Expect Fire: Lynn, MA Group Home AFA Becomes Two-Alarm Fire

How many times have you run bells at such a residence in your first-due area?

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Firefighters in Lynn, Massachusetts responded to an automatic alarm at 99 North Common Street (built in the 1880′s) on 29 June 2014. A single engine company and ladder company (Lynn’s standard AFA assignment) responded to the group home for people with disabilities. As they arrived, fire was seen from the rear of the structure and above the roof.

Six residents in the home were safely evacuated. Firefighters were withdrawn from the structure, reportedly due to the intensity of the fire. Two firefighters have been injured during the blaze.

Video report below from MyFoxBoston,
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What is your standard AFA response?

Does it vary any between single-family, multi-family and commercial/institutional structures?

Consider your own department and responding companies:

  • What initial actions would be realistically expected if you were part of the first engine or ladder company to arrive?
  • How long would it take for the rest of the assignment to arrive?
  • What would your staffing likely be on the initial assignment and total once the balance has arrived?

 

 

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  • Ron Ayotte says:

    We have a few group homes in our community, with various construction types. Due to the life hazard that can be there (some residents have mutiple medical issues) we roll 2 Engines, 1 Ladder, the Rescue and Car 2. 99.99% of the time, it is a false alarm, but one has to “expect fire” on every call.

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