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Second alarm for Pawtucket On March 9, 2013 at approximately 10:00 p.m., Pawtucket Fire received a call for an apartment fire at 301 Main Street. Companies arrived to find heavy smoke in the hallway of the apartment building and went to work to locate the seat of the fire. Crews reported one victim still in the apartment. Command requested the medical examiner to the scene. The fire was was knocked down quickly and contained to one apartment.


North Kingstown firefighters battle blaze On the morning of March 23, 2013, North Kingstown firefighters were dispatched to a reported house fire on Tockwotton Farm Road. Engine 3 was met with heavy fire showing from an attached garage of a residential home, calling the working fire and began stretching lines. A vehicle inside the garage was fully involved and flames were spreading fast. As more companies arrived, backup lines were stretched as searches were underway. The fire was under control in about 20 minutes and no injuries were reported.

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Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date:March 3, 2013 Death Date: March 3, 2013 Fire Department: Knotts Island Volunteer Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Assistant Fire Chief Curt Burmeister Initial Summary: Fire Chief Morrison was operating at the scene of a brush fire when he collapsed from an apparent heart attack. Morrison was treated by fellow responders on scene and en route to a hospital where he passed away from his injury. Incident Location: 500 Block of Knotts Island Road

Illinois: Christopher Brown, 39 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: March 5, 2013 Death Date: March 5, 2013 Fire Department: Hudson Community Fire Protection District Fire Dept. Info: Dan Hiter Initial Summary: ncident Description: Firefighter Brown was working with other responders on a multiple vehicle accident on Interstate 39 when a southbound semi-tractor trailer lost control and slid into the accident scene killing Brown and injuring several others. Investigation into the fatal accident continues. Incident Location: Interstate 39 (MM6) near Hudson, IL Texas: Donald Mize, 62 Rank: Firefighter Cadet Incident Date: Mar 6, 2013 Death Date: Mar 6, 2013 Fire Department: League City Volunteer Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Brad Goudie Initial Summary: ncident Description: Firefighter Cadet Mize was cooling down after the training exercise at the department's training facility when he fell ill from a cause still to be determined. Mize was treated and transported to the hospital but succumbed to his injury. Incident Location: Fire Department Training Field, 911 North Kansas AVE, League City, TX

Georgia: Lonnie Nutt, 49 Rank: Firefighter Engineer Incident Date: Mar 7, 2013 Death Date: Mar 7, 2013 Fire Department: Marietta Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Jackie Gibbs Initial Summary: The Marietta Fire Department was responding to a motor vehicle accident. Firefighter Engineer Nutt was the driver of the responding apparatus accompanied by two other firefighters. After arriving on the scene, the firefighters were performing aid to the injured motorist when Firefighter Engineer Nutt collapsed. Aid was immediately given and Firefighter Engineer Nutt was rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The cause of death is still to be determined. New York: George A. Turner, Jr., 60 Rank: Captain Incident Date: Mar 8, 2013 Death Date: Mar 8, 2013 Fire Department: Jericho Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Carl E. Johnson Initial Summary: Captain Turner passed away from an apparent heart attack while responding to a motor vehicle accident. Incident Location: Long Island Expressway (I-495) South Carolina: Michael L. Broz, 58

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West Greenwich fire Just after 8:30 p.m. on March 1st, firefighters were called to 62 Finlandia Boulevard in West Greenwich, RI for a structure fire. Crews arrived quickly to douse the flames, which had a significant head start. Crews worked the scene throughout the night.

Shortly before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13th, Cranston firefighters responded to an address on Bedson Road for a report of a building fire. Firefighters found a three bay commercial garage used for woodworking with heavy smoke and fire showing. The smoke could be seen for miles. Despite an aggressive initial attack, firefighters were forced out of

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of Warwick, Providence and Johnston provided station coverage and several off duty Cranston firefighters were called in to put Reserve Engine 9 into service. Firefighters were on the scene for several hours hitting hot spots. There were no reported injuries and the fire is still under investigation. - NICK ZABAWAR

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On March 28, 2013 at approximately 7 p.m., Pawtucket Fire received a call for a structure fire at 32 Everett Street. Engine 4 arrived to find smoke showing from the third floor and attic areas. No injuries were reported from the scene.

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Firefighters battle massive blaze in Alburgh Alburgh Fire was dispatched around 6:00 a.m. to a structure fire. It was an attached house and garage both fully involved when firefighters arrived. Appears no one was home at the time of the fire. Alburgh Fire was assisted by Swanton Fire, Grand Isle, North Hero, Isle Lamotte, Rouses Point NY, Champlain NY and Clarenceville QC. Some other fire departments did station coverage. There were no reported injuries. The fire is under investigation by Vermont State Police.

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For years a young boy has been following a dream, A desire, not unheard of, by a child it seems. He would find himself chasing the sirens and lights, Pedaling that bicycle with all of his might. He’d sometimes catch up and watch them in awe, And witness the men, in their gear, broke down a door. They had axes and hoses to get the job done, He knew it was dangerous, but it sure looked like fun. The fire is out and the smoke cleared away, He thinks “that’s going to be me one of these days”. He’s seen all the movies and watched all the shows, His idols portrayed as true to life heroes. After waiting forever, the time is now here, His patience is gone, wants to get it in gear. He goes to a firehouse and knocks on the door, Unaware of what’s inside and not sure what’s in store. He’s not sure what to say, arranging words in his mind, The door opens, a familiar face smiles; he’s going to be fine. For the next few hours he gets informed of the basics, And gets told it takes special type of people to actually make it. There are meetings and training’s and calls at all hours, And the frequency of calls is not within our powers. You’ll put your trust in your brothers, your newly found kin, Because when others are running out, we all run in. You’ll be part of a team, you won’t be alone, We protect life and property, and then we all go home. We fight manmade disasters and weather in it’s extreme, They’ll be things you’ll encounter that you’ve never seen. There will be days of gratification, and few with a frown, For unexpected occurrences when a brother goes down. He’s accepted the challenge and is up to the deed, To be there for the call, when his neighbors are in need. He has taken an oath that he swears to uphold, To be proud, and prepared, for when things unfold. He’s on his first call and helps take down a door, At the curb stands a boy with his bike, watching in awe!

