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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 – 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

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.

January 2013 Updates

January 2, 15:45 Elmira was toned out for a possible house fire at 11 Walker St. P1 arrived on scene and reported fire and smoke showing from the rear of an older two storey home. P1 picked up a hydrant on the way in as did A3 from the other end of the street. The house had numerous additions over the years and crews had trouble finding the seat of the fire. The fire started in the kitchen in the rear and extended up the walls to the second floor. The fire was knocked down quickly. Two members on scene, rolled the truck. Crews picked up quickly, served a few drinks and snacks and returned to station after 30 minutes.

 January 9, 5:30 Baden Fire was toned out for chicken barn on fire at 2324 Erbs Rd. Baden requested New Dundee full response, New Hamburg tanker and aerial, and a tanker from Wellesley before they left their hall. Once on scene crews had smoke showing from the end of the large chicken barn.Baden set up their port a tanks and pulled a 1.75” line into the structure. The fire started at the end of the barn in an electrical room. The fire was knocked down quickly and no extension into the rest of the structure. Three members on scene for 2.5 hours, served 26 drinks and 45 snacks.

 January 18, 16:40 Cambridge A1 R1 T1 P5 P2 were dispatched to 24 Clergy Lane on Puslinch Lake for a confirmed structure fire. Cambridge provides first hour fire and medical coverage for this area of Wellington County. A1 arrived on scene and reported a fully involved house, defensive attack only. They requested Puslinch fire respond with a full response. Puslinch responded with two tankers, pumper, mini pumper (new truck, just received in December), rescue, and their quint. Command requested tankers from Kitchener and Maryhill, but cancelled them before the trucks arrived. Ayrs tanker was requested when the fire intensified and threatened a two bay garage which was only 10 feet from the house. Guelph fire also sent their tanker to the scene. Cambridge transferred command to Puslinch and returned P5 and P2 at 17:40. This was the first fire for Cambridge’s new Raptor. The fire broke through the roof at 18:00 hours, fire was under control at 19:30. Four members on scene for three hours, rolled the truck, served 73 drinks, 24 hot dogs, and 149 snacks. Photo credits for two photos, Mike Wilson Box 690 member.

 January 18 16:45, New Hamburg was toned out for flames visible in a window at 216 Steinman St. New Hamburg requested full response from Baden when they came on the air. Crews arrived and reported a working fire in the century old house that was under renovation. Visible fire was knocked down quickly but crews found extension in the walls. Command advised fire out 30 minutes into the call. Two members on scene one hour, served seven drinks and 29 snack items.

 January 21, 10:05, Kitchener P5 P1 A2 R1 and Car 23 dispatched to 50 Mooregate Cres. for an apartment fire. P5 arrived on scene and was met by an RP reporting the fire had been extinguished by workers on scene, and the tenant was VSA in the unit. P5 went on air and confirmed the fire was out, and found the victim. The victim could not be revived. One member dropped off some drinks and snacks for crews on his way to appointment.

 January 24, 13:30Ayr was toned out for a confirmed house fire at 1649 Northumberland Road, near Cedar Creek. Ayr Car 1 came on the air first and immediately requested a full turnout from New Dundee. Ayr Car 1arrived on scene and reported a working fire in the rear of the large bungalow. P4 set up in front of the house, while New Dundee P 21 set up for drafting on the road, supplying P4. Command requested tankers from Cambridge and Kitchener to supplement water. Kitcheners tanker had just been requested by Baden (see next update) so command requested a tanker from Paris (Brant County). The cold weather was tough on firefighters. The temperature was -8 F and dropped as the sun went down. Numerous lines were pulled to the rear of the house. Firefighters initiated an aggressive interior attack but were pulled from the structure approximately 30 minutes after arriving when the fire broke though the roof. The balance of the fire was fought defensively. Fire was declared under control at 18:00. Damage set at $1,000,000. Three members on scene five hours, served 97 drinks, 108 snacks and 26- 6” subs. Photo credit Bill Fairhurst Box 690 member.

