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Arrival video: House fire in Somerville, Massachusetts.

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Video by  of Somerville firefighters’ arrival around 10:00 Tuesday morning at 167 Pearl Street in East Somerville.

Chris Orchard, Somerville Patch:

A resident was sent to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation after a fire gutted the first floor of a Pearl Street home Tuesday morning.

At least seven people, plus a cat, were displaced by the fire, according to Somerville Fire Chief Kevin Kelleher.


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  • Hey

    I don’t get the remove the entire door procedure. And the guy with no helmet and pants not throwing ladders.

  • Unreal

    Wish the video was longer so we could see how the interior attack went. A couple points though, first what kind of forced entry was that? Second you have to have coordinated ventilation, smashing out those windows before the line is in operation will induce rapid fire spread. And third where did Engine 3 go? If I was the tip man on that truck I woulda been pissed.

  • He

    At 00:06, the guy in the foreground with the baseball cap and just donning his turnout coat is pointing for them to proceed up the street in the opposite direction the second due arrives. Maybe he’s one of those In the front door with the first line” kinda guys.

  • Curly in CT

    Seems it took almost 1 whole min. from when the Ladder Co. arrived til they made their way to the side door (fire area). Can’t see if part of the crew went in the front door however. Not sure what the need was to remove that side door completely? The line was inside with 1 person on it I believe. If that nozzle person had to leave quickly I’m sure they wouldn’t appriciate the exit door blocked/being hammered on! Too bad the video isn’t longer to see the rest of the action. Somerville MA is a good sized city/job so they have their share of work. Who was the guy in the pickup with the ball cap on? Maybe FMO or Alarm Division ( Fire box Maint.)?

  • Sfd

    the Firefighter will the baseball hat and turnout coat is Somerville’s Arson investigator and most likely only caries his jacket with him during his daily shift. The reason Engine 3 pulls past the the fire building is because there is a hydrant right out of the cameras view and they are hooking up their Front suction. Engine 2 pulls down the end of the ally (another 20ft) and hooks up there front suction. The reason for removing the rear exterior door is because once inside that door you were in a small hallway where the interior door opened out into the hallway, there was no way to get more than one FF into the Building at a time until the door was completely removed. All and all it was a great stop by the first alarm assignment. The fire was held to the rear bedroom and kitchen with no extension to the upper floors. Somerville has approximatly 150 firefighters covering 4 square miles 80,000 citizens. The run 5 engines 3 trucks a heavy Rescue with Deputy and District chief covering the city.

  • Mack Seagrave

    The first line was stetched rapidly and to the correct location. The truck quickly got the door out of the engine co.’s way and took the glass once the engine had water and was ready to go. It looked like a good ‘bread and butter’ operation to me. Nice job SFD.

  • Truckie88

    Truck officer gets out with no SCBA on for a working fire? WTF

  • He

    I wonder what perfect looks like.

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  • eng2sfd

    The officer gets out of the truck with no SCBA on because his SCBA is not located inside the cab where he sits, it is located inside a compartment to the left of his door. You will notice at about the 1:20 mark that he has on his SCBA, tool in hand and he is walking with the tiller-man toward the back of the house.

    • CHAOS

      Well, that arrangement certainly speeds things up, eh?
      Very unusual setup for a modern apparatus.

    • Truckie88

      Why isn’t SCBA in cab? We’re not looking at 1960’s rigs or a commerical chassis with no room for an SCBA seat or a cab bracket that Ziamatic has made for 30 yrs

      • Molly

        I believe Pheonix FD removed scba’s from the cabs and put them in cabinets a few years ago. They had problems with seatbelt use and ff’s using scbas as excuses. It also, apparently, gives the guys a few moments to do their own personal scene size-up while doning the gear which helps with situational awareness (or lack of) issues.
        Pro’s and cons….

        • Anonymous

          Alot of agencies have followed suit for the same reasons. Also increases in knee, ankle and shoulder injuries due to stepping off the rig with increased weight

  • Smiling

    Looks like a good job. If Dave keeps video from Florida and Pennsylvania off the site, all we will be able to do is nit pic good firemen at work.