The other day I was talking to a local fire chief in his fire station. The chief was explaining to me how concerned he was about a number of issues – one of the top being the morale in the department among the members. Apparently, a number of firefighters were not as actively involved as they had been in the past, particularly newer members. As we were discussing the possible causes, we noted one firefighter who was busy putting equipment back on a rig after a call. He was one of those who was still active and very enthusiastic about the department. As this individual walked by, we asked him why he thought that his contemporaries seem to be losing their passion for what we all thought was still a great fire department. This young, intelligent firefighter paused for around three seconds and then said with a fair amount of conviction, “It is not as much fun around here as it used to be.” We asked him to expand on that statement a little more; and he stated that in the last year or so, training had dropped off, and he and others really looked forward to quality training and drills. This young firefighter said a great deal with his knee-jerk answer to our question regarding the fun factor. I am sure you have noticed the environment when you enter a fire station or respond to another fire department’s fire or other emergency when everything is going well in a department. Everyone seems to pretty much get along; and as firefighters all over the world are prone to do, there is a lot of good natured kidding around. It is a fun place to be. And, if it is a fun and exciting place to be, you look forward to

spending more time there. When things are not going well in a department, when you walk into the fire house or go to one of their emergencies, it is just the opposite. Attendance frequently is down, firefighters are fighting with each other, there is much gossip and back-stabbing, officers may be suspending firefighters left and right, barking orders like a marine drill sergeant, creating an environment that is not friendly nor fun, deflating whatever passion the active firefighters may have had. I recently purposely attended two functions – one at a local department that is a top performer in all areas from being tops in annual training to leading the pack in recruitment and retention efforts. I then attended a function where it was just the opposite. In the first fire department, the oldtimers and the younger members were interacting together, the meeting room was filled to capacity and they were accomplishing multiple projects simultaneously. In the second department, attendance was sparse, there were arguments over several on-going projects that were floundering, members were leaving to join other departments and they were not taking in new members. What is the solution? There is no single, simple solution but a multitude of small solutions, many of which can and should be instituted by leaders in any organization. In any case, we are going to attempt to have the leaders from the successful departments meet with the leaders from the struggling departments in an attempt to compare notes, share techniques, and get the other departments back on track. If you are a member or a leader in one of the departments that is highly successful and a fun and exciting place to be, I would appreciate hearing from you. My e-mail address is, and my phone number is 845-364-8933. I will share your thoughts and comments in a future column.

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Londonderry makes a quick stop Londonderry Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire located at 29 Elwood Road March 16th at 11:50 p.m. Upon arrival, Engine 2 reported heavy fire showing. Command requested a second alarm. Crews made an aggressive interior attack, knocking down the bulk of the heavy fire. The home was occupied by two adults, the homeowner and a tenant on the first floor. Both occupants had self-extricated as the first due companies arrived. The home owner was

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Litchfield works third alarm On March 22nd at 9:40 a.m., Litchfield Fire Department received multiple calls for a barn fire located at 144 Charles Bankcroft Highway. The first due en- JUMP TO FILE # gine reported a 032713106 working fire and shortly after a second alarm was transmitted. On arrival of C1, a third alarm was quickly transmitted along with a special call for three additional tankers, due to only having one hydrant in the area. Due to the heavy volume of fire and walls cracked in the main barn, which was a two and a half story concrete block building 60 x 100, crews went right to a defensive attack. The fire originated in an attached 40 x 80 wood frame maintenance area and quickly progressed into the roof and doorways of the main building. Crews operated for an extended period of time at the scene to knock down the heavy fire. They also had to deal with multiple hazards from pesticides and herbicides stored in the main building along with a fuel spilled from equipment stored in side. Multiple surrounding commu-

nities operated at the scene assisting Litchfield. Crews had to undergo a preventative decontamination of their gear on scene due to the exposure of contaminants in the area. - PAUL MACCALLUM

On March 27, 2013 at 3:10 a.m., Laconia Central Fire Station was dispatched to fire alarm activation at the Water Street Café. Laconia Police heard the call and turned their roof top camera toward the restaurant and saw smoke coming from the building. Lakes Region Mutual Aid advised Lt. Shipp, who upgraded the alarm to a structure fire response, which brought Weirs and Gilford, as well as off-duty firefighters to the scene. On arrival, he reported smoke showing and requested a first alarm, bringing Belmont and Stewarts Ambulance to Central Station to cover and Meredith Fire to Weirs. Lt. Shipp and his crew ad-

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vanced a large capacity hose (300 GPM) through the front door and attacked the fire. This pushed the fire back into the kitchen area; thereby, protecting the dining area. The hose was then brought into the kitchen and crews finished extinguishing the fire. Gilford stretched a back-up hose to protect the first crew and then went to the second floor to cut off the fire that was spreading upwards to the roof area. Weirs went to the roof to remove the vent cap and expose the fire in the attic. Damage to the

kitchen area was substantial. Deputy Roffo determined the fire started under a large flat stove top. He was then able to review security cameras, which confirmed his investigation. By watching the security camera, he could see flames visible at 3:06 a.m. At 3:16 the camera stopped working as the fire flashed over the ceiling area. The fire was determined to be an accidental fire. The early damage estimate is $100,000. Property saved is estimated at $320,000. Fire crews were on-scene until 530 a.m. - KENNETH ERICKSON

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Rescue crews train on ice water rescue The Lebanon Rescue Department held their annual ice water rescue training on March 10, 2013 at Everett’s Cove Marina on New Bridge Road. Rescue members attended a four hour class before proceeding up to the marina for the training. The crews spent nearly seven hours training in the water on many different scenarios, ranging from rescuing injured patients in the water with spinal injuries to rescuing combative patients due to hypothermia. Crews are also taught how to properly handle animal res-

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cues. When crews arrived at the Marina for the practical session, sections of the ice were only about an inch thick. While at training, rescue crews were sent to Spaulding Pond off Indian Lake Drive for the report of a snowmobile through the ice and unknown if the occupants were still in the water. “Fortunately, we had both ambulances and the command truck ready

to roll with about 20 people in ice water rescue suits in case they were needed. We arrived quickly and found that it was actually a good intent call, a neighbor saw what appeared to be the snowmobile going through the ice, but they had gone out of her vision and were ice fishing. It was great training for the members to load into the ambulance already suited up and think about the skills they were in the process of learning.” Assistant Chief Jason Cole added.


