Updates: April to October, 2014

April 6 17:00, Kitchener P4 dispatched for a car fire off Hidden Valley Road. Car was off roading well off the road and was fully involved on arrival. P4 requested A4 and R1 for additional manpower as they had to pull a lot of hose to get to the car. One member on scene served 15 drinks

March 1 15:00, Kitchener, P6 P1 Tanker 1 A2 R1 Car 23 dispatched to 2232 Trussler Road for a house fire. P2 was getting fuel asked PC if he should respond as third pumper. PC added truck to call, and P2 ended up being the first truck on scene reporting smoke showing, asked tanker come in next for water supply. Multiple lines pulled, fire was knocked down quickly. Five members on scene 1.5 hours served 29 drinks and 15 snacks. Damage pegged at $60,000.

6 May 20:25, Kitchener P1 P2 A2 R1 Car 23 dispatched for a house fire 199 Lorne Ave. P5 was added to call as dispatch was receiving multiple calls on the fire. Fire was venting out bay window on arrival, multiple lines and hydrant picked up. Fire was knocked down quickly, lots of overall, house was very cluttered. Two members on scene1.5 hours served 38 drinks and 23 snacks.

9 May 18:06, Kitchener P1 P3 A2 R1 and Car 23 were dispatched to 308 Mill St for an alarm ringing. P1 arrived on scene and reported nothing showing and the homeowner reported he didn’t know why the alarm was going off. A quick 360 of the house revealed smoke showing from the upstairs. P5 was added to the call, crews found a fire in a bedroom and quickly knocked it down. Three members on scene one hour, served 36 drinks.

12 May 19:20, Floradale, Elmira (tanker and pumper), St Jacobs, and Conestogo tanker were dispatched for a barn fire at 5710 Arthur St North. Floradale arrived on scene and reported hay on fire in the barn, and the owners had a small hose on the fire. Elmira set up their pumper just off the laneway going into the farm beside a small creek. They were able to dike the creek and draft from it. A 900’ supply line was laid from the pumper up to the Floradale pumper. Two attack lines were pulled into the barn. The fire was knocked down quickly. All the hay had to be removed from the barn. This process was very labour intensive and took about an hour to a remove. Three members on scene and rolled the truck. Served 69 drinks and 56 snacks.

May 18 1:30, Waterloo P1 A1 P2 Car 23 dispatched to 93 Marshall St for a house fire. P1 arrived on scene and reported a car on fire in the car port with extension into the house. P4 was added to the call. Crews worked for more than an hour to fully extinguish the fire. Damage has been set at $250,000. Three members on scene two hours served 41 drinks and 25 snacks.

May 19 17:00, Cambridge P5 A3 A1 A44 R1 and Car 6 dispatched for a house fire at 529 Church St S. Small fire in basement, knocked down quickly. One member on scene half an hour served 12 drinks.

9 June 17:15, Waterloo P4 P1 A1 and Car 23 dispatched to 185 Bridge St. for smoke coming from a large shed at the rear of Bechtel Park. Crews arrived on scene with heavy smoke coming from a City of Waterloo storage shed. P1 picked up a hydrant and P4 firefighters pulled a 2.5” line in the front door. Crews had trouble at first finding the seat of the fire. A Gator was found on fire in the middle of the building and quickly extinguished. Two members on scene one hour, served 24 drinks and 29 snacks.

13 June 00:30, Cambridge P2 T1 A1 P5 A3 R1 and Car 6 dispatched to 351 Townline Road for a shed fire. Cambridge covers this side of Townline Road for first hour for Puslinch Fire Department. P2 arrived on scene to a fully involved shed, well off the road. Puslinch fire was dispatched as the fire was going to take more than an hour to extinguish. Puslinch responded with two pumpers, two tankers and rescue. Port a tanks were set up on the road to feed water to P2. Two hand lines were used for the next two hours to knock the fire down. The tin shed measured approximately 80 x 40, was full of hay bales. One member responded served 52 drinks and 28 snacks.

15 June 14:16, Kitchener P5 P1 A4 R1 and Car 23 dispatched to 158 Bankside Dr  for a possible house fire at. P5 arrived on scene and reported light smoke showing from front door. P1 picked up a hydrant on way in. P5 firefighters pulled a 1.5” line into house and found a dryer on fire in the laundry room. The fire was quickly knocked down with an extinguisher. One member on scene half an hour, served 15 drinks.

17 June 15:15, Kitchener P1 P3 R1 A2 and Car 23 dispatched to 50 Borden Ave South at Charles for smoke in building. This block long former twine manufacturing building has been converted into multiple businesses on three floors. Crews found heavy smoke in the building prompting command to add P7, P2 and A4 to the call. Firefighters searched the building for 20 minutes before finding the fire. An electrical panel failed, the wall caught fire and the fire burned a hole through the wooden floor. The fire was knocked down quickly. Two members on scene and rolled truck as a member was in hall at time of call. Served 52 drinks and 12 snacks.

17 June 18:30, St Jacobs, Conestogo, Elmira tanker, Floradale tanker dispatched to 1045 Benjamin Road for a possible agricultural structure fire. Minutes later as crews were responding, dispatch advised there had been a small explosion and confirmed there was a fire in the barn. St Jacobs pumper arrived on scene and reported a large L shaped barn was fully involved. Port a tanks were set up in the laneway, crews pulled multiple lines. First line went to a small shed 15 feet from the barn that contained large totes of methanol, which was used to manufacture bio diesel fuel. Firefighters protected the shed and had the tanks removed. Elmira P1 and Waterloo’s tanker were requested to the scene to augment water supply. The fire was contained to the barn, all firefighters except for St Jacobs were released from the scene by midnight. Four members and truck on scene six hours, served 186 drinks 206 snacks, 12 pizza’s.

20 June 11:00, Kitchener P1 R1 Hazmat 1 P6 A4 and Car 23 dispatched for ammonia smell in the building at 235 Ardelt Ave. Firefighters set up a full haz mat scene as there was high levels of ammonia at the shipping door to the building. Crews ventilated the structure and worked with responsible party to mitigate the leak in an ice machine that was being decommissioned. One member responded to call at noon, dropped off 20 drinks.

21 June 15:50, Waterloo P1 P3 A1 and Car 23 dispatched to 300 Regina St N for a car fire in the underground parking lot. Smoke was visible from Station 1 when crews pulled out of hall. P2 was added to the call at this time. Once on scene firefighters had to establish water supply to the lower level of the garage to knock the fire down. One member on scene one hour, served 17 drinks and 14 snacks.

22 June 16:20, Kitchener P1 R1 Haz Mat 1 P4 A4 dispatched to 235 Ardelt Ave for ammonia in building. Same scenario as previous call two days earlier. P5 was added as the RIT pumper, crews were on scene ventilating the building for hours. Draeger ammonia tubes were requested from Cambridge fire, as well as additional chemical suits. A Cambridge Box 690 member picked up the extra equipment and delivered it to the scene. Four  members and truck on scene 2.5 hours, served 53 drinks, 39 snacks, and two fruit trays.

23 June 5:31, Kitchener P4 A4 P3 R1 and Car 23 dispatched to 14 Volta Ave for a house fire. P4 had smoke visible on approach and requested a third pumper (P1). P4 firefighters pulled two lines to the basement to fight the fire. Crews knocked the fire down quickly. One member on scene one hour, served 15 drinks.

24 June 15:13, Kitchener P4 A2 P1 R1 and Car 23 dispatched to 237 Clarke Ave for a confirmed structure fire. P6 was added to the call as responding crews could see a large thermal column. P1 and P4 arrived on scene and both trucks picked up hydrants. 243 was well involved, and 237 had fire showing in the attic. P6 was instructed to catch a third hydrant and pull a 2.5” line for exposure control on the E2 side of the building. P3 was also added as the fourth pumper. Numerous 1.5” and 2.5” lines were used to control the fire. The fire started in the car port of 243 damaging two cars and two motorcycles, and spread to 237 Clarke. Damage was pegged at $600,000. Four members on scene and rolled truck, served 111 drinks and 59 snacks.

25 June 19:00, Cambridge P5 A1 R1 A4 and Car 6 dispatched for a gas leak in the area of Franklin and Hilltop. Crews searched the area and found an old processing plant with high levels of gas outside the building. Box 690 was requested an hour into the call, we don’t respond to haz mat calls until requested. A4 caught a hydrant, and pulled two lines to the building before opening up the unit. Three members and truck on scene, served 43 drinks and 36 snacks.

26 June 10:00, Cambridge A1 R1 P5 A3 P2 and Car 6 dispatched to 155 Sheldon Ave for smoke in the building. A1 arrived on scene and met with an RP at rear of building. Light smoke was visible in the manufacturing area of the plant. Crews searched the building and roof for the source of the smoke. They found a burnt out motor that was creating the problem. One member on scene half an hour served 17 drinks.

26 June 15:00, Kitchener P6 P4 A4 R1 and Car 23 dispatched to 171 Apple Ridge Dr, J.W. Gerth Public School for a fire alarm. P6 arrived on scene, full evacuation and report of a smoke in the electrical room on the second floor. Fire was knocked down quickly with extinguishers, lots of smoke to clear. Two members on scene three hours, served 34 drinks and 3 snacks.

4 July 17:54, Cambridge A3 P2 A1 P5  R1 Car 6 dispatched to 1055 Fountain St North, Toyota plant for fire in machine in the plant. A3 arrived on scene and reported small fire in a machine, same area as a previous fire. Fire was knocked down quickly, light overhaul pulling filters from machine. Two members on scene 1.5 hours, served 20 drinks.

4 July 19:34, Cambridge P5 A4 A1 P2 R1 and Car 6 dispatched to 73 Chalmers St for a shed fire. P5 arrived on scene and reported a working fire with extension into the house. Firefighters worked 20 minutes to knock the fire down, lots of overhaul on house. One member on scene one hour, served 37 drinks.

6 July 12:38, Waterloo P2 P3 A1 and Car 23 dispatched to 621 Salzburg Dr for a house fire. P2 reported smoke visible as they pulled out of the hall, prompting Car 23 to request P1 to the scene. A large two story upscale home was fully involved on arrival. P2 and A1 set up their aerials and flowed water. Two hydrants were used, multiple 1.75” and 2.5” lines were used to fight the fire. Crews knocked the bulk of the fire from the exterior in 20 minutes before pulling lines inside to work on hot spots. Damage was pegged at $600,000. Three members and truck on scene two hours served 64 drinks and one snack item.

6 July 17:06, Cambridge A3 P2 A1 P5 R1 and Car 6 dispatched to King and Union for fire in a variety store. A3 arrived on scene with light smoke showing from the rear of the store. A1 picked up a hydrant, two 1.75” lines were pulled to the rear storage area of the store. Firefighters knocked down the fire quickly. One member on scene 45 minutes served 15 drinks and 9 snacks.

