Boston Box 3842, 2-Alarms

Tuesday brought Boston another multiple alarm fire. Box 3842 was struck for 1904 River Street, fire in the apartment building.

Boston Firefighters battled a 2 alarm fire at 1904 River Street in the Readville section of the city just after 1pm on Tuesday March 23, 2010. (Stephen Walsh/Box 714 Imaging, with permission)

Boston Firefighters battled a 2 alarm fire at 1904 River Street in the Readville section of the city just after 1pm on Tuesday March 23, 2010. (Stephen Walsh/Box 714 Imaging, with permission)

The fire was in a 2 story brick apartment building with fire on both floors. (Stephen Walsh/Box 714 Imaging, with permission)

The fire was in a 2 story brick apartment building with fire on both floors. (Stephen Walsh/Box 714 Imaging, with permission)

See more of Steve’s photos here at:
Boston 2nd Alarm 1904 River Street

Fire in the basement ran the walls into the first floor of the 1 1/2 story structure.
1303 Box 3842
E.49, 48, 53 – L.16, 25 – Car 12 acting(Ops)
1305 R.2
1306 Rehab and RIT
E.16* – TL.10* – W.25 – Car 9*(RIT)/(2nd)
1311 2nd Alarm
E.55, 30, 52 – L.26
SU, FlC, W.12 – H.1, Z.1(2nd)/(RIT), C.7, Car 8 acting – A.65
1317 Special
E.21 – L.4 – Z.1

Courtesy A.65, Belin

On a side note, Stephen Walsh captures more than Boston fires. The time he doesn’t spend roaming the suburbs for working fires he devotes to being President of the International Fire Photographers Association. Chances are there is someone in your department, or buffing your calls, who is good with a camera and composition. Let them know about the IAFP.






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Josh faces the Pirates this afternoon. Hopefully he’ll finish with a W.


Worcester: Reinforcing Lessons Learned

Flames breaks through the roof of the Blackstone Valley Visitors Center, 123 McKeon Road during a 3-alarm blaze Monday March 22, 2010. (Rick Cinclair / T&G Staff Photo) Worcester Telegram & Gazette <strong>Note the vacant building placard in the lower right corner</strong>.

Flames breaks through the roof of the Blackstone Valley Visitors Center, 123 McKeon Road during a 3-alarm blaze Monday March 22, 2010. (Rick Cinclair / T&G Staff Photo) Worcester Telegram & Gazette Note the vacant building placard in the lower right corner.

On Monday a three-alarm fire broke out at a vacant Worcester Massachusetts factory complex. The blaze burned through the night and into Tuesday morning before being fully extinguished. Noteworthy of the incident is the fact the no firefighters were seriously injured during operations. Continue reading

“I Am a Firefighter Because…”

The following article is my submission to the first edition of the First Due Blog Carnival. You can catch up on what this is over here. The edition’s subject is ‘I Am a Firefighter because…”, or in my case “I Was a Firefighter because…” since I had stopped after many years.

I literally grew up around a firehouse, in Salisbury, Maryland at an early age. My grandfather and father were both firefighters and some of my earliest childhood memories involve trips with one of them to the station to play while they talked with their friends. To explain the reasons why I joined, I have to start at that age of life. Continue reading

Beating Up on Aggressive Firefighting

Don't let shoddy workmanship by others keep you on the outside. Don't let aggressive firefighting take the blame for personnel and department problems either. The safely and properly extinguished fire, with minimal injury or loss of life, should be a sign of your craftsmanship. It should also be an example to others.

Don't let shoddy workmanship by others keep you on the outside. Don't let aggressive firefighting take the blame for personnel and department problems either. The safely and properly extinguished fire, with minimal injury or loss of life, should be a sign of your craftsmanship. It should also be an example to others.

Beating that dead horse which is Charleston…

The latest news about the Charleston Sofa Super Store fire involves an investigation of possible negligence on the part of the incident commanders and others. If you think that the liability stops there, then you must also think that the safeguard is to simply have knowledgeable chief officers in place. Continue reading

Squatter Save: California

In Vallejo, California last week firefighters fought a three alarm fire in a vacant automobile dealership. In the course of operations firefighters also removed two homeless people. For a unknown length of time the dealership has been a temporary refuge for the area’s homeless. Continue reading

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March 30 Second Drill

Boston E.28 (Box 714 Imaging.com)

Boston E.28 (Box 714 Imaging.com)

The 30-Second Drill is to provide a brief drill/discussion subject that can take no more than 30 seconds to read and reply to. A second purpose is to learn the differences and similarities of the answers across the viewing audience.



To participate answer the three questions based on your department. Include your department’s state (MD, PA, AZ) in your reply. Don’t reply to other reader’s comments; they will be removed. There will be a followup to each drill posted afterward where further discussion can be done.



stopwatch imageA working fire beyond the scope of room and contents generally requires more than two hoselines. Many factors are used as guidance when stretching additional hoselines. Some of these are written into SOPs. Others are done based on the size-up and on scene information.






  • Outside of the backup line, what factors determine where additional hoselines are to go?
  • When arriving at a fire (not first-due), do you stretch your hoseline off the first due engine or off your own engine?
  • Does your department have any guidance as far as too many hoselines going up interior stairwells or using ladders or fire escape in your stretch?
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    “Borough of Fire”Brooklyn Workers

    Wednesday night and Thursday morning were busy in Brooklyn, most notably Thursday when firefighters were injured. Five members of Engine Co. 210 were injured at Box 4242, 192 Concord Street. The box alarm came with reports of people trapped (check audio) on the top floor and was quickly followed by Engine Co. 207 giving the 10-75. Continue reading

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    The Safety Mantra

    “Courage is not the absence of fear but the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” Meg Cabot

    On the subject of safety, has anyone considered that perhaps we may be going too far? Okay, maybe not too far but possibly in the wrong direction? If you haven’t considered that, by the end of this article you probably will. You may not agree, but this is a topic that needs to be discussed. Continue reading

    Boston. “We need a reserve to replace the reserve.”

    Safety inspector at work in January 2009.

    Safety inspector at work in January 2009.

    As if Boston needed another reminder of apparatus problems, the reserve truck assigned to Ladder 14 caught fire. Last night as the company was clearing a false alarm personnel noticed an odor of something burning and found fire underneath the midsection of the rig. Continue reading