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.
On Sunday afternoon, 4/7/13, Squad 6 and Engine 6 were both a part of the response to a large wind-whipped fire in Horsham as 298 Blair Mill Road burned from a fire which allegedly began as a brush fire quickly burned in the neighboring professional business center.
A crew with Engine 6 stood by at Station 88A (Fort Washington) to cover Upper Dublin Township after crews from that station responded directly to the fire.
Squad 6 Crew (pictured below in a photo from Bob Wilmot, Jr.) served as a Rapid Intervention Team (firefighter and safety crew) at the scene. That crew included: (r – l) FF Tyler Buckley, FF Matt Caro, Asst. Chief Chris Buckley, FF Ross Pike, FF Andrew Johnson, Captain Chris Manning, and FF Sal Santangelo.
Some members of Flourtown Fire Company and Wyndmoor Hose Company took part in Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) training hosted by Safety and Survival Training LLC.
Firefighters learned self rescue techniques, SCBA rescue skills, grab and go techniques and other skills needed to actually make a rescue of fellow firefighters when needed on the fire grounds. All Photos by Bob Wilmot, Jr.
Tuesday, April 6 @ 22:13hrs Station 7 (Wissahickon) and Ladder 18 (FDMT) were dispatched to the area of McKean Rd. and Rt.309 for the commercial building fire. Chief 7 went on location at the new YMCA (under construction) with flames from the roof. County dispatched Squad 6 to assist as the R.I.T. Crews extended hand lines to the roof to extinguish the roofing material and trash that was burning. Squad 6’s crew stood-by till members cleared the roof.
Thursday April 8th@ 00:21hrs Station 88 (Fort Washington) with Engine 7-3 and Ladder 7 (Wissahickon) were dispatched to Stuart Ln. for the dwelling fire. LT. 88-1 went on scene with a ranch style house with fire from the roof, and possible entrapment. Squad 6 due on the box, as the R.I.T was dispatched. Crews stretched an 13/4″ hand line to knock the fire while primary and secondary searches were performed and were negative.
Later that day @ 21:43hrs Station 7 with Tower 88 were dispatched to 400 N. Bethlehem Pk. for smoke from the air vents. While crew’s investigated the possible sources, the smoke condition was getting heavier in the building. with this report Chief 7 had Squad 6 dispatched to assist as the R.I.T. Fire was found to be in an outside air intake pit. 7 command put the fire under control and released Squad 6.
Station-7 (Wissahickon) was originally dispatched for the building at 10 Maple Ave. in Ambler Boro. 03/06/10
Chief-7 arrived on scene with a confirmed fire in the basement of a three story abandoned factory with limited access to the building. With that report, County radio dispatched Squad 6 as the RIT team.
Due to the condition of the property and building, crews were having a challenging time getting water to the area of the building where the fire was located. After this assessment of the conditions, Chief-7 struck the 2nd Alarm for manpower, which added Ladder-6 to the assignment to supplement Squad-6’s crew.
Crews cleared in approx. 3 hrs.