Whitman (MA) Fire Lieutenant Robert Hover carries out an extinguisher at a recent fire on Dewey Avenue.


Kittery Fire Association celebrates 7th Annual 5K Run & Walk The Kittery Fire Association is excited to announce that the annual Kittery Fire Association 5K Run and Walk is back and will be better than ever with more prizes, sponsors and festivities. The race kicks off on May 19th at 9:00 a.m. near the Kittery Fire Department on Gorges Road. Last year’s event had over 500 participants in the 5K, Kid’s Run, and family support. All proceeds benefit the Kittery Fire Association, a volunteer organization of firefighters that supports the Kittery Fire Department and its many charitable programs. There is also a free Kids Fun Run taking place at 10 a.m. The kids area will be complete with

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face painting, balloons, fire engine tours, entertainment and kids snacks. Great importance has been placed on making this a green event by reducing the amount of waste generated. The race is known all over the seacoast for its gourmet finish line offerings, and this year will be no different. Registration is $25 available now at You can also register at the Kittery Fire Association Pancake Breakfast on May 18th from 7:00-10:00am. About the Kittery Fire Associ-

ation The Kittery Fire Association is a volunteer organization of firefighters that supports the Kittery Fire Department. It provides support for community activities such as fire and safety education, charitable causes, local scholarships, parades as well as additional firefighter support. Past activities include: Every 15 Minutes (Drunk Driving educational program), high school scholarships, Annual Fire Safety week educational activities, and donations to the community (Toys for Tots and other children's programs). - DAN HALE


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Newtown, CT. Newtown firefighters responded to a heavily involved structure fire in the afternoon on March 27th at 236 Berkshire Road. Chief Halstead encountered heavy fire and smoke showing and called for mutual aid, bringing units from Oxford and Monroe and station coverage from Southbury for Sandy Hook and Trumbull for Monroe. Brookfield covered Hawleyville. Stephney covered the Botsford station. The fire was burning for sometime before the fire department was called and swept through the house quickly. Halstead sounded an evacuation tone and ordered everyone out of the house and to fight the fire from outside.The fire was brought under control in about an hour. The home is a total loss and the investigation is continuing, but is believed to have started in the basement. There were two firefighters who recieved minor injuries from this incident and were treated. A

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dog and some chickens perished in the fire. The red cross assisted the family of five with a place to stay and some clothing. Donations were being accepted by a local church to help out the family. This fire is another tragedy for a family that lives here and to the town of Newtown. Two of their children attended Sandy Hook Elementary School and were affected by the recent tragedy. One of them was a first grader in a classroom with a teacher (Kaitlin Roig), who was hailed a hero by barricading the children in a bathroom and barricading the classroom door when the shooting started.The Town of Newtown is strong and will help this family in their time of need. - RICK KULMANN


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Early morning fire rips Harwinton firefighters battle second through Harwinton home house fire in twelve hours Harwinton,CT. In the early morning hours of March 22nd, Harwinton firefighters responded to a residence on Twenty Bumper Road for a reported chimney fire. Upon arrival, firefighters encountered heavy fire in the basement of the two story home and the commanding officer requested two tankers (Tankers 101 and 103) from Burlington to the scene and an engine from Burlington for station coverage. The fire attack was delayed because firefighters did primary and secondary searches in the burning structure for the family, who were unaccounted for at the time of arrival of first responders. The family of two adults, a

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two and a half year old and an infant escaped the fire unharmed and were soon found. The homeowners reported they were awakened by the smoke detector in the home and the house was full of smoke. The incident was placed under control two hours later, but the home was a total loss. The fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire and believes the fire may have been caused by a wood burning stove in the basement. - RICK KULMANN

Harwinton, CT. On Friday March 22nd, Harwinton firefighters responded to their second house fire in a 12 hour period along with several mutual aid towns. The call came in around 1:10 p.m. for a house fire at 145 County Line Road on the Harwinton and Burlington town lines. A Burlington fire officer confirmed a fully involved structure fire and requested mutual aid. Harwinton Engine 2 was the first attack pumper on scene and pulled into the driveway, going to work. Firefighters conducted an exterior operation to fight the fire and the fire was knocked down in about a half hour.

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The homeowner was home at the time and reported that she heard a pop and went to a neighbors for help. It’s believed an explosion blew out a front window and two garage doors. She made it out of the house unharmed, but her two Yorkshire terriers were killed in the fire. Several fire units remained on scene for a few hours for overhaul and the wetting down of hot spots. Units responding were Harwinton Engines 1, 2, 3 and Tanker 5. Harwinton's West Side Fire Department sent Rescue 6, Utility 8,

Tanker 10 and Engine 12. Two ambulances from Harwinton EMS responded. Burlington’s Engines 1, 2, 3 and 4, Tanker 101 and a Burlington Ambulance as well. Nepaug (New Hartford) Engine Tanker 1, Canton Engine 4, Tunxis Hose (Unionville) Engine Tanker 5 and an engine from Canton covered Burlington's fire station. In addition, an engine from Terryville and Torringford (Torrington) responded for station coverage in Harwinton. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the fire marshal. - RICK KULMANN


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With the roof collapsed Naugatuck Fire crews stretch multiple lines for an exterior attack

