Hot Shots 1/23

Jan. 9, 2023
Hot Shots includes Los Angeles Fire Department members cutting ventilation holes in the roof of a single-story church that caught fire when flames from a blaze at a homeless encampment impinged on the structure.

PACOIMA, CA, MAY 15—A Los Angeles Fire Department engine was dispatched to a reported rubbish fire. Additional calls to the department prompted an upgrade to a full structure response. The first-in engine and Battalion 12 reported a large homeless encampment well involved, which impinged on a 50 x 100-foot one-story church. Truck 75 found smoke coming from the rear roof vents. The crew cut several ventilation holes, and the smoke increased in color and pressure. The crew was forced off of the roof when heavy fire erupted through the roof holes.

Photo by Michael Meadows

CHICAGO, OCT. 27A Chicago Fire Department (CFD) ARFF unit practices the application of simulated foam on the computer-controlled burn pit at the department’s O’Hare Airport training facility, which is designed to provide numerous different training scenarios. CFD firefighters who are assigned to the airport train on aircraft emergencies on a regular basis.

Photo by Gordon Nord

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP, PA, OCT. 16Shortly before dawn, Box 33-5 toned, sending Lower Paxton Township Fire Department Company 33, Engines 32, 301 and 34, Rescue 40 and Truck 35 to a house fire. While en route, an off-duty Lower Paxton Police Department officer indicated that the structure was fully involved. Engine 32 arrived to a one-story, single-family dwelling that had fire throughout. Engine 32 secured its own hydrant across the street from the fire building. Two handlines were stretched, which knocked down the bulk of the fire in about 15 minutes.

Photo by Jason Coleman-Cobb


Members of FDNY’s Rescue Company 3 and Squad Company 41 perform a trench cut to stop fire at a six-story occupied multiple dwelling from spreading. Despite the members’ efforts, the fire did spread via the cockloft to the B wing. Units had heavy fire through the roof on arrival. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries.

Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

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