Mayday Transmitted During Reading Apartment Fire

Calm and collect a member calls for help as crews evacuate the fire floor.

Reading, PA firefighters ran a top floor worker at a four-story apartment building on 11 April, "Pennsylvania Firefighters Battle Three-Alarm Fire".

The accompanying video shows conditions from the street and has very clear fireground audio as well. At the 2:46 mark you can hear the decision to go with the attack from the tower ladder bucket (transitional attack?) as the engine companies inside are experiencing some delay (?) in getting water on the fire.

Once the order is given to evacuate the fire floor, the firefighter operating as "Tower 1 Bucket" transmits a mayday. Crews quickly located the firefighter and removed him from the fire floor stairwell.

YouTube video from the dash of Engine 7 "4 story apartment building at 9th & Walnut Streets. Initial 14 minutes after 2nd alarm companies arrived. Fire would eventually go to 3 alarms. Film taken by Andrew Getka"

 

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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