ONLY RED TRUCKS is dedicated to allFIRE FIGHTERS. This site contains a special emphasis on Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin.
My name is Larry Carlson. I have been involved with the Fire Service for more than 40 years. The summer I graduated from high school (1967), I had the opportunity to work for Bruce Richardson at WTVO in Rockford, Illinois as a news photographer. One assignment included riding along with the Rockford Fire Department as I shot film for use in producing a documentary about the RFD Rescue Squad.
During the summers of 1967 and 1968 I attended some of the first seminars in Fire Photography presented at the Chicago Fire Academy by the newly chartered International Fire Photographers Association.
In the fall of the same year I started attending Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. I became an active member of the Genesee Valley Fire Department, located in the Henrietta Fire District. Since I had truck driving experience, I was quickly "promoted" to a driver/engineer on Engine 24.
After college, I returned to Rockford and entered into private business, but have always continued my interests in the fire service. The advent of digital photography and video, combined with the availability of the World Wide Web, provides the perfect medium for promoting awareness of the challenges faced by fire fighters on a daily basis.
Many of the photos on this site are provided by my brother, Buzz, an avid fire photographer and former Fire Protection Engineer / Consultant.
Special "thanks" to Manassas Volunteer Fire Company for the video clip used in "Tone-Out" on the Welcome page.
Please feel free to email me (at the address below) with any comments, questions or concerns.
INTERNATIONAL FIRE PHOTOGRAPHERS ASSOCIATION / 1968
Credit for the name of this site (onlyREDtrucks) goes to my daughter: an EMT / Firefighter with the Menomonee Falls (Wisconsin) Fire Department
Firefighters from Stillman F.P.D. are the first to get copies of the 2010 calendar from America's Female Firefighters. Get your copy today and help these ladies in the work they do to support Burn Survivors. Email me at the address to the right for more information on how to get your copy.
As we move further and further away from September 11, 2001, it becomes even more important to be certain we never forget what happened that day. Please take a few minutes, "click" on NEVER FORGET, and continue to remember. (Please take the time to watch this all the way through.)
With My Deepest Respect and In Fond Memory of:
Ralph Jones Irv Hanson Ed Archer Bruce Richardson Donald 'Scotty' Scott