July 6 19:40, Baden dispatched 40 Honderich Place for alarm ringing. P1 arrived and reported light smoke in the home after doing their 360. Crews searched the house on air, had trouble finding the source of the smoke. Firefighters found a serious electrical issue which was causing the smoke. One member on scene on hour served 18 drinks.

10 July 00:38, Cambridge P2 A1 P5 A3 R1 and Car 6 dispatched to 330 Pinebush Road for a factory fire. A1 reported heavy smoke banking down to the road on arrival. The front portion of the building was approximately 250 x 80, with an addition on the rear which was approximately 250 x 160. Crews advanced lines in the front of the factory and couldn’t find the fire. As they gained access to the rear of the building they found a couple of pallets with unknown material on fire. Firefighters said they have not pulled that much hose in years, emptying a couple of the trucks. Three members on scene three hours, served 51 drinks.

16 July 15:00, Kitchener P1 P7 R1 A4 Car 23 dispatched to 55 Old Carriage Drive for a house fire. Station six was a block from the call but they were in WSTREC training. P1 had visible smoke approximately a mile from the call. P3 was added as the RIT pumper on this report. Fire was venting out the back bedroom window on arrival. Fortunately the homeowner closed the door to the room when the smoke detector went off, limiting the damage to the house. P7 picked up a hydrant, P1 pulled two lines inside and knocked the fire down quickly. Fire was contained to the bedroom, damage pegged at $70,000. Three members on scene 1.5 hours, served 26 drinks.

19 July 5:20, Kitchener P2 A2 P3 R1 and Car 23 dispatched to 25 Krug St for a house fire. P2 arrived on scene and reported fire venting from the second floor window on E2. P1 was added as the RIT pumper. P3 picked up a hydrant for P2. A 2.5” line was pulled to the rear to hit the heavy fire on the second story of the house. Once the heavy fire was knocked down, two 1.5” lines were pulled into the interior to knock down the balance of the fire. Damage was pegged at $150,000. Four members on scene two hours, served 36 drinks and 27 snacks.

22 July 5:38, Kitchener P2 A2 P3 P1 R1 and Car 23 dispatched to 342 Louisa St for a structure fire. Dispatch added the extra pumper on first dispatch as they could see the smoke from fire. P2 arrived on scene to a major fire, reporting a seven unit townhouse under construction fully involved, a second seven unit townhouse well involved, and a third five unit townhouse in serious trouble. P7 and A4 were added to the call on this report. P2, P3 P1 and P7 all caught hydrants, and pulled numerous 1.5” and 2.5” lines around the building. P1 and A2 both set up their aerials and flowed water. The fire extended into the front occupied units, 342 and 344 Louisa. It took firefighters two hours to bring the fire under control. Two seven unit buildings one 80% constructed, and the second framed and starting to be bricked were completely destroyed. Three occupied units were heavily damaged. OFM, KFD Fire Prevention and Regional detectives are investigating the fire. Arson is suspected in the $5 million dollar fire. Four members on scene nine hours, served 216 drinks, 40 snacks, two fruit trays, 45 egg McMuffins, and 10 subs. Photos from fire at www.firescenes.net

22 July 22:45, Kitchener P2 P3 R1 Car 23 dispatched back to 342 Louisa St for a structure fire. A4 was on scene for fire watch at the rear of the building. P4 was near the call getting fuel, and responded as the third pumper. A4 had checked the front of the building 15 minutes before the call came in. P2 reported fire showing from the burnt out unit and pulled a 1.5” line up to the second floor. The fire was knocked down quickly. Firefighters had to pull some of the outside wall apart to get to hot spots. Overhaul took another half hour. One member on scene one hour, served 22 drinks.

23 July 11:30, one member returned to Louisa St to refill food and drink coolers that were left on scene the previous day. Firefighters and investigators consumed 12 drinks and 40 snack items.

4 August 13:43, Kitchener P2 A2 P3 R1 and Car 23 dispatched to 48 Weber St West for a unknown odor in the apartment building. Once on scene P2 requested the Haz Mat unit due to a strong odour in the hallways. Crews went on air to evacuate tenants from the large three story apartment. After a thorough room by room search, firefighters surmised someone had sprayed bear spray throughout the halls. The building was ventilated over the next two hours. Tenants were sheltered from the heat in a city bus. This call had a twist in the end. Crews encountered bed bugs throughout the building. Command requested P1 bring the steam cleaning device from HQ to steam firefighters gear. Three members on scene two hours, served 95 drinks, 21 snacks, 12 fruit bowls, and 12 yogurt and fruit bowls.

19 August 16:00, Cambridge A3 A1 P5 P2 R1 and Car 6 dispatched to 1444 Queenston Road for a house fire. A3 arrived on scene to smoke and fire showing and asked A1 to pick up the hydrant. Firefighters pulled two lines into the basement to knock the fire down. Lots of overhaul at this fire, on a hot summer day. Damage will exceed $100,000. Two members on scene two hours, served 74 drinks and 26 snacks.

19 August 20:40, Waterloo P2 P1 A1 and Car 23 dispatched to 62 Helene Crescent for a kitchen fire. P4 was added to the call while crews were responding. Fire was contained to the kitchen, heavy smoke damage to rest of home, damage pegged at $55,000. Two members on scene one hour, served 20 drinks.

21 August 0:20, Waterloo P3 P4 A1 and Car 23 dispatched to 539 Parkside Drive for an apartment fire. P1 was added to call before P3 arrived on scene. First report was fire showing from a first floor unit. Fire was knocked down in 15 minutes, lots of smoke to clear from the large three story complex. Two members on scene two hours, served 38 drinks and 18 snacks.

22 August 20:00, Kitchener P1 P4 A4 R1 and Car 23 dispatched to smoke coming from the rail yard under the Block Line Road Bridge near Courtland Ave. Firefighters had trouble getting a line to the fire. P6 was added to the call and directed to Balzer Road to see if they could get close to the burning rail car. Firefighters had to work off the bridge, dropping a line down to the yard. A fire had been set in an old wooden box car. The fire was quickly extinguished. Firefighters were called back to the same call the next day. One member responded to both calls, served 23 drinks, which had to be lowered by rope from the bridge.

27 August 4:25, Cambridge P5 A4 A3 R1 A1 and Car 6 dispatched to 106 State St for a house fire. P5 Arrived on scene and reported an older two story home fully involved. A4 picked up a hydrant and set up in front of the building. Their ladder was set up and used as well as numerous 1.75” and 2.5” lines. P2 was added to the call and off duty crews were called in to staff spare apparatus. This was a grueling fire for crews, fire took over an hour to knock down. There was lots of overhaul throughout the house. Damage was pegged at $350,000. Three members on scene 4.5 hours, served 97 drinks, 48 snacks, and 20 Egg McMuffins.

28 August 18:10, Cambridge P2 A1 A33 P4 R1 T1 and Car 6 dispatched to 20 Maryann Price Lane for a house fire. P2 arrived on scene and reported a working basement fire after conducting the 360. A1 picked up a hydrant and crews stretched lines into the basement. The homeowner reported there were four cats in the residence. Firefighters found the cats, and all but one was revived on scene. Fire was knocked down quickly, cause careless smoking. Damage was pegged at $75,000. Two members on scene 1.5 hours, served 41 drinks.

29 August 11:00, Cambridge A1 P2 P5 A3 R1 and Car 6 dispatched for an explosion in the basement of 620 Hespeler Road, Williams Coffee Pub. An electrical panel in the basement malfunctioned causing a small bang and fire. The fire was out when firefighters entered the smoky basement. One member on scene half an hour, served 17 drinks.

6 September 20:25, Cambridge A1 R1 P2 A3 P5 and Car 6 dispatched to 1001 Langs Drive for smoke in the strip mall. Fire was set in a beauty shop to hide a break in. Firefighters knocked the fire down quickly, damage was pegged at $80,000. Three members on scene two hours, served 41 drinks and 9 snacks.

9 September 5:30, Cambridge P5 A4 A1 R1 P2 T1 and Car 6 dispatched to 51 Bermuda Lane in Branchton for a shed fire. P5 arrived on scene and reported a backyard shed was fully involved and possible extension into the house. Firefighters knocked the fire down quickly, only siding on the house was damaged. An ATV and dune buggy were lost in the fire. One member on scene two hours, served 24 drinks and 8 snacks.

23 September 9:30, Baden dispatched to 725 Snyders Road E for an apartment fire. New Hamburg was requested as second alarm as trucks were responding. A tenant had left a deep fryer unattended. The fire was knocked down quickly. One member on scene one hour, served 20 drinks.

12 October 9:30, Kitchener P6 P3 A2 R1 and Car 23 dispatched to 60 Steckle Place, Blue Water Thermal Solutions for a ventilation system fire. There have been many fires in the building, the company only calls for help when they can’t get the fire out with their fire suppression systems. P6 reported fire in the ducts, and requested a third pumper (P1). Fire was knocked down quickly, but there was considerable overhaul. Two members responded to the scene at 10:45 to check if rehab was needed, ended up on scene one hour and served 26 drinks.

18 October, Box 690 provided support for the annual Firefighters Memorial on Queen Street. Two members on scene seven hours.

21 October 12:22, Kitchener P5 P1 A2 R1 and Car 23 dispatched to 1493 Queens Blvd for a house fire. P5 arrived on scene with smoke showing, P2 was added as RIT pumper. Firefighters knocked the basement fire quickly. Damage pegged at $60,000. Two members on scene one hour, served 20 drinks and 16 snacks.

23 October 19:50, Cambridge tanker requested on Mutual aid to 6871 Wellington County Road 34 for a house fire. Puslinch was on scene of a fully involved large stone home. They had two tankers from Rockwood and Guelph’s tanker to augment their two tankers. Cambridge firefighters asked dispatch to call us to see if we would respond with some warm drinks and food. Four members responded and rolled truck. Served 75 drinks,  and five large pizza.

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February, March and early April 2014 updates

February 13 1:40, Cambridge A1 R1 P5 Car 6 Haz Mat dispatched for a gas leak at 929 Elgin St. A1 arrived and confirmed a serious leak outside the residence. Crews blocked both ends of the street and checked for gas inside the homes. Heavy equipment had to be brought in to dig down to the leak to seal it. Command paged Box 690 for rehab at 2:40. One member responded, on scene one hour, served 24 hot drinks and 61 snacks.

