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"

 

FireRescue Magazine Related

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"Truck Companies as Rapid-Intervention Teams"
Duties of the truck company working as the rapid-intervention team
Mike Dugan, August 2010

"Truck Company Operations at High-Rise Fires"
Finding the fire & searching the building take on new meaning when you're 20+ floors up
Mike Dugan, April 2011

"Venting a Flat Roof"
Safety—for the roof firefighters and interior crew—is key to any flat roof operation

Mike Dugan, October 2011

 

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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Very good explanation! I have been known to have the same rant.
2015-01-17 03:58:59
Anthony Correia
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Dave i agree with your whole post. However the one thing I'm not experiencing or seeing is the over safetyifcation. While i hear words spoke about being safe when possible, but not sacrificing service for safety. If anything, i see firefighters more aggressive than when i started many years back due to the increased protection…
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Well done. You make some awesome points. In regards to the "numbers".....(and kind of backing up your thought of changing tactics), we have often wondered why there is so much emphasis on RIT and the RIT/Industrial complex. I'm on Chicago and have worked in the Chicago Suburbs for almost 20 years. We've seen the advent…
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Marshall Sampietro
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spot on....
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“Over safetyification”... Dave, that is the best description of what those who want to prevent us from doing the job want to do to the job.
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