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Arrival video at Baltimore 2nd alarm. Locust Point fire had mayday & 3 injured firefighters

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(Thanks to Charles Bales for alerting STATter911.com to this video.)

This is arrival video from Tuesday's second alarm in Baltimore's Locust Point shot by Andrew Kane Thornton. The fire in the 1400 block of Cooksie Street injured three firefighters and two civilians. A mayday was called after one of the firefighters fell through a floor. Pictures and more information here.

MD Baltimore Locust Point 2nd alarm 1

MD Baltimore Locust Point 2nd alarm 2

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  • Paul B

    At the 50 second mark of video, a FF enter the front door and comes out 10 seconds later and is pretty much on fire. Wow! 

  • Back stepper

    Not bright. Reading that smoke he should have waited. I hope he had a brain fart when he went in standing up and came out the same way. All you who bash the volleys and think that only city guys do it right…, watch and be corrected. 

  • Anonymous

    Is this amateur hour???  Thats not the BCFD I hear of.  Let the comments begin

  • Mikmal

    I wish a speedy recovery to the injured firefighters.  That being said, it looks like the FADO of the first engine needs some drilling on getting water.  Boy it took a long time to charge that first line!

  • ox

    Why did he go in without a line, obviously seeing the fire? Why did it take over three minutes for anengine that carries water to charge a line? Other videos I’ve seen, firefighters on the roof venting with no air packs on? Do these firefighters have death wishes?

  • old man

    He must of been from PG County

  • JC

    I'm normally impressed with the BCFD, but to walk into a wall of flame is retarded.  Who would think that would be the smart thing to do?  What would be the reason for that?  Do they not carry water on their rigs??  Charge the line!!!

  • Anonymous

    Must not have tank water on the first engine.

  • MMQ

    JUST CURIOUS WHAT PURPOSE THAT HAD? WAS HE DOING A SWEEP INSIDE THE DOOR FOR OCCUPANTS, DID HE HAVE A NEW HELMET THAT NEEDED SOME "SALT" TO IT. I AM CURIOUS WHAT COMMENTS WOULD BE  BEING THROWN AROUND HAD THIS BEEN A VOLLIE COMPANY, "LORD JESUS CRIMINY ALMIGHTY HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET WATER ON FIRE? OR yOU HAVE TO MOV E WITH PURPOSE. OR IT LOOKS LIKE A WHOLE LOT OF NOTHING GOING ON THERE OR HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO THROW THE STICK TO THE ROOF….ETC ETC ETC ETC ETC….BUT WE'RE PAID GUYS SO WE GET A BYE FROM ALL THE IAFF BROTHERS.   PICTURE SPEAKS A THOUSAND WORDS… A VIDEO SPEAK A MILLION.

  • Pipeman27

    Bmore good work!

  • Anonymous

    Was there a problem with the first line?

  • R1

    from what I understand, he was not trying to enter the dwellnig, but was trying to remove a door which is several feet past the door we can see hanging open. he is a relatively new guy with not a lot of experience, and i believe he got caught in a little tunnel vision. i was not there, but this is what i've been told. the entire incident is under review by the administration.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, what was he doing? Also, a bit of armchair, but took a bit to get that line charged.

  • Anon

    One word "SAD"

  • Retired

    Mikmal,

    I guess you must live outta the country because if you didnt you would know the wind chill temps this day were -15 and had been for 2 days. They had multiple frozen hydrants and I dont know if they were running a dry pump and if this was one of the units that had just come another fire. Too many unknowns for sideline quarter backing …….

     

    • Mikmal

      Charge the first line off of tank water…not hydrant water.  Freezing weather = drained pumps.  So, open the tank-to=pump valve and prime if needed.  Sideline  quaterbacking? Yep.  Unreasonable time to get a line charged? Again, yep?

  • Sweet Brown

    Truckies be truckies..lets not Monday morning QB here.. 

  • HOOKMAN

    Like DC…this is routinely a bread n butter job for the BCFD…However, at anytime, a company or companies could be operating with a detailed crew and in this particular case..we know from R1, that the one guy is fairly new..maybe since the line wasn't flaked out to well, the wagon driver didn't charge it until it was…who knows..were only seeing a small part…ladders were thrown…the guys went in and put the fire out…maybe the rookie got tunnel vision when he saw the MILF in her robe admiring these brave men….

  • Anonymous

    Let’s not judge a whole dept from the actions of one or two members either…jus sayn

  • Embarrassed BCFD

    This is what you get from a station that gets zero service and mAybe one fire a year. They are annually the slowest companies in the entire city. It was also a fire where they couldnt hide behind other companies that actually do work. Its embarrassing. Every aspect of that fire was wrong and performed incorrectly…

  • Eastside Certified

    Thats not the normal BCFD, this is the SOC station in Locust point.  A bunch of glorified rookies lead by retards.  Major investigation in progress.

  • Don’t judge all by One

    I too am embarrassed by the actions of the companies on the box.  It is a poor representation but a harsh reality of what is the baltimore city fire department.  It is filled with a lot of people that go hide at companies that only occasionally get a fire.  In this case the kid was not that new he had enough time on the job just not enough experience.  I guess this is what happens when you only run 1 first in fire every 2 years.  Unfortunately in this day and age everyone has a cell phone and this one just happened to make it up on the internet.  Too bad there wasn't an entire video of a fire this morning in a Battalion that gets a lot of fire.  They had a bigger fire load, 2 floors of fire and had both floors knocked quicker then the time it took this shameful Driver to charge the line.  Enough of my rant because I am getting sick to my stomach.

