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Sunday, April 21, 2002

· STLFN: ST. LOUIS, MO: STLFD has a working fire at 5459 Thrush. 1 story frame with 1line off. FIU-Car 821 has been requested. PUMPERS: 27, 12, 33, & BC806. [STL819]. 12:10a.m.

· BALTIMORE, MD (6-24): *Fatal* Working fire in a dwelling @ 1414 Aisquith St. NE of downtown. Reported *4* children trapped 2nd floor. *(1) confirmed PRI-4 (DOA) 2nd floor.* Working fire dispatch & 4th Medic requested. [DC/BMD/E*23]. 5:08a.m.

· STLFN: (Overnite - 0350hrs) BLACK JACK (ST.LOUIS Co.), MO: Black Jack FPD *1st Alarm @ 6734 Landau. 1-story residence with heavy fire showing from rear. E-3710 off with 2 Pre-connects, E-5110 laid 5" Supply line. Firefighters rescued 2 civilians from basement. [vm-STL966/899]. 7:04a.m.

· 2nd Alarm – DURHAM, NH: 36 Youngs Dr. Structure fire. Request for M/A. *154.415* C101 [TAC9-C32]. 10:13a.m.
· MANHATTAN, NY *Second Alarm* Box 1395, 294 8th Ave. Fire in a 5-story vacant 25x60 building. [EAN700]. 11:45a.m.

· 2nd Alarm – MANHATTAN, NY: 22-1395 8 Ave & W118 St. Fire in the 2nd & 3rd floor rear of a 5- story vacant building. [MNS119*]. 12:03p.m.

· STLFN: COULTERVILLE (RANDOLPH Co.), IL: Coulterville FD is on scene of a house fire on Nashville Rd. Tilden FD responded M/A with a Tanker and manpower. (STL 835). 6:44p.m.

· CHAMBERSBURG (FRANKLIN Co.), PA: 2nd Alm in the area of Third St and East Broadwick. Row dwelling - heavy fire. [DC/PA1]. 8:57p.m.


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Erie, PA: W/F Box # 393 @ 300 Block of West 22nd. Cos: Eng 3, 6, 12, TL 1, DC 322. DC 322 reports 2 sty house, smoke from 2nd floor. FPO/D800 ©

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Erie, PA: W/F Box # 303 @ 300 Block of West 22nd. Fire K/D per DC 322. Requesting FI 3. fPO/D800 ©

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Boardman Twp (Mahoning): W/F 4700 Block of South Ave. Smoke showing per Command 71. Cos: Command 71, T/L 71, Eng 73, 74, 71. S/C all Hands (Off-Duty & Vollys). FPO/D256 ©

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Columbus: W/F 1538 East Livingston Ave. Cos: Eng 15, 2 (War Wagon), Lad 15, Res16cuE, Med 4, BN 4. Kitchen fire. FPO/284/D217 ©

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Columbus: W/F 1538 East Livingston Ave. Lad 15 reports quick K/D. Holding Eng 15, Lad 15, BN 4. FPO/284/D217 ©

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Columbus: W/F 339 Mayfair Blvd. Cos: Eng 21, 151 (Whitehall), 20, Lad 15, 23, Res4cuE, Med 21, BN 6, 1, 151. 2 sty apt bldg. FPO/284/D260 ©

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Columbus: W/F 339 Mayfair Blvd. Searches negative. RIC: Eng 15, Med 20, EMS 16. FPO/284/D260 ©

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Columbus: W/F 339 Mayfair Blvd. BN 6 (Jackson) reports fire K/D. Holding all companies. Red Cross S/C'd. FPO/284/D260 ©

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Youngstown: W/F 87 Elliott. Cos: Eng 6, 12, 7, Lad 22, Squad 33, BN 1, 2. Eng 6 reports a garage fire. FPO/D323 ©

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Youngstown: W/F Box # 5245 @ 51 West Florida. Cos: Eng 2, 9, 15, Lad 22, 24, Squad 33, BN 1, 2. Eng 2 reports fire in house. FPO/D323 ©

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Centerburg (Knox): W/F 1543 Benatta Rd. Detached garage. M/A Hartford Twp (Licking) for Engine & Tanker. FPO/246/D217 ©

