Leadership

CONFLAGRATION IN REVERE, MASSACHUSETTS

Issue 5 and Volume 144.

CONFLAGRATION IN REVERE, MASSACHUSETTS At 0243 hours on December 14, 1990 while Revere Fire Department companies operated at a three-alarm fire in a three-decker residential structure, a call came in for a fire at 34 Highland Street, just four blocks away, What followed reinforced significant lessons about fire operations during incidents that develop or could develop into conflagrations and about large-scale fire operations in general. The city of Revere hits a population of approximately 50,000 in a 7.1square-mile area. The Revere Fire Department consists of 1.31 paid personnel who operate and manage five engines and two ladder companies from five stations. Revere is a highly congested residential and commercial area located north of Boston. Much of the city is comprised of three story wood-frame dwellings with front and rear porches, commonly referred to as “three-deckers’ (see sidebar). RESPONSE Mutual-aid companies from Malden, Everett, and Lynn, which had to cover empty…

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