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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"Truck Company Operations at High-Rise Fires"
Finding the fire & searching the building take on new meaning when you're 20+ floors up
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"Venting a Flat Roof"
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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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Comments
Ron Ayotte
What is Experience?
Excelent post. Evey day of duty and every run should be a learning experience. Far too many firefighters just look at the duty tour and incident as what I like to call "the shampoo mode"... wet hair, apply shapoo, lather, rinse and repeat".. Our version is put on the gear, get on the truck, go…
2014-10-31 14:23:15
Bill Carey
What is Experience?
You're correct Ed. What did we do with that experience? Did we take as many lessons from it as we could or did we simply file it away as a run in the logbook. Thank you, Bill
2014-10-30 12:55:18
Ed
What is Experience?
Excellent post. The same question may be framed for other than working on the nozzle (e.g., if delivering pump operator training). In addition, even if you went to a lot of fires on the nozzle or as the first in company officer, what did you do with that experience? Reflection and integration of the experience…
2014-10-30 12:37:50
Bill Carey
Wanted: Honest Discernment in Our Fire Service Discussions
Thank you Ed.
2014-10-22 14:26:50
Ed Hartin
Wanted: Honest Discernment in Our Fire Service Discussions
Excellent article Bill!
2014-10-14 12:47:14
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