 January 24 13:34Baden toned out for a confirmed house fire at 1122 Snyders Road East, just east of town. Baden district chief Ron Taves asked if any of New Dundee units were available from the Ayr call. Dispatch informed him that they were all committed. Chief Taves requested a full turn out from New Hamburg and Wellesley’s tanker upon hearing New Dundee was not available to respond. Baden P1 arrived on scene, and reported a large two storey home fully involved. A 360 check confirmed heavy fire from basement to second floor. All firefighting was going to be defensive. Command requested Kitchener’s tanker just minutes before Ayr requested them for Mutual Aid at their house fire. Baden P1 set up in the adjacent driveway and pulled a 4” line to the side of the building. The pumper set up in a large parking lot, allowing tankers to back into the three port a tanks from two separate laneways. The house was owned by the Morningstar Acres charity. It was used as a foster home.  Two 1.75” and one 2.5” line was deployed from the portable hydrant. New Hamburg’s aerial was set on the E4 side of the house for aerial master stream operations. Command requested tankers fromWaterloo, and St Clements to ensure they had adequate water for the aerial. The fire was under control at 17:00. A back hoe was requested and arrived on scene at 18:00 to pull the walls and what was left of the roof down. Crews were able to knock the remaining fire down by 19:00. Two members on scene 4.5 hours, rolled the truck to the call. Served 93 drinks, 100 snack items and four extra large pizza’s.

January 26, 20:05, Waterloo P1 P12 (running in place of A1) P2 and Car 23 dispatched to a confirmed apartment fire at 57 Bridgeport Rd East. Dispatch advised Car 23 they were receiving multiple calls on the fire. P3 was added to the call. Police reported a 2 year old was dropped from the fourth floor window and was unconscious. P1 arrived on scene and tended to two children, the unconscious 19 month old and her four year old sister who had also been dropped from the window. The four year old was caught by bystanders. The parents were still trapped in their unit. A ladder was used to rescue the adults. P2 picked up a hydrant on Moore and Laurel and pulled into the parking lot of the apartment. P1 had a hydrant beside their truck on Bridgeport road. A 2.5” line was stretched through the parking lot to the building from P1. P2 pulled a 1.75” line into the stairwell. The fire was on the third floor at the E2 end of the building. This is an older apartment with wood floors. The unit was well involved with fire venting out the window on the E3 side of the structure. Fire extended to the fourth floor. P4 crew had moved to Station 1 for cover off. They were dispatched to the scene, but were instructed to bring A1. The mechanic was going to do a routine service on the aerial just before the call came in. A1 pulled into a parking lot at the rear of the apartment. The lot was the closest the aerial could get as there was a small creek that ran the entire length at the rear of the apartment. A1 pulled their high vol through the parking lot to a hydrant on Peppler and Bridgeport. Once crews pulled back from the third floor, the aerial opened up on the fully involved fourth floor unit. Fire broke through the roof. P2 was re positioned and set up their ladder to the roof. A line was attached to the end of the aerial, and used to help extinguish the fire. Crews were able to pull a hand line up the fourth floor after most of the fire was knocked down. Firefighters opened the door of the apartment and were greeted with three feet of water. The fire was declared under control at23:55. The young child was airlifted to Toronto, latest condition has been listed as critical but stable. The apartment was part of two four storey buildings. The power to the fire building fed into the second building as well. 80 residents were displaced for the night from both units. Five members on scene for five hours, rolled the truck, served 91 drinks, 63 snacks, and eight cans of beef stew.

