02/27/09 61 W - + 14 - 15 One Man, One Engine

For your Friday morning, as found on the Firehouse.com forums, here's an interesting video that may already be making the rounds. If the on-screen date is correct, the footage was shot in 1993. Location, department, and details unknown. One man, one engine. Plus bystanders, then additional personnel. The clip is just over six minutes in length.

I was talking to a buddy of mine yesterday about a department that STILL does this. On the video…did that guy make entry without a pack? in 93?!!.....
KOM - 02/27/09 - 13:53

The original post indicates Blue Island Illinois – which is near Chicago. The accents in the video lend credence to this possibility.
RWECC - 02/27/09 - 19:42

we need that lady at a fire comission mtg “1 man, 1 truck…what the f$&K!” That sums it up.
fi - 02/27/09 - 23:30

Sadly this has been a reality across the country due to the lack of funding for the fire service. (We’re not important until it’s too late…) I will say though, my heart goes out to the folks that serve in these type of communities still. They make very tough, potentially life changing decisions alone daily. I’ve always wondered what I would do if I was the only one to show up or pass by a structure fire like this. Hopefully that never happens…
YFD456 - 02/28/09 - 09:06

This would rock, just wish you had some way from the inside to tell how much water was left in the booster tank outside.
Olson - 02/28/09 - 23:39

Maybe NFPA can comeup with a way to mandate a heads up display for water level at the nozzle!!! only kidding!!!
Adam Brown - 03/01/09 - 09:50

In the not too distant past this happened in the Triangle area on a semi-regular basis. I remember pulling up on several fires, way back when, and I was by myself on the engine. Put it in gear, tank-to-pump, throttle up, grab the line (booster or 1 1/2”) and get started. You had to have an idea of how long your water would last (never very long).

Maybe wait for help. Maybe attack the fire. The public expected us to do something, so we did.

Fortunately, it worked out for most of us.

It is a shame, though, that there are departments around, including here in NC, that this is everyday stuff.
DJ (Email) - 03/01/09 - 13:48

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