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!
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Blog Updated: 04/21/20
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