Maydays and Window, Rope Bailout in Queens,All Within 35 Minutes of the 10-75

Explosion and fire in Queens nail salon ends with two maydays, a PSS deployment and three alarms.


Author’s Note: We call your attention to the “35 minutes” in the headline. Two maydays; one for a floor collapse and another for a bailout, in NYC. At SAFE Firefighter, Matt asks you what if something similar happened in your area? Be sure to see his post after reading this.
- Bill

An explosion and quickly spreading fire inside a Queens nail salon was controlled with three alarms of personnel and apparatus, but not before two maydays were declared, one of which involved a member using his PSS (Personal Safety System) to evacuate from the second floor.

Box 1407 started as a phone alarm for fire in the restaurant at the box location. First arriving companies found heavy fire coming from 424 Beach 129th Street.
E.268, E.329, E.266
L.137, TL.121
Bn.47

On the transmission of the 10-75:
E.265, TL.159 (FAST)
B.33, Div.13
Squad Co. 270
Rescue Co. 4

During the operations one member (varies among local sources as to Firefighter or Lieutenant) was caught in a floor collapse on the second floor. A mayday was transmitted and the trapped member was quickly extricated and removed my firefighters nearby. The second mayday was transmitted when a firefighter had to deploy his personal rope and lower himself out of a second floor window.

Here is the rest of the dispatches, courtesy of NYCFire.net:

7-5-1407 – 10:19 hours
Battalion 47: We have a heavy fire condition, extra engine and truck. All-Hands on Arrival.
E309, L134 S/C
RAC2

2-2-1407 – 10:19 hours
Engs. 264, 328, 323
E284 w/ Satellite 3
TL153
Battalion 39 (Safety Officer)
Battalion 43 (Resource Unit Leader)
Safety, Rescue Battalions
Tactical Support 2
FieldCom 1

10:23 hours – Duration 14 minutes
BC47: Box 1407, the address 424 Beach 129 st, we have fire on the 1st and 2nd floor extended to the 3rd floor, check the basement for extension. Exposure 1 is a street, 2 is a similar attached, 3 is a rear yard, 4 is an alley, k.

10:27 hours
TL157 S/C

10:29 hours
The staging area is Cronston Ave and Beach 131 st

10:29 hours – Duration 22 minutes
Division 13: 2nd Alarm Box 1407, we’ve got 4 lines stretched, 2 in operation, we have heavy fire on the 2nd floor of a 2 1/2 story commercial. You’ve got a 30×100, fire on the 2nd floor. 1st floor commercial occupancy, 2nd floor multiple dwelling, 3rd floor possibly apartments also.

10:31 hours – Duration 23 minutes
DC13: 2nd Alarm Box Box 1407, we have 4 lines stretched, 2 in operation. We’re going to change it from a 2 1/2 story to a 3 story building. Fire’s Doubtful, searches in progress, trucks are opening up, the 2nd Alarm is still Doubtful.

10:36 hours – Duration 27 minutes
DC13: 2nd Alarm Box 1407, a MAYDAY has been transmitted, the MAYDAY has been recovered and removed from the building. We put the FAST Truck to work, special call another FAST Truck. We’re Doubtful on the 2nd Alarm.
L173 (FAST Truck) S/C

10:38 hours – Duration 30 minutes
E321 S/C

3-3-1407 – 10:40 hours
Division 13 to Queens, URGENT, 3rd Alarm, as soon as you get the companies give me a rundown.
Engs. 254, 331, 225
Battalion 50
Battalion 58 (Staging Manager)
Battalion 42 (Air-Recon Chief)
Mask Service Unit
Car 4A( AC James Manahan, Assistant Chief of Operations)

10:41 hours
Car 1E (Commissioner’s Liaison) is responding

10:52 hours
Car 36A (Department Chaplain) is responding

10:54 hours – Duration 43 minutes
DC13: 3rd Alarm Box 1407, we had a 2nd MAYDAY, he used his PSS to escape the building.

