Hot Shots 4/24

April 17, 2024
Heavy fire was showing from the second floor of a vacant, two-story Detroit building when the first-arriving engine reached the site.

Detroit, Feb. 12—Heavy fire was showing from the second floor of a vacant, two-story building, which formerly was a club, when the first-arriving engine reached the site. Two squatters were in the building. One of them jumped from the second floor; the other died in the fire. Crews stretched hoselines and went with a defensive posture. Four engines, two trucks, two rescue squads and two chiefs responded. Approximately 30 firefighters were on scene.

Photo by David Bryce



Los Angeles, Feb. 5—After two days of heavy rain, streams and rivers were full and moving quickly. Firefighters responded to bystander reports that a man jumped in the Pacoima Wash in pursuit of his dog. Crews responded to several bridges and access points down river and located the canine, which managed to swim safely to the edge and escape the rapids. Los Angeles Fire Department Air Operations lowered a rescuer into the water, who grabbed the victim. The rescuer and the victim were hoisted into the aircraft and transported to the local hospital.

Photo by Michael Meadows



Memphis, TN, Jan. 8—An unattended “warming fire” in an outbuilding spread to the main residential structure. On arrival, Memphis Fire Department Truck 13 split into an inside and an outside team. The outside team, comprising the driver/paramedic and a firefighter, completed vertical ventilation because of the fire’s extension to the main structure, heavy fire conditions in the Charlie division and an offensive interior attack. Sixteen apparatus and 36 members were on scene.

Photo by Cody Miller



Catonsville, MD, Jan. 23—A civilian reported a dwelling fire. When firefighters arrived, a person was reported trapped inside of the structure. The battalion chief upgraded to a fire box with rescue and requested additional units. Until they gained entry, crews knocked down the fire from the exterior. When members entered, they fought the fire from the interior. Members found an unconscious victim in the second-floor bedroom. The fire took about an hour to control.

Photo by Howard Meile III

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