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Kitchener, ON fire dispatch toned out St Clements and Wellesley fire departments for a confirmed barn fire October 29, 2017 just after 22:00. Dispatch was receiving multiple calls of a large fire with numerous explosions located on Moser Young Road just south of Lobsinger Line.  The St Clements district chief could see a glow in the air from the hall and asked for a full response from Linwood. St Clements arrived on scene and reported fire visible from the road and updated that it was a sugar shack.

Pump 2 pulled in a narrow laneway and had Tank 2 back into them and drop their port-a-tank behind the pumper. After a quick 360, command had Tank 2 drop their high vol on the way out to the road. Tank 2 ran out of hose and had the Wellesley tanker complete the task. The two tankers dropped 800’ of 4” line. Water was initially shuttled from a fire department cistern half a mile up the road from the fire.

The steel sided structure was a large maple sugar operation, approximately 45 x 100’. The Mennonite owners had just put 40 bush cords of cut wood into the storage section of the building the previous week. Two lines were pulled to work the fire, one to protect a small driving shed and the other to water down the trees to the west of the building. Firefighters regrouped after an hour and a half and decided to let the stacked wood burn down for a couple of hours. Once the piles were smaller, the two lines were used to attack the fire. Linwood Pump 1 set up for drafting and relay pumping to St Clements Pump 2 on Moser Young Road. Crews went on air and worked at pulling the steel siding off and extinguishing the fire. The three tankers drove to a hydrant in St Clements approximately 1.5 miles from the scene to refill. Wellesley’s aerial set up at the hydrant and filled the tankers. After an hour of hard slugging the fire was knocked down. Firefighters cleaned up and returned to their halls at 2:50. Box 690 provided rehab on this cold windy night, saw the first snowflakes of the year around 2:20.

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Kitchener (On) fire dispatch toned out Pump 6, Rescue 1, and Aerial 1 for a multi-vehicle MVC on highway 401 eastbound just before Homer Watson Boulevard, October 27 at 7:27. Pump 4 was added to the call as trucks were responding. Ayr Fire was also dispatched as they cover a large portion of the 401. Cambridge Tank 1 was added to call as Ayr’s second tanker was out of service. Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) advised they had heavy entrapment in a collision involving three transport trucks. Orange Air Ambulance was also dispatched on OPP’s report.

Kitchener P6 headed westbound on the highway, slowed at the scene and confirmed very serious entrapment and headed up to Cedar Creek Road to turn around. R1 stopped in the westbound lanes and started to pull equipment over the barrier to start the extrication. Firefighters worked for over an hour cutting and using rams to try to move the cab off the driver. Command asked dispatch to expedite a heavy wrecker to help with the extrication.

Paramedics pronounced the patient and extrication was stopped pending arrival of the coroner around 9:00. Once the coroner arrived on scene crews returned to extricating the victim. The load from his truck (wood pallets) sheared part of the top of the cab, but didn’t hit the driver. The driver didn’t see the traffic slowing and plowed into a second 18-wheeler that then hit a dump truck in front of him. The other two drivers were not injured. The dump truck driver said the rear of the first trailer appeared to jump 25-35 feet in the air on contact with the second trailer. It doesn’t appear that the driver of the first trailer ever hit his brakes. Posted speed limit on the road is 100 KPH or 62 MPH. It took over an hour to remove the driver. The 401 is the busiest highway in North America, the Toronto section of the highway sees almost half a million vehicles a day. Box 690 was on scene for three hours providing rehab. Shots taken approximately two hours into the call.

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scene of a fatal truck crash on Highway 401 in Kitchener ON

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scene of a fatal truck crash on Highway 401 in Kitchener ON

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Kitchener fire truck at crash scene

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scene of a fatal truck crash on Highway 401 in Kitchener ON

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scene of a fatal truck crash on Highway 401 in Kitchener ON

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scene of a fatal truck crash on Highway 401 in Kitchener ON

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scene of a fatal truck crash on Highway 401 in Kitchener ON

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firefighters work to free a truck driver trapped after a cradh

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firefighters work to free a truck driver trapped after a cradh

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firefighters work to free a truck driver trapped after a cradh

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Kitchener fire truck at crash scene

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firefighters work to free a truck driver trapped after a cradh

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firefighters work to free a truck driver trapped after a cradh

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firefighters work to free a truck driver trapped after a cradh

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Ayer fire truck at crash scene

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Kitchener fire truck at crash scene

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Kitchener fire truck at crash scene

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scene of a fatal truck crash on Highway 401 in Kitchener ON

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New Haven 244 Howard Ave vacant dwelling:

10/22/17 New Haven, CT – Just before shift change, firefighters in the Hill section received an early wake up call. They responded to 244 Howard Ave for a dwelling fire. First-due Engine 11 found heavy smoke from the second floor of a dwelling. Companies began an interior attack and searches simultaneously. They discovered that the dwelling was vacant and the fire was in the basement. The fire ran the number two side walls up to the third floor before being brought under control. It was later discovered that the fire started on the first floor, burned through the floor into the basement, then traveled up the walls. There were no injuries to firefighters. The cause of the fire is suspicious. Glenn Duda
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New Haven FD Aerial Tower 1

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Firefighters vent house roof during a fire

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smoke and flames from house on fire

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heavy smoke from house fire in New Haven

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Firefighters vent house roof during a fire

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Firefighters vent house roof during a fire

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Kitchener (ON) fire dispatch toned out Conestogo Pump 1, Tank 2, and Rescue 3, Elmira P1, Tank 2, and Rescue 4 plus Floradale Tank 2 to a possible barn fire at 6714 Middlebrook Road October 20, 2017 at 14:50. The Woolwich deputy chief advised dispatch that the farm had a burn permit and they were dismantling a barn and burning unusable wood. Dispatch advised they had received a call from the farm stating the controlled burn had jumped into wood in the foundation of the old barn and was threatening numerous other out buildings.

