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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.

 

2012 Year End Report

Box 690 Year End Report – 2012

 Box 690 responded to 107 incidents this year, 33 fewer calls than 2011. The busiest department was Kitchener with 44 calls, the Townships of North Dumfries, Wilmot, Wellesley, and Woolwich with 24 incidents, Cambridge with 26, and City of Waterloo with 13. Box 690 served 10,229 drinks and food items for the year.

The most challenging call of the year was the 17 July 2012 at 2936 Arthur St. North, just north of Elmira. Box 690 members were at Station 5 in Kitchener restocking supplies from a call in Petersburg when Floradale, Elmira, Conestogo and St Jacobs were toned out for a wood shop fire at 1020h. Floradale firefighters reported heavy smoke showing from the hall. This was the hottest day ever recorded on this date. The building was fully involved on arrival. The fire had spread to two 54’ trailers, piles of lumber on the E4 side of the building, and a large storage shed full of wood to the rear of the structure. More than 60 firefighters were on scene battling the fire in the heat of the day. Box 690 responded initially with three members. We were very fortunate to have the assistance of the Floradale FD Ladies Auxiliary at this fire. Box 690 was on scene for eight hours and served 1,278 food and drink items on the day. This was by far the largest call we have had in our 24 years.

The second largest fire of the year was 25 January 2012 at 20 Albert St. in St. Jacobs at the KalCare Polishing plant. Elmira and Conestogo fire fighters were on scene with full turnouts to assist at this fire. The call was dispatched at 1630h. Box 690 fired up the chili dogs for this call. The biggest question firefighters kept asking was, “Have we set the hot dog record yet?” We were instructed to keep putting on more hot dogs, and sausages, the record was going to fall this night. The record was set; 125 hot dogs and sausages were consumed, along with 367 drinks and snacks.

The third largest fire was 08 April 2012 at 1459 Edworthy Side Road. Four Cambridge Stations along with Ayr were dispatched for a fire at a lumber mill. Crews arrived to a well involved fire which had spread to a second structure and was threatening several others. New Dundee was called on Mutual Aid. Crews worked for hours to contain this fire and were able to save a number of buildings before the main fire was knocked down. Firefighters consumed 434 food and drink items at this large fire.

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.

2012 had fewer calls than the previous year, but more large fires.  Box 690 served over 10,000 food and drinks for the second straight year.

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

December 2012 updates

December 7 10:10 am, Cambridge P5 A4 A2 T1 R1 and Car 6 dispatched for a possible house fire in the area of 1805 Main St E. A1 heard the call, they were on the way to an alarm ringing, and advised dispatch they would respond to the fire and have A2 back up P3 on the other call. P5 pulled out of their station and reported they had a large thermal column. P5 arrived on scene reported a large bungalow fire through the roof, defensive only, and asked for two more tankers. Ayr and Puslinch tankers were dispatched to the scene. Crews shuttled water from a hydrant approximately a mile west of the scene. A2 cleared from the alarm ringing responded to the fire. The building was a total loss. The truck rolled on the call, three members were on scene for three hours, served 88 hot and cold drinks, 24 hot dogs, and 101 snack items. Photo attached, more photos can be found on www.waterlooregionfire.com

 

December 11 12:50 am, Waterloo P2 P1 A1 Tanker 1 and Car 23 dispatched to a barn fire at 930 Erb St W across from the Regional Land Fill site. P2 arrived on scene and reported a barn fully involved with exposure problems. Kitchener and Baden tankers were requested to supplement water supply. P2 pulled a number of lines to protect exposures. Water was shuttled from a hydrant on Erb St. The truck rolled on the call knowing hot drinks would be needed. Two members on scene for 1.5 hours, served 45 drinks and 79 snack items.

 December 14 3:50 am, Kitchener P4 P3 A4 R1 and Car 23 dispatched to a house fire at 162 South Hill Dr. P4 arrived and reported heavy fire showing in the basement of the bungalow. P1 was added to the call at this point. P3 picked up the hydrant and two hand lines were stretched from P4. The fire was knocked down in 20 minutes, one member on scene for an hour, served 26 drinks.

 December 15 10:26 am, Kitchener P3 P2 A4 R1 and Car 23 dispatched to 346 Prospect Ave for a detached garage fire. P4 was responding to a med call and requested dispatch send P1 to their call and they responded to the fire. P3 arrived on scene and reported heavy smoke coming from a two bay detached garage. P4 picked up the hydrant for P3. Two hand lines from P3 knocked the fire down in 10 minutes. Photo attached, more photos from fire on www.waterlooregionfire.com Three members on scene one hour, served 15 drinks and 12 snacks.

 December 22 10:05 am, Waterloo P2 P1 A1 and Car 23 dispatched to a house fire at 692 B Star Flower Ave. P2 reported a thermal column as they turned onto Erbsville Road, more than a mile from the scene. P2 picked up a hydrant on the way in and pulled the initial 1.75” line to work the fire. The fire started in the garage, the owner opened the garage door and received second degree burns to her hands. Once the door was open, the 30 mph winds really fed the fire, pushing it into the house. Crews knocked down the fire in 30 minutes. The car was a write off, and the house sustained severe fire and smoke damage. The truck rolled on this call. Three members on scene two hours, served 35 drinks and 23 snack items. Photos of the fire can be found at www.waterlooregionfire.com

 Also attached is Breslau’s new pumper tanker, 2012 Spartan Metro Star Dependable 1050/2000/30

 

2013!