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April 15, 2002
Box 2178
250 Elizabeth Ave. (Frog Hollow Section)
Heavy fire in the attic of a large 2.5 SF occupied
Eng. 5-3-1 Trks. 2-3 R-1 Batt. 3 Deputy 3 Eng 2 Fast

April 18, 2002
Box 3313
904-908 Pennington Street (Elmora Section)
Heavy fire in a 3 bay garage with extension to a occupied 2.5 SF
Eng. 8-7-1 Trks. 3-1 R-1 Batt. 1 Deputy 1 Eng. 6 Fast

April 18, 2002
Box 2885
140 Front Street (The "Port" Section)
High pressure gas main rupture by electric company.
A row of wood frames under construction was an exposure.
Eng. 5-3-1 Trks. 2-3 R-1 Batt. 2 Deputy 2

April 21, 2002
Box 5233
566 Spring Street (Keighry Head Section)
Fire on the second floor of a 2.5 SF
Eng. 6-7-1 Trks. 1-3 R-1 Batt. 4 Deputy 4 Eng. 3 Fast




On Sunday, April 21, 2002 at 1542 Hours (3:42 PM PDT) nineteen Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, three LAFD Helicopters, two LAFD Brush Patrols, two LAFD Rescue Ambulances and five LAFD Battalion Officer Command Teams under the direction of LAFD Assistant Chief Curtis James responded to a Major Emergency Brush Fire southwest of the Observatory in Griffith Park. The first Company to arrive on scene reported one-eighth of an acre of heavy brush burning in rugged and inaccessible terrain. Firefighters extended hose lines and carried hand tools up the steep hillside to anchor the flames while a trio of LAFD Helicopters commenced a rapid-fire aerial assault of water drops on the flanks of the fire. As Firefighters neared control of the blaze, a second vegetation fire was spotted in the equally harsh terrain of an adjacent canyon. With rhythmic precision, helicopter crews continued their battle on two fronts as their colleagues on the ground quickly encircled both blazes. The flames were more than a mile from Griffith Park’s Observatory, and neither area homes nor the 67 year-old Southern California landmark – undergoing a multimillion dollar renovation - were ever in direct danger. The blazes ultimately consumed less than one acre of wildland, and were extinguished in less than ninety minutes. There were no injuries. The cause of the fire is categorized as “under active investigation”.

Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department
200 North Main Street, Room EOC-423
Los Angeles, CA 90012 USA

Fax: (213) 485-2708
LAFD E-Mail: beh9593@lafd.lacity.org
LAFD Website: http://www.lafd.org



for April 21st:

1955: Washington, DC: 3rd Alarm - Box#6283 - 1300 Block Linden Ct, Northeast - Private Preston T. Garrison, Badge #222, T-13, died from burns & smoke inhalation he received after he fell through the roof of a burning building. (CO)

1971: 2 Alarms - Box#3147 - 1507 W Lexington St - West Of Downtown - fire involved a 4 story brick dwelling. (CHM1)

1971: 2 Alarms - Box#1522 - 1720 Aliceanna St - Fells Point (Southeast Of Downtown) - Fire involved a 3 story brick storefront. (CHM1)

1971: 2 Alarms - Box#143 - 106 S Eden St - East Of Downtown - Fire involved a 2 & 3 story brick dwelling. (CHM1)

1988: 1 Alarm + Hazmat - Box#7931 - 1206hrs - Forest Park Ave & Windsor Mill Rd - Dickey Hill (West Baltimore) - This was a hazmat incident involving a 6" hole in the Granite Pipeline @ the rear of the Cryman Mansion, near Franklintown Rd - (Note: Companies with a "*" have since been disbanded): 1st alarm @ 1206hrs = E-20, E-53, E-52, E-29, T-12, *T-22*, & *BC-7* (Now BC-5) - Hazmat Task Force @ 1214hrs = E-50, E-41, Rescue-1, AirFlex-1 (Now Air Cascade-1), Medic-8, Hazmat-1, BC-1, & *DC-1* (Now Shift Commander) - Special call @ 1218hrs = E-46, T-21, & EMS Super-1 - Special call @ 1301hrs = Medic-4. (TGA)

