Structural Firefighting

MONITORING RADIO TRAFFIC: SHOULD YOUR UNIT BE RESPONDING TO A MORE URGENT CALL?

Issue 12 and Volume 151.

MONITORING RADIO TRAFFIC: SHOULD YOUR UNIT BE RESPONDING TO A MORE URGENT CALL? BY BRUCE CAVALLARI On July 19, 1998, Palm Beach County (FL) Fire-Rescue responded to a structure fire in a three-bedroom, one-story, single-family home. The fire was in a circuit breaker box located in the kitchen and is believed to have been caused by a nearby lightning strike that may have overloaded the circuits. At the time of the fire, the area was experiencing a very severe weather cell that brought heavy rain and lightning. In our dispatch system, calls are received and dispatched on one frequency and responded to and handled on another. Our unit was responding to a call for an activated fire alarm in a church. It was Sunday morning, when the church is usually filled with people, and a severe storm was in the area. There was a good chance that it was a…

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