Rocky Mount (NC) Firefighters Battle Recycling Plant Fire

At 11:30 a.m. on November 5, 2014, Rocky Mount (NC) fire units–Engine Companies 1, 3, 4, 6, and Rescue 2 and Battalion 2–were dispatched to the 800 block of S. Halifax Road for a structure fire at a recycling plant. Engine 1 was a mile away and reported to radio that they could see a large column of smoke in the area that they were responding to. Upon arrival, Engine 1 reported that they had a large pile of scrap metal on fire that was being processed for recycling next to a large recycling building 

Battalion was now arriving and taking command. There were no local hydrants in the area and Battalion 2 requested tanker assignments from Nash County Mutual Aid Companies from the West Mount, Red Oak, and Coopers Fire Departments. Rocky Mount units began fighting the blaze with water that they were carrying. Upon arrival of mutual aid, companies went into service setting up drop tanks and a water shuttle was used.  Due to the type of contents that were on fire, a decision was made to use foam. Firefighters used 15 cans of foam to help extinguish the fire. 

It took firefighters about one hour and 20 minutes to confine the fire and have it under control. Firefighters remained on the scene for another two hours overhauling and picking up equipment.

According to the company operation manager, there was no major damage done to the structure. Battalion 2 reported that there were no injuries to civilians or fire personnel. Nash County EMS Units were on the scene providing rehab.

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