 January 27 23:50, Kitchener P1 P7 A4 R1 and Car 23 dispatched to Activa and Isaiah for a house explosion. Car 23 was advised that dispatch was receiving multiple calls on the explosion. P4 was dispatched as the third pumper, but was replaced by P5 when they became available from a medical call. Dispatch advised there were three victims on the roof of the house. I work with a gentleman that lived four doors down from the house. He helped the mother from the roof of the house. He took her across the street to her son. Another neighbor pulled the father from the rear of the house. The son was asked if there was anyone else in the house. He said his sister was still in there. When he turned around to go search for the girl, flames were about 10 feet in the air. He was worried about a secondary explosion and was unable to look for the girl. The pile was well involved on arrival of P7 and P1. Firefighters found the 11 year old in the rubble at the rear of the house. All four survived the explosion, with non life threatening injuries. All but the dad have been released from hospital. Two 4” high vol lines were stretched from P1 to a 12” hydrant just up the street. Numerous hand lines were pulled to work the fire and protect the house next door. The gas meter on the E4 side of the house was damaged and was free burning. Gas employees were able to stop the flow of gas an hour into the call. P1 set up their aerial and used it for the next couple of hours. The main body of fire was knocked down in 25 minutes, but the fire continued to burn for hours in the large pile of debris. P6, P4 and P3 were dispatched to the call to replace crews on scene. Four members responded, rolled the truck. Served hot and cold drinks and snacks.

 More photos are available for most of the fires on www.waterlooregionfire.com

 

 

 

September 15 to 29, 2012 updates

September 15 1:55 am, Kitchener P4 A4 P3 R1 Car 23 dispatched to 245 Thaler Ave for a house fire. The address is two blocks from Station four on the corner of Fairway. P4 reported heavy fire visible twenty seconds after pulling out of the hall. P1 was added to the call as the third pumper on this report. P4 caught a hydrant across the street and pulled a 2.5” line to attack the fully involved large attached garage. There was a sports car in the garage, and a second car in the driveway on fire. P3 was instructed to catch the same hydrant and pull two lines to the E4 side of the house. R1 and A4 firefighters stretched two 1.5” lines from P4 to work on extension into the house and protect exposures. The fire was knocked down in 20 minutes. There was extensive overhaul. Four members responded to the call serving 38 drinks and six snacks, on scene 1.5 hours.

 September 18 5:50 am, Wellesley and St Clements were toned out for a Mennonite trailer manufacturing business on fire at 4074 Hessen Strasse, corner of Moser Young. St Clements arrived on scene first and reported a fully involved L shaped 100 x 100 building on fire with multiple exposures, one being a large barn only 40 feet away. Linwood tanker was added to the call, and a few minutes later the balance of Linwood was dispatched. Wellesley’s aerial was backed into the property and fed by a 4” line from St Clements pumper. Wellesley set up their pumper across the road at a water reservoir. Linwood pumper set up west of the fire to fill tankers. Multiple lines were pulled to fight the fire. Once the water was depleted from across the road, Wellesley’s pumper was set up to supply additional lines to the fire ground. Linwood pumper filled the three tankers, and had to move to a third reservoir on Moser Young. The aerial stream was able to cut the fire off on the E1 E2 corner of the building. The balance of the structure was completely gutted. A back hoe arrived on scene at 10 am to pull down some hazards. Fire was declared under control at this time. Damage was pegged at $650,000, OFM was on scene investigating. Two members and the truck on scene till11:15, served 111 cold drinks, 48 coffee, 80 snacks, and 60 breakfast McMuffins. Photo 006 shows Wellesley and St Clements pumpers pumping from port a tanks, Photo 009 Wellesley aerial saved this section of the building.

