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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 – 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.

 

 

 

9/11 Memorial

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Celebrating 20 years!!

Congratulations to all the hard-working and dedicated members of Box 690 for 20 years of service to Waterloo Region’s firefighters!

Recognition award

The members of Box 690 were presented with a public recognition plaque on February 8, 2008 at the Cambridge Fire Department’s ‘Recognition Day’ event.

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Congratulations to everyone!

Award of Recognition