Hot Shots 7/12

NASH COUNTY, NC, APRIL 15, 2012 – Four stations were dispatched for a log home on fire. An interior attack was made, but units were driven out by the advancing fire. Firefighters began another aggressive interior attack, but were forced to back out due to deteriorating conditions. The fire was now consuming half of the dwelling and was through the roof on the rear section, forcing the firefighters to go into a defensive attack. Drop tanks and tankers shuttled water approximately 1½ miles. Firefighters worked for more than one hour before the fire was contained.

Photo by Bob Bartosz


MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD, APRIL 28, 2012 – Units responded to a well-developed fire involving a residential structure. The structure was sprinklered as required by county code. The first-in companies completed an initial size-up and risk assessment to determine an Initial Action Plan (IAP). The immediate decision was to deploy heavy fire streams to contain the fire and protect exposures as everyone was out of the residence. A second alarm was requested.

Photo by Donald Smith


LOS ANGELES, CA, MAY 1, 2012 – An occupied single-family dwelling was well involved in Task Force 14’s area. Task Force 10 and companies from Station 9 responded to assist. Firefighters used rotary saws to cut security bars and gates for firefighter egress. It took 44 firefighters 15 minutes to control the fire.

Photo by Jeff Zimmerman


DETROIT, MI, APRIL 10, 2012 – A building dating back to the 1800s was totally consumed in a box alarm fire. The building was slated for renovation into a community theater. Upon the arrival of Engine 33 and Ladder 13, the building became fully involved and was threatening exposures, including a large church across a wide street. Companies protected the exposures with handlines, a deck gun and a ladder pipe. Radiant heat and embers were intense, but the fire was contained to the building of origin. Total response was three engines, a truck, a squad company and a battalion chief.

Photo by Steve Redick