07-02-2004, 01:33 PM #1
What got me out of bed at 0430 this morning...
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:
Last edited by Dalmatian90; 07-02-2004 at 01:48 PM.IACOJ Canine Officer
07-02-2004, 01:33 PM #2
07-02-2004, 01:38 PM #3
Pomfret's new CAFS attack tanker.
It's first fire...ahhhhhh, they broke it's cherry.IACOJ Canine Officer
07-02-2004, 01:39 PM #4
07-02-2004, 01:41 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, 01:44 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, 01:46 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, 06:20 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, 04:47 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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