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 Firefighters were withdrawn from the structure, reportedly due to the intensity of the fire.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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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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