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Helmet-cam & fireground audio: Attached garage fire in Mechanicsville, Maryland.

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This is helmet-cam video of a garage fire on Sunday afternoon in Mechanicsville, Maryland (St. Mary's County). Here are some details from Firefighter/EMT Ryan Raley on the Mechanicsville VFD website:

At 1716 hours, Engine Companies 2, 22, 5, 1, Charles 2, Truck 1, EMS Stations 29, and Charles 2 were alerted to 26616 Lawrence Adams Drive for the reported garage fire. Chief 2B(Bellevou) arrived first, moments after dispatch and advised he had a two story split level house, with an attached garage fully involved with extension into the basement and attic.

Engine 23(Lt. Colvin) arrived four minutes after dispatch, laying out the 4" LDH from the hydrant. The crew forced the front door, as no one was home, and advanced a 1.75" crosslay to the basement. Once in the basement, crews found the fire to be rolling out from the garage access and forced that door as well.

Firefighters extinguished the fire that was impeading on the basement then relocated the attack line to the second floor and extinguished the bulk of the fire on the second floor.

Engine 24(FF Copsey) arrived and assisted Engine 23 by advancing a second handline thus bringing the fire under control in ten minutes. Rescue Squad 2(Capt. Barnes) arrived completed searches and opened up.

With the fire under control, Command scaled the incident back and held the units from Station 2 and Engine 54 for short time.

One firefighter sustained a minor injury and was taken to St. Mary's Hospital.

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  • Newburgher

    Door Chocks!!

  • Anonymous

    Maryland is home to the National Fire Academy, the Fallen Firefighters Memorial and we lead the charge with the “Everyone Goes Home” initiative. Thank you for representing us by a lack of seat belt use. Dave love your site but shame on you for posting this safety violation. At least edit the unsafe actions.

    • dave statter

      I think I am familiar with NFFF. They do good work. But it i not my job to censor. Much as I wouldn’t censor your comment or anyone else who wants to identify what they see as problems with this incident or any other.

    • Anonymous

      I'm familiar with the area and If I'm not mistaking, they were in the driveway when this video starts. 

    • http://elaffhq.com Lt. Lemon

      Yes, Dave, the obvious answer is to edit the video, cover up all mistakes, and act as though they never happened.
       
      Why would we EVER want to see the raw footage and potentially LEARN from our mistakes?

    • Gil

      Good luck on getting everyone to wear seatbelts. But if they were standing out side with there vests on, breathing air, holding hands while watching the house burn that would be ok.

    • CHAOS

      So, if Dave censors things to meet your approval, then all everyone sees is "perfect" operations where there are no "learning moments" to point out things that need to be done better.  Wow, that would be productive…if you were trying to promote a "we're perfect" agenda.
      Geez, Dave, next thing you know someone will want you to edit out people pulling 1 3/4" lines on obvious master stream situations.  "Wouldn't want anyone to think mistakes are being made!"

      • Gil

        I remember when Fire Engineering magazine had a picture of the perfect fire ground, it was a blank page.

  • 8truck

    Excellent work!! Had the line stretched and water on the fire in 1:20. Everyone had a tool and looked like they knew what they were doing. Nice job!!

  • NJ FF

    One of the better helmet cam videos than I've seen in a while. Wasted no time getting in.

  • Fire21

    I'm amazed at how clear the asmosphere is inside the home…we can see almost everything!!  Looked like a nice job of keeping the fire out of the home itself, although it did get a bit of a hold in the upstairs.  Maybe another hoseline?  But then, we don't know what their manpower was like, as well as water supply.  Saved the home, with what looks like minimal damage.  Good job.

  • http://FD1 John

    I think they did a pretty darn good job if you ask me.  Split levels suck.

  • Bulldog

    Overall a very good job by everybody involved!  I do wonder why a second line was never stretched to the second floor like the officer originally told the downstairs crew.

  • Anonymous

    Agree with 8, nice work.  I would be happy if these guys showed up to put my house fire out.  Cant say that for most of the departments I see on here. 

  • fedup

    Outstanding job…..well done!!
     

  • Former Chief

    Nice job from my perspective.

  • Neil

    Good call by the officer for keeping the first line in the basement.  Confine then extinguish.

  • 95%er

    Damn boys. That crew stretched the line in record time and made a quick hit. It looked like the video was in double speed. Was he sprinting with the nozzle?
     I was wondering if the guy was gonna go to the garage or in the front door. Yeah for the right move!
    This video should be required viewing for all firefighters and fire officers. If they had hit it from the front outside, the fire would have extended and taken out the interior.
    Great JOB! Give these guys the Stockton Gold Star of Approval.