 

 September 22 1 pm, Linwood and Wellesley were dispatched to 5571 William Hastings for a silo fire. Linwood reported smoke showing before they arrived on scene. St Clements was added to the call to supplement water and manpower. Linwood was running the old Wellesley tanker (on loan from Asphodel) as their tanker was in for warranty work. The brakes would not release on the tanker so Wellesley chief requested Milverton’s tanker on mutual aid (firefighters fixed the problem and the truck arrived on scene 15 minutes later). Linwood pumper was set up beside the barn, dropped two porta tanks, and fed Wellesley’s aerial, and a 1.75” line into the barn. The silo was half full of corn. Water was applied sparingly from the aerial through an opening in the top of the silo. The auger to the silo was not working so crews had to cut around the auger feed and hand shovel and pick the now rock hard solid clump of burnt corn. Overhaul was strenuous, lasting almost two hours. Wellesley chief had firefighters free up Wellesley’s rescue in case they had another call. Not five minutes after turning the rescue around and reloading equipment, dispatch called for a women in labour, one baby delivered into a toilet and the second baby on the way. Four firefighters responded to the call which was a block from the hall in Wellesley. The second baby was coming out feet first on arrival. Fortunately a first responder (single paramedic) arrived minutes after their arrival. The first baby was doing well, and the second baby was delivered minutes later. Mom and babies are doing well. One of the firefighters that responded was happy to report that his two new nieces were doing okay when they arrived back at the silo fire.Three Box 690 members on scene for three hours, served 46 cold drinks and 110 snacks. (photo #44 firefighters and Mennonite farmers getting ready to shovel out the burnt corn)

 September 25 9:15 pm Waterloo P2 P1 A1 and car 23 dispatched to the new Nanobuilding at the University of Waterloo for a dumpster fire up beside the building. P2 arrived on scene and reported a large commercial dumpster was fully involved. P2 asked P1 to pick up a water supply. Firefighters pulled a 2.5” and a 1.75” line to the dumpster. The 40 foot dumpster was full of new building materials from the new Quantam Physics building. The dumpster was up beside the biology building. Students were being evacuated from the biology building by U of W police. P3 was added to the call to assist with ventilation of the two buildings. Three five gallon pails of foam were used to extinguish the fire. One Box 690 member on scene one hour, served 30 cold drinks.

 September 26, 3:15 pm Kitchener P6 P1 A4 R1 and Car 23 were dispatched to Conestoga College for a chimney fire at the central maintenance and power house. P6 arrived on scene and reported smoke coming form the chimney and seeping through the mortar. P1 caught a hydrant, but the line was never charged. A4 was pulled in tight to the chimney and raised their platform to the top of the 90’ chimney. A4 applied some water from the top, and P6 pulled a line into the building. Crews worked for an hour to extinguish the fire. Crews used water very sparingly to extinguish the fire. One member was on scene 1.5 hours and served 18 drinks and 32 snacks.

 September 29 1:30 pm, Kitchener P4 A4 P1 R1 and Car 23 dispatched for a possible shed fire behind Wendell Motors on Fairway Rd. P4 arrived on scene and reported nothing visible. Dispatch received a second call from a business on Webster Rd, right behind Wendell Motors reporting a grass fire at the rear of his property. P4 rerouted to the call and reported they had a grass fire at the rear of the building. Firefighters pulled one line to work the fire from below. P1 was directed to go the Wendell Motors and check for extension along the railroad tracks. A4 hand laid a supply line to the front of the building as a precaution. The fire was knocked down quickly. One member on scene 30 minutes, served 16 cold drinks.


July 28 and July 30 updates

Saturday July 28 5:55 pm, Kitchener P5 P2 A2 R1 Car 23 Car 24 dispatched to 545 Belmont Ave Westfor an automatic alarm. A2 arrived on scene first and reported smoke from the seventh floor. The superintendant of the high rise was indicating they had a fire in the trash chute. P5 and P2 arrived shortly after. Crews went on air and found the fire in the garbage room was out. They had to clear heavy smoke from the seventh floor down. We didn’t roll on the call as the fire was out. At 6:25 command requested we respond. Three members responded and served drinks and snacks to the tired crews. Crews went through two bottles each clearing the smoke. We were only on scene 45 minutes.

 Monday July 30 10:00 am, Kitchener P4 A4 P3 R1 and Car 23 dispatched to 16 Clark Ave for a house fire. P4 arrived on scene and reported a working fire. P6 was added to the call at this point. Crews pulled a couple of hand lines and went to work on the basement. The fire was knocked down quickly. Four dogs were found alive in the house, three perished. Two members on scene an hour, damage pegged at $75,000.

