Fire showing from the 25th floor
2 January 2015, 2345 hours
2 Northside Piers, Kent Avenue and North 5th Street
Engine Company 221 transmitted the 10-77 for the fire in a 31-story multiple dwelling. Fire is on the 25th floor. The 10-77 radio signal is for a residential high-rise building and assigns, if not already on the box alarm, four engine companies, four ladder companies, one rescue company, one squad company, three battalion chiefs, one deputy chief, the Rescue battalion, Safety battalion, Field Communications Unit, a high-rise nozzle engine company and a ventilation support company. It can also get a CFRD engine company, an additional ladder company as the FAST and a RAC (Recuperation and Care) unit.
This fire was actually on the balcony. The fire was knocked down quickly and the primary and secondary searches were negative. The Division 11 chief reported the fire as “probably will hold” 30 minutes into the incident. 30 minutes may seem quick, or no big deal. The actual time isn’t the issue, instead it is what benchmark is your department looking at. Maybe you don’t have anything with 30 floors in your response area. Maybe the tallest structure you have is a soy bean silo. No matter your area, how does YOUR department measure good and bad?
Below are short, early Instagram videos courtesy of â€˜bbazylukâ€™ and â€˜carlymckeemanâ€™
Generally the fourth due engine company on a 10-77 is carrying a high-rise nozzle. If not, and if none of the other engine companies assigned are, then a engine company with a high-rise nozzle is dispatched. 16 engine companies carry a HRN as do the two high-rise units. Below are videos related to the high-rise nozzle. While there have been some changes, this will give you a general overview.
“Wind-Driven High-Rise Fires Require Changes in Tactics, Equipment” Witt, FireRescue Magazine/FirefighterNation.com, June 2013
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 Georgeâ€™s County. He served as a volunteer sergeant and lieutenant at Hyattsville. Billâ€™s writing has been on Firehouse.com, Fire Engineering, FireRescue Magazine, FirefighterNation.com, the Jones and Bartlett 2010 edition of â€œFire Officer: Principles and Practiceâ€, The Secret List and Tinhelmet.com. His recent writing on firefighter behavioral health has been nominated for 2014 Neal Award for Best Subject-Related Series.