February 14 19:30, Kitchener P3 P4 A4 R1 and Car 23 dispatched for a house fire on the corner of Lorraine and Heritage. A passing car saw smoke coming from the garage and alerted the home owner who didn’t know his house was on fire. P3 arrived on scene and reported a fully involved two bay garage with possible extension into the house. P4 picked up a hydrant, and P2 was added to the call. Two attack lines were pulled from P3 and one from P4. The fire extended into the basement behind the garage and up above into the family room. The fire was knocked down in 30 minutes, damage set at $300,000. Five members and the truck on scene 1.5 hours, served 54 hot and cold drinks, and 60 snacks. Photos can be viewed at www.firescenes.net

February 24 13:56, Linwood and Wellesley dispatched for a barn fire at 5690 Schummer Line. Linwood arrived on scene first reporting heavy smoke showing from a large barn. Wellesley chief requested tankers from Milverton (Perth County). A four inch line was laid in the long lane way into the farm. Wellesley pumper set up on the road and drafted from two port a tanks. Crews pulled multiple lines into the barn to attack the fire. St Clements tanker was added to call. Firefighters were able to knock down the fire after 45 minutes of slugging.  The fire started on the second floor and extended up. Milverton was released and the balance of St Clements was requested to the scene. Two members on scene two hours, served 41 hot and cold drinks, 22 snacks and a dozen donuts.

 February 24 16:50, Linwood command requested Box 690 back to the scene. After confirming with command what they needed, the truck was rolled to the scene with two members. Firefighters were rotated from rehab into the barn to shovel out a large quantity of hay. Firefighters were on air the whole time due to smoke conditions in the barn. Overhaul took four hours of heavy work. Box 690was on scene three hours, served 49 hot and cold drinks, and 15 snacks, and also enjoyed sharing the eight extra large pizza’s that were brought to the scene.

February 27 served dinner at the Mutual Aid meeting in Cambridge.

March 3 11:50, full response from Maryhill and Conestogo, and St Jacobs tanker dispatched for a house fire at 1364 Durant Road. Maryhill pumper reported smoke showing while responding. Breslau’s pumper tanker was added as fourth tanker. Maryhill arrived on scene to a fully involved century old two storey home. Multiple lines pulled around the house, and two port a tanks were set up. Water was shuttled from the Breslau fire hall. The rear car port collapsed 20 minutes into the call. All firefighting was defensive for the first four hours. The house was originally built in 1888 and had a steel roof which hampered firefighting. This was another very cold day, temperature was -10F with a stiff west wind and dropped as the sun set. Fire was declared out at 18:00. An electrical short was the cause of the $300,000 fire. Three members and the truck on scene seven hours, served 176 hot and cold drinks, 84 hot dogs, 11 chili, and 133 snacks. Photos can be viewed at www.firescenes.net

  March 12 18:10 full response from New Dundee and Baden dispatched to 1856 Bleams Road for a corn dryer fire. Firefighters are very familiar with this farm having been there multiple times for dryer fires and two barn fires over the years. New Hamburg aerial and tanker were requested enroute to the call. New Dundee arrived and reported smoke coming from the dryer. One of our members was heading home from work and was close to the fire so stopped by. The fire was knocked down quickly and he headed home. Shortly after command requested Box 690 respond with some warm drinks. The member picked up 20 coffees and headed back to the call, on scene half hour.

March 13 10:30, Cambridge A1 A3 P5 P2 R1 Car 6 dispatched to 1360 Fairview Road for a structure fire. A1 reported a thermal column enroute to the call. Once on scene they reported they had a fully involved garage with possible extension into the house. A3 grabbed a hydrant on the way in. Two 1.75” and a 2.5” line was pulled to fight the fire. Initial attack was defensive until the bulk of the heavy fire was knocked down in the garage. Firefighters opened up the roof and found heavy fire in the attic. The fire was knocked down in an hour, with lots of overhaul in walls and the attic. The fire started in the garage, damage was set at $200,000. Two members on scene three hours, served 46 hot and cold drinks and a dozen donuts.

March 27 18:30, New Dundee dispatched to 1160 Puddicome Road for a silo rescue. A 62 year old farm worker was missing and presumed to be in a large silo containing soy beans. Command requested Kitcheners confined space rescue to the scene. Kitchenerresponded with P1 and Haz Mat 1. The silo had to be slowly emptied. The body was recovered after midnight. Two members and truck on scene six hours, served 73 hot and cold drinks, 24 hot dogs and 65 snacks.

March 31 1:43, Cambridge A1 A3 P2 P5 R1 and Car 6 dispatched to 1001 Langs Drive for a structure fire. The former roller rink was now being used as a discount business and housed furniture and electronics. A1 arrived on scene and reported heavy smoke coming from the large one storey building. They called their side of the building Alpha side, and picked up a hydrant on the way in.A1 firefighters set up the aerial and pulled two attack lines into the building. A3 caught a second hydrant and pulled a line in the front door but never charged it (Bravo side). P5 caught a third hydrant and pulled two lines in the Charlie side of the business. The building’s sprinklers were activated and was heavily charged with smoke. Firefighters had a terrible time moving hoses around inside the building looking for the seat of the fire. There were concerns the fire could be in the roof and firefighters were advised to proceed with extreme caution. After 30 minutes of searching for the seat of the fire, firefighters found the main fire in the middle of the building. Lines had to be extended and stock pulled apart. A4 was added to the call at this time, and one crew was called in to staff A44 to cover the city. Firefighters worked the next couple of hours in very tough conditions. There was six inches of water on the floor, and it was extremely tough to clear the smoke from the building. Hot spots were found in a couple of locations. At 4:15dispatch asked if any units could be freed up from the scene to respond to Darren Cres for a house fire. A4, R1 Car 1 responded fromLangs Drive and A44 responded from station 4 along with one of our members. A1 was instructed to break down and also respond. A4 arrived on scene first and reported smoke showing from a window on the second floor. One attack line was pulled into the house and the hydrant across from the truck was hooked up and charged. Crews made quick work of the bedroom fire. The tenant claimed hair spray on the curtains started the fire, damage was set at $100,000. OFM and CFD inspectors are investigating the cause. Meanwhile back at the first fire, firefighters were still working on hot spots. A1 returned to the fire to assist with the extensive overhaul. Crews rotated from the fire to rehab. The fire was declared out at 7:30. Three members and truck on scene six hours, served 78 hot and cold drinks and 74 snacks. OFM and CFD fire prevention officers investigated the cause. Damage will likely exceed $500,000. This is the first house fire Car 1 Chief Bill Chesney has taken command of in many years. Bill is retiring next month after 37 years of service.

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April 4 14:15 Wellesley and Baden dispatched to 5431 Wilmot East Hope Road for a shed fire. Wellesley covers this area of Wilmot first call. Wellesley P1 arrived on scene reported a large shed on fire with a serious exposure, a barn six feet away. Two attack lines and a 2.5” line were pulled to work the fire and for exposure protection. Baden requested New Hamburg tanker and rescue for water and manpower after hearing this report. Milverton arrived on scene with two tankers, followed shortly by trucks from Shakespeare. It was determined that the fire was on the Wilmot Township side of the road and Perth units were released from the scene. The fire burned through the roof, but crews were able to protect the exposure. Water was shuttled from a river just up the road and from a hydrant near Wellesley. The fire was knocked down in two hours. Two members on scene two hours, served 55 hot and cold drinks, dozen donuts and 62 snack items. Photos at www.waterlooregionfire.com

FYI Kitchener has ordered a new 75’ quint from Pierce to replace P1.

January 2014 Updates

January 1 12:00Breslau and Maryhill dispatched to 428 Menno St for a chimney fire. Maryhill 302 arrived on scene first reporting heavy smoke showing from rear of the large two storey house. A quick 360 revealed fire showing in the outside wall at the rear of the building. 302 asked dispatch to kick out a full response from Conestogo. Breslau P1 pulled in the driveway and set up their port a tank, and pulled two lines to the rear of the house. Crews quickly knocked down the fire in the wall and attic. Conestogo staged out front but were released 10 minutes after arriving. Firefighters had to pull the siding off the outside wall and pull down the ceiling in the bedroom to get to hot spots. Three members on scene 2.5 hours, served 10 cold drinks and 20 coffees. Photos atwww.waterlooregionfire.com

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 January 11 1:00, New Hamburg dispatched for a house fire at 33 Waterloo St. Firefighters responding to the hall had to pass the fully involved house so they knew they were in for a long night. Baden was requested as soon as the first New Hamburg truck came on the air. Pump 31 picked up a hydrant and requested Baden P1 pick up a hydrant from the other end of the street. Fire was through the roof and venting out every window in the large two storey home. Multiple 2.5 and 1.75” lines were pulled from both pumpers. Neighbors reported hearing an explosion just prior to the fire. The owners of the home were in Ottawa for the weekend. The house was totally destroyed with only one wall still standing. The Ontario Fire Marshall has listed the cause as arson, damage was pegged at $400,000. Three members and truck on scene 4.5 hours, served 103 hot and cold drinks, and 65 snack items.  Photos from the fire are on www.firescenes.net

January 21 22:00, Kitchener P4 A4 P3 R1 and Car 23 dispatched to the house next door from 172 Veronica. The homeowner reported flames impinging on her house from next door. While crews were responding Car 23 asked dispatch if there had been anymore calls or updates on the fire? Dispatch advised they had only had the one call. P4 turned onto River Road and reported a thermal column. P1 was added to the call as the RIT pumper at this time. Once on scene P4 reported a working fire, flames visible and heavy smoke conditions. P4 picked up a hydrant from one end of the street while P3 picked up a second hydrant from the other end. Multiple 1.5” and 2.5” lines were pulled to fight the fire. P4 could not get to the back yard due to a six foot high fence on either side of the house. They asked R1 to complete the task as they pulled the first line in the front door. This was a very cold night, temperature was -22 F with the wind chill. Crews were only able to advance five feet in the front door before backing out less than two minutes later due to untenable conditions. R1 was able to access the rear and reported they had a tenant in a hot tub covered in soot. The male was escorted out to be checked by paramedics and later taken to hospital by police for a psychiatric examination. Once the bulk of the heavy fire was knocked down, firefighters went inside to extinguish the balance of the fire. The fire extended into the attic and eventually burned through a small portion of the roof on the E2 side of the house. The fire was declared under control at 23:15. There was a lot of overhaul at the call. P2 and P7 were dispatched to the fire just before midnight to replace very cold crews. Damage was set at $400,000. Box 690 had three members and the truck on scene, served 57 hot and cold drinks and 55 snack items. Photos from the fire are on www.firescenes.net

January 23 Box 690 served the dinner for the monthly Mutual Aid meeting held at the Baden fire hall.