    • R1

      yea, lack of experience is a better way to describe him than new, as he does have 5+ years on the job.

  • More Fire Less SOC

    LOL…Look at these SOC guy's roll. Seriously guy's, get your damn act together. You all can pull someone out of the Harbor or rescue someone from confined space but you sure as hell can't put out a fire. 

     

    Just so everyone knows. This is not how "the normal BCFD" operates as seen in other videos. These guy's down south run less than 1,000 runs a year and rarely ever get a first in fire. It's a part of the city that has money and they rarely burn their houses down. 

  • DownSouth

    That there is your textbook glory dog. He’ll get back to the house and brag about his burned up gear. Probably One year in and thinks he’s seen it all I bet.

  • John

    Should have kept the camera on the blonde in the doorway!

  • Roger Williams

    Was that a hooker and ladder truck?

  • cbj

    "MMQ" WHAT'S YOUR PROBLEM? This was obviously a bag of shit rightfully, and embarrassing called such by members of this department. Why bring "union" into this? Are you frustrated or unfullfilled by your own career? Could you maybe even belong to a lbor organization (union) of another trade? A bag of shit is a bag of shit be it volunteer, government or municipal career. The BFD members giving their comments here tell the story. But what we don't see and have been advised of is the conditions which may have affected the lack of quick water. I have seen many clueless pump tenders (operator, engineer,,,what-ever) from both sides who can't figure out how to prime a dry pump. I have operated some real beasts over the years that required all kinds of burping and bleeding and simultaneous actions to get and hold a prime, AND even had pumps fail which would look like I was just as clueless yet it was mechanical break-down. Drop the hostility. How about you fil your daily exploits at what ever you do to make a living.

  • LarryJohnson

    I liked the blond in the doorway!

  • Salty BCFD FOG

    Wasn't there but needless to say there was some operator error with the wagon driver trying to charge the line.  The excuse was it jumped out of gear.  I call BS because it worked fine the morning after.  As far as the dummy walking into the fire I have absolutely no clue what he was thinking.  This is our new Department.  It's only going to get worse.  Our priority anymore is EMS and giving away free smoke alarms.  The days of aggressive interior attacks are over.

  • Anonymous

    This is what happens when we spend all our spare time installing smoke alarms. Training is a thing of the past. 

  • Volunteer for life

    Pipeman 27 are you joking or drunk? Even the city guys from Baltimore know this is sissy work. I bet alot better work was going on in the ladies apartment then out in the street. Send those soc guys down south to PG we will get them good work. Does anyone have her number? I need a date for a banquet :)

  • Northern Chief

    Lets just say this…Even the best have bad days.  It happens to the Fire Service all the time.  Living up North (yep zero degrees is the norm here) we dont leave our pumps dry!  Keep them wet and circulate the water; just keep the discharges dry.  Not rocket science around here, but, in other parts of the country it is.  Remember Hurricane Sandy…Lots of houses burned there and FDNY stated they couldnt find the hydrants (under water)…ever drafted?  Water all around you.  Everyone has some type of issues and its how we handle them that defines a great organization.  I am sure that there will be formal on INFORMAL reviews of this.  Both the firefighter and pump operator are probably taking a lot of crap for this video…Lesson Learned..STAY SAFE BROTHERS

  • Kurt

    Wow! That was out of control. I cant believe that guy would go in that building and what the hell took so long to get water in the lines?

  • Sharppointy1

    Fellows, please help out a gal: what does SOC stand for?

    • R1

      SOC = Special Operations Command

  • TURK182

    There's no excuse for these actions! Period! This is an embarrassment to the men & women that put their 110% into this profession day in and day out! This is a huge eye opener of the current 
    direction it's heading. More emphasis needs to be placed on MODERN, COMBAT READY, URBAN FIREFIGHTING OPERATIONS! 

  • ZackOBX

    WOW, Glad everyone commenting  are so perfect when the alarm goes off. Maybe you should monday morning quarterback your own scenes. Then maybe learn some humility. Thought we were a Brotherhood not a Bash-hood.

  • Anonymous

    GOT OUT JUST AT THE RIGHT TIME………..TRAIN MORE …BITCH LESS….. FTM-PTB

  • WTF

    First, as a member of the BCFD (nine years), this is an embarrasment to the department. I can honestly fathom no reasonable explanation for such stupid actions. All the more senior guys in the department that I know of are left scratching thier heads after watching this video. Lack of service be damned, at some point in time instinct has to kick in and force you down low. This goes against everything taught to us in training, and reaffirms the upper echelon's misguided belief that we are a bunch of cowboys with death wishes. This is not how it's supposed to be done, and should not be considered a representation of the department as a whole. The guy standing up walking into the fire is just the most egregious of many mistakes made on this fireground. For this botched operation, there are hundreds more that we put out without a hitch. As someone posted previously, this was followed up by a early morning, two story, MOG more heavily involved than this dwelling, with exposure issues, and it ended up being kept to two engines and two trucks after the fire was knocked, all within an hour of initial dispatch. Shameful at best.