10:55 hours
Car 11A (BC Thomas J. Richardson, Chief of Rescue Operations) is responding

11:00 hours – Duration 52 minutes
FieldCom: Progress report on the Queens 3rd Alarm Box 1407, the address 424 Beach 129 st near Cronston Ave, fire on the 2nd and 3rd floor of a 3 story commercial 30×100. Division 13 reports he has 6 handlines stretched in operation, truck companies continuing to open up and they’re in the process of setting up the tower ladder operation. Fire is Doubtful.

11:14 hours – Duration 1 hour 5 minutes
FC: Special call 1 additional truck, have them respond to the staging area.
TL107 S/C

11:18 hours – Duration 1 hour 9 minutes
FC: Progress report on the 3rd Alarm Box 1407, at this time Car 4A, Assistant Chief Manahan reports: a roll call has been conducted and all members are accounted for. Members have been backed out of the building and a tower ladder operation is in progress, and the fire remains Doubtful.

11:20 hours – Duration 1 hour 11 minutes
FC: Notify the Buildings Dept. to respond, they want to check the stability of the building.

11:25 hours
FC: By authority of the Incident Commander you can 10-2 the Air-Recon Chief.

11:27 hours – Duration 1 hour 18 minutes
FieldCom requests mixer-off message

11:33 hours – Duration 1 hour 24 minutes
FC: Progress report on the 3rd Alarm Box 1407, at this time Car 4A, Chief Manahan reports that they have 4 handlines in operation, they have 1 tower ladder in operation on exposure 1. Conditions remain the same and searches will be delayed. Fire remains Doubtful.

11:58 hours – Duration 1 hour 49 minutes
FC: Progress report on the 3rd Alarm Box 1407, at this time Car 4A, Chief Manahan reports that the safety chief is going to enter the building to assess the stability, searches are delayed, and the fire is now Probably Will Hold.

12:02 hours
Car 14C (Fire Marshal) is 10-84

12:09 hours
Car 14 (Chief Fire Marshal Robert Byrnes) is 10-84

12:11 hours
Car 4A is 10-8, Division 13 is Incident Commander.

12:32 hours – Duration 2 hours 23 minutes
FC: Progress report on Box 1407, primary searches on the 2nd and 3rd floors are complete and negative, k, the secondaries are in progress.

12:36 hours – Duration 2 hours 27 minutes
FC: Progress report on the 3rd Alarm Box 1407, Division 13 reports: The primary searches throughout the fire building are complete and negative, the secondaries are underway, and the fire is Under Control.

References
“2 Firefighters Escape Close Call in Belle Harbor”, My Fox New York
“13 firefighters hurt battling Queens blaze”, WABC
“Explosion In Nail Salon Sparks Fire In Queens”, NY1
“Close Call For NYs Bravest In Queens Three-Alarm Fire”, CBS New York
“Close call for 2 Bravest in Qns. fire”, New York Post
Queens, 3-3-1047 9 April 2011 Big Apple Photography, David Alfonso
FDNY Personal Safety Training, 2007, Smoke Showing Photography, Scott LaPrade

Additional Reading
“Is Anyone (Else) Out There? First Arriving & Trapped”, SAFE Firefighter, April 2011



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Ed Hartin
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Excellent article Bill!
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Bill.. I agree with Tony C. The situations we respond to sometimes reuire that we tune and tweak SOPs and SOGs "on the fly" in order to complete the tasks given. Fire doesn't care what is stated in our SOPs/SOGs.
2014-10-11 22:14:29
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Thanks Tony.
2014-10-06 11:06:34
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A great read, Bill. I see so much of this in the fire service. I forgot to pull up my hood on the last fire and I didn't get burned. I didn't buckle my waist strap on the last fire and I didn't get tangled up. I didn't check my bottle before my last fire…
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