January 28 0:05, New Hamburg dispatched for a house fire at 343 Huron Road. New Hamburg requested a full response fromBaden enroute to the call. This was another very cold night with temperature dropping to -35F. New Hamburg arrived on scene reported a large two storey, century old house under renovation fully involved. Port a tanks were set up and New Dundee’s tanker was added to the call. New Hamburg’s aerial was set up as well as numerous hand lands from P31, defensive attack from start. Pumpers had to be rotated as they froze up over the next couple of hours. Pumpers would return to hall, thaw out and return to the scene. Damage was pegged at $400,000, OFM called in but could not determine a cause. Two members and truck on scene 1.5 hours, served 53 hot and cold drinks and 115 snack items. Photos at www.waterlooregionfire.com

January 29 4:00Ayr dispatched for a house fire on Industrial Road. Dispatch advised responding units that the occupants were out of the house and there was heavy fire on the main floor. Ayr Car 2 requested New Dundee and Box 690 respond before arriving on scene. The temperature was -38 F with the wind chill. Car 2 arrived on scene reporting a large single family bungalow, heavy fire showing. P4 pulled into the driveway and pulled two lines. P1 set up port a tanks on the road and relay pumped to P4. New Dundee P21 set up a reservoir up the road to fill tankers. Cambridge’s tanker was also requested to supplement water. Crews pulled a line in the front and rear of the house. The fire extended into the shake roof and crews were pulled out. Command requested Kitchener’s tanker to the scene. P1 froze up at this time and returned to hall. Cambridge’s tanker was used to relay pump until portable pumps could be set up. Tankers were also freezing up and had to be filled from the top as inlets were frozen. Kitchener’s mechanical division sent a mechanic to the scene to assist with the frozen trucks and portable pumps. In consultation with command, Kitchener P5 was requested to the scene. It was set up on the road and relay pumped to P4 for four hours without any problems. The fire was declared under control by 11:30Ayr crews remained on scene into the evening. Damage was set at $700,000. The home owner was awakened by smoke detectors, got his family out, and ran barefooted to his neighbors more than three quarters of a mile away. He suffered severe frost bite to both feet. Four members and the truck on scene nine hours, served 156 hot and cold drinks, 55 Egg McMuffins, 25 Chili, and 148 snacks. Photos from the fire are on www.firescenes.net

January 29 19:16, New Hamburg dispatched to the New Hamburg Cleaners 157 Peel St. for a structure fire. New Hamburg 301 reported the building was fully involved on his way to the hall and requested a full turnout from Baden. Unit 39 was set up in the parking lot front of the building and set up their aerial. P31 was set up on the road, pulled two 2.5” lines and two 1.5” lines. Badenpump 2 relay pumped from a hydrant to P31. Baden P1 caught a hydrant in the parking lot beside the cleaners and pulled two 2.5” lines. New Dundee’s pumper was dispatched to Baden hall for cover off, but was rerouted to the scene. P21 was set up on Jacob Street and pulled two 2.5” lines into the rear of the building. This was the second fire in two days for Wilmot crews, weather was still a factor with the temperature at -12 F. The fire was brought under control by 23:00. OFM called in and could not find a cause for the fire, damage was set at $1,000,000. Five members and the truck on scene four hours, served 40 cold drinks, 25 hot chocolate, and 102 snacks. Local businesses brought coffee to the scene. Photos from the fire are on www.firescenes.net andwww.waterlooregionfire.com

 

Box 690 Year End Report 2013

Box 690 responded to 91 incidents this year, 16 fewer calls than 2012. The busiest department was Kitchener with 30 calls, the Townships of North Dumfries, Wilmot, Wellesley, and Woolwich with 22 incidents, Cambridge with 19, and City of Waterloo with 15. Box 690 served 8,788 drinks and food items for the year.

The most challenging call of the year was the March 25, in Woolwich Township. Conestogo, Maryhill, and St Jacobs were dispatched to a possible fire at 1626 Cox Creek. Firefighters arrived to two fully involved barns, a fully involved work shop, and dozens of vehicles on fire. Firefighters consumed 515 drinks and snack items at the fire.

The second largest fire was also the largest dollar loss fire in the Region this year at the St Jacobs Farmers market September 2. Firefighters from St Jacobs, Conestogo, Elmira, and Floradale were able to protect the stock yard barns and other exposures. Crews consumed 500 drinks and snack items at the fire.

The third largest fire was the tragic loss of life barn fire at 1636 Lobsinger Line July 12. St Jacobs, Conestogo, Elmira, and Floradale firefighters responded to the early evening call. Crews consumed 325 drinks and snack items that evening, and another 166 items on Saturday when Box 690 dropped off additional supplies.

The King of the Hot Dogs was Woolwich firefighters at the Cox Creek barn fire. Firefighters from three stations consumed 48 hot dogs.

A big thank you goes out to Kitchener Fire Department, and the Kitchener mechanics for maintaining our truck. Thanks also to Cambridge Fire for support and fueling the truck when in Cambridge.

 2013 marks the second straight year that calls decreased.

Stay safe, and let’s keep the trend of fewer fires going.

November and December Updates

November 5 Conestoga College’s Firefighting Program annual house burn was on Lichty Road near Linwood. Box 690 supplies lunch and drinks for the 30 students and numerous firefighters and instructors on scene. The following trucks were at the training exercise, Wellesley aerial, tanker, Linwood tanker, rescue, St Clements tanker, and Elmira’s old P2. Eight port a tanks were set up to supply water for the burn. Water was shuttled from the feed mill reservoir in Linwood. Five members on scene with truck for six hours, served 79 cold drinks, 85 snacks and 72 sandwiches. Photos can be scene at www.firescenes.net click on Gary Dinkel to view photos.

 November 7 18:00, Cambridge A1 P2 R1 Haz Mat R1 and Car 6 dispatched to 234 Kerwood Drive for a suspicious package. Crews were on stand by awaiting a team of police officers from Toronto trained for this type of call. Box 690 was paged out to supply food and drinks at 21:20. Two members responded, picked up 20 coffee’s four hot chocolate, six large pizzas’s and served 11 cold drinks and 55 snack items. On scene one hour.

  November 11 1:15, Kitchener P2 A2 P3 R1 and Car 23 dispatched for a fire at 21 Weber St W. P2 arrived on scene and reported smoke showing. P1 and P5 were added to the call at this time. P2 caught a hydrant and pulled two lines into the restaurant. P1 picked up a second hydrant on Ontario St and set up their aerial. The fire in the restaurant was knocked down quickly. The Ontario Fire Marshall was called in to investigate the suspicious fire, damage pegged at $150,000. Two members on scene one hour, served 23 drinks and 17 snacks.

  November 13 7:30, Kitchener P2 A2 P3 R1 Car 23 dispatched for a house fire at 123 Duke St E. A2 was at 21 Weber St W for fire watch (two blocks from scene), and was first on scene reporting heavy smoke and fire showing from a large two and a half storey house. P5 was added as the RIT pumper, P2 picked up a hydrant near Scott St, while P3 picked up at hydrant from the other end of Duke near Eby St. Numerous lines were pulled front and back. The house has been under renovations for over a year. There was heavy fire on the main floor with extension to the second floor. Initial firefighting was defensive for the first 15 minutes. Once the bulk of the fire was knocked down crews went inside and worked on chasing the fire throughout the house. The fire was declared out four hours after arrival. Firefighters had a lot of overhaul on this call. Three members and the truck on scene seven hours, served 46 cold drinks, 40 coffee, 30 Egg McMuffins, and 50 snacks. Photos can be viewed at www.firescenes.net

 November 14 21:00, Cambridge A1 P2 A3 P5 R1 and Car 6 dispatched for a fire on Eagle St near Witmer. The caller reported the roof was on fire of a large warehouse. A3 arrived on scene first and reported nothing visible from the front. Car 6 reported heavy fire showing on the E4 roof of the building as he was coming down Eagle St. A3 pulled around to the E4 of the building which measured approximately 1,000 by 300’ and caught a yard hydrant. A1 came in from the east side of the structure and picked up a second hydrant and set up their aerial near the middle of the building. P5 was instructed to pick up a third hydrant at the front of the building and pull a line to the roof. Lines were pulled inside the warehouse and to the roof. Firefighters worked for an hour to knock the fire down. Roof work was being done in the area of the fire. Crews had to open up the roof and parts of a wall to fully extinguish the fire. Four members and the truck on scene three hours, served 48 hot and cold drinks and 55 snack items.

 November 24 21:05, Cambridge A1 A3 P2 P5 R1 and Car 6 dispatched to 1268 Hamilton St for a house fire. A3 arrived on scene and reported heavy smoke and fire showing on the main floor of a large two storey home. A1 picked up a hydrant for A3. Numerous 1.75” and 2.5” lines were pulled to fight the fire. The initial attack team from A3 reported they had fire coming through the floor at the rear of the house and suspected they had a basement fire. Command pulled all crews out at this point. Lines were placed in windows to knock the fire down. A4 was added to the call, off duty firefighters were called in to staff a spare aerial. Firefighters had lines in operation on the main floor, and second floor from a balcony and ladder. Once firefighters knocked down the heavy fire, they entered the structure to chase fires in the walls. Lots of heavy overhaul at this fire. Five members and truck on scene three hours, served 69 hot and cold drinks, and 74 snacks. Damage was pegged at $300,000, the basement tenant was charged with arson. The fire was set in the basement.

 November 26 3:45, Cambridge A1 P2 A3 P5 R1 and Car 6 dispatched for a warehouse fire at 950 Industrial Road. A1 arrived on scene with smoke showing from a 300 x 100’ manufacturing building. P5 picked up a hydrant on Industrial and laid in approximately 800’ to A1. The fire was in a wall, started by a spark from a grinding machine. Firefighters pulled two lines from A1 and set up the platform. Crews had to pull the siding off the wall and part of the roof to extinguish the fire. The fire was declared out after two hours of heavy overhaul. Three members on scene three hours, served 49 hot and cold drinks and 30 snacks.

 December 3 22:30, Kitchener P2 A2 P5 R1 Car 23 dispatched to 350 Weber St W. for a house fire. Dispatch updated responding crews that a lady was trapped upstairs. P3 was added to the call on this report. P2 arrived on scene, reported smoke and fire visible on the main floor of a 1.5 storey house. P2 captain started his 360 and immediately reported a woman was calling for help from a second floor window. P2 firefighters were able to rescue the occupant with a ground ladder. A2 picked up the hydrant, fire was on the main floor of the house which was divided into three apartments. The fire was knocked down quickly, damage was set at $200,000, victim was transported to hospital with smoke inhalation. Four members on scene two hours, served 28 drinks.

 December 5 21:45, Kitchener P3 P4 A4 R1 and Car 23 dispatched to 75 Old Chicopee for a town house fire. P3 arrived on scene and reported light smoke showing from the rear of the unit which backed on to Old Chicopee. Tank 1 (running in place of P1) was added as the RIT pumper. P4 picked up a hydrant, firefighters pulled a 2.5” line from P3 through the walkway to the middle of the complex. The bottom two floor units enter their townhouses off Old Chicopee while the two floor units enter from the court. The 2.5’” line was split into two attack lines. Once the lines were charged, A4 was instructed to take out the kitchen window, see photo. Crews entered and quickly knocked the fire down. Damage was pegged at $150,000, cause was an unattended pot on stove. Five members on scene for 30 minutes, served 19 drinks.