Responding crews reported a good loom up on route to the call. A Floradale firefighter arrived on scene first advising a large, out of control burn was threatening a driving shed, two other sheds, and a nearby house. Elmira P1 was first on scene and pulled into the driveway closest to the fire. Numerous small and large lines were pulled to protect exposures.

Conestogo’s pumper pulled into the adjacent driveway downwind of the fire and pulled one line to cool the roof of the house. Three port-a-tanks were setup to feed water to the Elmira pumper. Water was shuttled from a large pond approximately five miles from the fire.

Maryhill’s tanker was added to the call at 15:30 to augment the water supply. Center Wellington, Elora station from neighboring Wellington County arrived on scene at 16:15 with a pumper and tanker. They had been dispatched for a possible brush fire in the area. They dropped their 3,000 US gallon load and returned to base. Firefighters were able to save two sheds and house. A small building immediately beside the barn was well involved on arrival and couldn’t be saved.

Box 690 provided rehab. I left on the dispatch for the fire that was 15 miles from my residence. Shots were taken approximately 20 minutes into the call.

Gary Dinkel

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firefighters with deluge gun at barn fire

firefighters in Woolwich Township Ontario battle a barn fire at 6714 Middlebrook Road October 20, 2017. Gary Dinkel photo

firefighters draft water from a pone

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Woolwich Township, Elmire station fire engine

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Centre Wellington fire engine

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Centre Wellington fire tender

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portable tanks with water at fire scene

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Woolwich Township, Maryhill station fire tender in Canada

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firefighters with hose line at barn fire

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American LaFrance Metropolitan pumper in Canada

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Woolwich Township Floradale fire tender

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remnants of barn fire in Canada

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Woolwich Township Elmire station rescue unit

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Woolwich Township Conestogo rescue squad

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fire engine drafts from portable tanks

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American LaFrance Metropolitan pumper in Canada

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firefighters with hose line at barn fire

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firefighters with deluge gun at barn fire

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Cambridge, Ontario firefighters were dispatched to a confirmed structure fire October 2, 2017 at 16:30. The fire was located at 145 Vanier Road in the south end of town. The area is rural with no hydrants, so the tanker was dispatched with four of the five stations. North Dumfries’ tanker was requested on mutual aid to augment the water supply. The call came in as a fully-involved, large shed full of wood. Crews reported a good loom-up on route. I could see the smoke from Kitchener 15 miles away. P5 arrived with flames 25-35 feet in the air with grass fires around the structure. Two lines were pulled to attack the grass fires first then work on the building. The fire was started by an ember from an unattended fire. The owner was burning scrap wood to clean up his property. The 20 x 70’ shed was packed with cut pine wood. The first photo was taken by our Cambridge Canteen member Rick Maguire, approximately 20 minutes into the fire. The balance of the shots were taken when I arrived 35 minutes into the call. Box 690 provided rehab.

Gary Dinkel

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shed fire in Cambridge, ON

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Cambridge FD American LaFrance fire engine pumping

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aftermath of a large shed fire

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aftermath of a large shed fire

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Firefighters rehab at fire scene

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dramatic photo of Cambridge Firefighter

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aftermath of a large shed fire

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Cambridge FD HME fire truck at scene

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rural water supply at fire scene

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Firefighters douse remnants of a fire

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fire department tanker dumps into portable tank

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media interviews fire chief

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Kitchener fire dispatch toned out New Dundee (ON) firefighters for a vehicle fire at 1305 Bleams Road just after 13:00, October 5, 2017. New Dundee District Chief 201 was the first to reply and asked for an update. Dispatch advised a tour bus was on fire behind the house and close to two sheds. 201 asked for a second alarm adding Baden to the fire. New Dundee and Baden arrived a minute apart. The Baden district chief did a 360 and advised a fully-involved bus with no exposure issues. The fire was knocked down in 10 minutes with no damage to any of the exposures. Early video was taken just as firefighters were arriving by Box 690 member Bill McIntyre. The later video I shot, arriving two minutes after firefighters arrived on scene. Box 690 provided rehab.

Gary Dinkel

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bus fire in New Dundee Ontario

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bus fire in New Dundee Ontario

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Firefighter battles tour bus fire

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Firefighters battle tour bus fire

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Firefighters battle tour bus fire

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Firefighter battles tour bus fire

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fire trucks in Canada

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fire trucks in Canada

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bus fire in New Dundee Ontario

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tour bus destroyed by fire

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fire trucks in Canada

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Wausau fire crews were paged for a structure at 1021 Macintosh Street. The fire the call came in at 10:34AM Tuesday. Battalion Chief Allan Antolik said upon arrival heavy fire was showing from the back of the structure. No Injuries were reported and the person home at the time was able to exit safely . Wausau Fire Department was assisted by Wausau Police Department. WPS was also on scene.

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Wausau firefighters at house fire

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house fire in Wausau WI

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