The thunderstorms had already woken me up! We had boomers that would've made those darn flatlanders proud skim just north of my town.
Not much special about this, but I took the photos so you get to see some.
50x40 Hay Shed, 200 round bales. Hit by lightning.
Heavy fire showing on all sides on arrival approx. 3 minutes after tones went out (Pomfret was already out on internal alarm calls)
1st due Engine-Tank knocked the fire down with 1000 gallons of water via CAFS. After that switched to plain water while mucking around, and finished off with 1/10% foam solution from the deck gun.
Water supply was OK but had to be watched -- we laid 1800' 5" to a pond that was recharging a lot slower than we could suck it out. It's July in Connecticut; same pond in October or April could be pumped until the second coming. We've used it before successfully. This time a culvert let go under our Engine on the way in -- same excavator that tore down the building came and gave us a pull getting out.
Farm was a satellite farm -- the land & buildings were leased by a teen/early twentysomething. So he had corn growing, some heifers, and stored his hay here but the family machinery was back at his parent's farm. He's a little nervous -- he did buy crop insurance, but he's not sure the hay is covered since it wasn't stored on his/his parent's property.
And since our role was:
Wait four hours.
I had sometime after the sun came up to snap pictures!
Rough timeline (I was listening on scanner
0410: Pomfret with automatic aid, Dayville & Williamsville. Full assignments from all.
0413: Chief on scene, special call Eastford full assignment, special call Excavator
0430: Special call Mortlake E-190.
0445: Special call Mortlake Ambulance, standby on scene
0830: E-190 may pickup.
0930: Remaining units returning; Pomfret officers will be checking during the day and running a fire detail out there as necessary for hotspots.
This is our ambulance...yep, been here done that with the early dawn light and fog rising many a time as the call is winding down:
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07-02-2004, 02:33 PM #1
What got me out of bed at 0430 this morning...
Last edited by Dalmatian90; 07-02-2004 at 02:48 PM.IACOJ Canine Officer
07-02-2004, 02:33 PM #2
07-02-2004, 02:38 PM #3
Pomfret's new CAFS attack tanker.
It's first fire...ahhhhhh, they broke it's cherry.IACOJ Canine Officer
07-02-2004, 02:39 PM #4
07-02-2004, 02:41 PM #5
Truckies? We don't need no stinkin' Truckies.
BTW, the contractor who owns & is running what he calls his "mini"excavator (he has BIG John Deere ones, too) is a former member of ours and good friend-of-the-fire-company.IACOJ Canine Officer
07-02-2004, 02:44 PM #6
For those of you who hear some of us talk about a "bayonet" nozzle -- here's a Rockwood Navy nozzle with Bayonet attached being thrust into the piles.IACOJ Canine Officer
07-02-2004, 02:46 PM #7
And finally, in the end it was hydraulic overhaul with 1/10% foam from the deck gun to help it soak in.
Like I think I said up higher, had the water level in the pond been higher we would've probably run a lot more master streams and had less guys playing opening up bales and stuff. I don't know the final total, probably ended up in the 50,000 to 60,000 gallon range -- we had used 26,000 gallons at one point and a bit later they opened up the deck gun for 30 minutes.IACOJ Canine Officer
07-02-2004, 07:20 PM #8
Well That Looked Like It Was Fun...NOT!!!....Thank God That Wasn't Me...lolIf someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation?
07-03-2004, 05:47 PM #9
- Join Date
- Jun 2002
- Glenn Dale Md, Heart of the P.G. County Fire Belt....
We were toned out at 04:08 for a run. HIPPAA regulations won't allow me to post pictures of a medical call though.
That TrackHoe is an awesome machine for work like overhauling a hay barn. Hope I don't need one any time soon.Never use Force! Get a Bigger Hammer.
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