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 December 14 22:00, Linwood was dispatched on Mutual Aid to assist Drayton and Moorefield at a barn fire on Wellington Township Road 11. Box 690 was paged to bring hot drinks to the Linwood crews who were filling tankers. One member was in Elmiraat the time of the call, and due to blowing snow and poor driving, had members stand by in Kitchener. Coffee and Hot Chocolate was picked up and he headed to the call, about 25 minutes away on a good day. Linwood was cleared from the call when a water source was found close to the fire. Linwood cancelled our response at this point. The 35 hot drinks and two dozen donuts were taken to the scene. Drayton firefighters had called back to their base requesting coffee be made and brought to the scene. They were happy to have some warm drinks on this cold night. One member on scene half an hour.

 December 26 17:45, New Hamburg paged for a report of a five year old boy fallen into the Nith River. This was a cold snowy night. New Hamburg arrived on scene and confirmed with police that were was fresh foot prints from the house to the river. Badenwas requested for additional manpower, as well as Kitchener Rescue (water suits and inflatable dingy) and Cambridge’s air boat. Emergency personnel scoured the banks of the river. Kitchener firefighters went in the water with pike polls searching for the missing boy. Sadly the boy could not be found. Crews searched till midnight, and were back on the river again next day searching. OPP divers were also brought in but could not find little boy. Six members and truck on scene, set up in the community center and took drinks out to crews. Box 690 served 93 cold drinks, 94 hot drinks, 48 hot dogs, and 191 snacks.

 

Updates – September 7 to October 29, 2013

September 7 18:55, Kitchener P4 P3 A4 R1 and Car 23 dispatched to 17 Obermeyer for a report of an explosion and fire. A4 reported a thermal column enroute to the call, prompting Car 23 to ask for P1 as the RIT pumper.  P3 arrived on scene first confirming a working fire at the rear of the house. P4 picked up a hydrant. Multiple lines were pulled to the rear where a propane BBQ had exploded. Crews knocked the fire in the rear quickly, but had extension into the attic. The roof was opened up and the remaining fire was knocked down in ten minutes. There was considerable overhaul required at this fire. Four members and the truck on scene for 2.5 hours, served 51 drinks and 15 snacks.

September 10 11:14, Cambridge P5 A4 A1 P2 R1 and Car 6 dispatched to 311 Clyde Rd for an apartment fire. P5 arrived on scene reporting light smoke showing. A1 picked up a hydrant and lines were pulled into the building. Crews quickly knocked the fire down. One member on scene an hour, served 24 drinks.

September 10 23:57, Kitchener P2 A2 P3 P1 R1 and Car 23 dispatched for a confirmed working fire at B&T Foods 470 King St E. Police were reporting heavy smoke coming from the rear of the supermarket and the doors were hot to touch. The extra pumper was added on the call, and Box 690 was paged out while trucks were enroute to the call due to the hot muggy weather. P2 arrived on scene and reported smoke showing from the rear. P2 picked up a hydrant, A2 set up on the E2 side of the building. Two 1.5” lines were pulled into the rear of the building. Crews had zero visibility and had trouble finding the seat of the fire. When they located the fire, they were able to quickly knock it down. Three members on scene two hours, served 56 drinks and 59 snacks. Damage was pegged at $200,000.

September 15 21:51, Cambridge A33 A1 P5 P2 R1 and Car 6 dispatched to 831 Hamilton St for a house fire. Dispatch was receiving multiple calls on the fire. A33 arrived on scene first and reported heavy smoke and fire showing in the rear. A1 picked up a hydrant while crews from A33 pulled a line in the rear. A1 firefighters performed the primary search on the main floor and second floor. A33 firefighters reported the basement stairs were burnt out and they heavy fire in the basement with some extension to the main floor. Command pulled all crews out of the building and went defensive on this report. Multiple small and big lines were stretched. A33 also set up their tower. Crews fought the fire entirely from the exterior for over an hour. A4 was added to the call for more manpower. Crews knocked down all the visible fire after an hour and a half. Firefighters re entered the house and pulled walls and ceilings to get to all the hot spots. Five members and truck on scene three hours, served 93 drinks and 100 snacks. The owner of the house was charged with arson, damage was pegged at $250,000.

September 24 14:04, Cambridge A4 P5 A1 A3 R1 and Car 6 dispatched to Southwood High School on Southwood Drive for a fire on the second floor. A4 arrived on scene quickly, and after talking to staff reported there was a fire on the second floor in a washroom. Firefighters went up expecting the usual garbage can on fire. When they got to the second floor they encountered very heavy smoke conditions and knew they had more than a garbage pail burning. A1 picked up a hydrant and lines were pulled to a boys washroom. Fire had extended into the ceiling and the HVAC system was spreading smoke throughout the second floor. Once lines were charged the fire was knocked down quickly. Crews went to work tending to hot spots and working on ventilation. Damage was pegged at $100,000. Three members on scene three hours, served 62 drinks and 62 snacks.

September 28 20:05, Kitchener P2 A2 P3 R1 Car 23 dispatched to 16 Centennial Dr for a fire in the waste recycling business. Firefighters have had many fires in the business over the years. This was similar to previous calls, large pile of scrap on fire in the building. P2 arrived on scene first and reported they had smoke showing. Tank 1 was added to the call as the third pumper. P3 picked up a hydrant on the way in and two 1.5” lines were pulled to work the fire. On site employees pulled the scrap out of the building where firefighters could extinguish the fire. Three members on scene three hours, served 41 drinks and 49 snacks.

September 29 4:20, Kitchener P1 P5 A2 R1 Car 23 dispatched to the old Tannery building on Madison Ave for a trailer and motor home fire. P1 arrived on scene first reporting a 54’ trailer and a motor home on fire. P5 picked up a hydrant and crews worked both fires. There was lots of overhaul at this fire. The trailer was full of tow motors. Box 690 was paged at 5:10. Two members responded and were on scene two hours serving 16 drinks and 35 snacks.

September 29 11:10, Waterloo P3 P1 A1 and Car 23 dispatched to 583 King St North, Heers Paint and Decorating for a structure fire. P2 was added to the call while crews were responding. P3 arrived on scene first and reported heavy smoke and fire showing inside the store. P1 picked up a hydrant and laid in to P3. P2 went around the rear and picked up a hydrant. P3 pulled a 2.5” line in the front. Additional lines were pulled in the front and rear of the building. Once the fire was knocked down crews had smoke through most of the other stores in the mall. Damage was estimated at $500,000. Four members and truck on scene four hours, served 42 drinks and 73 snack items.

September 29 19:11, Wellesley and Baden toned out for hay bails against barn on fire on Lisbon Road. Dispatch received a second call saying barn was also on fire. New Hamburg was requested at this point by Baden. Police arrived on scene and reported only the hay bales were on fire. At this time Baden tanker 6 had a brake problem and could not respond. With the new reports, all New Hamburg units except for the tanker were canceled. Wellesley arrived on scene and confirmed the hay was on fire, but the barn was not involved. Port a tanks were set up and lines pulled. Water was shuttled by three tankers for the next two and half hours. A back hoe was used to pull the bails apart and extinguish them. Four members on scene three hours, served 61 drinks and 83 snacks.

September 30 23:35, Waterloo P3 P1 A1 and Car 23 dispatched to Waste Management on Conrad Place for garbage on fire in the building. P3 on scene first reporting a working fire and requested P1 pick up a hydrant. Crews knocked the bulk of the fire down in 15 minutes, and then waited for a company employee to arrive. The employee had to pull the material from the building to fully extinguish the fire. One member on scene two hours, served 25 drinks and 50 snacks.

October 4 19:55, Waterloo P3 P1 A1 and Car 23 dispatched to 362 Wintergreen for a basement fire. P4 was added to the call enroute to the call. The sleeping tenants of the home were awakened by their smoke detector and safely got out of the house. P1 picked up a hydrant for P3. The fire was knocked down quickly, and caused $100,000 in damages. One member on scene half an hour and served 28 drinks.

October 5 13:50, Cambridge A4 P5 A1 R1 A3 Car 6 dispatched for a house fire at 149 Francis St. Aerial 4 arrived on scene and reported a working house fire. P5 picked up a hydrant and multiple 1.75 and 2.5” lines were pulled. Crews were pulled out 10 minutes in when a portion of the roof collapsed. Crews worked from the exterior for 30 minutes before going back into the house to work hot spots. Three members on scene 2.5 hours, rolled the truck, served 70 drinks, and 67 snack items. Damage listed at $200,000.

October 8 15:35, St Jacobs full response, Conestoga full response, and Elmira Aerial dispatched for a Cyclone fire at Fairway Lumber, 1265 King St. St Jacobs pumper arrived on scene reporting light smoke coming from the Cyclone. Two lines were pulled, crews had to pull the filters out of the unit. Firefighters worked for an hour to overhaul the unit. Two members on scene one hour, served 31 drinks and 39 snack items.

October 11 11:20, Waterloo P1 P2 A1 and Car 23 dispatched for a construction worker who was knocked off the roof of a high rise by a crane. The worker fell approximately 30 feet was located on the 12 floor, above where the aerial could reach. Paramedics and firefighters worked to stabilize the 23 year old patient before moving him down a few floors to where the aerial could be used to lower him to the ground. An air ambulance was called and landed on the Laurier practice field. Crews removed the patient in approximately 50 minutes. Unfortunately the patient went into cardiac arrest and paramedics and firefighters could not resuscitate him. One member responded to the scene on stand by, and was requested to stay on scene until firefighters finished the rescue. The member was on scene 1.5 hours and served 10 drinks.

October 18 13:52, Kitchener P7 P1 R1 A4 and Car 23 dispatched for a possible house fire at 34 Bridlewreath. P1 reported a black thermal column as they turned onto Activa St, three blocks from the fire. P5 was added to the call as the RIT team. P1 reported a fully involved house fire on arrival and asked P7 to pick up a hydrant. The fire started in the garage on an unattended deep fryer. The home owner was alerted to the fire by a passer by. She opened the door from the kitchen to the garage which only accelerated the fire. In her panic to escape the fire she left the door open, allowing the fire to breach into the house. Crews pulled two 1.5” lines into the house and charged a 2.5” line for protecting exposures. The fire was knocked down in 15 minutes, damage was pegged at $300,000. Two members on scene 1.5 hours, served 31 drinks and 11 snack items.

October 22 6:00, Cambridge A1 A3 A4 P5 R1 and Car 6 dispatched to 63 Elmwood for a house fire. P5 arrived on scene and reported smoke showing from the house and asked the next truck in to pick up a hydrant. Firefighters knocked the fire down quickly. One member on scene one hour, served 20 drinks.

