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    [disclaimer]This post is intended to provide some offbeat humor.... clearly some rules were broken (SCBA, 2-in-2-out, etc etc etc). Hopefully this won't turn into a flamefest.[/disclaimer]

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    Firefighter puts snow to good use

    SHELTON At 2 p.m. Thursday, Dave VanWart, an Echo Hose firefighter, used snow to knock down flames engulfing a living room. VanWart, a 25-year-old landscaper, was the first firefighter at the structure fire at the two-family house on Murphy Lane. Arriving shortly before the engine from the Pine Rock firehouse, VanWart grabbed a shovel from the bed of his truck and ran to the first-floor apartment. Shoveling snow from the outside lawn, VanWart managed to extinguish most of the flames, according to Assistant Fire Chief Mike Ulrich. "It created steam, and steam puts fire out fast," Ulrich said on a day when the department responded to two fires. In the early morning hours, firefighters put out a kitchen fire at the Residence Inn.

    At Murphy Lane, the Pine Rock engine's hoses finished off the flames, which had climbed into the wall cavity. The fire was out by 2:15 p.m., Ulrich said. investigation. Ulrich said the fire was located around a living room couch.

    Fire damage was limited the living room; other areas of the house were also damaged by smoke and water. The fire at the Residence Inn, 1001 Bridgeport Ave., broke out shortly after midnight. The blaze was put out quickly, but the sprinklers flooded about eight people out of their rooms at the long-term stay hotel.

    The cause was an unattended pot on the stove, Ulrich said.
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    that's pretty cool. Quick thinking.
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    Did he use yellow snow?

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    Come to think of it, we once responded to a report of an explosion outside.... arrived on scene where some contractors were working, found a large trailer generator blew a line that spewed over the engine compartment and blew open the access doors upon ignition while starting a small fire. Several of the crewmen shoveled copious amounts of snow on the fire after emptying two overmatched ABC extinguishers, and were successful. I had forgotten about that call....
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    Quote Originally Posted by ElectricHoser View Post
    [disclaimer]This post is intended to provide some offbeat humor.... clearly some rules were broken (SCBA, 2-in-2-out, etc etc etc). Hopefully this won't turn into a flamefest.[/disclaimer]
    You forgot a few rules: double hoods, 3/4s over turnout pants, Level IIIA vest, and Ninja Nunchucks. Not to mention calling for mutual aid from Chuck Norris! ALWAYS a must!
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    Was the shovel NFPA approved for fire suppression?

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    Was the snow?
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    Maybe the folks in western NY will be utilizing this tactic too... that way they don't have to dig out a hydrant

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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
    Did Support Unit 4 rush to the scene to supply the Shovels?....
    Yea right after he got the page through his 4 channel Minitor 5.

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    Don't forget, was that a smooth bore shovel or a fog shovel? And was his hard hat a leather or a salad bowl?

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    Cool I'll have to remember that if I'm ever in a 7-11 and a fire starts, Slurpee 1 onscene.

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    Next time I have an opportunity to put out fire with snow or a slurpee, I will have to take a few moments (by pretending I'm doing a size up) to determine if I want my actions to end up on a forum thread mixed in with the Support 4 Communications Director.

    Then I'll inform the troops to go defensive. Not worth it.
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    Did he stop at the green lights on the way to the curb?
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    The individual in this story from Shelton is a former co-worker of mine from about 4 years ago. This has been all over the local news and radio here so it was quite the talk of the office when we heard Dave's name on the local morning radio show. From what I recall about Dave, he was a very dedicated volunteer firefighter back than and apparently still is now. He isn't some whacko-whacker and he is smart enough not to do something stupid like some are blowing this up to be (the jokes aside).

    BTW, this story has somehow made it from the Connecticut Post all the way to the Boston Globe, New York Newsday, Rhode Island Eyewitness News, and all the local TV and radio news stations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nmfire View Post
    The individual in this story from Shelton is a former co-worker of mine from about 4 years ago. This has been all over the local news and radio here so it was quite the talk of the office when we heard Dave's name on the local morning radio show. From what I recall about Dave, he was a very dedicated volunteer firefighter back than and apparently still is now. He isn't some whacko-whacker and he is smart enough not to do something stupid like some are blowing this up to be (the jokes aside).

    BTW, this story has somehow made it from the Connecticut Post all the way to the Boston Globe, New York Newsday, Rhode Island Eyewitness News, and all the local TV and radio news stations.

    There have been jokes in this thread, I better go back and re-read it I must have missed them.

    Seriously though good thinking on his part, there are those who can't improvise when the situation is other than what they have trained on.

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    And you guys think snow is unorthodox. Our neighboring department had a car fire one day. The radio traffic went something like this:

    "Responding units be advised, PD on scene reports a fire under the hood and the the vehicle owner is attempting to extinguish it by pouring beer on it"

    "Command to control, fire extinguished by the beer prior to our arrival. All units returning to quarters."
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nmfire View Post
    And you guys think snow is unorthodox. Our neighboring department had a car fire one day. The radio traffic went something like this:

    "Responding units be advised, PD on scene reports a fire under the hood and the the vehicle owner is attempting to extinguish it by pouring beer on it"

    "Command to control, fire extinguished by the beer prior to our arrival. All units returning to quarters."
    He used beer to put out a CAR FIRE?!? I mean, maybe if your house was on fire, but just for a CAR?

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    Quote Originally Posted by randsc View Post
    He used beer to put out a CAR FIRE?!? I mean, maybe if your house was on fire, but just for a CAR?
    What a shame...for the beer
    Hmmm...was he drinking and driving?
    Wonder if the beer was a foreign or domestic...well you know it wasn't Canadian....that stuff would have intensified the fire.

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    My guess it that it was German beer. That's about all it's good for!
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    I hope it was a Bud product at least.

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