Box 690 Rehab Unit

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Kitchener Ontario fire dispatch received a call for a basement fire at 603 Mill Park Drive at 1:40 February 15, 2019. P6, P1, A1, R1, and Car 23 were dispatched to the call. P6 arrived on scene and reported they had smoke showing and a 360 showed they had a fire in the basement. Command reported all five students in the basement were out of the house and that the owner of the house was out of town.

Station 7 was added to the call, they were running in the tanker for the shift. Multiple lines were pulled into the building. Crews encountered a very cluttered house, full of furniture on every floor and even the garage was full of furniture which prevented access as it was so full. There were three pianos in the bedrooms on the second floor and an organ in the living room which was not accessible due to all of the furniture.

Firefighters were pulled from the basement due to untenable conditions, and the first floor became well involved minutes later. It was not long before the entire building was alight. Two hydrants were picked up to feed the pumper and aerial. Small and large lines as well as an aerial master stream were used to fight the fire.

house engulfed in fire in Kitchener ON
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Due to the tremendous amount of furniture in the house, it took hours to knock the bulk of the fire down. The day shift replaced the tired crews, and worked till 12:30 to fully extinguish all the spot fires. Due to the severe damage in the house, all overhaul had to be done from outside. Crews even pulled a cellar piercing applicator to use on hot spots. That is the first time I have seen this tool used in 31 years on the canteen. Damage has been set at $800,000, cause has not been determined yet. Box 690 provided breakfast and lunch at the fire. Photos and videos shot 35 minutes into the fire. 

house engulfed in fire in Kitchener ON
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Cambridge (ON) fire dispatch received a 9-1-1 call for fire in a large industrial complex February 22, 2019 at 19:25. A3, P1, A6, P2, R1, and Car 6 were dispatched on the first alarm. A3 arrived on scene reporting light smoke showing from a middle unit of a 225 x 60’ industrial building. The fire had a good hold of the roof. The roof was steel on top and bottom and had multiple layers of asphalt from repairs and new roofs added to the building over the years.

Both aerials and multiple hand lines were pulled to attack the fire as firefighters did what they could to peel the roofing off to get at the fire. The roof was buckling, so no firefighters were allowed near the seat of the fire. Trench cuts were made to stop the fire from spreading to adjacent units. This was a very stubborn fire. Overtime crews were called in to staff spare apparatus. All six stations and the overtime crews were rotated to the scene to fight the fire. The fire was not declared out until 8:25 the following morning after a lot of hard word. Box 690 provided rehab at the fire. Photos and video taken two hours into the fire.

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Cambridge ON fire trucks at work
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industrial fire scene in Cambridge ON
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Kitchener (ON) Fire dispatch toned out P4, P3, A1, and Car 23 for a possible fire at 155 Kinzie Ave February 21, 2019 at 10:30. Responding crews were updated by police that there was heavy smoke in the building. P7 was added to the call at this point as R1 was out of service doing ice water rescue training. P4 arrived on scene with nothing visible, but quickly changed to smoke showing from the main floor. Two lines were pulled to the side door to attack the fire. The first line in worked on the main floor, and the second line went upstairs. There was very little fire, as it had mostly burned itself out. Regional Police and Kitchener fire prevention are investigating the cause of the suspicious fire. Photos and video shot a couple of minutes after crews arrived. Box 690 provided rehab for the fire. 

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fire scene in Kitchener ON
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fire scene in Kitchener ON
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fire scene in Kitchener ON
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fire scene in Kitchener ON
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Kitchener FD Pump 7
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Kitchener fire trucks
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Kitchener FD Pump 4
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Kitchener (ON) Fire dispatch toned out Floradale for a possible fire at 7098 Side Road 5 in Wellington County February 26, 2019, at 8:26. Floradale (Waterloo County) covers this area on contract for first response. A Floradale captain who lives less than a mile from the fire was on scene before any trucks left the hall. He reported a thermal column on approach and asked for a pumper and tanker from Elmira, and a tanker from St Jacobs. Half a minute later he confirmed they had a wood shop fully involved with two exposures.

winter house fire scene in Canada
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Centre Wellington FD KME heavy rescue squad
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Centre Wellington’s other station in Fergus was dispatched once the new report was relayed to responding firefighters. Water was shuttled from a pond located at a business just up the road from the fire. Five tankers were used in the relay. Numerous small and large lines were pulled to fight the fire enabling firefighters to protect the exposures.

