Squad Co.18 Working:Top Floor Fire on Lower East Side

Fire showing from the fifth floor of 39 Eldridge Street and related material on truck company operations and ventilation.

Companies in the 4th Battalion and neighboring battalions responded to Box 227 for fire coming from the top of a lower east side building in Manhattan on 16 February. Two alarms were transmitted as the fire had extended into the cockloft. Squad 18 responded on the 10-75.

"Eldridge Street Fire Closes Preschool of America, Leaves Parents Scrambling"
Sonja Sharp and Wil Cruz, DNAInfo.com

Box 227
39 Eldridge Street
E.9 E.55 E.15
L.6 TL.18
Batt. 4

7-5-227
E. 28, L.20 (FAST)
SQ. 18, R.1
Batt.
1 Div. 1

2-2-227
E.7 E.33 E.6 E.24
L.1
Batt. 2(Safety), Batt. 6(R.U.L.)
Rescue Battalion
Safety Battalion
Satellite 1
Field Comm. 1
TSU 1

Information courtesy of nycfire.net

Squad Co.18 also ran this other Lower East Side worker two days earlier, fire on four floors of a six-story H-style multiple dwelling."Third Alarm:  Valentines Day Night Lower East Side"

 

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Additional Roof Operations: Opening Skylight & Scuttle Returns
Brotherhood Instructors
Opening scuttles and skylights are a quick and easy way to provide vertical ventilation. Once the scuttle or skylight is ventilated the roof firefighter should open the vertical surface between the top floor ceiling and the roof — known as the returns. This will allow the roof firefighter to see into the cockloft and gain valuable information such as roof construction type and if fire has entered the cockloft. If lightweight construction components or fire in the cockloft is discovered be sure to radio the findings to your company officer or incident commander.

 

Bill Carey is the daily news and blog manager for Elsevier Public Safety (FireRescue Magazine/Firefighter Nation, JEMS and LawOfficer sites.) Bill also manages the FireEMSBlogs.com network and is a former volunteer lieutenant with the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department in Prince George's County, Maryland.

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