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Rescue caught on video: Child pulled from apartment fire in Utica, NY.

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This is video by Vasiliy Stadnik of V-STA Productions (Vstadnik) from a fire on Friday in Utica, New York showing the rescue of a four-year-old girl from the second floor. Utica Fire Department Deputy Chief John Kelly, who is Director of Communications, tells STATter911.com the apartments “were two bedroom units converted to four bedroom units with two staircases in the apartments”. Chief Kelly said by email, “Very confusing layouts, but our crews are very familiar with them”.

Lexie O’Connor, WKTV-TV:

A four year old girl is listed in critical condition after being trapped inside a burning apartment. The fire happened at a municipal housing complex on the 1600 block Armory Drive in Utica Friday.

Crews were called to the fire at the Adrean Terrace Apartments on Armory Drive just before 5:30 Friday evening.  When they arrived they immediately requested more assistance hearing that people were trapped inside.

The four year old girl was trapped  on the second floor.  Firefighters reached her using a ladder and going through a second floor window.

“The apartment created some problems we couldn’t get from one side to the other without going down the stairs and back up the stairs and that’s what crews had to do to get to the girl,” said Utica Assistant Chief George Clark.  “They did a great job at getting her out and she at least has a chance at this point.”

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  • charles

    Is it me or is there no sense of urgency of a person being trapped

    • Anonymous

      No. It’s called keeping a level head and not panicking, something taught in EMS. Its easy to sit back and point out mistakes when you are not there. Lets focus on the positive

  • Cappy

    Very interesting video. Much to glean and digest. The brothers in Utica looked a little short handed that first critical 10 min. Glad to see the grab was made and hope the young girl recovers.

  • Hikingff77

    Wow, that’s some great fireground footage that is real life. Crews looked like they had their acts together and it was proved when they made a grab. With the crowd that was there, it could have gotten out of control fast, but everyone seemed to act as well as possible.

    I just hope she made it. That ambulance seemed like they were a mile away.

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  • outthedoor

    Charles, hopefully with time you will learn to move with a sense of purpose; much more useful than urgency.
    What looked like one three person engine got water on the fire in less than two minutes, with no other companies in sight. Well done.
    Remember: “Engine companies make rescues by putting the fire out.”

  • Leathehead

    I think the EMS should have been closer to the scene. The FF’s that found the girl, did they have a TIC with them when they went in ?

  • Achmed

    If this were a vollie department the comments would go something like this:
    It took 2 minutes to get 1st line in service-unacceptable.
    FF’s walking around like its a flea market.
    Ventilation was pitiful–didnt you ever hear clean out the whole window?
    5′ supply line dropped by 1st engine successfully blocked out the 1st ladder–1st in engine should never drop bigger than a 3″ line specifically for this reason. 5″ hose is the bane of supply hose.

    I could go on, but these comments have been bashing vollie departments for years, and it just goes to show how we are all alike in so many ways.

    May God bless the small child and her family.

    • Mark too

      I think you are for the most part wrong. Real firefighters (whether paid or volunteer) WILL acknowledge a job well done by other firefighters regardless of the compensation status of those who did the work.

      Nothing wrong with the first line in the door in less than 2 minutes. Didn’t look like any flea market behavior that I’ve seen. Yes, text book wise both sections of that window should’ve been taken out. However, working on the assumption they knew about a possible victim, is it more important to spend time fully clearing out the second half of that window or getting inside to find the victim? The ladder was not exactly blocked out because of the supply line. If you look more closely you will see that the line is to the side of the road for the most part and the problem was actually the car that was parked (probably illegally) on the left hand side. 5″ hose is far from being “the bane of supply hose”. To say so just shows ignorance of the product.

      Yes, we are all alike in some ways, but we are also not alike in many ways. We will all get bashed by somebody at some point, but when it happens, you have to look at the comments and determine their validity. Some people are just haters. Some people are just clueless. In my experience, a lot of what some view as “bashing”, “criticizing”, etc. of volunteer departments is mostly reflective of a poor operation or poor skill. It may not be as “bad” as some comments may make it to be, but sometimes the comments can be spot on.

      If the firefighters in this video had been volunteers performing in exactly the same manor, I doubt that you’d see much criticism because their really wasn’t much to criticize.

  • Brian Haggerty

    Great save. Converted apartment units make for very difficult S&R. EMS was stagged out of the way of apparatus which is good SOP. A few more seconds to run for the EMS rig was not that big of an issue. Everyone on the initial appeared to function pretty well. No need to nit pic on this one. FF got the girl out. Prayers that she survives.

  • Anonymous

    If they get close they run the risk of getting blocked in by other fire apparatus. Unless you have been on these types of scenes avoid comments. These guys know what they are doing.

  • Harry Rampe

    Well done Utica

  • Capt Dick

    I think you need a R in your name ” Leathehead”. Or maybe it’s parked around the corner out of the way of fire and PD units and pointed out to be able to leave the scene without moving rigs and running over hose. …. Nice work UFD. Not good enough for some but for those of us who have done this we feel your pain. No one likes pulling a 4 year old out like a limp doll baby. It’s the part of the job that is never easy. God bless.

  • Dom

    I’m wondering if there was a delay in knowing that there was anybody in the apartments due to a language barrier. It seemed like they were making searches, but really didn’t know that there was anybody in there, or I would bet you might have seen a little more hustle.

  • on the job

    Utica,NEW YORK..A busy,short handed,low funded, well respected fire dept in upstate.
    The fire was confined, and a grab was made. NICE WORK
    God bless the child.

