FIREFIGHTING 101- RESPONSE TIMES COUNT

ENGINE 25's FRONT LINE TRUCK BROKE DOWN ON THE 5 ALARM FIRE NIGHT BEFORE LAST SO THEY ARE USING THIS 1991 SEAGRAVE. THE PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE USING FIRE TRUCKS THAT ARE NEARLY 20 YEARS OLD.

NORTH PHILADELPHIA – October 27, 2010 (WPVI) — Investigators say a house fire in North Philadelphia appears suspicious. Flames broke out at a home at A and Ontario Streets around midnight. Heavy smoke and flames were coming from the first and second floors when firefighters arrived. Everyone was able to safely get out of the house. LINK

When things go right in my job, no one pay’s attention. Take this story for example. It barely warrants a mention from Philly’s main news station. But when we pulled up to this house around midnight last night, fire was blowing out of the front, rolling across the porch threatening to extend to the property next door. Luckily for everyone involved the firefighters from Engine 25 are some of the best in the business. As luck would have it none of the companies who were supposed to respond to this fire were “browned out” as part of some cost cutting scheme.

We were able to get on location, get the property ventilated and had water on the fire within minutes. It’s as simple as that. Having the fire department ready to respond rapidly, with the correct manpower and equipment SAVES LIVES AND PROPERTY. Those are the facts as demonstrated by this job. No injuries, fire contained quickly and the scene preserved for the Fire Marshall to investigate. What’s that kind of service worth?

Anyone who tries to sell you something else isn’t dealing with the facts. Period.

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4 Responses to FIREFIGHTING 101- RESPONSE TIMES COUNT

  1. Old NFO says:

    Amen… BUT they will ignore the fact that there were no unmanned stations last night.

  2. Just not in my part of town. But one of the engines who did respond is on the list and is closed periodically.

  3. Bob G. says:

    Cap:
    You never have to tell me what all your people do out there…
    I don’t know HOW you manage to perform the job given the situation and the stress.
    But thank GOD you ALL do…and to the BEST of your abilities.
    This is commitment, honor & integrity at it’s finest.

    THAT is the story that needs to get out into the media.
    And it needs to REMAIN out there until everyone else “gets it”.

    Stay safe.

  4. Bob- unfortunately that’s not how the local medi sees it.

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