29 October 4:50, Kitchener P2 A2 P1 R1 and Car 23 dispatched for a confirmed house fire at 160 Church St. P1 reported they could see a glow from the call several blocks away. P3 was added to the call at this point as the RIT pumper. P2 picked up a hydrant on the way in reporting heavy fire through the roof of the 2.5 storey house. P1 picked up a hydrant from the other end and set up their aerial in front. A2 had to catch a third hydrant as the hydrant that P2 used was not working properly. Multiple 1.5 and 2.5” lines were pulled from P2 and P1. Crews were pulled early from building to allow P1’s aerial knock down the bulk of the heavy fire venting through the roof. Firefighters worked an hour before knocking the fire down. Damage was pegged at $250,000. A neighbor alerted the family of the fire, the house had no working smoke detectors. Three members on scene 2.5 hours, served 51 drinks and 63 snack items.

Updates – July 21 to September 2, 2013

July 21 02:00, Waterloo P1 P12 P3 and Car 23 dispatched to 104 Weber St W, Benny’s Restaurant for a structure fire. P1 pulled out of the hall and reported smoke and fire showing. The restaurant is a block from station one. P1 picked up a hydrant across the street and pulled two 1.75” and a 2.5” line into the building. P2 was added to the call in case an aerial was needed as A1 was out of service. P2 picked up a second hydrant and pulled into the parking lot beside the building. They set up their aerial and ran a hand line up to the tip to get access to the peak of the roof. The fire was knocked down in 25 minutes, with extensive water and smoke damage to the building. Four members on scene 1.5 hours, served 30 drinks and 17 snacks.

July 26 15:30, New Hamburg was toned out for a possible house fire at 1749 Walkers Road. New Hamburg requested a full response from Baden while enroute to the call. Once on scene crews had smoke showing from the attic. An over heated fan in the attic set some insulation on fire. Baden was returned shortly after arrival. New Hamburg extinguished the fire quickly and stood by for a restoration company to come in and remove the cellulose insulation. Two members dropped by to check with crews on this hot muggy day, left 15 cold drinks 

July 27 03:00, Kitchener P2 A2 P3 R1 and Car 23 dispatched to 18 Inge Court for a house fire. P2 arrived on scene and reported a working fire. A2 picked up the hydrant and two lines were pulled into the two story semi. Fires had been lit throughout the house by the tenant who was arrested on scene and taken Grand River Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. The fire was knocked down quickly. Four members on scene one hour, served 21 drinks and eight snacks.

August 1 17:30, Kitchener P4 P5 A2 R1 and Car 23 dispatched to the old Boehmer Box plant on Breithaupt St for smoke in the building. P4 arrived on scene and reported heavy smoke on the first floor. P3 was added to the call as the RIT pumper. Fire was located under the first floor. A 2.5” and two 1.5” lines were pulled into the building. Crews had to crawl through a three foot high crawl space to get at the fire. The fire was knocked down in ten minutes, but extensive overhaul took another hour. Three members on scene 1.5 hours served 51 drinks, 30 snacks and picked up two pizzas.

August 6 05:23Baden dispatched for a barn fire at 2161 Erbs Road. New Dundee was requested as the second station when Baden came on the air. Once on scene a 40 x 40 hay storage barn was fully involved with a 150 x 50 cattle barn 30 feet away on the E1 side and a 125 x 40 storage/maintenance shed 20 feet away on the E4 side. Port a tanks were set up and the three tankers shuttled water to the fire. This was the first fire where Baden ran two tankers from their hall. New Dundee put a new 2500 gallon tanker in service last month, and their old tanker was moved to Baden. Firefighters were on scene for a few hours as a back hoe was used to pull the hay apart. Three members on scene three hours, served 35 drinks and 52 snacks.

 August 7 23:00 CFD platoon chief asked dispatch to call Box 690 to see if we could take some drinks out to Side Road 20 in Wellington County which is outside of our coverage area. Puslinch and Cambridge fire fighters had been out since 20:00 working on a train engine fire and numerous railway tie fires. After conferring with Car 6 on the radio, one member responded with cold drinks, leaving a cooler full of water and Gatorade. Firefighters used 28 drinks at the fire.

August 16 11:30, Kitchener P4 A4 and P6 were dispatched to 815 Wilson Ave for a garbage truck fire. P4 arrived on scene first reporting fire showing from the top of the truck. The driver advised he was full of corrugated boxes. P6 picked up a hydrant while P4 stretched two lines. The load was dumped on the road and firefighters went to work extinguishing the fire. The fire was knocked down in minutes, but had to be pulled apart to get at all the hot spots. The fire was totally extinguished in 25 minutes. One member on scene one hour, served 22 drinks and 11 snacks.

August 18 16:15, Kitchener P2 A2 P5 R1 and Car 23 dispatched to 17 Esson Ave for a possible house fire. P2 arrived on scene with heavy smoke showing and picked up a hydrant. P1 was added to the working fire as the RIT pumper. Two 1.5” lines were pulled into the small story and a half home. Crews had heavy fire at the rear of the first floor. The fire was knocked down in 10 minutes, overhaul took another half an hour. Three members on scene 1.5 hours, served 60 drinks and 28 snacks. Photo P1120976 attached.

 

August 20 14:15, New Dundee dispatched to a mill fire at 1153 Mannheim Rd. Baden was requested enroute for a full turnout. Once on scene command reported the tower of an old mill was fully involved at the roof. NewHamburg aerial, tanker, and rescue were requested to respond. New Dundee set up in the lane way. Four 1.5” lines were pulled from the pumper as well as a four inch line to the aerial.  Baden’s pumper set up on the road for tanker operations and relay pumped to New Dundee’s pumper. Firefighters had to contend with two 500 gallon fuel tanks located near the structure. New Hamburg’s aerial was set up near the structure. At this point command requested Kitchener’s tanker to the scene to augment water supply for the aerial. This was the first fire that Kitchener’s new KME tanker was used at a fire. Water was taken from a hydrant about mile up the road at Witmer Road. The aerial was very effective in knocking the fire down, approximately 25 minutes after being set up. New Dundee remained on scene to well into the evening when a back hoe was brought in to pull the structure down. Four members on scene three hours, served 93 drinks and 102 snacks.

 

 September 2 01:55, St Jacobs dispatched for an alarm ringing at the St Jacobs Farmers Market at 878 Weber St N. Firefighters could see a glow from the hall which was two miles north of the structure and knew they had a serious fire. Conestogo, Elmira, and Floradale were requested to respond. St Jacobs’s pumper arrived on scene to a fully involved 150 x 300’, 2.5 storey all wood building, with very serious exposure problems. The building was already lost on arrival, so the strategy was to protect the stock yards located 50 feet from the E4 side of the fire. The Google shot below shows the Market building with the dark roof which is in the upper left hand side of the photo. Multiple hydrants and lots of 2.5” lines and deck guns were used. Elmira’s aerial was set up and used very effectively near the E1 E4 corner. There were numerous collapses over the next couple of hours. The all wood building had no sprinklers, was full of furniture, quilts, and many small shops with flammable goods for sale. There were no fire walls in the building, it was open from one end to the other. The fire was under control in two hours. All that was left was a few wood beams that were still standing. Two members on scene five hours, served 198 drinks, 247 snack items, and 55 burgers.  For photos of this fire go to www.waterlooregionfire.com

Updates – May 26 to July 1, 2013

May 26 12:20, Kitchener P2 P5 A2 R1 and Car 23 were dispatched to a confirmed structure fire at 92 Queen St S. P3 was added as the extra pumper as dispatch was receiving multiple calls on the fire. P2 arrived on scene and reported smoke and fire showing from a door leading to apartments on the second floor. P5 caught a hydrant and crews pulled two lines. The fire was set in the stairway, and was quickly knocked down. Four members on scene including the truck for one hour, served 38 drinks and 22 snacks.

May 28 12:05, New Hamburg was toned out for an explosion and fire at Laundromat at 157 Peel St.Baden was requested as crews left the hall. Smoke was showing on arrival. New Hamburg and Baden pumpers both picked up hydrants. An employee was able to knock most of the fire down with an extinguisher, crews knocked the remaining fire quickly. Two members on scene one hour, served 14 drinks and 63 snacks.

May 31 17:55, St Clements and Linwood dispatched for a possible fire at 7212 Line 86. St Clements arrived on scene with smoke showing from a smoke stack in the rear of the large manufacturing building. Linwood pumper set up at a reservoir at the front of the building and a four inch line was laid from the water source around to St Clements pumper.  Wellesley and Floradale were added to the call when a working fire was confirmed in a large dryer at the rear of the building. The fire was knocked down in 40 minutes. Three members on scene 1.5 hours, served 23 drinks, 59 snacks.

June 3 21:45, Kitchener P5 P2 A2 R1 and Car 23 were dispatched to 35 Spadina Rd for an apartment fire. P5 arrived on scene and reported smoke showing. P1 was added as the extra pumper. A line was advanced into the unit, crews reported heavy smoke and low heat. A couch was found on fire in the unit and quickly extinguished. Two members on scene one hour, served 22 drinks and 15 snacks.

June 8 4:42, Kitchener P4 was dispatched for smoke in the area of Wilson Ave. P4 reported a large thermal column in the area and asked for a full response. Dispatch advised they were receiving calls for a house fire at 54 Maywood. P1 P6 A4 R1 and Car 23 were added to the call. P4 arrived on scene and reported a fully involved single story home with a handicapped occupant that had been pulled from the building by neighbors, in need of medical treatment. Multiple lines were pulled, and once crews knocked down the bulk of the heavy fire conducted a primary search for the owners son. Fortunately he had stayed over night at a friends house up the street. Damage exceeded $250,000, three members on scene two hours, served 23 drinks and 7 snacks.

20 June 14:50, Wellesley and St Clements dispatched for a house fire at 4639 Weimar Line. Linwood was added to the call for manpower while crews were enroute to the call. Once on scene heavy smoke was showing from the large two story farm house. A port a tank was set up and lines were pulled into the house. The fire was knocked down quickly. Two members on scene one hour, served 39 drinks and 21 snacks.

27 June 5:45, Ayr dispatched for a trailer on fire on Earl Thompson Dr. New Dundee’s tanker was requested as crews left the hall. Once on scene they reported a fully involved 53’ trailer away from the building fully involved. The driver of the trailer was just backing the load into a dock, had stopped to open the doors when he found the fire. The trailer was pulled away from the building and unhitched from the tractor. The contents of the trailer included hair spray products which were exploding. A port a tank was set up beside P4, two lines were pulled to fight the fire. The trailer had split in the middle and was resting on the ground. P1 set up at a reservoir just up the street and filled the tankers. The fire was knocked down in 40 minutes. The front end of the trailer which had a reefer, collapsed while crews were working on a ladder just 15 feet away. One member on scene 1.5 hours, served 46 drinks and 75 snacks.

