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Starting next month, the Baltimore City Fire will send fewer units to house fires. In an effort to deal with a significant rise in medic calls, the Baltimore City Fire Department is testing a new policy that will initially send fewer trucks & equipment to house fires. The fire union said the new policy will put residents in danger, but the mayor & the department disagree. "It's just a test. I think it's fair that we look at it," Mayor Jack Young said. "I was briefed on that by the chief. This is something that we are going to do based on the limited resources we have." The policy change will be in place for three to four months. The goal is to determine whether the move saves money & stretches resources. Firefighters are also trained as medics & can respond to emergency medical calls. Baltimore Firefighters Union opposes the move, writing in a statement: "This Local is against any changes that will lower the amount of units on an initial response. This not only puts our members in danger, but the citizens of Baltimore." "There is no danger to members or to the public," Baltimore City Fire Department spokesman Chief Roman Clark said. Currently, five engine companies -- short trucks that carry water -- respond to a fire. Two ladder trucks & two battalion chiefs are also sent to a fire scene, as well as a medic unit. Starting Sept. 1st, that contingent will be reduced to three engine companies, one ladder company, a battalion chief & a medic. The battalion chief at the scene will have the authority to call in more units, if necessary. The Philadelphia Fire Department operates this way. "The (National Fire Protection) standard says for a low hazard, you must have at least 15 members on the ground. With the response that we are doing, we will have 17 on the ground. With a high hazard, they ask that you have at least 28 members on the ground. With our high hazard, we will have 30, so we are within the guidelines," Clark said. "I don't think it is a dangerous practice proposal. I think it is something that we really need to look at. You don't want to send all those firetrucks & everything to one occasion that might not need all of that equipment," Young said. The temporary policy change will give officers at the scene more responsibility. They will make the call on whether more units are needed. On Friday, the The Baltimore’s Fire Fighters & Fire Officer unions released a statement opposing the new policy "because it would provide fewer resources to respond," & "It may increase the risk of injury or death to the public and our members." “This new policy leaves fire fighters & available resources sitting in firehouses, delaying their response to an emergency” Stephen Horchar, president of Baltimore’s Fire Officers, said. “Decisions that affect the level of public safety in our city cannot be made in a vacuum,” Dickie Altieri, president of the Baltimore Fire Fighters Association, said. “The people that are potentially affected by these decisions have to be included to ensure that citizens and fire fighters that respond to help them remain safe.”
Pheonix Fire involved in a fatal motorvehicle accident at 29th Ave & Bethany Home Road.
This story is still developing. 2 firefighters were transported to area hospital in critical condition. 1 civlian was pronounced dead at the scene, 2 other civilians, the local news are reporting have been pronounced dead at the hospital, 1 is a 3 month old.
The apparatus left the road, stopping on it's side.
Our New York City hearts are with all involved in this accident.
March 22nd, 1987- a fire in a Harlem residential high rise shaped the way the FDNY operates at high rise buildings today. Lessons learned from this fire can apply to both firefighters & the public.
Schomburg Plaza, a 35 story residential high rise building located at 1295 5th Avenue in Harlem section of Manhattan was built in 1975. The plaza is located on the northeast corner of Central Park. The 2 35 story towers 100x100 & 11 story rectangular slab are all clad in reinforced concrete & are separated by a landscaped multi-level outdoor plaza.
On March 22nd, 1987 at around 7am, trash was ignited in the compactor chute of one of the towers. Investigation revealed, the 1st odor of smoke from the chut was at 7am, however, the 1st call to 9-1-1 came in a 7:57am, an hour later. Upon arrival of 1st due companies, they were informed by maintenance personel that there was a small fire was located in the basement compactor room & that it was already being extinguished. However, the fire was later found to have started in the chute between the 27th & 29th floors. It then spread upward through the chute, an adjacent pipe chase, construction openings & ultimately through the interior walls of apartments adjacent to the chute. While fire operations were focused on the basement room, this led to the delay in rescue & extinguishment efforts on the upper floors. According to the USFA report, it took 16 minutes after arrival at the scene to discover the fire on the upper floors. This was 9 minutes after Rescue was released to return to quarters because it was throught the fire in the compactor chute was out. The dispatchers mistakenly informed all residents that the fire was being handled. Callers were not adequately questioned as to their circumstances. They did not relay the quantity of calls being received from occupants from the 15th - 33rd floors in the 10 minutes before the Chief decided (8:07am) that the fire was out & started returning companies.
At 8:06am, 2 firefighters arrived at the roof to perform vertical ventilation. At 8:10am, 2 more firefighters arrived at the roof level. At 8:11am, 1 firefighter dropped down to upper floors to inspect, when he was met with heavy fire from apt 34H. Operations were hampered due to water pressure issues. At 8:35am, a 2nd Alarm was transmitted. The fire wasn't placed Under Control until 9:45am.
Fire Code: Each code specifies a fire-resistance rating of 2 hours for shaft enclosures in all non-combustible construction. The "as built" plans for Schomburg Plaza specify 3 inch enclosure walls for the compactor shaft. Such a design, if properly constructed, would comply with both State & City codes. However, examination of the shaft disclosures that it was not built according to plan. The wall assembly was 2 5/8 inch thick, not the 3 inches called for in the "as built" plans. Also discovered on the 29th floor was a missing chute hopper door & missing door on the compactor closet leading to the hallway.
The Bronx fire that killed one person and injured two others was deemed arson, FDNY officials announced Sunday.
The blaze broke out Saturday around 1:30 p.m., on the second floor of the five-story building at 2216 Adams Place in Tremont.
Firefighters rushed to the scene and removed three people from the same apartment, including a 50-year-old man who suffered burns throughout his body. The victim was pronounced dead at St. Barnabas Hospital.
A man and a woman, both 50, were also transported to St. Barnabas, where one was listed in critical condition and the other suffered serious, but non-life threatening injuries, an FDNY spokeswoman said.
The FDNY announced on Twitter Sunday that the fire was “incendiary.” The NYPD is investigating who started the fire, and why.