Firefighting

THE “NOT SO EVERYDAY” CALL

Issue 2 and Volume 149.

THE “NOT SO EVERYDAY” CALL BY JERRY NAYLIS, MEMBER AND FORMER CHIEF, BERGENFIELD (NJ) FIRE DEPARTMENT Editor`s note: This new, quick-hitting column focuses on lessons learned in both typical and not-so-typical fire department operations. We seek your input. Send a brief description of your incident, including lessons learned, and any photos or illustrations, to Fire Engineering. Remember, it doesn`t have to be the “job of the century” to learn a valuable lesson (or lessons). On an evening in June 1994, the Bergenfield (NJ) Fire Department was dispatched to a residence for a report of something burning in an oven. While en route, firefighters received two messages from the police dispatcher: The first was that the owner of the dwelling had called back and said the fire was out. The second was the relay of a radio communication from the first-arriving police officer that no fire was visible but there was…

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