June 30 18:55, Waterloo P2 P1 A1 and Car 23 were dispatched for a sign on fire at the Mongolian Grill,170 University Ave W. P1 arrived on scene and reported smoke and flames visible. P3 was added to the call at this point. Crews picked up a hydrant and pulled two lines. The fire was knocked down quickly. There was some concern the fire got into the roof. Crews were able to get into the attic to confirm there was charring in the rafters, but the fire was out. One member on scene 45 minutes, served 20 drinks.

July 1 18:00, hours,Box 690 members were just leaving Kitchener station 5 after cleaning up from our annual Canada Day BBQ at Doon Heritage Crossroads Museum. Cambridge P2 A3 A1 P5 R1 and Car 6 were dispatched to a house fire at 1335 Thorman Dr. Station one units reported a large thermal column while responding. At the same time Kitchener Car 23 called dispatch to ask if they could check with Cambridge if they had a fire as he could also see the smoke. A3 arrived on scene and reported a fully involved house fire. They picked up a hydrant on the way in and instructed A1 to catch a second hydrant. Two 1.75” and one 2..5” line was pulled from A3 and a 1.75” line from A1 to fight the fire. Crews had a good knock down on this fire. The fire was in an attached car port, and melted the siding off the house to the E2 side. There was smoke and water damage in the house, but no extension. Five members on scene with the truck for two hours, served 51 drinks and 24 snacks. While still on scene at this fire,Waterloo had a fire at Wilfred Laurier University. Two members loaded up coolers and headed to Waterloo.

July 1 19:45, Waterloo P1 P2 A1 and Car 23 were dispatched to 25 Bricker Ave, Laurier student residence for a confirmed fire. P1 arrived on scene and reported smoke and fire visible. P3 was added to the call. Crews picked up a hydrant and advanced two lines into the building. They found two couches and on fire in a common area used for eating and studying. The fire was caused by an unattended lap top left on the couch. The fire was knocked down quickly with extensive overhaul of smoke throughout the building. Two members responded from the Cambridge fire, on scene 1.5 hours, served 31 drinks and four snacks.

July 3 19:09, Kitchener P3 P4 A4 R1 and Car 23 were dispatched to a house fire at 108 Veronica Dr. P3 arrived on scene reporting light smoke showing. A quick size up found a working kitchen fire. P4 was asked to catch a hydrant. Two 1.5” lines were pulled from P3. The fire was knocked down quickly but there was extensive overhaul in the garage and E2 outside wall. Two members on scene 1.5 hours, served 38 drinks.

July 5 18:36, Cambridge P5 A1 P2 A3 R1 and Car 6 were dispatched to a possible house fire at 3 Avenue Rd. P5 arrived on scene and reported light smoke from the upstairs window. A1 picked up a hydrant for P5. Crews advanced a line up the stairs of the 1.5 story home, but were forced back when it flashed over. A 2.5” line was pulled to the E4 side to work the fire and protect the exposure. A hand line was used from a ladder at the E2 side of the building. Once firefighters knocked down the bulk of the fire from the exterior, they were able to reenter the house and knock down the remaining fire. Five members on scene and rolled the truck, served 90 drinks and 43 snacks.

July 9 17:30, Conestogo and St Jacobs fire dispatched for a person fallen out of a canoe on the Grand River. The river was running extremely high due to all the recent rain. Firefighters were positioned all along the river looking for the boater.Kitchener was requested to respond with their inflatable boat. Kitchener P2 A2 and R1 were dispatched. A2 stayed on the Bridgeport bridge to watch for anyone in trouble. The other two trucks responded to Golf Course Road. Cambridge Boat 5 was requested to respond as well. Command asked forWaterloo to cover their side of the river.  Aerial 1 Tank 1 and Car 23 responded to Kaufman flats to cover their side of the river. Waterloo P4 was dispatched to Grey Silo golf course which  was hosting the Manulife LPGA event. Boat 5 was launched and ran down the river to the Bridgeport bridge and could not find anyone. Two members on scene one hour, served 55 drinks and 103 snacks.

12 July 15:15,Box 690 was requested to rehab Kitchener crews who were back on the Grand River searching for a missing 15 year old Elora teen who was tubing in Elora two days earlier.Cambridge’s boat five was called via Mutual Aid to Elora in morning to check the Elora area and down stream into Waterloo County. Waterloo, Kitchener, and Cambridge units were checking the river in their areas. Kitchener P3 was rehabbed on Fairway Rd, P7 on Riverbend Dr, and P2 A2 and R1 at Kiwanis Park. Crews suited up in flotation suits and went down both sides of the river on this very hot day in inflatable rafts. The humidex was pushing 40 Celsius. P3 returned to station after checking out the Fairway Rd area. They returned to the river at Victoria St to relieve crews just before 18:00. Three members at multiple locations for three hours, served 62 drinks, 31 snacks and three pizza’s. While rehabbing at this call, the next call came in. Smoke from the next call was visible from Victoria St bridge, approximately 8 km from the barn fire.

12 July 19:30, St Jacobs full response, Conestogo full response, and Floradale tanker were toned out for a confirmed Agricultural structure fire at 1636 Lobsinger Line. St Jacobs could see smoke while responding to their hall and requested a pumper and rescue from Elmira. St Jacobs arrive on scene and reported a large barn fully involved. Their pumper was set up between the house and the barn. Firefighters pulled multiple lines around the barn to work the fire and protect a large driving shed 20 meters from the barn. two port a tanks were set up, and water was hauled first from a reservoir located just up the road from the Mennonite farm. The owners of the home reported their two year old son was missing. Police an area Mennonites formed lines to search the fields around the barn, but could not find the toddler. The reservoir was drained in the first half hour and tankers moved down the road to Martins Apples. Elmira P1 set up for drafting and filled the tankers for the next five hours. Once the fire was brought under control and crews were using less water, Floradale’s tanker filled from a hydrant near the farmers market and refilled the two reservoirs. The Ontario Fire Marshall was called and arrived early the next morning. Crews waited for day break to start the grim task of sifting through the barn looking for the youngster and remains of his dog. Six members on scene 4.5 hours with the truck, served 195 drinks, 94 snacks, 70 freezies, and 36 hot dogs.

 

13 July 11:00, one member returned to Lobsinger Line to replenish food and drinks. An additional 91 drinks and 75 snacks were left on scene.Elmira, St Jacobs, Conestogo, and Floradale firefighters were rotated to the fire scene to help the fire marshal sift through the debris searching for the boy. The search went on until Monday afternoon in very hot humid weather, the humidex each day was pushing 40. Sadly no remains could be found in the barn.

 

July 15 22:45, Kitchener P6 P7 A4 R1 and Car 23 were dispatched to a possible structure fire at 47 Monarch Woods in the south end of town. Dispatch received additional 911 calls reporting and explosion and fire at the home. P1 was added to the call as the additional pumper after this report. P6 arrived on scene and reported a large two story home fully involved. They used their deck gun to slow the two bay garage fire down. P7 picked up a hydrant and helped pull additional lines from P6. Two 1.5” and one 2.5” lines were charged. All occupants were able to safely get out of the house. Firefighters knocked the bulk of the fire down in 20 minutes but had extensive overhaul. Damage was pegged at $250,000. Four members on scene two hours, served 89 drinks, and 82 snack items.

 

July 16 8:30, Kitchener P4 A4 P3 R1 and Car 23 dispatched to 83 Manor Dr for a house fire. P4 arrived on scene and reported a working fire on the second floor. P1 was added to the call as the third pumper at this point. The fire was attacked initially from the outside. Once the bulk of the fire was knocked down, crews pulled lines inside to complete extinguishment. The fire was knocked down in 20 minutes, damage was pegged at $200,000. Two members on scene 1.5 hours, served 69 drinks and 36 snacks.

 

18 July 14:30, Waterloo P3 was dispatched to a CO call at 555 Parkside Dr. to assist ambulance already on scene. P3 reported a very large stamping business, and after consultation with Car 23, requested two additional pumpers and Car 23 to the scene. The plant had CO levels around 100, and numerous plant workers that were experiencing symptoms. Regional ambulance transported 15 patients to the hospital for treatment. One member responded to the page, on scene half an hour serving 30 drinks and 17 snacks.

 

July 21 1:50, Waterloo P1 P12 P3 and Car 23 were dispatched to a structure fire at Benny’s Restaurant 183 Weber St N, just up the street from Station 1. Pump 1 pulled out of the station and reported smoke showing. They picked up a hydrant across the street and set up on Lodge St. The fire broke through the siding as lines were being pulled. P2 was added to the call at this time. Crews could not access the roof from inside. P2 was instructed to pick up a hydrant on Lodge street and set up on the E4 side of the building. They raised their aerial and pulled the siding off to get to the seat of the fire. Crews were able to knock the bulk of the fire down in 25 minutes. Overhaul took another 45 minutes to complete. The fire was contained to the front roof of the restaurant. Four members on scene 2.5 hours, served 29 drinks and 15 snacks.

 

 

 

February to May – updates

February 15 8:10 pm, Waterloo P2 P1 A1 and Car 23 dispatched for a fire at Kiddie Kobbler Shoe Store at 655 Erb St W. P2 pulled into the large strip mall complex and reported smoke showing. P3 was added to the call at this time. Crews had a working fire in the back storage room of the shoe store. P1 picked up a hydrant on the way in and crews pulled lines into the store and around the rear of the building. The fire was knocked down in 20 minutes. Crews had extensive overhaul, damage set at $750,000. Truck rolled to the scene with four members, on scene three hours, served 42 hot and cold drinks and 64 snack items.

 February 27 11:30 am, Cambridge P2 A1 A3 P5 T1 R1 and Car 6 dispatched to 1325 Chillago Rd for a car on fire in a large garage. P2 reported a large thermal column before they arrived on scene and requested additional tankers. Kitchener and Maryhill tankers were requested as well as two tankers from Puslinch. A large garage containing a three month old $105,000 Audi, a nine month old $165,000 27’ boat, as well as a vintage 1985 chopper was fully involved on arrival. Tankers shuttled water from both ends of Chillago Rd. P2 drafted from one port a tank, while A1 drafted from the second port a tank. The 40’ x 50 garage burned to the ground. Wind was from the west which kept the heat from the fire blowing away from a large barn which was only 30 feet from the garage. Firefighters cooled three large propane tanks which were up against the front E4 E1 corner of the building. Our truck responded to the call. Three members on scene three hours, served 59 hot and cold drinks, 24 hot dogs, and 89 snack items.

 February 28 9:30 am, Kitchener P5 P1 R1 A2 and Car 23 dispatched for smoke coming from a house at 207 Driftwood Dr. P5 arrived on scene and reported smoke showing. P2 was added at this time as the third pumper. P1 picked up the hydrant for P5. Crews pulled two lines into the house and had a quick knock down. One member responded to the call. On scene one hour, served 33 cold drinks and 40 snack items.

