LFC resources are at your fingertips, just a Google search away. Use your resources, build, practice, improve, use common sense and decency. Develop your identity. Make a name and a place for yourself in a positive light, and you’ll get everything the LFC has to give.
LFC Blog: Yes, indeed! The internet has so much useful information, and it only takes a couple of clicks to find what you're looking for! Well, thank you so much for taking time to share some of your thoughts James! To those reading this blog, I hope you enjoyed today's content!
LFC Blog: Welcome to the twelfth edition of the LFC Blog! Today, we are honored to feature Ralph S, the creator of Bricksboro Beach Fire Department. For those who have yet to see his rigs, the apparatus can be seen on Flickr! Enjoy the interview below!
LFC Blog: Welcome to the Blog, and thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to meet with us, Ralph! Tell us about yourself. When and why did you start building Lego fire trucks?
RS: I’m 42 years old, am a physicist and I work for the Dutch ministry of defense. Like many people in scientific or technical jobs, I started building with LEGO at a young age. I don’t really know when I built my first fire truck, but it’s bound to be more than 30 years ago.
LFC Blog: Awesome! That's really cool to know how long you've been building! Who/what inspires you to build?
RS: I find inspiration many different things, but there are two that stand out. About 15 years ago, I bought “The ultimate LEGO book”, which has photographs of models built for LEGOLand parks, including one of a large FDNY tiller truck. That truck has been a massive inspiration for both the scale and the level of detail of my larger-scale fire trucks. Another is building things for exhibitions. I joined Brickish, which is a Lego Users Group, whilst living in the UK about ten years ago. Almost all of the minifig scale fire trucks I built were for collaborative displays with Brickish. These have always been a great motivator.
LFC Blog: Interesting to know how LUG groups play a role in inspiring you to build! I will most certainly look into joining one! What's in the name “Bricksboro Beach FD” and why did you settle on the current color scheme?
RS: Most of my models are recreations of vehicles used by real departments, but Bricksboro Beach FD is the closest thing I have to my own department. It started in 2009 with a collaboration with Brickish called Bricksboro Beach: a Miami Beach –themed city build for which I built almost all of the vehicles, including a few fire apparatus. Unsurprisingly, their color scheme is based on the Miami Beach FD.
LFC Blog: Miami Beach has a really cool color scheme! What is the most challenging rig you've ever built?
RS: Undoubtedly my 1/22 scale Seagrave FDNY rearmount ladder. Such a larger scale has obvious advantages when it comes to details and working features, but a big disadvantage is that, rather than being able to use ready-made parts that might work at a smaller scale, you have to construct some things practically from scratch. That applies to the ladder, for instance. Making it strong enough and still look good was a challenge. What also made the model difficult was my choice to have it drive and steer using LEGO Power Functions remote control. I’m not a Technic builder by any means, so having it work without gears falling out didn’t come naturally to me.
LFC Blog: Wow! I did not know that the rig could be operated by remote control! The functionality is astounding! What is your most favorite rig and why?
RS: That’s a hard question. I get attached to my models, but since I have to choose, I’ll go with the 1/22 scale London Fire Brigade Mercedes Econic ladder truck. It’s a pretty distinctive vehicle in real life, built with an extra low cab such that it can pass under low bridges and somehow the model came together with every detail and the colour scheme looking just the way I imagined. Looking at it now, a few years after I built it, I still don’t see many obvious ways to improve it.
LFC Blog: That ladder truck really is beautiful! What is one Lego piece you wish were manufactured and why?
RS: The 1x2 jumper plate in transparent clear. Some do exist and I actually have a few dozen, but they were only ever made for the LEGOLand parks, so they’re really rare. This is not really a part that is specifically useful for building fire apparatus, but they sure come in handy for building cars and aircraft.
LFC Blog: Wow! Even I did not know those pieces existed in that color! What are your future plans for your department?
RS: I always have more plans than I have time for. Right now something like the FDNY’s TSU-1 tickles my fancy: a jacked-up International truck with chunky off-road tires that carries a lot of rescue equipment, including a boat on top. How cool is that?
LFC Blog: That really is a fascinating rig! I will be looking forward to seeing you build that rig then! What is the best part of the Lego Fire Community?
RS: I am the first to admit that I haven’t been nearly as active as I used to online. Real life took over. So, I certainly don’t practice what I preach, but any community can only thrive thanks to an active membership.
LFC Blog: Indeed, activity of members is what makes any group succeed! How would you like to see the LFC grow better?
RS: I think there’s a lot to be said for meeting in person. It’s not an easy thing to do given that people live in different states or countries, but there are already LEGO events in many different places and getting together there as fans of fire trucks and look at each other’s models “in the brick” might be neat.
LFC Blog: Great insights! Any tips or advice for new builders?
RS: Having an online community has pros and cons. On the one hand, there are all these great models that can inspire one’s own builds. On the other hand, for new builders, I reckon that all the stuff that is already out there built by people who have been at it this for years can be a bit intimidating. You might not how to do something new or original. I think the answer is to experiment. Think about building on a different scale or perhaps building some truck from another country or era. The stuff you learn doing that will also help if you do decide to build your own version of a type of truck that many other people have already built.
LFC Blog: Experimenting is really how I improved my techniques, which contributed to the overall aesthetics of my builds. Again, I would like to thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us today, Ralph! To those reading this blog, I hope you enjoyed this installment of the LFC Blog!
Welcome to the Lego Fire Community Blog! Presented here are outstanding builders who captivate their audience with their MOCs (My Own Creation). The purpose of this blog is to educate others of exemplary builders both past and present.
This blog is dedicated to Eric S. McDonald, the Fire Chief of the original Lego City Fire Department who died unexpectedly on Aug. 22, 2002. His vision is what started the whole LFC, and for that we are eternally grateful.
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