10/20/08 184 W, 1 I - + 22 - 11 High-Rise Assignments

Early birds heard high-rise assignments dispatched about 4:28 a.m. to a structure fire at 509 Glenwood Avenue. That's a nine-story, brick structure with apartments for elderly residents. Glenwood Towers was built in 1971. The fire dispatch was Engines 13, 1, 3, 6, 7, Ladders 1, 11, Rescue 7, Battalion 3, and Car 5. The medical dispatch included EMS 13, 11, 1, Districts 1, 5. No fire found, pot on stove.

New procedures took effect July 1 for reported fires in high-rise buildings. Five engines, two ladders, one rescue, a Battalion Chief, and a Division Chief comprise the initial dispatch. The EMS response includes three EMS units, two District Chiefs, a Major Operations Support Unit, and a Logistics Officer. Arriving companies have pre-designated duties based on order of dispatch, including fire attack, fire floor support, lobby control, elevator control, and Rapid Intervention Team (RIT).

High-rise buildings are defined as those in which total emergency evacuation is not practical, and in which the fire must be fought internally. A high-rise building has occupied floors located more than 75 feet above the lowest level of fire department vehicle access. Here's a WRAL story from May about the preparing for the procedure.

Glenwood Towers

Doesn’t Raleigh City have running assignments on everything from a high rise to a local dwelling box? 1st due vs. 4th due assignments whether you are a ladder or a wagon????
joe (Email) - 10/20/08 - 19:05

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