Ocean City, MD Working:Opening Up the Hotel Fire

 

Sounds like a bunch of lumberjacks

 

Firefighters from Ocean City and Berlin responded to the Bedtime Inn for the hotel fire on 17 June. Fire in one unit reportedly extended into the attic space. The two-alarm fire was placed under control in a little over 30 minutes. Video below is from jrfirefighter1 on YouTube.

 

 

Speaking of hotel fires and ventilation, here are two articles worth reviewing:

“Hotel Fires Require Quick, Effective Action”

Greg Jakubowski, FireRescue Magazine

“Hotel fires present unique challenges for fire departments. Hotels are occupied by people who likely have little knowledge of the building's layout and egress paths, are unfamiliar with the building's emergency procedures and alarm indications, and may be delayed in exiting because they are asleep, impaired or simply ignoring evacuation alarms. It will almost certainly be difficult to gain an accurate accounting of the number of people in the building at the time of the incident.”

 

“Operating Safely On Peaked Roofs”

Doug Leihbacher, Fire Engineering

“"Getting the roof" is an intrinsic part of firefighting operations at most common commercial and residential fires. The primary reason for operating on a peaked roof is to perform vertical ventilation or to extinguish a chimney fire. When directed to carry out these duties, ladder companies who are accustomed to venting flat roofs should be cognizant that the difficulties of working above the fire are increased when the roof is pitched. Getting into position and completing the job require extra time and care.”

 

 

 

 

Bill Carey is the online public safety news and blog manager with PennWell Public Safety, or more specifically FireRescue Magazine/FirefighterNation.com, JEMS.com, LawOfficer.com and FireEMSBlogs.com. Bill started in the fire service, as a third generation firefighter in 1986, on the eastern shore of Maryland and then continued after moving to Prince George's County. He served as a volunteer sergeant and lieutenant at Hyattsville where he met Chris Hebert and Dave Ianonne, the creators of Firehouse.com. Bill went to work for them back in 2001 and after they transitioned away to new, bigger projects, he was hired by them again in 2009. Bill's writing has been on Firehouse.com, Fire Engineering, FireRescue Magazine, FirefighterNation.com, the Jones and Bartlett 2010 edition of "Fire Officer: Principles and Practice", The Secret List and Tinhelmet.com.

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