  • Midwest Chief

    Text book tactics for an attached garage. If has breached the man door, fight from the unburmned side.

  • BH

    Most departments (or at least, most nozzlemen) would have gone like moths to the garage door and sat there pissing on it while the fire took hold of the first level.  Good strategy and tactics- aggressive, but smart. 

  • Play4keeps

    WELL DONE!I The PG /DC influence on the region is the textbook example of how to do interior fire attack!  These guys do it right compared to some of the " OUTSTANDING" (LOL)operations you see in other parts of the US.
    …and to the second poster, shame on you for not understanding a successful risk-reward culture.  Successful operations, which is what EGH is really about, mandates good common sense coupled with safe practices.Being combat ready might preclude your "self-righteous" safety violation.   
    Well done So MD!!

  • Midwest FF

    Nice work!!

  • HOOKMAN

    This is an absolute disgrace….the lineman ran while flaking the hose out, no 2 in 2 out in place and not one G!@ D#@! safety vest….on top of this, the fireman was inside the house in under a minute after flaking the hose out, then has the audacity to apply water to the fire as if it were his house ablaze….LOL…….EXCELLENT WORK MECHANICSVILLE……Ditto what Play4keeps said…..because of their agressive nature,the fire got put out quickly and this homeowner will more than likely, be able to salvage part of his home…..the art of firefighting is not dead yet!

    • Eng8ine

      I agree! How did they fight this fire without a green safety vest on?? Weall know that the safety vest is the most important gear firefighters can wear these days or the fire will never go out,,,AAAAHHHHH!

  • WagonDriver11

    Great job by Mechanicsville. That is how its done Boys & girls. only thing I saw was no second/back up  line was pulled (from what we can see), second line should of been pulled to the 1st floor with the collapse of the garage and limited attack from the basement and to help keep extention to the rest of the house. A well done to the nozzleman on his work, Did alot of running up and down from basement to first floor and was keeping it in check with 1 line…. Some people should watch this vid and learn from it. This is how you safe a house. Some dept is MD and around the country can learn from this vid.
     
      

  • Shh….

    Thank you for not hitting it from the front of the garage. The videos on here that show the first line outside the garage make me crazy. This is a bread and butter job and was handled very nicely. Keep up the good work SoMd.

  • fyrecapt

    Hey, how bout knock the fire down on the outside, keep the fire from extending any further inside??? Just wondering.
    I mean, the door was closed until the bright firemen opened it up and allowed MORE fire to enter the structure! Interior line keeps the fire from extending further…
    Good hustle, poor tactic. Two lines one inside and one outside as the primary attack. There was no reason to open that man door to the interior of the home.
    I know that is a tactic that a lot of us use, including my dept, but its wrong!

    • Play4keeps

      Sorry capt., you are incorrect.  Yes, every house and building is unique but the tactic for this kind of SFD was textbook.  I supose you expected the lineman to wait at the door while the fire extended into soffits, wall cavities, and above them into the floor joists while some H2O was being thrown into an already consumed garage?

  • Eric S.

    Good knock down, although once he got down to the first floor (sub level) and saw the fire rolling out the garage-entry door, why didnt he try to knock that first?  I imagine they had to force the door but even then, with that much fire rolling out overhead I would've had the nozzle open in preparation once the door was opened. Instead he stood right up in there in the door way and waited a few seconds, even after the door was opened the nozzle wasnt even opened up till a few seconds later.

  • Craig Johnson

    Job Well Done!!!! Dismiss earlier post about downstair garage door…. Door was failing when the crew entered the room. Line in place and fire was quickly pushed back. The poster as well as most of us doesn't know fire ground staffing initially. So in my opinion the priority was taken care of. Enough said.

    • Eric S.

      With the door failing….don't you think the guy on the nozzle should have been more prepared? With obvious fire ALREADY rolling out. From what I can tell, the door was brought down at 2:03, and the bail wasnt opened till 2:17.  Granted the fire may not get through the ceiling and extend during that short period of time…but what the heck are you just standing there and admiring the fire for? I guess so you can get the perfect shot for your helmet cam!

  • fyrecapt

    Play4: No I dont expect anyone to stand around and wait for anything. They were infact very quick pulling their lines. However, SFD man doors do not need to be opened and allow fire and or smoke to extend through the home. I will admit it was already beginning to make its way through, but why not get a 2 1/2 line and knock the piss out of the garage from the outside, and send your 2nd line interior to keep it in check? 
    Been on way too many SFD garage fire where we went interior, opened the man door and extended the fire throughout the structure… what part of good tactics is that?? Get 2 lines in service quick, one to the fire and one interior!  By the looks of the video, there was plenty of FF's available to do just that that….
     
