Firefighting

STAIRWELL FIRE

Issue 2 and Volume 159.

BY MICHAEL N. CIAMPO Receiving a call in the early morning hours for a reported structure fire is enough to make anyone’s blood pressure rise. As the Fire Department of New York turned out of quarters into the direction of the reported address, I glanced down to look at the computer-generated run ticket. I read the assignment of three engines, two trucks, and the battalion chief to the reported address for a “possible fire.” Those two words “possible fire” would change my mindset and size-up as we proceeded to the location. As we began our response, the dispatcher’s high-toned voice relayed additional pertinent information: “Be advised we’re receiving numerous calls and we’ve added the rescue and squad to your assignment.” (1) A section of the stairwell that is missing stair treads. Note the high heat level present, as evidenced by the discolored metal. (Photos by Chuck Brodil.) Click here to…

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