The pond was drained after two hours of use, so Elmira’s pumper set up at a hydrant in Elmira to fill trucks. The hydrant on the north end of town was approximately five miles from the scene. Woolwich firefighters cleared the scene just before noon, Centre Wellington remained on scene until 14:00.

A high hoe was brought in to pull the building down to get at hot spots. Box 690 provided rehab to the 40 firefighters on scene. Photos and video taken 40 minutes into the call.

Firefighters battle winter house fire
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house destroyed by fire
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Firefighters battle winter house fire
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Units on scene

Woolwich Township

Floradale Pumper, tanker (3,000 US gallons), rescue

Elmira Pumper, tanker (2,500 US gallons), crew stayed at station to staff rescue and 95’ quint 

St Jacobs Tanker (3,000 US gallons)

Box 690 stationed in Kitchener at Station 5

Centre Wellington

Elora Pumper, Tanker (3,000 US gallons), 75’ quint

Fergus Pumper, tanker (3,000 US gallons) rescue

Kitchener, Ontario fire dispatch toned out Wellesley, Linwood, and St Clements firefighters for a possible fire at 1715 Greenwood Hill Road February 15 at 15:15. As the stations were being dispatched, you could hear the phones ringing in the background and the dispatchers asking what was on fire. Units reported a thermal column as they turned north onto Greenwood Hill Road from the main road in Wellesley. They reported a two-story house fully involved on arrival, and that all firefighting was going to be defensive. A four-inch line was dropped in the icy laneway out to the road to supply water. There are two ponds used for water in summer right across the street from the laneway. Unfortunately firefighters couldn’t cut through the ice safely to access the pond so they had to drive a mile back down Greenwood Hill Road to catch a hydrant for the tanker relay.

A collapse zone was setup and firefighters pulled four lines to attack the fire. The second floor collapsed ten minutes after arrival, and the bulk of the fire was knocked down in one hour. An excavator was brought in around 21:00 to pull the building apart to get at hot spots in the basement.

Box 690 provided dinner and warm drinks to the 35 firefighters on scene. Damage will exceed $250,000, and the cause is undetermined. 

Gary Dinkel, Box 690

Firefighters battle winter house fire
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long hose lay at rural fire scene
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Firefighters battle winter house fire
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Firefighters battle winter house fire
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Firefighters battle winter house fire
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Firefighters battle winter house fire
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Township Of Wellesley fire engine Freightliner
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rural water supply at fire scene with multiple portable tanks
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Firefighters battle winter house fire
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Thibault aerial works at fire scene
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Kitchener Ontario working fire

Kitchener P4, P6, A1, R1, Tank 1, P7, and Car 23 were dispatched to a garage fire at 1082 Wilson Ave January 25 at 16:15. The tanker was added as the closest hydrant would have required a pumper relay. The tanker is cross staffed by P7 firefighters, so they bring both trucks when the tanker is needed. P6 arrived and reported a fully-involved garage with one exposure of a small trailer near the front of the garage. P6 pulled one attack line and knocked what they could with their tank. P4 arrived shortly after and pulled two lines from their truck to work the fire. The tanker hooked up directly to P4 and made one trip to refill their 2,000 Imperial gallon tank (2400 US). The fire gutted the large garage and an antique tractor that was inside. Damage was pegged at $100,000. Box 690 provided rehab, photos and video taken 20 minutes into the fire. 

Gary Dinkel, Box 690

garage fire in Canada
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Kitchener (ON) fire dispatch toned out Breslau, Maryhill, and Conestogo fire departments for a structure fire at 201 Woolwich Street South in Breslau, January 22 at 12:16. Dispatch reported two people possibly in the house. A Breslau captain was near the house and helped get the two residents from the structure. He reported a working fire, with flames showing around a chimney on the E2 side of the house.

Breslau’s pumper arrived and picked up a hydrant. Crews performed a 360 and primary search of building while others pulled lines. Firefighters tried to enter the building that was on fire via the garage, but there was no access. They knocked the fire down from the exterior before finding access to the interior. The fire was contained quickly, with minor extension to the interior.

Two ambulances were requested as a precaution to check out the residents. The male was transported to hospital. The Ontario Fire Marshall was called to investigate the fire. Box 690 provided rehab.

I arrived just ahead of the Breslau pumper. It was a very cold day, so video has some movement in it from moving out of way of firefighters and having very cold hands. 

Gary Dinkel, Box 690

Firefighters standby at fire scene
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KME Heavy Rescue in Breslau Canada
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Spartan Dependable fire engine in Canada
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