Engine Company, Firefighting

Pitzen Road Fire: Water Supply Challenge

Issue 10 and Volume 173.

By Rudy Horist Fire operations in rural and nonhydranted areas always add additional factors that, if not planned for, can have a significant impact on the outcome of an incident. For the McHenry Township Fire Protection District (MTFPD), located northwest of Chicago, Illinois, prior planning, establishment of new procedures, and training for these types of events led to a successful outcome at a significant fire. On January 6, 2019, at 1147 hours, the MTPFD responded to a reported structure fire at 3904 N. Pitzen Road in the village of Johnsburg, Illinois. The house was a large, two-story, wood-frame home approximately 2,500 square feet and built in the early 1970s. It included a full basement. There was one exposure, another three-story house about 25 feet from the fire building, on the B side. RELATED FIREFIGHTER TRAINING Prepare to Ensure a Sufficient Water Supply Doing the Job with Limited Resources in Small…

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