1988: 2 Alarms - Box#1524 - 2001hrs - Pratt & Caroline Sts - East Of Downtown - Fire involved the roofs & cocklofts of (8) brick rowhouses - 1st alarm @ 2001hrs = *E-34*, *E-24*, & T-3 - Fill out the box @ 2002hrs = E-5, *E-32*, T-1 (Snorkel), AirFlex-2 (Now Air Cascade-2), Medic-10, & BC-2 - 2nd alarm @ 2012hrs = E-6, *E-19*, E-51, E-23, T-5, T-15, *Aerial Tower-111*, Rescue-1, Medic-7, BC-5, BC-1, & *DC-1* (Now Shift Commander) - Fire under control @ 2101hrs. (TGA)

George T. Ehrman



Herculaneum (Missouri) Fire Department -


Herculaneum Fire Department



A World Of Fire reader asked these questions regarding the LAFD.
JS wrote...

>> When you state a # of companies of Los Angeles firefighters responded, just how many firefighters would that be to a company?

LAFD parlance is similar to that of many other Fire Departments. A company is a term often interchangeable with a "unit" that is under the control of a commanding Officer. An Engine Company or Truck Company are but two such examples. For the LAFD, an _ENGINE_ Company typically has *four* members:

LAFD Engine Company

- Captain I (what might be called a Lieutenant at other agencies)
- Engineer (i.e.operator of apparatus)
- Firefighter
- Firefighter

LAFD Aerial Ladder TRUCKS are always accompanied by a Pump(er) apparatus. The two vehicles are dispatched and travel as a pair. They are under the command of the Officer aboard the Truck (Captain II). They are therefore considered one unit or "Company", called a Light Force in LAFD vernacular. The Light Force crew is typically composed of *six* members:

LAFD Light Force Company

- Captain II
- Apparatus Operator (a specially trained FF = paygrade promotion)
- Firefighter
- Firefighter
- Firefighter (Tiller)

- Engineer (the sole person aboard the Pumper that follows the Truck)

When both the Engine Company and Light Force Company (i.e. Truck & Pump) from the same LAFD Station respond together, they are called a "Task Force" and operate under the unified command of the Captain II on the truck. That Task Foce makes for a total of 3 vehicles, 2 companies and 10 personnel.

For the purpose of simplicity in reporting operations to non-stakeholders, we generally multiply the number of companies by 5 to arrive at an estimated number of personnel at a scene.

> >How many personnel are on a LAFD rescue ambulance

Two. They are either both FF/EMT's (for Basic Life Support units) or two FF/Paramedics (for Advanced Life Support units).

> and how many personnel with rank are in an Officer Command Team?

All LAFD Chief Officers in the field (16 Battalions and 3 Divisions) have a FF/Staff Assistant (a specially trained FF = paygrade promotion) who is regularly assigned to serves as driver and command support. That is why we call them Chief Officer Command Teams.

>> I appreciate your time and information.

You are welcome Sir!

>>You can reply to the World of Fire Report, because there may be others who wonder the same thing.

Fraternally Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department
200 North Main Street, Room EOC-423
Los Angeles, CA 90012 USA

Fax: (213) 485-2708
LAFD E-Mail: beh9593@lafd.lacity.org
LAFD Website: http://www.lafd.org

PS: I remain many months behind in e-mail. If you feel inclined to write, please understand that a reply may be significantly delayed. The most common questions, which arrive the dozens each day are often answered via website referral. Here are my top nine:

How can I become an LAFD Firefighter or Firefighter/Paramedic?

Can you send me an LAFD patch?

How can I obtain an LAFD T-Shirt or ball cap?

Can I visit an LAFD Station?

Can I Ride-Along with the LAFD?

Does the LAFD have a Museum and/or Memorial?

Can you put our agency/organization link on the LAFD website?

Does the LAFD have a magazine that I can subscribe to?

Does the LAFD offer live streaming audio on-line?



Ocassionaly you'll hear the FDNY refer to a "Colliers type condition" when battling a building fire - What is a "colliers type condition" ?

The term is derived from a turn of the century mansion owned by the Collier brothers. They were quite eccentric and obsessed with collecting things to the point that the mansion was filled with junk from wall to wall, floor to ceiling. To avoid eviction they booby trapped the place. One of the brothers fell ill. The other brother took to caring for him. While he was returning to the sick room he fell victim to one of his own booby traps and died. The sick brother died of dehydration waiting for him. It took the fire department days to recover the bodies.