Fire destroys garage/wood shop The owner of the garage/woodworking shop in the rear of 8 Cotton Hollow Ct noticed his wastebasket was on fire and after unsuccessfully trying to extinguish it, he left the structure to call 911. As first due companies arrived on scene, they reported a working structure fire and requested the box be struck for off duty firefighters for manpower and to cover. Hampered by water problems due to a less than adequate supply

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from the hydrant on the street and the large amount of items in the building, crews were forced to mount an exterior attack. Multiple hand lines were stretched and the department's aerial was extended over the house to reach the flames from above. Firefighters spent an extended period of

time flowing water to the hot spots. No injuries were reported, but residents of the second floor apartment were examined by EMS as they were visibly shaken. The exposed home was also damaged with blistering vinyl siding. The garage itself appeared to be a total loss and a 1968 Camaro was badly damaged as well. - KEVIN CZARZASTY


Quick stop for Danbury At about 5 p.m. on February 21st, tones were activated for a structural type fire at 17 Hayestown Ave. Units found a two story frame dwelling with heavy fire issuing from the C side second floor windows. Assistant Chief Steve Williams established command. Engine 23 stretched an inch and three quarters hand line As Second due Engine 22’s driver finished making a hydrant, the balance of the Company also went to work on the second floor. Despite the fact that all visible fire was knocked down within three or four minutes of arrival, the fire was not declared under control for nearly an hour due to hidden pockets of fire in the roof system. As many as four separate roofing systems had been built during the home’s 75 year lifetime.


Southington responds to MVA with injuries Southington,CT. In the late morning hours of March 29th, Southington Police, Fire and AMR Ambulance responded to Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike for a two car accident with injuries. Car 3, Engine 11 and Rescue 1 responded. Upon arrival, Car 3 had an SUV in the roadway and the other vehicle was in the Burger King parking lot. The extent of injuries was unclear, but Rescue 1 was returned and Engine 11 cleaned up fluids from the accident.

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Bethel’s bravest tackle blaze On Thursday morning March 7th at 10 a.m., Bethel and Stony Hill Fire Department's tackled a working house ďŹ re on Reservoir St. Crews were met with a well advanced ďŹ re on the exterior rear of the home heading JUMP TO FILE # toward the attic. 031013115 Crews advanced multiple hand lines. Although the home was set off of the road, the driveway layout provided great apparatus positioning, with Engine 5 parking off to the side allowing access for Tower 1 to set up the aerial device. Bethel ďŹ reďŹ ghters were assisted by Stony Hill and Dodgingtown, controlling the ďŹ re within 20 minutes, but remaining on scene for two hours to overhaul and chase hot spots.

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Wolcott business destroyed NASCAR driver, Michael Waltrip visits Newtown by fire Group photo of Sandy Hook Fire display preview of #26 car

On Thursday, February 7, 2013, members of Sandy Hook Vol. Fire & Rescue Co., 12/14 victims' families and town officials were invited to a private meeting at town hall to see the preview of the #26 car that will be racing in the Daytona 500 on February 24th. The announcement came from the driver, Michael Waltrip, Swan Racing and NASCAR. Michael Waltrip is a kind and down to earth

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person and great to talk with. The car is normally #30, but will carry the #26 for this race to support Sandy Hook School Fund. There are decals stating text NEWTOWN to 808888 and all money raised will go to the SHS Support fund.

After the presentation of the photos of the race car, Michael signed autographs and posed for photos. Michael Waltrip also went outside for photos near Engine 441. When members of Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue met on February 24th to watch the race at the firehouse, they rooted for the #26!! - KARIN HALSTEAD

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Wolcott, CT. In the late afternoon hours of March 13th, firefighters responded to the 1500 block of Wolcott Rd for a working fire in a auto repair business. Firefighters encountered heavy fire blowing out of the three bay garage and shooting 50 feet in the air. There are no hydrants in the area and mutual aid was requested from Waterbury, Cheshire, Terryville and a tanker from Southington, which sent Engine 22. The fire spread rapidly due to the flammable liquids in the building. One employee of the business was working on a vehicle when the fire broke out and was not injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Three cars and a jet ski inside the building were destroyed and a vehicle outside was damaged. Last April firefighters responded to the same building for a fire in the convenience store part of the business, which was caused by an overloaded electrical socket. The building had been remodeled recently and awaiting a new tenant to move in. Ironically there was only smoke damage in that area of the building. The repair business section is a total loss. - RICK KULMANN

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Waterbury home destroyed by gas explosion Waterbury, CT. On Monday, March 18th, a contractor pierced an old gas line at 61 Proctor Street, which resulted in a explosion and fire that heavily involved the house from fire, but not before the worker evacuated. The two unit apartment building had six now-displaced residents.The header could be seen for miles. Engines 1, 2, 6, 7 spare Engine 15, Truck's 1 and 3 and Rescue 9 responded to the call. Crews came upon a heavily involved structure and went defensive on the fire attack, using both ladder trucks. There were no injuries reported in this incident and it is being investigated.The home was leveled by an excavator on Tuesday.

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Torrington apartment building destroyed Torrington, CT. A three alarm fire ripped through an apartment building on March 20th. Firefighters were dispatched at 9:43 a.m. to 222 North Elm Street. Upon arrival, JUMP TO FILE # heavy fire was 032013116 blowing out the windows on the first and second floors of the two story brick building, which consisted of four apartments. Because the building was an ordinary type construction with exposure problems on both sides and the rear of the fire building, District 1 requested a third alarm, which brought out multiple surrounding towns. A ladder truck and RIT team from Winsted, an engine from West Side Fire Department in Harwinton covered headquarters, an air supply unit from Harwinton, a ladder truck from Litchfield for station coverage and one engine from each of Torrington's volunteer stations Drakeville, Torringford and Burrville were dispatched. It took firefighters about a half hour to bring the fire under control. A woman sustained a burn to her hand and was treated on scene by Campion Ambulance. The red cross is assisting the 12 to 14 people displaced by the fire. Engine 3 remained on scene to assist the Torrington fire marshal in the investigation. The fire appears to have started in a kitchen on the first floor. - RICK KULMANN


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Derby, CT. At approximately 7:00 p.m. on March 23, 2013, the Derby Fire Department was dispatched to 130 Main Street for a structure fire. Heavy smoke was showing from two windows on the A side of the two story brick apartment over commercial with reports of two occupants trapped on the second floor. According to Derby Fire Chief Thomas Lenart Jr., one of the occupants made their way out of the blaze, but the second had to be rescued by firefighters. The fire was quickly knocked down in the second floor apartment before it could extend into the cockloft and endanger the attached structures.

