On The Job: New Jersey

ELIZABETH FIRE DEPARTMENT Chief : Thomas McNamara Personnel: 267 career firefighters Stations: 7 Apparatus: 7 engines, 3 ladders, 1 heavy rescue, 3 ambulances Population: 125,000 Area: 12 square miles   On Dec. 21, 2011, the...


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Eight pumpers were brought to the scene to connect to hydrants and feed the manifold. Two positions for the nozzle were identified. On the Alpha side, the hydrants were close and 1,500 feet of five-inch hose was enough to feed the manifold going to the nozzle. After operating there for about an hour, the nozzle on the Bravo side was repositioned and a 500-foot hoselay of 12-inch, very-large-diameter hose (VLDH) was added to supply it in its new position. Water flowed like a river, partially filling the basement and making a small lake more than a foot deep in the Bravo alley. Much of the hard-to-reach smoldering fire was suppressed and the incident was terminated at 9:07 P.M.

 

Conclusion

Although this was the longest-burning fire in Elizabeth’s history, it was confined and did not extend to the rest of the complex. In addition, this fire would involve more units than any other incident in Elizabeth, yet there were only a few minor injuries. The heavy-masonry construction, despite being exposed to heavy fire for days, collapsed incrementally and posed little danger to fire fighters. Demolition of the building began on Jan. 16. Small smoldering fires continued until Feb. 18.