The term is used to describe any dwelling that is similarly filled with trash, making operations difficult and extensive.

Frank Raffa
Supv. Dispatcher, FDNY



London Fire Brigade Daily Report-Terminology & Abbreviations

4 PUMP FIRE: This is the American equivalent of a worker. A normal initial response is two stations (or 2 pumps) which may be regular pumpers or pump-escapes, which are pumpers with those large wheeled extension ladders some of you may be familiar with from photos, etc. The LFB terminology for "Strike the box" or "Fill out the assignment" is to "Make pumps 4." This is like filling out a Chicago still alarm or a Philadelphia tactical box...in other words a full first alarm assignment. Making pumps 4 also gets the initial commanding officer some additional resources such as a communications unit, a breathing apparatus control unit, and more chiefs rolling. Aerial apparatus are usually special called, however depending on the occupancy, and aerial may be assigned on the original call or when the OIC makes pumps 4.

6, 8, 10, 12, etc PUMP FIRE: Additional requests for apparatus or manpower are requested by the OIC who will advise dispatch to "Make pumps 6", "Make pumps 8", etc, depending on how many pumpers/personnel he needs. Additional resources such as aerials, SCBA, chiefs, etc are automatically sent at various points as the incident escalates and additional pumps are requested.

A 10 pump fire roughly equates to a 3rd or 4th alarm here in the US. At the tragic Kings Cross underground (subway) fire about a decade ago (one of LFBs few LODD fires) the OIC had dispatch "Make pumps 32". This would be roughly the equivalent of an FDNY 5th alarm plus 3rd alm borough call, or a Chicago 5-11 with a couple of specials for 5 engines each.

Aerial Apparatus: LFB utilizes rear-mount ladders which they call turntable ladders (TL) and Simon or Bronto articulating booms (Snorkels) which they call hydraulic platforms (HP). These are automatically dispatched on some initial alarms and greater alarms, but can also be requested by the OIC. On the LFB dailies that appears as "TL requested" or "HP requested", and the OIC can also ask dispatch to "Make HPs 2" if he needs a couple of them in a hurry.

Hose Tenders: Large capacity hose wagons denoted as HLL (Hose Laying Lorry) or HLU (Hose Laying Unit), summoned when long lays are anticipated or where substantial water supply or relay operations are expected.

Breathing Apparatus Control Officer: Denoted as BA on the dailies, the BA Control Officer responds on all extra alarms. LFB follows a strict SCBA policy which is combined with a personnel accountability system. Anyone entering a structure with SCBA must pass through a BA Control Officer first. They err on the side of extreme caution and safety on all interior
operations, as do most European departments, and LODDs are extremely rare occurances.

Damage Control Unit: DCU is a salvage unit carrying dewatering pumps and extensive salvage tools, equipment and supplies.

Hosereel: LFB does not carry preconnects, but keeps 38mm hose on portable reels. 38mm is roughly equivalent to our inch and three quarter hose. All hose uses Storz quarter turn couplings. Most rigs also carry high pressure booster lines.

Jet: 70mm hoseline, approximately equal to our 3-inch hose, again with Storz couplings.

Dry Riser Main: Standpipe, charged from the street by a pumper.

Persons reported fire: A fire in which calls are being received indicating civilians trapped or in danger.

Cylinders reported fire: A fire in which calls are being received indicating the involvement or exposure of pressurized gas cylinders, such as LPG, oxy-acetylene, etc.

Special Service: Any unusual non-fire response such as technical rescue, hazmat, railway accidents, salvage operations such as de-watering basements from water main breaks, etc.

LFB pumpers (and all other apparatus) are standardized throughout the country. You can literally go from a pumper in the south to one in the north and find the same equipment in the same compartment on each rig. Apparatus are spec'd to a national standard, and when a manufacturer fills an order for new apparatus (generally ordered 20 or more at a time) they must also supply one identical unit to the Fire Service College at Moreton-On-Marsh, Britain's national fire training center. You do not enter the British fire service except through the Fire Service College, and you do not get promoted unless you pass specific Fire Service College residence courses required for each successive lever within their fire service. Rank and tenure are nationwide, and anyone can bid on any position in any part of the country, provided they have passed the necessary Fire Service College courses and have the seniority needed.



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