 Monday July 30 10:15 pm, Kitchener toned out Floradale full response, Elmira P1 R4, Conestogo and St Jacobs tankers for a barn fire at 2532 Northfield Dr East. Floradale pumper was returning from training at WESTRC and asked that Conestogo pumper also respond as they would be first pumper in. Conestogo rescue also responded at this point. Elmira and Conestogo pumpers arrived on scene simultaneously just after Floradales rescue reported smoke showing from the barn. Hay in the hay mow was smoking. Two lines were pulled from Elmira’s pumper to cool the hay. Crews were advised all personnel in the barn were to be on SCBA. Floradales pumper set up at a gravel pit on Line 86 to fill tankers. Crews cooled the pile, which then had to be removed from the barn. Firefighters dumped three tankers of water on the hay before going into overhaul. We had two members on scene for an hour, served 40 drinks and lots of snacks.

July 26 update

Severe thunderstorms rolled through the Region around 2 am this morning. Kitchener and Cambridge fire dispatchers were kept very busy with alarm ringing calls throughout the region. Linwood and St Clements had just returned to their stations from a false alarm when Kitchener dispatched them to 1888 Listowel Rd at 2:27 am for a barn fire. St Clements District Chief Dennis Ertel asked dispatch if the fire was on their side of the road or Woolwich’s side? Dispatch confirmed it was a Wellesley Township call. St Clements reported they could see the barn was fully involved from their hall and requested a full response from Floradale. St Clements set up their pumper between the barn and the farm house and set up two port a tanks. The barn was fully involved with live wires down, and approximately 100 head of cattle beside the structure. Big lines were pulled from their pumper. A four inch line was dragged around the rear of the barn and reduced to a 2.5” line to protect exposures in the rear. Three more 2.5” lines were pulled to the side and front of the barn. One was y’d into a 1.5” and 2.5” lines. Crews cooled the cattle and worked on a small 20 x 40 shed that was well involved. Floradale set up their pumper at the front of a second house about 50 feet from the main driveway into the farm. They dropped their port a tank and pulled one 2.5” line which was reduced to a 1.5” line, and two additional 1.5” lines. The first line was used to cool the house and the other two lines were stretched to the front of the barn. Tankers could not keep up to the demand for water, so command asked for St Jacobs tanker, and shortly after Wellesley’s new tanker. This was its first fire. Crews were able to save both houses, a large shop, and number of out buildings at the rear of the property. Two cattle trucks were called to remove the cattle from the farm. They made seven trips in all. Water was shuttled from a hydrant at Arthur St South and Listowel road, and from a reservoir nearby. Linwood’s pumper filled tankers at the reservoir. The fire was under control in three hours. Lightning is the expected cause, damage has been pegged at $850,000. We rolled the truck, had four members on scene for four hours, served 129 drinks and 100 snacks.

 

 

July 7 to 16, 2012 updates

The heat is here and calls are picking up!

 July 7 Kitchener received a call for a house fire at 12 Ellis Ave at 3:10 am. P2 A2 P3 R1 and Car 23 dispatched on the first alarm. P2 arrived on scene and reported the house was fully involved with flames venting out the E3 E4 corner windows up to roof of this large two storey home. P5 was added to the call for as the third pumper. A2 picked up the hydrant for P2, crews pulled four lines off P2 to fight the fire. A2 set up for pulling down the soffits and vented the roof. P1 and A4 were added to the call at 4 am. P7 brought air bottles from HQ where they were moved up to cover that part of the city. The fire was declared under control at 4:30, and extinguished by 5:15. We were on scene till 8:30 , rolled the truck, and had four five members on scene. We served 92 cold drinks, 16 coffee for the day shift crews, and 36 snacks.

