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    [disclaimer]This post is intended to provide some offbeat humor.... clearly some rules were broken (SCBA, 2-in-2-out, etc etc etc). Hopefully this won't turn into a flamefest.[/disclaimer]

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    http://www.ctpost.com/localnews/ci_5237437

    Firefighter puts snow to good use

    SHELTON — At 2 p.m. Thursday, Dave VanWart, an Echo Hose firefighter, used snow to knock down flames engulfing a living room. VanWart, a 25-year-old landscaper, was the first firefighter at the structure fire at the two-family house on Murphy Lane. Arriving shortly before the engine from the Pine Rock firehouse, VanWart grabbed a shovel from the bed of his truck and ran to the first-floor apartment. Shoveling snow from the outside lawn, VanWart managed to extinguish most of the flames, according to Assistant Fire Chief Mike Ulrich. "It created steam, and steam puts fire out fast," Ulrich said on a day when the department responded to two fires. In the early morning hours, firefighters put out a kitchen fire at the Residence Inn.

    At Murphy Lane, the Pine Rock engine's hoses finished off the flames, which had climbed into the wall cavity. The fire was out by 2:15 p.m., Ulrich said. investigation. Ulrich said the fire was located around a living room couch.

    Fire damage was limited the living room; other areas of the house were also damaged by smoke and water. The fire at the Residence Inn, 1001 Bridgeport Ave., broke out shortly after midnight. The blaze was put out quickly, but the sprinklers flooded about eight people out of their rooms at the long-term stay hotel.

    The cause was an unattended pot on the stove, Ulrich said.
    Last edited by ElectricHoser; 02-17-2007, 04:19 AM.
    You only have to be stupid once to be dead permanently
    IACOJ Power Company Liason
    When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution
    and is willing to take command. Very often, that individual is crazy. - Dave Barry.

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    that's pretty cool. Quick thinking.
    Jason Knecht
    Firefighter/EMT
    Township Fire Dept., Inc.
    Eau Claire, WI

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    • #3
      Did he use yellow snow?

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      • #4
        Come to think of it, we once responded to a report of an explosion outside.... arrived on scene where some contractors were working, found a large trailer generator blew a line that spewed over the engine compartment and blew open the access doors upon ignition while starting a small fire. Several of the crewmen shoveled copious amounts of snow on the fire after emptying two overmatched ABC extinguishers, and were successful. I had forgotten about that call....
        You only have to be stupid once to be dead permanently
        IACOJ Power Company Liason
        When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution
        and is willing to take command. Very often, that individual is crazy. - Dave Barry.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ElectricHoser View Post
          [disclaimer]This post is intended to provide some offbeat humor.... clearly some rules were broken (SCBA, 2-in-2-out, etc etc etc). Hopefully this won't turn into a flamefest.[/disclaimer]
          You forgot a few rules: double hoods, 3/4s over turnout pants, Level IIIA vest, and Ninja Nunchucks. Not to mention calling for mutual aid from Chuck Norris! ALWAYS a must!
          My opinions might coincide with someone of importance's POV... I wouldn't know, since I never bothered to ask. My policy is: "Don't ask, don't care."

          IACOJ--West Coast PITA

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          • #6
            Was the shovel NFPA approved for fire suppression?

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            • #7
              Was the snow?
              Psychiatrists state 1 in 4 people has a mental illness.
              Look at three of your friends, if they are ok, your it.

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              • #8
                Maybe the folks in western NY will be utilizing this tactic too... that way they don't have to dig out a hydrant
                The thoughts and opinions posted here are mine and mine alone and do not reflect the thoughts and or views of city or dept affiliation.

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                • #9
                  And...................

                  Did Support Unit 4 rush to the scene to supply the Shovels?....
                  Never use Force! Get a Bigger Hammer.
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                  Chief Earle W. Woods, 1912 - 1997
                  Asst. Chief John R. Woods Sr. 1937 - 2006

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by hwoods View Post
                    Did Support Unit 4 rush to the scene to supply the Shovels?....
                    Yea right after he got the page through his 4 channel Minitor 5.

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                    • #11
                      Don't forget, was that a smooth bore shovel or a fog shovel? And was his hard hat a leather or a salad bowl?
                      Real men wear kilts. www.forourfallen.org

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                      • #12
                        Cool I'll have to remember that if I'm ever in a 7-11 and a fire starts, Slurpee 1 onscene.

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                        • #13
                          Next time I have an opportunity to put out fire with snow or a slurpee, I will have to take a few moments (by pretending I'm doing a size up) to determine if I want my actions to end up on a forum thread mixed in with the Support 4 Communications Director.

                          Then I'll inform the troops to go defensive. Not worth it.
                          You only have to be stupid once to be dead permanently
                          IACOJ Power Company Liason
                          When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution
                          and is willing to take command. Very often, that individual is crazy. - Dave Barry.

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                          • #14
                            And..........

                            After posting on this page earlier, Two things come to mind. 1. Quite a few years ago, I was driving an Ambulance, returning to the station from a run. A House Fire was dispatched and we were in front of the house as the call came over the radio. My partner and I ran in, found a Kitchen Fire, Pan on the stove, extending into the kitchen cabinets. I grabbed the Dishpan out of the sink and threw the water on the Fire. Good knockdown!. 2nd, ATTENTION, UPSTATE NEW YORK FOLKS!! I remember reading a Newspaper story about a Rotary Snowplow that was opening a road and spotted a barn Fire. The Snowplow Driver drove around Barn blowing snow on the Fire, and saved several exposures. Happened in Upstate NY somewhere. Anyone know about this????
                            Never use Force! Get a Bigger Hammer.
                            In memory of
                            Chief Earle W. Woods, 1912 - 1997
                            Asst. Chief John R. Woods Sr. 1937 - 2006

                            IACOJ Budget Analyst

                            I Refuse to be a Spectator. If I come to the Game, I'm Playing.

                            www.gdvfd18.com

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                            • #15
                              Did he stop at the green lights on the way to the curb?
                              Co 11
                              Virginia Beach FD

                              Amateurs practice until they get it right; professionals practice until they cannot get it wrong. Which one are you?

                              'The fire went out and nobody got hurt' is a poor excuse for a fireground critique.

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