  • Lots of Quarterbacks here…

    It has always amazed me at how many experts watch these videos and have nothing but criticism. Somerville is a good heavy hitting department and what they do obviously works for them. I guess what everyone from rural Texas and podunkville Pennsylvania wants is for guys to get off of the rigs with their facepieces on breathing air and sprint to the front door. I’m not sure how it’s supposed to be done perfect every time but I was once told that perfection is the enemy of good enough…

    We do a job that isn’t an exact science and and that we have to be good enough to get tasks accomplished.

    “unreal” WTF is a tip man? Is that something your department decides to call the guy with the most blue lights on his car? These guys know their job and I’m convinced that the location of the fire was pretty obvious and it was coordinated ventilation..water was 5 feet from the fire and windows were being taken. Please please tell us how you would have operated in a better, more efficient and tactical way. We are all waiting with baited breath….

    • mark

      The only think I didn’t (and don’t still) understand is why the engines crossed paths. But then we don’t run front suctions.

      Other than looked good, probably could have waited 30 seconds to take the windows, but no big deal.

      I thought it was refreshing to see guys getting out without masks on and breathing air.

    • Unreal

      I never said these guys don’t know their job, I think they did a good job and was just pointing a few things out. I still disagree with the ventilation, it is of my opinion (which is the way I was taught) you have to have water to the seat of the fire prior to ventilation.

      And a tip man in my part of the county is what you probably call a pipe man or nozzle man. The guy with the most blue lights is called a meat whipper, thankfully my department doesn’t allow blue lights.

  • Curly from CT

    Thank you sfd says…that explains the video. Thank-you glad you weighed in.

  • capt 45-2

    Looked good to me too, only thing I would say and it is very minor is pull up five or so more feet for better scrub on alpha/delta side, but they were not committed to the space they were in, an operator could of easily moved the rig where ever they needed it.
    As far as SCBA not in the cab most well trained firefighters can put one on in 15 to 20 seconds I see no harm in having it outside a rig, if nothing else it may slow down the more excitable fire fighters and stop the often seen on this site jump off the rig and run straight into the structure.

  • eng2sfd

    Mark, I will clarify why Engines 2 and 3 did what they did. Engine 2 is first due to that house. Engine 3 was on the road when the call came in, that is why they arrived at the same time. With the fire being in the rear of the house, the officer from Engine 3 allowed Engine 2 to take the rear. Engine 2 was able to go down the dead-end side street and connect their front suction to the hydrant at the end of the street. Engine 3 was able to pull past the house and connect their front suction to a hydrant which was only 1 or 2 houses away. This worked out perfectly as the rear of Engine 3 was toward the house and the officer and back-step guy could easily stretch the line off the back.

    As far as not having the SCBA in the officer’s seat inside Ladder 2, some guys like it and some guys don’t. Personally, I think it is easier to deal with just getting your seatbelt secured enroute to the call. As you step off the truck, the SCBA is in the compartment next to the officer’s door. Sling the SCBA on and you are good to go within a few seconds. A little more room in the cab and you aren’t having the seatbelt and the SCBA harness getting hung-up on each other.

    • mark

      Thanks, makes sense.

      I agree with the SCBA thing as well. There’s been many a time since seat belt requirements were instituted that I don’t even bother trying to put my pack on until arrival. If you can’t get packed up in the time you are doing your own sizeup and grabbing tools, etc, you need some practice.

  • Tom Galvaston

    Very nice work.

    I loved the cordination & the fact that the engines both hit hydrants & handled their business professionally. As far as the ventilation is concerned, it may have been a little premature but not crazy. The line was in place & water was on the fire.

    Removing the door is/was absolutely the right thing to do. You could see the log jam it was causing at the back door & as someone else said, if the interior crew had to bail out quickly, that door that opened in could have really jammed them up.

    As far as the packs not in the rig go, I personally don’t like the idea of not having the pack on but I understand it. I think a big benefit is also to make you slow down 1/2 a step & take the scene in before you go running. Not a bad thing.

    Overall, great job by the brothers in Somerville, thanks for sharing the video.

  • Thomas Paine

    There are two major issues that I saw watching this video:

    1. The video started out with an electronic Q siren… Blasphemy! Pure Blasphemy !

    2.A tiller-style ladder truck.. How are you supposed to pump water with that thing ?

    Seriously, good job by the brothers in Sommerville, I especially liked the “Igor.. take the door” move; even though I thought he was gonna take it over to the neighbor’s yard.