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    Default TL Grab Video...

    Footage taken in Paddington West London at 6am Friday Morning... Flat (apartment) fire in an 8 Storey 1930's block.

    The TL had already got three from a window on the main road side of the block...this footage shows the fourth and final rescue.

    Paddington Fire

    05:49 A21 PADDINGTON 8 PUMP PERSONS REPORTED FIRE 113609081

    PARK WEST, EDGWARE ROAD, W2

    Five roomed flat on 8th floor 100% damaged by fire. One adult female rescued from 8th floor side window by turntable ladder suffering smoke inhalation removed.
    2 adult males, 1 adult female rescued from 8th floor balcony also by turntable ladder declined medical attention. 2 jets,2 hosereels, breathing apparatus, thermal imaging camera, all persons accounted for, same as all calls, tactical mode oscar.
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    Excellent Job for the boys in Paddington!
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    Nice job on the rescue.

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    Great job by the guys....Correct me if I'm wrong here. You don't have many aerial devices there is that so? If so, how far was the response for the crew that did the rescue?
    Also, "2 jets, 2 hosereels "etc. Are jets some type of high pressure or high volume apparatus?

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    Len,
    You are correct, Thankfully in this case one of LFB's Aerials is based at Paddington as was on the initial call so arrived within 5 minutes, the next nearest is less than 10 minutes away at Soho and thankfully they were in the Station because our aerial fleet is quite busy due to the low number serving 620 sq miles/8m people.

    Jets and Hosereels? This building is unique in as much as almost all buildings in London over 5 floors are fitted with a dry riser (Standpipe) or a wet riser for buildings over 200ft. This block hasn't got a riser so the hose had to be 'hauled aloft' (a term we use for our tatctic of dropping a rope from the fire floor or floor below and hauling the line up the outside of the building...very quick, easy to replace if burst and uses less hose).

    A Jet is simply a 1.75" or 2.5" attack line... a Hosereel is a high pressure 200lpm small quick attack line often compared to but not to be confused with a 'Booster reel'...these HP Hosereels are used widely for compartment Firefighting across the World outisde of the US & Canada.

    A typical High Rise attack in London...and we are picking significant High Risejobs up over here almost weekly at the moment.. is a 1.75" line from the riser followed by another 1.75" or 2.5" line if the fire is severe. We are soon to change over to 2" hose for our High Rise attack based on better flow whilst maintaining manoeuvrability because obviously we don't respond with with the large attendances typical of a US Metro FD.
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    are you guys pushing for more aerials? It seems like you guys got lucky that this occured in the right part of town or else the outcome may have been different.

    Nice rescue though

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    Awesome work!

    Make sure you and the boys stay safe over there!
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    Nameless,
    The lack of Aerials lies fairly and squarely at the feet of British Firefighters.... the only place in the whole Country....49 Metropolitain & County Fire Brigades.... where they are used effectively is in Central London. Most UK ire Brigades only have a couple of aerials...purely for water tower work.

    Aerial Truck utilisation is something like 5% of their time on calls, Rescue work is less than 1%...and that would only relate to central London for Fire Rescues and the odd Rescue from other circumstances elsewhere.

    As an Aerial Operator in the Inner City area of London (not to be confused with Central London) I spent many frustrating shifts being turned away from good jobs where we could have used the aerial... plenty of times I've been waved on by a Station Officer (Capt) silhouhetted by flames!!!!

    The one big fault with the UK Fire Service is that from regular use of Aerial devices through the war years and into the 50's and 60's... we used them less and less, Brigades cut back on them, we used them even less and on the vicious circle goes.

    We get a lot of Persons reported fires, but they almost always come out internally or are brought down ground ladders.
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    Thanks Steve, I appreciate the info. Fortunately some know it all Station Officer didn't return the aerial in Paddington because there wasn't 5 or 6 windows of fire showing. Stay safe my brother.

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