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however, fire had extended into the third floor. Belmont raised ground ladders to several windows for venting and escape. They then entered the building to relieve first in crews. Gilford advanced into the third floor while off-duty firefighters vented the third floor windows and roof. At one point, the third floor flashed over and heavy fire blew from both ends. Command requested a third alarm for additional resources. Laconia was assisted on-scene by Gilford, Belmont, Meredith, Tilton, Franklin, Sanbornton, and Holderness. Bristol, Gilmanton, and Stewarts Ambulance covered the city.

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Storm Preparations for your Firehouse, Part III As I write this final column on storm preparedness, it is snowing and the weather forecast is calling for 4 to 8 inches of snow overnight and through most of tomorrow. Just another weather event in the northeast, or shall I say in the United States. T h e s t o r m y weather is not limited to the northeast, as STAYING the entire SAFE country continues to be battered by Chief Henry Campbell hurricanes, tornadoes, rain storms and flooding, snowstorms, ice storms, and blizzards. Take your pick depending on what region of the country you are located in you will have to respond and perform under some very trying conditions brought on by the weather. If a storm impacts your area it can create a lot of problems in a short period of time. Some you can be prepared for, others you will have to come up with a plan in order to resolve the problem. The washout of roads and bridges, or the temporary closure of local roads, blocked with fallen trees, poles, power lines, snow and ice, flooded roadways, and abandoned vehicles all of which may make it impossible for emergency apparatus to pass. What alternate routes are available? Will some sections of your response area be isolated? Would an adjoining fire department be better able to respond into that area? If so, make the necessary notifications to put them on standby. The need for alternate response vehicles may arise for other than the chiefs 4 wheel drive vehicle. There may be a need for additional all terrain 4 wheel drive vehicles, boats, or snowmobiles that may be pressed into service as emergency response or transport vehicles. Well in advance of using any members equipment or vehicles, contact your department’s insurance carrier for their direction and guidance prior to implementing any such use. It is recommended that you do not use any vehicles, etc. that are not or cannot be covered by the departments insurance carrier. The availability of fuel for apparatus and power tool equipment during any prolonged emergency operation is a priority. Where and how you obtain your apparatus fuel may vary dependent upon location and or size of department or community. Larger departments may operate their own fuel dispensing facility at certain fire stations, others may report to town, village, or city highway department facilities to obtain fuel. Lastly, there are those departments that procure their apparatus fuel at local gas stations. Whatever method you use to obtain apparatus fuel there are a few important points that should be resolved prior to any extended emergency in your community. They include are you on a priority list for fuel during emergencies, can you obtain fuel at night, will some-

one come out to fuel your apparatus when operating for long durations of time at a specific location (fire scene) etc. Prior to the storms arrival, all department vehicles fuel tanks should be topped off along with requesting a fuel delivery to top off your stations storage tanks. Do you live in the Snow Belt? If so, does your department have full sets of tire chains for all the apparatus and department vehicles, or do you depend solely on drop down type chains. The drop down chains can perform quite well when the vehicle is underway and the roads have been plowed, but for deep snowfalls, unplowed roads and drifting snow, you can’t beat a full set of tire chains that have been properly installed. There is no guarantee that you will get through in the worst of snowstorms, but you will know that you did all you could to arrive at the emergency scene. The use of local fire stations for public shelters during extended periods of emergency operations should be avoided whenever possible. When

a fire station is in full emergency mode operation with apparatus and firefighters constantly on the go, and other firefighters trying to get some rest, housing the public can only create problems relative to sheltering and providing the basics of life. In many smaller communities the fire station may be the only point of refuge, especially at the onset of an incident. In those circumstances there should be a plan in place to accommodate the public without detracting from the department’s ability to conduct emergency operations. Arrangements should be made early on to try to establish a better location for sheltering purposes. The International Association of Fire Chiefs has an excellent document on storm preparedness that all departments should review. It is the “Model Procedures for Response of Emergency Vehicles During Hurricanes and Tropical Storms” that can be viewed and downloaded at: IAFCmodelProcedsVehiclesInHurricanes.pdf

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Tech Rescue in Plymouth Plymouth, MA. Firefighters and paramedics responded to the Plymouth Jetty on the waterfront for a female who was stuck. First arriving units found a female patient with her leg stuck between rocks. The patient also had an ankle injury. Responding units brought a backboard out to where the patient was located. The victims leg were freed and the victim was extricated off the jetty to a waiting ambulance. The patient was transported by ground to Jordan Hospital.


Accident in Harwich Harwich, MA. Around 1p.m. Sunday, March 24th, a woman driver failed to stop at Route 28 and Belmont Street, causing a collision with a BMW sedan. The female driver and her Honda sedan ended up against the Council of Churches Thrift and Gift Shop building off Route 28, causing minor damage to the building. The two females in the BMW were not hurt, even though the impact of the crash caused air bag deployment. Harwich Police will be issuing a citation to the Honda driver, who also was unhurt.

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Dive training for technical rescue team Hanson, MA - The Plymouth County Technical Rescue Team held a dive drill at Camp Kiwanee in Hanson on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. Members of the PCTRT Dive Team reviewed rope operations between the diver and the tender.


Slippery roads in Harwich Harwich, MA - Slippery road conditions caused an accident on Route 124 at Sequattom Road on Friday, March 22nd around 7:30 a.m. A Mercury sedan smashed into a NStar pole, causing a small fire at the base. The driver of the vehicle was unhurt. Route 124 was closed for approximately two hours between Long Pond Drive and the Brewster line. Power in the area was knocked out for a short time.


