12/06/10 120 W, 1 I - + 8 - 3 Exposures Aplenty as The Block Burns in Baltimore


Dave Statter has the skinny on today's big one in Baltimore. Five alarms in the 400 block of East Baltimore Street. Firefighters numbering 125. Sticks by the half-dozen, plus the snorkel. That's a reserve truck these days, right?

Exposures included the office building that houses fire department headquarters. Other "exposures" included employees of Gayety Show World, who vacated their place of employee in varying states of undress.

The fire spread to theirs and at least three other buildings on The Block. That's the city's hub of adult clubs. See Statter's story for links, slideshows, video clips, and a couple classic quotes about the aforementioned evacuees. 
 


Haddock Taylor/Baltimore Sun photo





Audio from first 90 minutes: http://statter911.com/files/2010/12/Firs..

Truncated, not real time, sounds like. Blending dispatch and tac-channel traffic.

Reported by Car 2, who requests “strike the box for a building fire with people trapped.” Initial dispatch: E6, E23, E2 as RIT, E26, E14, T6, T23, R1, Medic 7, B2, B6.

Working fire declared by Car 2. E55, Airplex 2, M41, Safety Officer, EMS something.

Second alarm. E13, E8, E51, T16, B3, PIO.

Exterior operations advised. Command advises everyone to prepare for heavy fire when roof ventilates. Fire on two floors, heavy smoke throughout. Etc.

Good listening!
Legeros - 12/07/10 - 07:35

The snorkel is special called to the scene, with a truck company sent to services (?) to bring to the scene. They call it the Water Tower, a throwback to when they had water towers.

Called to the scene for horizontal reach, you think?

Articulated platforms are few and far between these days. Is this an example of their particular suitability?
Legeros - 12/07/10 - 07:47

I kind of like the platform/snorkel better than the straight stick truck. most departments have done away with the snorkel and are going to either the aerial platform or straight stick ladder truck. Raleigh still has a Snorkel in the reserve fleet.
Charlie - 12/07/10 - 10:44

From a truckies perspective, I prefer a straight stick, then a platform, then a Snorkel as a very last option. Snorkels require a lot of clearance all the way around, and almost an engineering/physics degree to operate (if I want to do this, which way will that beam and the knuckle go).

I like the straight stick because they can get in tight places, and can be ascended and descended just like a large ground ladder. Ladder a roof, do whatcha’ gotta’ do, then come down. Put it in place to your objective and leave it there until you’re done. In defensive mode, with a remote nozzle you can put it anywhere and not have anyone at risk to save a building which has been written off. And for those that say “you have to see where the water is going”, here’s a tip; if the fire isn’t going out after a few minutes of flowing, move the nozzle, you’re probably not in a good spot.
Silver - 12/07/10 - 14:34

From Jeff Harkey, here’s the full run card for the incident:

Box 6-7 – 404 East Baltimore Street
C2 requests the box for a building fire with people trapped, 15:42

1st Alarm:
E6
E23
E2 as RIT
E26
E14
T6
T23
R1
M7
BC2
BC6

Self-dispatched, added to the alarm:
Safety 2
C3

Working Fire Dispatch:
E55
Air-Flex 2
M41
FID
EMS3

2nd Alarm:
E13
E8
E51
T16
BC3
PIO

(Staging at Gay/Lexington)

Special Call T51 (Water Tower) (Snorkel)

3rd Alarm:
E36
E31
E52
E41
T10
T5

4th Alarm: (16:07)
E58
SQ41
SQ11
E44
T8
FM
Fire Apparatus Coord

(County notified for coverage)

Car 1 as IC

5th Alarm:
E30
E35
E29
E21
T29
T26
BC1
MD1
Legeros - 12/07/10 - 22:12

Most of those companies responed to a second 5 alarm fire later that night in the Mt.Vernon section of town. Some were the same crews that had come in early for relief. Baltimore works 10’s and 14’s.
Mike - 12/08/10 - 10:34



  
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