 July 9 2:04 am, Cambridge P5 A2 A1 P3 R1 and Car 6 dispatched to 194 Northview Heights Dr for a house fire. Cambridge is now rolling four stations to confirmed structure fires, while the fifth station rolls to HQ or the Delta for standby. A1 was on scene first and reported a working basement fire. P5 picked up the hydrant and crews worked to contain the fire. They had a quick knock down and had the fire out when we arrived. Two members responded, and served 35 cold drinks, and 26 snack items.

July 11 2:15 pm, Kitchener toned out Breslau pumper, Maryhill all three trucks, Conestogo tanker and rescue, and St Jacobs tanker for a working grass fire with exposures at 1376 Shantz Station Road.Breslau and Maryhill arrive on scene at the same time and reported smoke and fire visible. Maryhill pulled their tanker beside the house and dropped their porta tank beside the truck. Two lines were pulled to work the fire along with lots of brooms. The owner was burning trash, even though there is a total fire ban in the county now. Crews ran water from two hydrants on Menno and Fountain St, a few miles from the call. I responded from work, picking up a second cooler of drinks at home on my way. I served 33 cold drinks, on scene an hour.

 July 12 3:40 pm Kitchener had two fires on the go. P7 responded to a large grass fire at Rockwood and Erinbrook. At the same time a number of stations were responding to a reported house fire onRauch Court. Crews responding to the house fire reported they could see smoke from the grass fire. The home owner on Rauch knocked the porch fire down with a garden hose. P7 had a good grass fire going, had to pick up a hydrant to supplement their tank. One member responded to the call due to the hot day and served 15 cold drinks to firefighters and a number of police officers on scene.

 July 13 5:05 pmCambridge toned out P5 A4 A1 A2 R1 and Car 6 for a house fire at 67 Ploughman Cres. P3 would normally have taken in the call, but they had just been rear ended by a car five minutes before this call came in. Crews had a good loom while enroute to the call. A4 arrived on scene first, reported a garage fire with possible extension to the first floor. P5 picked up a hydrant on the way in for them. Once the 360 was done, A4 captain reported first floor and basement fully involved. A 2.5” was pulled to the rear. Crews attempted entry into the rear to cut the fire off. They reported a hole in the floor and were immediately pulled out and crews went defensive. Fire was through the roof in less than ten minutes. A4 was set up and used their monitor to knock down the heavy fire in the attic. Firefighters worked 50 minutes to bring the fire under control. Four members responded to the call and we rolled the truck. Traffic was brutal, took us quite some time to get to the call. A neighbor had dropped off a case of water before I arrived on scene with my cooler. I was met by two crews from the day shift that were just clearing the scene. They took eight Gatorades from me before I could get around to the fire building. In all we were on scene three hours and served 101 cold drinks, 74 snacks and three dozen chili dogs.

July 14 7:45 am, Kitchener P2 A2 P3 R1 and Car 23 dispatched to 16 Centennial Road for garbage on fire inside the recycling building. We have had a few fires at this location over the years. I was paged to the fire before crews arrived on scene. I was actually still asleep, which was very unusual for me. I was on scene with two coolers when they called their first 10 minute par. The fire is only a few blocks from my house. P3 dropped their 4” line on the way in. P2 picked it up and hooked into a hydrant up the road to relay pump to them. Crews used 18 lengths of hose to supply water to P3. A backhoe and front end loader pulled piles of garbage out of the building where firefighters had two lines to knock fire. The recycling company also had a line off a private hydrant that use daily to water down the large piles of garbage. We were on scene an hour, served  26 cold drinks and 15 snacks.

 July 16 Car 23 was assisting police and other emergency responders at a call at 240 Kingswood Dr. Car 23 asked for a pumper to respond, and to pick up the haz mat truck on the way in, non emergency. Crews suited up in full haz mat level two suits and assisted police. I responded with cold drinks when I heard they were going to be wearing the haz mat suits. I served 18 cold drinks to crews on scene. This was a quick call, was on scene 45 minutes.