Dracut responds to truck rollover Dracut Fire Department responded to a reported tanker rollover on Broadway Road on March 26th. Engine Companies 1 and 5 responded along with the deputy chief. On arrival, companies reported that it was not a tanker, but a fully loaded trash truck on it's side. Crews immediately went to work removing the windshield to extricate the driver and he was transported to a local hospital to be evaluated. Firefightes also immediately mitigated the flow of motor oil and other fluids by putting down speedi dry, sand and containment booms to prevent contamination to a brook and culvert that the truck was over. The accident is under investigation. There were no other vehicles involved.

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Fall victim flown from Duxbury Duxbury, MA. Around 1:15 p.m. on Monday, March 25, 2013, the Duxbury Fire Department responded to 225 Lincoln Street for a report of a person, who fell out of a bucket truck. Companies arrived on scene to find a victim, who had fallen approximately twenty five feet out of a bucket truck as some tree work was being done on a property. The crew from Duxbury Ambulance 1 requested Boston Med-

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Flight to respond due to the condition of the victim and the nature of the injuries sustained in the fall. Boston MedFlight responded to the landing zone at the Chandler Elementary School on Chandler Street with a 20 minute ETA. The landing zone was secured by Engine 1, Car 3 and the assistance of

the Duxbury Police Department. The victim was transported to the landing zone and quickly loaded into the awaiting helicopter. The victim was transported to a Boston hospital with an unknown severity of injuries. OSHA was requested to the incident location on Lincoln Street to investigate. - PAT TRAVERS

Morris battles well involved residential Morris volunteers arrived to find a ranch style home at East Shore Rd and Rt 109 with heavy fire showing from the first floor and attic space in the area of the chimney. Mutual aid from Bantam, Litchfield and Bethlehem for manpower, tankers and an engine were requested. With a roof collapse imminent, a defensive attack was ordered. The heavy and fast moving fire quickly spread across the length of the roof causing it to collapse. There also appeared to be heavy pockets of fire in the basement. Crews knocked down the main body of fire in approximately an hour, but the home was left badly damaged by the fast moving fire. No injuries were reported and the fire marshal was on the scene to investigate.

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Waterbury Fire closed out St Patrick's Day with a two alarm equivalent fire in a vacant multiple dwelling, which was under renovation at the corner of Bishop and Pine St's. They arrived to find heavy fire showing from the third floor of the large wood frame apartment building. With a roof collapse imminent, interior crews were pulled and after a PAR showed all accounted for, a defensive attack was taken up. Though the main body of fire was knocked down crews would stay into the night flooding the building to insure all hot spots were extinguished. The fire is under investigation.

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Trucks in Water in Duxbury Duxbury, MA. Firefighters responded to Duxbury Bay for a report of a truck in the water. On arrival, the fire department found a pick up truck and a Caterpillar front end loader in the water. Two workers, who were attempting to remove the vehicles, were rescued from the water without injuries. Workers on scene reported that the pick up truck, which was doing work at the bridge, became stuck in the mud and the front-end loader attempted to remove the stuck truck. Both vehicles became stuck in the mud. Duxbury firefighters and the Harbormaster set up booms to contain fluids leaking from the vehicles. DEP and EPA were called to the scene. A DFS Rehab unit was called to the scene as well. The incoming tide submerged both vehicles in the bay.

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Man falls from car in Harwichport Harwichpor, MA - Around 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 16th, a man driving his car on Route 28 westbound fell to the roadway when his door somehow accidentally opened. He told the Harwich Police he reached for the door and fell out onto the pavement. He was seen being assisted by Harwich Fire Lieutenant Timothy Jaques. The vehicle continued on Route 28 about 100 feet, hitting a Nstar pole in front of the Christ Church Episcopal Church. He was taken to Cape Cod Hospital with non life threatening injuries.

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Rayham Fire Alarm received called for a house fire on Thrasher Street. When companies arrived, they found a two and a half story wood frame with heavy fire throughout the building. During the firefight, the building collapsed. No injuries were reported.

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West Bridgewater, MA. Around 5:30 p.m. on the afternoon of Tuesday, March 26, 2013, the West Bridgewater Fire Department responded to a report of a multiple vehicle accident in the area of 319 Manley Street. Companies arrived to find a two vehicle motor vehicle accident involving a West Bridgewater Police Department vehicle. A second ambulance was requested immediately. Shortly after, Boston MedFlight was requested to the scene for the police officer, who was injured in the crash. Boston MedFlight responded

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with an approximate 20 minute ETA to the landing zone at a field located at the intersection of Manley Street at Walnut Street. The victim was transported to the landing zone where Engine 3 and the chief's vehicle were securing the landing zone. West Bridgewater Police requested the assistance of the Massachusetts State Police and the Brockton Police Department with traffic control on the busy Manley

Ashby, MA. The Ashby firefighters recently said farewell to two of their members. JUMP TO FILE # M i c h e l l e 031313113 Martens, 36, a thirdgeneration Ashby firefighter and her son, Justin Fournier, 16, who recently signed up to become a volunteer firefighter. Both were killed in a recent auto accident. - RICHARD JOLLIMORE

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Street, while they secured and investigated the accident scene. The Plymouth County Sheriffs Department BCI unit responded to the scene with the assistance of the investigation. The operator of the other vehicle involved in the crash was reportedly not injured. The cause of the accident remains under investigation. The condition of the police officer who was flown to a Boston hospital was not immediately available. - PAT TRAVERS


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Overheated laptop causes two alarm fire in Milford Milford, MA. A fire caused by an overheated laptop completely destroyed a two family home at 24 Water Street on the morning of March 28, 2013. The 911 calls rang in around 6:00 a.m. reporting a dwelling fire. The fire originated from the firstfloor apartment of the two story building, where a laptop had been plugged in overnight, causing it to overheat. The laptop was also in direct contact with combustibles, possibly a cardboard box filled with clothing. Engine 3 arrived to find a heavy smoke condition from the front door with fire beginning to vent from the Side D windows. A Box was requested to be struck to recall the off duty firefighters. Lad-

