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.

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