In other news, Kitchener P6, the 75’ quint, has been moved to run as P1. When staffing is down in Kitchener, A4 is sent to station six and runs as a Quint from that station. I had a bit of a surprise while in Ayr a couple of weeks ago at the monthly Mutual Aid meeting. Ayr fire has built a large garage out back of their station, done mostly with donations from the public (total cost $2,000). They are restoring their original 1930 model A Ford chemical pumper. The truck was found close to home in a field. The owner donated it to the department. The frame and front end have been redone. The engine was rebuilt by a local company that races cars. They are hoping to have the truck done for the International Ploughing Match in the fall. The only thing they didn’t have on the truck was the original chemical tanks. They will have to fabricate them.

July 17, 2012

It was the hottest day ever yesterday for July17, and we continued to be very busy. After doing 7 calls in the previous 10 days, we had a triple header yesterday. The second call turned out to be our biggest call ever in terms of what we used.

 The day started at 7:30 am when Kitchener toned out Baden for an MVC in Petersburg involving a farm tractor pulling two empty hay wagons. Once on scene Baden reported the two trailers had detached from the tractor and had sheered a high voltage pole in two. The trailer ended up inches from taking out the gas meter on the house. The tenant of the house was sleeping in the bedroom at the front of the house where the meter was. The pole dropped about four feet. There were three 26,000 volt lines on the pole that supplied power to 50% of Wilmot Township. The lines came in contact with a number of large trees which began to smoke. A hand line was pulled from P1 and firefighters cooled the trees. A port a pond was set up and water was shuttled from Shingletown about five miles from the scene. New Dundee’s tanker was requested to supplement water supply. While crews were keeping the trees from catching fire, they received a call for another MVC on Erbs Rd. P2 and R7 responded from the scene. They returned back to the original scene after dealing with fluid leaks and stabilizing one patient. We had two members on scene 1.5 hours and served 40 drinks and 50 snacks. The photo below shows how close the trailer was to the house. The wheel is resting on the gas meter.

After attending the call above, I headed back to our station to reload the food tray which belonged to our Baden member, and to reload my cooler. We were just out the back of the hall getting into our cars when the tones went out at 10:20 for a wood shop on fire at 2936 Arthur St N, just north of Elmira. The following units were dispatched on the first alarm, Floradale, pumper, tanker, rescue, Elmira P1 P2 R1 and A3, St Jacobs tanker, and Conestoga tanker. Floradale reported heavy black smoke showing from their hall. At this point I jumped in our truck and radioed dispatch to let them know we were responding. Floradale is very familiar with their area and in fact this same shop burned down July 1 1995. On route to the fire, Floradale district Chief Dennis Frey (501) was already setting up water supply for the fire. He asked Elmira Pump 1 to draft from Sittler’s recycling which is the property south of the fire. Once on scene 501 took command and asked for Conestoga’s rescue and pumper. Firefighters had a large hard wood flooring manufacturing business fully involved. The building was approximately 100 x 80. The first half hour of the fire was extremely busy for crews. A large shed to the rear of the building approximately 100 x 20, which was full of skids of wood was well involved. Grass was starting to burn behind that structure. There were a number of 53’ trailers parked beside the building and one or two that were well involved (could not see that side of the fire due to heavy smoke). Piles of wood to the north of the building were also well involved. Getting water supply was the priority at this fire. Floradale pumper pulled into the front of the building and lines were stretched around the structure. A port a tank was set up beside their truck. Two 1.5” lines were stretched to the rear, a 2.5” to a monitor at the front, two 2.5 inch lines to the E3 side, one Y’d into two 1.5” lines. Command requested the balance of St Jacobs to the scene. Initially St Jacobs pumper was going to draft from the pond at Sittler’s to fill tankers. Firefighters hand laid over 1,000 feet of high vol through a field on the E2 side of the fire from Floradale’s pumper, and down into the Sittler’s yard where an additional 1,000 feet of high vol was needed to complete the feed to Elmira P1. Once St Jacobs arrived on scene, their pumper was set up on Arthur St. and a 4” line was laid into Floradale’s pumper. A port a tank was set up on the road which made it easier for tankers to shuttle water. Chief Fry sent me a note today, best guess was 45 loads from the tankers. I think they used more than that as the three tankers ran steady for six hours.

