Expect Fire: Philadelphia

AFA becomes smoke showing

Philly Fire News reports that one engine and one ladder were dispatched to the 1300 block of Harrison Street for an automatic alarm. Upon arrival the box alarm was struck for fire showing from the third floor of a three-story apartment building.

 

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Fire Engineering, DeStefano
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Bill Carey is the daily news and blog manager for PennWell Public Safety Group (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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  • Joe says:

    Just had it happen to us at one of our typical auto alarm high rises. Been to it countless times for burnt food, 1 engine and 1 truck gets set on the initial. The engine can see smoke from the 12th floor when they turn on the block.  Dressed and ready to go on the way there, so it wasn't much to actually go to work.
    Similar thing happened on the other side of my city. Companies sent for an auto alarm. Forgot when they discovered they had a fire, if it was occupant reports or when they made it to the fire floor. They found fire and a victim, luckily good crews always ready for fire and they put the fire out and got the victim down.
    When you're expecting fire, its no big deal when you find it.

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Jeff chandler
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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…
2015-01-14 14:37:28
Jon Newton
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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…
2015-01-14 04:15:23
Marshall Sampietro
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spot on....
2015-01-02 14:43:50
Ron Ayotte
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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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