NORTH PHILADELPHIA – December 31, 2010 (WPVI) — Philadelphia firefighters are on the scene dousing hot spots from a 3-alarm inferno that raged overnight. Action News was on the scene at West Girard Avenue and North Marshall Street in North Philadelphia, just before 2:00 Friday morning. Our cameras captured flames leaping from the roof of the four story commercial building.
According to officials, the fire was reported in a beauty shop at 1:36 a.m. Fire crews struck the second alarm just after 2:00 a.m. and was finally brought under control at 3:03 a.m. There were no injuries and the cause of the fire remains under investigation. LINK
It’s been a long week. I finally got a good nights sleep last night after a 60 plus hour week. There was another extra alarm fire overnight and I can only think how exhausted the fellas must be. Three alarms disrupts the entire department anymore. That means almost two dozen units were deployed to fight the fire leaving vast areas of the city under protected. It also puts enormous strain on the firefighters who are left on the street trying to cover that much area. Just because there are three alarms in service doesn’t mean the 911 calls stop. They keep on coming.
What’s worse is our commanders know this now more than ever and in some instances have been hesitant to call for additional help. Instead of striking out additional alarms they are content to make a “special call” of just a few companies. This is both dangerous and demoralizing for those on the fireground. It also allows the administration to downgrade the number of extra alarm fires justifying their dangerous cuts. Sooner or later I am afraid to say these policies are going to catch up with us. Then we will pay for them in blood and tears… as usual.