Firefighters were able to knock the fire down in the rear shed and piles of wood to the north in about 30 minutes. The main building burned for hours as it was loaded with large skids of wood. As well, a 90 foot high Cyclone at the rear of the building was smoking. Elmira A3 was set up in the rear of the building about 3 pm to cool the tower down. They used 3% foam to lightly water the inside of the hopper. They didn’t want to put too much water into the unit. A high hoe was brought in to pull the wood piles and building apart. Once the bulk of the fire in the main building was knocked down, crews cautiously went to work on the Cyclone. Four firefighters in SCBA with two charged lines were readied near the Cyclone. The unit was opened very slowly to allow the sawdust to drop out. The sawdust was soaked down and moved by the high hoe. The fire was declared out at 7 pm.

Due to the heat of the day, I set up four of our cooling chairs. We also set up our two tents for shade. Initially I set them up together, but was asked to move one over to shade the Floradale pump operator. More than 60 firefighters were on scene. They would work 10-15 minutes and were sent to rehab. I had our Baden member swing by the fire hall on her way to the fire. I asked her to pick up all the freezies we had and pick up additional water and Gatorade. Floradale women’s auxiliary arrived on scene around noon hour. They brought 100 assorted cold juice and water with them. They asked what they could do to help. We asked them to make up sandwiches and bring up watermelon and apples. They made up 60 sandwiches to start and could only find one watermelon in town. They picked up some melons and cut them to add to the watermelon. They dropped the sandwiches off at 2 pm. At 3:30 we had an additional member available to come to the scene. He picked up the balance of our drinks that were in our fire hall fridge. We could not run drinks back to rehab fast enough. The ladies auxiliary brought an additional 140 cold water, 90 sandwiches, two watermelons to the scene at 5:30. We also asked them to bring additional ice with them as we were now pulling out our reserve non refrigerated drinks from the truck. Two firefighters were treated for heat stroke. On average each firefighter had a minimum of nine drinks. I personally drank 10 assorted drinks during the afternoon. This was the biggest call we have ever had. Once we added up the drinks, we served 215 Gatorade, 380 water, and 51 juice. We cooked up 72 hot dogs, 250 snacks, and 60 freezies (would have been more but that’s all we had). There were other food items brought to the scene by the local Mennonite community, but we didn’t keep track of that. To make the sandwiches, 15 loaves of bread, 150 slices of cold cuts, 6 head of lettuce, lots of tomatoes, and five packages of sliced cheese where used. The help we received from the Floradale auxiliary was greatly appreciated. We would have had to run into Elmira to pick up food, ice and more drinks without their help. Photo here shows fire through the roof, approximately 50 minutes on scene. I took a few shots a little later after I got caught up setting up rehab.

Our day was not over yet. Kitchener dispatched P7 Tanker 1 R1 and Car 23 to a large field fire on Plains Rd near Fischer Hallman at 4:50 pm.. P7 arrived on scene and pulled out in the field. They had a large fire to contend with. P6 was added to the call for manpower. The fire was knocked down in 20 minutes. Command knew we were up at the fire on Arthur St and let the crews know that he was going to get some water. We had a member that had left work and had already picked up some cold drinks at his home (there were no drinks left at the hall) and was five minutes away from the scene. He radioed dispatch to let them know he would be there shortly. We served 27 drinks and 7 food items at this call.

Wellesley’s new tanker, 2012 International 400 gpm, 2500 gallons water:

Edworthy Sideroad fire

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IMG_1523Edworthy Side Rd