Happy New Year from all of us at Box 690.

May 2013 bring you health and happiness!

August 26 to September 12, 2012 updates

August 26 12:15 am, Kitchener P4 A4 P3 R1 Car 23 were dispatched to a shed fire with exposures at 4 Country Clare Crescent. P4 arrived on scene and reported a well involved small shed was on fire. Two hand lines were pulled and the fire was knocked down quickly. One member responded and served 15 drinks.

 August 26 9:15 pm, Cambridge P5 A1 A4 A2 R1 Haz Mat and Car 6 were dispatched to an explosion and fire due to a drug lab with two burn victims at 22 Arthur White. P5 arrived on scene and reported owners reported the fire was out, and had two burn victims, one serious and one with minor burns due to a flash fire. Crews packed up and confirmed the fire was out. Station four and one units attended to the burn victims. Three members responded in personal vehicles, served 31 drinks, on scene one hour.

 September 1 5:20 pm, P4 A4 P3 R1 and Car 23 were dispatched to Red Lobster restaurant on King St E for a possible fire. P4 reported smoke showing from the expressway and asked for a third pumper. P1 was added to the call at this time. P3 reverse laid for P4. They had a fire above the entrance to the building. The fire was knocked down quickly with some minor overhaul. Three members responded, served 16 drinks, on scene one hour.

 September 10 12:55 am, all of Floradale, Elmira P1 R4, Conestogo tanker, and St Jacobs tanker were dispatched to a barn fire at 2319 Floradale Road, which is located in the north end of Floradale. Floradale firefighters responding to the hall had to drive right by the barn. They reported a fully involved large barn with numerous exposures. Floradale district chief requested mutual aid tankers from St Clements, and Drayton (Wellington County). Once on scene Floradale pumper backed into the laneway and set up their port a tank. Two 2.5” and two 1.5 inch lines were pulled to protect exposures and cool down the 200 head of cattle that were beside the barn. St Jacobs pumper and rescue were requested to respond while Floradale was still pulling lines. Two lines were pulled from the St Jacobs pumper when it arrived. It set up beside the Floradale pumper and drafted from the two port a tanks that were set up. Elmira’s pumper laid out their entire load of 4” line and drafted from the pond in the center of town. Additional 4” line was pulled off tankers to complete the 1,800 foot feed. Crews successfully protected exposures and the cattle. We rolled the truck to the call, had four members on scene till just after three when the next call came in. Floradale ladies helped us by making coffee, sandwiches and soup. They arrived just minutes before we were paged to the Kitchener fire. We served 39 cold drinks, 24 coffee, and 95 snacks.

 September 10 3:05 am, Kitchener P1 R1 P4 A4 and Car 23 were dispatched to Hercules Tire for a water flow alarm at 21 Ardelt Place. P1 arrived on scene and after a quick size of this very large building, reported they had heavy smoke inside the building. The former steel company building is approximately 600 x 100’ with a 40 foot interior open ceiling. The building houses numerous machines for retreading tires and a large stock of tires. P4 reverse laid a 4 inch line from P1 at the rear of the building to the hydrant at the front. Crews pulled three lines into the interior. Box 690 was paged at 3:15 once a working fire was declared. One member left the scene while the three remaining members quickly packed up supplies at the barn fire. The fire was located on a machine, deep inside the building. The fire was knocked down quickly once it was located. Three members and our truck responded to this call. We served 29 drinks and 22 snacks at the fire. We left the scene at 4:35 am. Crews packed up the hydrant line and had P7 and the tanker respond to the scene at 5 am. They were on scene until 8 am attending to some hot spots.

 September 11 11:00 am, Kitchener P4 A4 P6 R1 and Car 23 were dispatched to the City works yards on Goodrich Dr. for a vehicle fire inside the building. P4 reported smoke showing on arrival. They pulled two lines and quickly knocked down the fire. Sprinklers had contained most of the fire. One member responded, served 10 drinks which is not enough for us to make this an official call.

 September 12 3:05 pm, Kitchener P5 and P7 (both pumpers were at HQ training) R1 A6 (A4 moved to station six due to shortage of firefighters) and Car 23 were dispatched to the Regional Water treatment plant at 2090 Ottawa St S for a roof fire. P1 (75’ Quint) was added to the call as an aerial as they were at Station 5 on cover off and were much closer to the call than A6. Crews arrived on scene with light smoke showing from the roof. Roofers had a garden hose flowing on the small fire. P1’s aerial was set up and a 1.5” line was pulled up to the roof. Crews went on air and started to pull the roof apart. One member was on the way to the fire when command asked for us to respond. Crews had to remove a large section of the roof. The 20 firefighters on scene were rotated from the fire to rehab over the next two hours. Firefighters consumed 78 cold drinks and a number of snacks at this fire. We cleared the call at 5:50 pm.