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This was on May 13th, a fire in the 9th Battalion @ Edmore X Cordell. Fire was out on our arrival but we took some shots of the new rigs and some of the members mopping up. Companies; Engine 50, 58, 52 Ladder 23 S6 C9

Detroit FD Engine 39

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Detroit dwelling after a fire

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Detroit FD Ladder 23

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Detroit FD Squad 6

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Detroit FD Engine 50

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Detroit Firefighter in decon after a fire

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Detroit Firefighters after battling a dwelling fire

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Detroit Firefighter dragging hose

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A small fire in a dwelling @ Broadstreet X Burlingame. 42’s stretched and Ladder 17 had their main to the roof. Not much to see. Companies; Engine 42, 39, 40 Ladder 17 Squad 5 C5

Detroit FD Ladder 17

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Detroit FD Ladder 17

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Detroit fire trucks at fire scene

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Detroit FD Ladder 17

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Detroit FD Ladder 17

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Detroit fire scene with hose lead out

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Detroit police Ford Explorer

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Firefighters at aerial ladder tip on roof with heavy smoke

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Kitchener fire dispatch toned out Wellesley and St Clements fire departments to a confirmed structure fire at 3648 Nafziger Road in the Village of Wellesley, May 27, 2018 at 12:35. The Wellesley deputy chief was first on the air. Dispatch advised they had had eight calls on the fire and the phone was ringing in the background. The deputy reported smoke showing from his residence a few blocks away and requested Linwood and Box 690 and the second alarm. Once on scene he reported fire through the roof of an apartment building and requested a third alarm for a full turnout from Wilmot Township Baden station, and New Hamburg’s aerial. Two hydrants were picked up, one by Wellesley’s pumper and the other by Linwood’s pumper. St Clements’ pumper set up down the road at the dam and relay pumped to New Hamburg’s aerial. Multiple lines were stretched around the building to attack the fire. The fire spread through the roof to the front of the building. All firefighting was defensive. Crews were able to do primary searches of the main floor and basement at the rear of the building, and all three levels of the front building before being pulled out. The temperature with the humidity factored in was 92 F. Crews were rotated through rehab to cool down with cooling towels, Kore cooling chairs, and freezies along with 271 cold drinks. The fire was knocked down in two hours. The Ontario Fire Marshall was called in to investigate the fire as the damage will exceed $500,000. Box 690 was on scene four hours providing rehab to the more than 50 firefighters.

Units on scene:

  • Wellesley Township

  • Wellesley Station, Pump 3, Rescue 3, Aerial 3

  • St Clements Station, Pump 2, Rescue 2, Tanker 2

  • Linwood Station, Pump 1, Rescue 1, Tanker 1

  • Wilmot Township

  • Baden Station, Pump 1, Pump 2, Rescue 7, Tanker 5, Tanker 6

  • New Hamburg Station, Aerial 39

  • Box 690

Gary Dinkel, Box 690

On May 24 2018 at 19:05, Cambridge, Ontario firefighters had their second general alarm fire in five days. P1, P2, P5, A3, R1, and Car 6 were dispatched to the fire at 515 Hespeler Road. Regional Police advised they had fire showing from the front of the building and roof. P1 arrived and reported heavy fire and smoke showing and requested the next unit pick up the hydrant. The fire was in the front waiting room and a 40’ high sign at the front of the car wash. A4, the last truck left in the city, was added to the call shortly after they cleared a med call.

Kitchener fire was requested for mutual aid to an alarm ringing and Ayr fire was toned out to respond with a pumper to cover the city while overtime crews were being called in. Multiple lines and both aerials were set up to attack the fire. Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading into the main building which housed a large car wash, oil change business, and garage. The fire was brought under control in 40 minutes.

Preliminary damage has been set at $250,000. The Ontario Fire Marshal was called to investigate the cause. Early video and photos by Box 690 members Dave Westwood and Nic Murray. Box 690 provided rehab for the fire.

This was the first working fire for a number of new recruits. Cambridge is opening station six in the fall.

Gay Dinkel, Box 690

fire at suds Car Wash in Cambridge Ontario

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The Cambridge Ontario fire department dispatched A3, P2, P1, P5, R1, and Car 6 for a possible structure fire at 509 Speedsville Road May 20 2018, at 19:45. A3 arrived on scene and reported a large, two-story, stone building with fire on the second floor, and defensive firefighting only. The area has limited hydrants, but one was right in front of the property. Two 4” lines were connected to the hydrant to feed A3 and P2. Water pressure was very low so a portable pump was set up in the Speed River approximately 250’ from the fire to augment water supply. A4, the last truck in the city was added to the call once they cleared a med call.

Additional firefighters were called in to staff spare equipment and were rotated to the fire over the course of the night. P5 reverse laid approximately 1200 feet of 4” hose to a second hydrant and relay pumped to A4 once they arrived and set up. Multiple lines were pulled to attack the fire from three sides. Both aerials flowed water once the fire broke through the roof. The second floor had two apartments and storage rooms that were loaded with household materials and furniture. Firefighters worked for hours before bringing the fire under control at 1:30. A3 and A4 were repositioned around 1:00. P2, P1 and P5 cleared the scene over the next couple of hours. Crews were rotated back to the fire over the next nine hours. Box 690 provided rehab.

Photos and videos were taken 20 minutes into the call after running off a nearby golf course to get to the fire.

Gary Dinkel, Box 690

In the following days, a female has been charged with arson for the fire.

Cambridge Ontario Firefighters battling a fire

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