  • DCFD

    Good thing they didnt have to bring her out the second floor windows or have to bail out. Someone’s been reading too many ifsta manuals on ground ladder placements.

  • Anonymous

    Understaffed is a common thing where I’m from. 3 man engine and a 4 man truck. You do what you can with what you have. I guess what some on here want us to do is mask up en route so that as soon as we get off the piece we can run full speed into the buildings…. Not taking a full view of what you have going on..Panic is the enemy here and clearly nobody was being lazy or slow they are being methodical and walking with a purpose.

    To the guy who thinks this would be bashed if it were in volley land, it’s not because of their lack of abilities that they get criticized it’s because a majority of the vollies up here make it a fact that “they do it for free” and you should respect us because we do…complete B.S. do the job, do it well and get back home…enough said

    Good grab by the brothers who clearly worked their tails off…

  • Dat Truck Dude

    Any update on the little girl. Good work Utica.

  • Hammer

    Looks like a room and contents fire that had water on it in just about 2 minutes, but took an additional 6 minutes and 30 seconds to get to second floor where they knew was a trapped occupant. Seems like a long time to me…..they looked severely under-staffed. I think the local government should be responsible for this civilian casualty, not the FD.

    • Mark too

      That was more than likely more than just a simple R&C job. Each set of side-by-side entry doors indicates 2 apartments, one to the left, one to the right. The window vented over the door the initial line went in would be part of that apartment, however, the window to the right that was vented and entered would be part of the next apartment to the right. Given the amount of smoke coming out that window makes me think the fire has extended beyond that apartment in some fashion.

      As for the amount of time it took to enter, find the kid and exit…..well, victims aren’t always easy to find and it’s quite possible that the kid was “hiding” from the fire. Still, 8 1/2 minutes to make a grab isn’t that bad.

      They may be “understaffed”, but trust me, that’s NOT what “severely understaffed” looks like.

  • John

    Knowing there was a victim on the second floor I feel like this was a perfect time for VES. VES is a great thing to practice within your department.

    • Mark too

      They did VES on the one window.

  • Tree

    “If this were a vollie department the comments would go something like this:”

    Let’s save this video for next year at this time and run it as a fire covered by the “Union Fire Company.” If the “story” has it as being in Pennsylvania, the KIC’s will rip it apart.

  • ryan n

    nice job from the brothers in utica, hope the little girl can make a full recovery. looked like all the basic jobs got done; advancing hoselines, ventilation and search.

  • Bobby J

    Nice job, but why going in alone? We aren’t that invincible… Could have had 2 souls down…

  • cbj

    It figures some knucklehead would add a comment like that. That IS a perfect example of stirring crap. As for the search, I have no clue as to what really happened. But 8.5 minutes is not something that can be considered acceptable considering the brain dies without oxygen between 4 to 6 minutes. Consider dispatch and arrival time, set up time, and search time it isnt hard to see how easy it is to succumb to smoke heat and fire. The video shows arrival time so it was obviously alot longer. But that isnt to say its the fire departments fault. Search takes time, who knows the lay-out and who really knew at what point the victim was reported trapped? Although the primary needs to be done quickly. The ladder placement is questionable, as was the failure to remove that obstacle they just left in the window. I dont get that at all. Still, a good grab and good basic engine work, nice over-all calm and deliberate action.

    • Mark too

      The ladder placement really isn’t that questionable. The initial placement is pretty much text book for venting windows – place to the side, climb and vent. Obviously, placement under the window sill is preferred for rescue/escape, however in this case, if you look at the length of the ladders vs the height of the window sills, placing them in that fashion would’ve put them at what I think would’ve been to low of an angle.

      As far as the window goes, if you’re talking about the window to the right that the FF entered, if he was looking for the victim, he probably opted to get inside and look for the victim faster than if he had spent the time taking it out upfront. Kind of ironic that you seemed to take issue with the time it took the complete the rescue, but find fault with what was likely an effort to search faster.

  • Anonymous

    Dave, found this small up date on the little one and the trouble the Utica Fd had in the structure.

    http://www.wktv.com/news/local/Four-year-old-in-critical-condition-after-Utica-fire-192637961.html

    Four year old in critical condition after Utica fire
    By LEXIE O’CONNOR

    Story Created: Feb 22, 2013 at 11:12 PM EST

    (Story Updated: Feb 22, 2013 at 11:16 PM EST )

    UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) – A four year old girl is listed in critical condition after being trapped inside a burning apartment. The fire happened at a municipal housing complex on the 1600 block Armory Drive in Utica Friday.

    The Utica Fire Department says all ten family members that lived in the apartment are accounted for and a 4 year old girl has been taken to Upstate Medical University and is listed in critical condition.

    Crews were called to the fire at the Adrean Terrace Apartments on Armory Drive just before 5:30 Friday evening. When they arrived they immediately requested more assistance hearing that people were trapped inside.

    The cause of the fire is still unknown, but fire crews say it appears the fire started in the first floor of the apartment.

    The four year old girl was trapped on the second floor. Firefighters reached her using a ladder and going through a second floor window.

    “The apartment created some problems we couldn’t get from one side to the other without going down the stairs and back up the stairs and that’s what crews had to do to get to the girl,” said Utica Assistant Chief George Clark. “They did a great job at getting her out and she at least has a chance at this point.”

    Utica Mayor Robert Palmeri was at the scene as well as an interpreter, the family did not speak English. Neighbors say the family was Somalian.

  • roofhook22

    Excellent job fella’s from the west coast. Got the job done and made the grab with limited staff. Latest update has child ungraded to serious from critical. just shows us to never give up, bring everyone out and let others determine dead or alive. The hell with rescue profiling.