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der 1 positioned in front of the building to vent the roof. Attack lines went into operation through the front door into the fire apartment. The fire was rapidly spreading upwards as the bedroom flashed over. The heavy overlapping fire spread up along the vinyl siding to the soffit and attic. Companies operated on all floors as the fire in the attic intensified. A second alarm was ordered bringing Franklin, Hopedale and Bellingham to the scene or to cover. Command radioed that they had a few minutes left of interior

attack as the fire was now blowing out both gable ends. Heavy black smoke was billowing up into the sky as the roof was fully involved. The OIC gave the order to evacuate the structure as conditions deteriorated. Milford Ladder 1 opened their waterway into the blaze along with several exterior hand lines. The bulk of the fire was knocked down in after 15 minutes of master stream operation. The fire was placed under control around 8:30 a.m. The building was determined to be a total loss. All of the occupants and pets were safely evacuated without injuries.


Litchfield (NH) Engine 4 worked a third alarm on March 22nd at 144 Charles Bankcroft Highway.


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Bridgewater MA utilizes this Kurbmaster Special Hazards/Command Unit as their S-1 which specializes in dive team and special operations.

Duxbury MA utilizes this newly refurbished 1992 International LP4700 as Squad-2 which specializes in dive team operations.

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Hanson MA utilizes this 2002 Ford/Braun as their TSU which is used for technical rescue and dive team operations.

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Springfield jakes were called out to the duplex at 14-16 Wigwam Place in the city’s Forest Park neighborhood just after 1:30 a.m. on April 2, 2013 for a reported structure fire. First due Engine 3 and Ladder 3 arrived on scene to find a two and a JUMP TO FILE # half story wood 040613104 frame duplex with heavy smoke showing from the Alpha side of the building. As the balance of the first alarm assignment arrived on scene, companies went to work stretching multiple hand lines into both sides of the duplex. Shortly after companies began their interior attack, water supply issues developed outside forcing members to stretch additional supply lines to hydrants on Wigwam Place and Dickinson Street. As the additional supply lines were being stretched, conditions inside the structure deteriorated to the point where command was forced to sound the evacuation tones and pull all members out of the building for a defensive attack. Two hours later, after attacking the fire from the exterior with a street gun, hand lines, a deck gun and ladder pipe; the fire was knocked down and companies went back inside to overhaul and check for hot spots. Five residents were displaced by this fire, which is still under investigation by the Springfield Fire Department’s Arson Squad. Damage totals were estimated at around $100,000. - NATE ARNOLD

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Three alarm house fire in Hudson The Hudson fire department was dispatched to 19 Lakeshore Dr for a reported house fire on 3/22/13 at 4:40 AM. Companies arrived to find heavy fire showing from a two story occupied dwelling. A second alarm was struck followed by a third alarm to get mutual aid companies to the scene. A lack of available water in the area was a factor in gaining control of the fire as the first due companies were backed

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out of the building due to worsening conditions. A Marlborough engine arrived and established a water supply from a hydrant on Hosmer St in Marlborough, which supplied additional water to the scene. Four hand lines were stretched to knock down the bulk

of the fire from the outside. Once it was determined to be safe, crews were allowed to reenter the building to search for remaining hot spots. Companies remained at the scene into the morning overhauling. Mutual aid came from Marlborough, Berlin and Stow with Bolton, and Sudbury covering the Hudson stations. - JIM FORTIN


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Four alarm fire destroys Lynn apartment building As many as 80 people were left homeless following a fast moving four alarm fire that destroyed an apartment building in Lynn on Lewis Street late on Sunday, March 24th. Firefighters from several communities were on scene battling hot spots and checking for additional fire. According to the Lynn Fire Chief James McDonald, the building housed 20-25 units and was considered a total loss. Firefighters were met with heavy fire upon their arrival just after 11 p.m. The fire was located in a rear stairwell and quickly spread to the third floor and cockloft of the building. Water pressure issues hampered firefighters efforts to control the blaze. It took firefighters almost four hours to bring the fire under control. The Red Cross is on scene assisting those displaced. The State Fire Marshall is also on scene assisting with the investigation.

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Lawrence jakes put to work The Lawrence Fire Department responded for a reported structure ďŹ re at 50 Forrest Street, March 29th at 6 p.m. Car 20, Engines 5, 7, 9, Ladder 5 and Rescue 1 responded. Deputy Chief McInnis reported a working ďŹ re on arrival and shortly JUMP TO FILE # thereafter requested 033113112 a second alarm. Crews from the Central station were ďŹ rst due. Engine 5, Ladder 5 and Rescue 1 immediately went to work. Engine 5 tagged the hydrant and stretched an initial attack line. Truck 5 set up in front. Crews made and aggressive interior attack on the occupied two family two and half story wood frame L shaped dwelling. The ďŹ re was reported in the bedroom on the second oor on the C/D corner. Crews made a quick advancement up the stairs knocking down the heavy ďŹ re which was blowing out the window and had advanced into the roof line and other rooms on the second oor. As the second alarm companies arrived, they backed up the initial ďŹ re attack crews and Ladder 4 was placed on the C/D side. Ladder 4 rapidly made multiple vent holes in the roof releasing the toxic gases and heat for the interior crews. The Lawrence Fire Department Members made quick work on the rapidly advancing ďŹ re and had aggressively knocked down the heavy ďŹ re in minutes saving the occupied structure from becoming a total lose. The residents had self-evacuated prior to the arrival of the ďŹ re department and was assisted at the scene by the red cross. The structure had heavy smoke and ďŹ re damage but was not a total loss. - PAUL MACCALLUM

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Early morning Cambridge building fire


Members begin attack the fire in the breeze way on the Delta side. On Saturday morning, March 9, 2013 around 8:05 a.m., Cambridge Fire Department struck Box 7 for a possible building fire at 35 Porter Road. First due Engine 4 reported fire showing from the top floor of a structure. Several minutes after the arrival of the division chief, he reported a fire on the outside wall, top floor of a large two a half story wood frame occupied structure and requested the W/F be struck. Firefighters stretched two hand lines and quickly knocked down the exterior fire. Firefighters from Ladder 1 opened up the roof area while interior companies opened up and found no further extension in the structure.

