Hot Shots 6/13

LOS ANGELES, CA, FEB. 16, 2013 – Task Force 90, Rescue 90 Engine 100, Rescue 100, Battalion 10 and Engine 81 as the command post unit responded to a reported structure fire in Van Nuys. The first companies on scene reported a detached garage well-involved. Firefighters made an aggressive attack on the fire, knocking it down in less than 10 minutes. No injuries were reported and cause was under investigation.

Photo by Steve Gentry

ROYAL OAK, MI, FEB. 27, 2013 – While units were enroute, dispatch was receiving multiple calls of a house explosion. Upon the arrival of Engine 9-20, a house was found completely on the ground with fire showing from what remained. A victim was found in the front yard with fatal injuries. An exposure was also heavily damaged. Mutual aid was requested from the Birmingham, Ferndale and Madison Heights fire departments. About 40 homes and 10 businesses also sustained damage from the explosion.

Photo by Dennis Walus


NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ, APRIL 6, 2013 – An early-morning fire gutted one home and left two others severely damaged, forcing more than a dozen people to seek temporary shelter. Firefighters arrived on scene and found the rear of the 2½-story, wood-frame dwelling engulfed in flames with exposure problems on both sides. Interior conditions deteriorated rapidly. Crews were faced with extreme heat, forcing them to back out and switch to a defensive mode. Master streams were set up around the buildings. Two elevated master streams were set up to douse the heavy fire in the roof area. Mutual aid fire departments from East Brunswick, East Franklin, Edison and North Brunswick were on scene to assist.

Photo by Keith Addie


TEANECK, NJ, MARCH 31, 2013 – Firefighters responded to a call of smoke and a possible fire in a house. Units arrived on scene and confirmed a basement fire. The deputy chief requested a second alarm for mutual aid at the scene and to cover empty fire stations. Hackensack sent Ladder 1 as a rapid intervention team and its Mask Service Unit to the scene.

Photo by Chris Denton