Flourtown Fire Company recently held some training on roof cuts that are used to ventilate fires. The use of chainsaws, axes and a halligan bars on a roof requires special techniques to remain safe. Ladder placement is key as well as “reading and sounding the roof” to make sure it’s safe to put weight on what could be a potentially fire or water damaged structure. Captain Thornton (white helmet) is send instructing firefighters on proper procedures to remove portions of the roof to allow smoke and heat to exit the structure. Photos by Bob Wilmot, Jr.
At 22:22 hours on 1/4/14 Montgomery County Department of Public Safety dispatched crew from Stations 6, 700, 82 to Flourtown Plaza Shopping Center, at the corner of Bethlehem Pike and East Mill Road for a report of smoke for the building, Springfield Township Police (28PD) arrived on scene with smoke showing from a single story stripmall of six stores, Chief 6 arrived and reported heavy smoke and fire smoke showing from the roof line, Eng 6 arrived side A and deployed hand lines, Chief 6 established command and reported fire through the roof and ordered the 2nd alarm to be struck, fire companies on scene were Stations 6, 700, 82, 29, 45, 7, 88, 400, and EMS 31
Below is a compilation of some of the photos and videos collected from various observers and companies involved. The videos and photos are shared here remain the property of those submitting them and no rights are implied. We thank you for sharing them with our volunteers.
Video by Brian Sullivan:
Raw Video from Flourtown FF Greg Fasold:
Rick Rotando Photo and Video:
Flourtown Fire Company responded as a Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) for an attic fire in Whitemarsh Township’s Spring Mill Fire Company’s local area at 2 River Road. The team also assisted with overhaul after the fire was placed under control. All Photos by Bob Wilmot, Jr.
From the Fort Washington Fire Company website is a decription of the fire found at 10 Morris Road in Upper Dublin Township:
“Stations 29 & 6 were dispatched for a reported dwelling fire in the area of Morris Road / Sheaff Lane. Police arrived on scene with smoke showing and advised the house was in station 88?s local. As the box was corrected Captain 88 arrived on scene and established command. Command had a 3 story detached single family dwelling with one person unaccounted for. Chief 29 & FM32-1 took division 1 & 2. Engine 6 was the first arriving engine and stretched (1) 1.75? line to the interior and took the hydrant on side alpha. Ladder 6 was the first arriving truck followed by Engine 29. A backup line was stretched to the interior from Engine 29. Engine 88 arrived and reverse laid from Engine 29 to a secondary hydrant. FM32-1 advised the fire was in the basement and the interior stairs had burned away. A 3rd line was stretched to the charlie side basement access and knocked down the bulk of the fire.” All Photos by Bob Wilmot, Jr.