Waterloo (ON) P1, P3, A1, and Car 23 were dispatched to a confirmed fire at 515 Conestoga Road January 6, 2018 at 21:50. Waterloo Regional Police responded to the building for a burglar alarm and discovered the fire. Car 23 had P4 added to the call as P3 was down one firefighter from a med call. P3 arrived and reported they had smoke coming from the large building and requested P1 pick up a hydrant on the way in. Firefighters pulled a 2.5” line and went into the building to attack the fire. A second 1.75” line was also charged and put to work inside the car repair shop. The fire was knocked down in 15 minutes. Overhaul took another hour. Box 690 provided rehab at the fire, pictures taken 20 minutes into the call. Temperatures were a bone chilling -11 F. This was our second fire of the day having provided rehab at a large fryer fire in a poultry plant in Cambridge.
Waterloo (ON) firefighters were dispatched to a 4” gas main that had been hit by a back hoe, June 12, 9:10 am, at King St North, and Hickory Street. P1, A1, P3, and Car 23 responded to the call. Firefighters evacuated area businesses and homes and had both universities tweet out warnings to students to stay clear of the area. Area schools were also asked to advise students to avoid the area.
Union gas was called to shut the gas down. They had difficulty accessing shut offs, and had one valve that malfunctioned. Union Gas advised command that they were going to have to dig up the road in a number of areas to access the main line as well as four other lines that were feeding it.
Box 690 responded to the call on this information as the temperature with the humidex factored in was 100 Fahrenheit. Command advised to set up rehab one block north of the leak. Photos and short video shot an hour into the call.
Waterloo Ontario P1, P3, A1, and Car 23 were dispatched to 111 Abbotswood Ct for a car on fire in the garage June 5, 2017 at 11:15. Car 23 requested an additional pumper on route. P3 reported they could see a thermal column a mile from the fire. They arrived on scene to a fully involved two-bay garage with possible extension into the house. Firefighters pulled a 2.5” and 1.75” line to attack the fire, with 3% foam. The fire was knocked down quickly with no extension into the house. Damage has been pegged at $175,000. Photos and video shot during overhaul, 25 minutes into the call. Box 690 provided rehab.
Waterloo Ontario Fire was dispatched to 532-A Brookhaven Crescent for a smoke detector sounding in the basement and a light haze of smoke, February 10, 2017 at 15:05. P3 firefighters masked up and entered the unit while the P3 captain completed a 360. Interior firefighters reported light smoke in the basement but had no visible source for the smoke. P3 captain quickly reported heavy fire in the rear of the adjoining unit. Firefighters pulled two lines into the unit from the rear and the front of the house. Interior firefighters reported they had a spongy floor and visible fire coming up from the basement. Command pulled the firefighters from the floor and had the fire attacked from the rear through a basement door. The fire was knocked down in 25 minutes, with overhaul taking another hour before the fire was totally out. Photos were taken during overhaul, video was shot approximately 20 minutes into the fire. Box 690 provided rehab.
Waterloo, Ontario Pump 2 was dispatched to a grass fire behind a large mall on the west side of town April 20, 2016 at 12:45. Dispatch advised they were getting multiple calls reporting flames six feet high. P2 could see smoke from a mile away and requested P1, Tank 1, and the PC to be added to the call. The fire started beside a tee of the par 3 golf course located beside the mall, and quickly spread into a marshy area. Firefighters picked up two hydrants and pulled multiple lines to knock the fire down. The fire was declared out an hour after arrival. This was the first of two grass fires in the city requiring a multiple station response. Box 690 provided rehab at both calls.
February 8, 2016, Waterloo Ontario Fire Department was dispatched for an apartment fire at a student housing unit on Erb St West. Kitchener dispatch received one 911 call reporting flames coming out of a bedroom window. Two quints, a pumper, a pumper-tanker, and the platoon chief responded to the call with 17 firefighters. P1 reported smoke showing on arrival, and flames visible after a 360. Firefighters entered the top floor via the E2 outside stairway. The fire was knocked down in 15 minutes. Eighteen students were displaced by the fire. Box 690 provided rehab.
Waterloo, Ontario firefighters were dispatched to a dumpster fire beside a seven-story apartment building under construction on November 4 2015 at 10:50. Two quints, a pumper, and the platoon chief responded to the call. Firefighters had a good loom up on the way to the call. The fire had spread up the entire side of the building by the time crews arrived. The fire was knocked down in 20 minutes, with overhaul taking another 45 minutes. Box 690 was on scene one hour before leaving for a second fire in North Dumfries Township.