West Springfield jakes make good stop Shortly after midnight on March 25th, West Springfield firefighters were called out to 37 Jensen Circle for a reported structure fire. Arriving on scene several minutes later, members were presented with an occupied one story wood frame dwelling with heavy fire venting from the C side as well as from the enclosed breezeway connecting the house to the garage. To complicate matters, two department members were delayed responding to the scene as they were returning from the hospital after an ambulance run.

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In spite of having only two three man engine companies and a single man ladder on scene for the first ten minutes of the fire fight, the WSFD was able to stretch two one and three quarter inch attack lines as well as atwo and a half inch attack line to the A side and C side respectively. By the time the remaining members arrived on scene, the bulk of the fire was knocked down. The

home received significant damage from the fire, but the bulk of the damage was contained to the addition on the C side and the enclosed breeze way with the rest of the home suffering smoke and water damage. The elderly couple, who lived at the residence, were able to evacuate prior to fire department’s arrival, but were taken to the hospital with smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. - NATE ARNOLD

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Lawrence Fire battles fire in three buildings Lawrence, MA. Firefighters had their hands full fighting a fire in three close houses on Hancock Street. Shortly after 4 p.m., firefighters were called out for a building fire at 114 Hancock Street. En route, firefighters had smoke in the sky and knew they were going to work. First on scene car-21 reported fire in a two and a half wood frame through the roof with exposures requesting a second alarm soon followed by a third alarm. Due to nonworking hydrants in the area, the fire was able to extend into two other wood frame homes. Several extra engine companies were called to help supply water to the scene. Three families were left homeless due to the fire. The American Red Cross was called to assist the families. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.


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Ethan Hager, Chris Connors, Matt Johnson, Craig Insana, Eric Gil at an East Greenwich, RI fire.


Whitman, MA Firefighter Scott Figgins at a recent fire on Dewey Avenue.


Shelton Assistant Chief Paul Wilson operating at a recent 2nd alarm in Derby, CT.



Cambridge, MA. Firefighter Stephon Kinn Eng-8/Grp 3, DFC Ed Mahoney Div/Grp 4, Assistant Chief Gerald Mahoney C-3 and Capt Mike Bruno Lad-2/Grp 3 on 03/09/2013.

Manchester, NH Captain Brendan Burns of Engine 9 at a recent multiple alarm fire on a cold snowy night, February 6th


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A member of the Boston MedFlight helicopter heads to check on a victim at a recent crash in West Bridgewater MA.


Cambridge, MA. Firefighter Jim Bergin (Engine-4) at a recent W/F at Box 7, 35 Porter Rd on March 9th


Duxbury, MA Fire Captain Rob Reardon at a recent incident involving Boston MedFlight.


Duxbury, MA Fire Chief Kevin Nord takes questions from a reporter following a recent incident.


Bethel, CT, Fire Department's Lt. Brendan Ryan and Capt. Ed Bruey get foamy during overhaul following a house fire on Reservoir St.

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DCFD Capital Blazes, Volume 16 VIDEO REVIEW Video Reviews by John Malecky

This is a 58 minute DVD that contains 11 scenes responded to by the District of Columbia FD & EMS. They took place between December, 2009 through July of 2011. Broken down, they consist of seven working fires in which special calls were made at three, three second alarms and one third alarm. The first incident is a second alarm in a vacant apartment house of ordinary construction. Light smoke shows above the roof, aerials are raised and truckmen use saws to cut window bars on the lower floor. Handlines later advance into the building. The next is a working fire in a two story dwelling at night. Truckmen again use saws to cut window bars. Fire is seem on the first floor. A working fire in a restaurant is next. Heavy fire is seen coming from a roof structure (possibly where HVAC equipment is.) Crews raise ground ladder to ascend. The scene switches to ground level and when it returns to the roof, the fire is out. A working fire in an underground transformer is the next incident with heavy fire showing from below street level. Firefighters protect an exposure, which is a high rise building as the smoke hugs the facade as it ascends. The flames eventually die down. A large crash truck shows up from the airport afterward. Next is a third alarm in an apartment building in which numerous occupants are trapped. Heavy fire is showing through two large window openings at the corner of the eighth floor of a nine story building. A firefighter rides an aerial up to rescue an occupant and a second aerial is brought into play for

more of the same. A second alarm in a row of frame dwellings appears from the 1st floor window char that it was fully involved upon arrival. It seems to be extinguished but the second floor is still fully involved. A ladderpipe is set up on the “A” side (front of building) and a deck gun operates on the “B” side (right) which is on a side street. It appears that the fire does not extend to other attached occupancies. An Amtrak engine is smoldering in the next incident, which is a working fire with special call. Firefighters wet the car down. Next is a working fire in a two-story vacant house, the second story being an attic. The fire appears to be knocked down and smoldering until flames appear around the roofline. Truckee’s pull off siding to reveal fire reappearing in the attic. A working fire next is at a frat house at the George Washington University. The building looks to be ordinary construction and smoke is showing at the roof. Fire then shows through the roof. Truck companies cross ventilate via windows. The rear porches of several frame row dwellings require a second alarm in the next incident. Heavy fire shows at one point. Handlines are used from both front and rear. The last incident is a working fire with special call for an Amtrak locomotive at a station. Light smoke is seen coming out of the cab and on the roof. Seems to be a transformer fire. The car is pulled out of the station where further operating can take place. As with DVD’s of this type, they make for good viewing and critique. The scenes are all described as they start with regard to the date, location, number of alarms and brief description a to what is on fire. Apparently, the DCFD officers from sergeant and above wear white helmets. In most FD’s, it would make it appear that there are many chiefs, but not so.


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