     

    • runnin’ da line

      If you have fire extending throughout the structure when you attack an attached garage from inside the home maybe you need to review basic fireground operations with your men.  I've never been on an attached garage fire where going interior was detrimental to the overall outcome of the incident.  Get in, get to that garage access door with the first line and hit it, get the second line to the top floor and start hooking ceiling.
       
      Why would you want to waste manpower on pulling a deuce and a half to "knock the piss out of" the garage?  Lets try to keep the fire from extending into the house then worry about what is basically a large bon fire that used to be a garage.
      Aggressive firefighting on an incident like this one includes getting multiple lines in the structure quick, opening up void spaces, and getting to the attic early.
       
      Like was said earlier, some people aren't happy unless there are at least 5 people in the front yard with traffic vests on and OUTSTANDING firefighters operating an exterior hoseline so they have some really cool pictures to hang up in the firehouse to show off. 
       
      Great job Mechanicsville!

  • Anonymous

    First off firefighting is sopose to be dangerous, i believe people forget all about just doing the job and worry to much about safety. Thats why fire's don't get put out! All you complaining about seatbelts and safety stuff should just worry about yourselves and the houses you probaly burn to the ground in your first due, Good job to the guys on that crew! 

  • hoseman77

    Great job done by real Jakes! Everyone is accountable for his own safety. I'm glad there are no edit jobs done on this site. In a perfect world we all wear our seat belts and full safety gear but in the real world where Sh-t happens, thats why there are fireman. I just would like to say this crew made a great stop and quick knock down. Love the move with purpose and the professionalism. Thats how its done fellas.

  • Why so harsh?

    Thoughtful posters,
    Whay are so quick to judge our brothers that offer an "alternate strategy"? Please take a munute to follow the link to an excellent article in FE discussing attached garage tactics.  Not only is the direct attack on the fire acceptable, it may be preferred depending on available resources (manning). Rated entry doors and fire seperation requirements of attached garages are there for a reason.  It would be wonderful to have all the resources available immediately to stretch two or even better, three lines on this fire.  The reality in most of America is not that.  The fastest, most effective method to quickly gain the upper hand may be to hit it hard and fast, directly at the source of the problem.  An additional consideration to consider is a wind condition, even moderate winds into the garage opening will make conditions at the point of attack using the "man-door" untenable very quickly.
    Just once, it would be great to read moderate, thoughtful and respectful commentary.
    http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/print/volume-164/issue-3/features/fire-tactics-for-attached-garages.html

  • Why so harsh?

    Thoughtful posters,
    Whay are we so quick to judge our brothers that offer an "alternate strategy"? Please take a munute to follow the link to an excellent article in FE discussing attached garage tactics.  Not only is the direct attack on the fire acceptable, it may be preferred depending on available resources (manning). Rated entry doors and fire seperation requirements of attached garages are there for a reason.  It would be wonderful to have all the resources available immediately to stretch two or even better, three lines on this fire.  The reality in most of America is not that.  The fastest, most effective method to quickly gain the upper hand may be to hit it hard and fast, directly at the source of the problem.  An additional consideration to consider is a wind condition, even moderate winds into the garage opening will make conditions at the point of attack using the "man-door" untenable very quickly.
    Just once, it would be great to read moderate, thoughtful and respectful commentary.
    http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/print/volume-164/issue-3/features/fire-tactics-for-attached-garages.html

  • Scottytheaardvark

    Nice attack. My two cents. Where I work, we usually never charge the second line until the base engine has a water supply hooked up to it. That way, you're not stealing tank water from your initial attack line,

  • Firefighter Raley

    Thanks everybody for the commandments on the job we performed. I was actually the lineman on this fire. We had one guy pull the 2" and knock the bulk of the fire from the front of the garage at the bay door. While 5 of us went interior. 1 forced entry, and started checking for extension in the 2nd floor and attic. And 2 of us were on the line. With the officer(#4) with us. And the 5th forced the basement door. Opened up the sliding glass door in the basemen for ventilation purposes and then went to the second floor. A second line was never pulled initially because when I had the basement in check I ran upstairs to knock that fire on the first floor. Once I returnee to the basement the 2" line was then moved to the second floor for assistance as the garage was basically extinguished. 

  • Stien

    Soild work fellas !!

  • Anonymous

    Good work men glad to see there are still some firemen out there. And to anonymous talking about your seatbelts and being unsafe, from one Maryland firemen to another please strap on your safety vest and tighten your seat belt real good and do use all a favor and don’t get off the fire truck, actually don’t even get on. Its people like you that ruin the business. Again good work men