 March 3 9:30 pm, Cambridge A3 A1 P5 P2 R1 and Car 6 dispatched to a house fire at 849 Queenston Rd. A3 arrived on scene and reported heavy fire visible on the E1 E2 corner of the building. The building was the first free public school in Ontario. The building was constructed in 1839, with additions added on over the years. A1 picked up a hydrant for A3. Two 1.75” and one 2.5” line was pulled to work the fire. The fire was knocked down quickly and was contained to one room. Damage totaled $100,000, cause was a faulty light. Four members and the truck rolled to this call. On scene 1.5 hours, served 39 hot and cold drinks.

 March 11 6:35 am, Cambridge A3 A1 R1and Car 6 were dispatched to an alarm ringing at 1109 King St E. The call was upgraded to a confirmed fire less than a minute later. P5 and P2 were added to the call. A3 arrived on scene of the two storey apartment building and reported nothing visible. After a quick 360, the Captain reported a working fire on the first floor. A1 caught a hydrant for A3, and two lines were pulled to the first floor. The fire was knocked down in 20 minutes. Damage was set at $200,000. Police arrested a suspect on scene and charged him with one count of arson. One member responded to the fire, served 22 drinks and 57 snack items.

March 15 9:50 pm, Cambridge A4 P5 A3 A1 R1 and Car 6 dispatched to Victoria and Grand for an apartment fire with people trapped. A4 arrived on scene and reported smoke showing and two residents screaming for help from the second floor of the large house that was converted to three apartments. P5 was asked to assist in the rescues and search of the house. Once the two residents were rescued by ladder, firefighters pulled a line to the second floor and quickly knocked down the garbage that was on fire in the hallway. One member responded to the fire, served 16 drinks and 34 snack items.

 March 25 6:20 pm, Conestogo (full response), Maryhill (full response) and St Jacobs tanker were dispatched to a possible structure fire at 1626 Cox Creek Rd. Residents reported boiling maple syrup on a wood stove had started a small fire in the work shop. The work shop was attached to barn, which was attached to a driving shed, and second barn. A captain from Conestogo arrived on scene in his personal vehicle and reported fire in the roof of the shop. By the time the first Conestogo and Maryhill units arrived, the work shop and first barn were well involved. A creek ran beside the property. Initially crews shuttled water up the 1000 foot driveway to the farm. As the fire extended through the driving shed, Conestogo District Chief Arnie Gingrich requested the balance of St Jacobs to the scene, and for crews to establish a relay pump from the creek. One thousand feet of 4” line was reverse laid from Conestogo’s pumper to the bottom of the laneway where Maryhill’s pumper was set up. Initially tankers shuttled water from the creek, 500 feet up the road to Maryhill pumper’s port a tank until a 4” line could be set up from the creek. Numerous old vehicles stored around the barns caught fire. The second barn flashed over 20 minutes later. Two 2.5” and four 1.5” lines were pulled around the burning structures. The lines were used to knock down the vehicle fires, and then to work on the burning buildings. The fire burned for hours before being brought under control. Conestogo released St Jacobs at 11:00 and Maryhill just before midnight. A high hoe was arrived on scene around 10:15 and was used to pull the vehicles and structures apart to get to hot spots. Conestogo cleared the scene at 2:30 am. Three members on scene with the truck for five hours, served 139 hot and cold drinks, 48 hot dogs, 12 soup, and 316 snack items. Initial damage was pegged at $300,000, but will likely be much more.

 March 28 served food for Mutual Aid meeting in Cambridge.

 April 12 noonWellesley Township requested our services to bring food to Wellesley and Linwood Stations. Wellesley Township was under a State of Emergency due to the ice storm. Power was out to most of the township and numerous trees and hydro lines were down throughout their area. Command requested we respond with food for two stations, then called to request for all three stations while we were picking up subs. One member responded with the truck, served 36 subs, 14 drinks and 19 snacks at the three stations.

 April 15 6:05, Kitchener P2 A2 P5 R1 Car 23 dispatched to 138 Weber St E for a house fire. The house was to be demolished that day as part of widening of Weber St. The same crews had a small fire at the house just after midnight. P2 arrived on scene and reported bigger and brighter, kindly respond an extra pumper (P3). P2 picked up a hydrant on Wellington, and fed themselves and A2. A 2.5” line was pulled to the rear, and one 1.5” line to the front. A2 used their monitor. The house was fully involved, with no exposures. The bulk of the heavy fire was knocked down in half an hour. Crews were not allowed inside the structure. The fire broke through the roof 45 minutes after arrival. Two hours into the call, a large high hoe was used to start to pull the building down. Sections were pulled and fire was extinguished. The building was totally leveled by 11 am, and the fire was declared out at 11:20. The truck responded to the call, three members on scene until 11:30, served 42 drinks 43 snacks, and 25 McMuffins.

 April 16 16:08, Waterloo P1 P12 P2 dispatched to 418 Hazel St for an apartment fire. P4 was added to the call as dispatch was receiving multiple calls on the fire. P2 arrived on scene with heavy fire venting from the window of a basement apartment. P1 picked up a hydrant and helped pull two lines into the building. Crews knocked the fire down quickly. Two members on scene one hour, served 14 drinks and a few snacks.

 April 17 19:00, Linwood was dispatched to assist Drayton and Moorefield at a wood shop fire on 17th Line in Wellington County. Crews had a working fire at a large wood working business. Linwood’s tanker was used to shuttle water until a water relay was set up. Pump and rescue crews assisted in suppression. Two members responded to check out the call, dropped 15 Gatorade off for firefighters.

 April 19 assisted at Conestoga College house burn on Weimer Line. The college had the WESTREC pumper, Wellesley aerial, rescue and tanker, as well as St Clements and Linwood tankers at the burn. We served lunch and drinks from 09:00 till 14:00. Ninety nine drinks, 65 sandwiches, and 66 snacks were served, by four members. The truck rolled to this training session.

April 21 15:30 Kitchener P1 A2 R1 P5 and Car 23 dispatched to a garage fire with exposures at 112 Kehl St. P1 had smoke showing and requested an additional pumper (P6). P1 arrived on scene and had heavy smoke coming from a small detached garage. Fire was knocked down quickly. Four members on scene half an hour served 15 drinks.

April 22, 01:30,  Cambridge A4 P5 A1 R1 A3 and Car 6 dispatched to 11 Drew for a confirmed working fire, called in by Regional Police. A4 arrived on scene first and asked P5 to pick up a hydrant. The single storey bungalow was fully involved. Crews knocked the fire down in 25 minutes. Two members responded, on scene 1.5 hours, served 26 drinks and 53 snacks, damaged was pegged at $300,000.

 April 24 02:30, Cambridge A4 P5 R1 A1 A3 and Car 6 dispatched to 11 Victoria for a house fire with people trapped. A4 arrived on scene first reporting fully involved outside covered stairway, with heavy fire on second floor. Firefighters had two people to remove, one from the roof and one from a window. Once the two tenants were removed, lines were pulled to work the fire. P5 picked up a hydrant for A4. Once the fire was knocked down on the covered out side stairs, crews moved up to work the fire on the second floor. Firefighters were quickly pulled from the building when one of the firefighters went partially through the stairs. A1 was set up to use their deluge. Fire broke through the roof, and A3 was also set up as a second aerial. This was a stubborn fire. The fire was eventually knocked down by 05:00. This was the third fire at the residence this year, the previous two being arson. The OFM, Cambridge FPO and Regional detectives are looking for the cause of this suspicious fire. Four members on scene 3.5 hours, served 83 drinks, 124 snacks and 25 McMuffins.

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 May 1 11:45, Kitchener P4 A4 R1 P6 and Car 23 dispatched to Kuntz Electroplating, 815 Wilson Ave for a fire in the welding shop that had got into the ventilation system. Kuntz has an in house fire crew who were working on the fire before KFD arrived. Once on scene P1 and Haz Mat 1 were requested to the scene. Firefighters chased the fire through the plant for an hour. One member responded and served 29 drinks.

 May 2 14:30, Waterloo P1 A1 P3 and Car 23 dispatched to 316 King St N for a structure fire. As Car 23 pulled out of the station dispatch advised that they had seven 911 calls for the fire. Car 23 could see a large loom up and asked for P2 as the third pumper. Car 23 arrived on scene and reported they had a major fire, could not tell if it was into the building due to the heavy fire and smoke beside the 20 story apartment building which was under construction. A portable gas/propane fired lift was fully involved as was construction material on the ground. A1 and P2 both picked up hydrants and set up their aerials. A1 reported they didn’t think the fire had extended into the building. P1 hooked a 4” line from A1 to their truck and pulled a 2.5 inch line to the front of the building. Crews knocked the fire down quickly and had all the spot fires out in 25 minutes. Damage set at $130,000. Three members on scene for one hour, served 26 drinks and 14 snack items. 

May 7 12:20, Conestogo was dispatched for a grass fire on Snyders Flats Road. A Conestogo officer arrived on scene first and reported a large grass fire well off the road. He requested tankers from Breslau and Maryhill. Woolwhich chief upgraded the request to a full response from Maryhill and the Breslau pumper tanker. Box 690 was requested by command shortly after arrival. Portable pumps and hose lines were driven by four wheel drive vehicles back into the scene. Two pumps were set up and lines stretched to fight the large grass fire. The fire was brought under control 40 minutes after arrival, over haul wetting the area done took another hour. Two members on scene, served 67 drinks and 56 snacks.

 May 11 14:20, Cambridge A1 R1 A3 P5 A4 and Car 6 dispatched to 709 Mortimer Dr for a house fire. A1 arrived on scene first and reported a working fire. A3 picked up the hydrant and crews pulled two 1.5” and on 2.5” line on the fire. The fire started in the kitchen and spread to the attic. The fire was knocked down in 25 minutes, with over haul taking another hour. The truck rolled on the call with three members on scene 1.5 hours, served 50 drinks and 48 snacks.

 May 20 16:20, Waterloo P1 A1 P3 and Car 23 dispatched to 400 Albert St for an apartment fire. P2 was requested enroute to the call. P3 arrived on scene with light smoke showing from the unit. Firefighters pulled one line and quickly knocked down the bathroom fire. Two members on scene half an hour, served 16 drinks and five snacks.

 May 25 2:05, Cambridge A33 (spare) A3 R1 P5 P2 Car 6 dispatched to 1339 Industrial Road for a structure fire. A33 arrived on scene first and reported fully involved business. A3 picked up the hydrant and two 1.75” and one 2.5” line was stretched to work the fire. The fire was knocked down in 20 minutes, over haul was another 30 minutes. The fire was deemed suspicious, Regional Police brought in their tracking dog to search the areaThree members on scene 1.5 hours, served 28 drinks, 48 snacks.