09/26/10 120 W, 1 I - + 6 - 3 Fire at Five Points

Weather's finally cooler. Clouds coming into the sky. Crews in northern Wake County have been working a woods fire for the last couple hours. Stony Hill and a mess of other departments for manpower. They've also got a Public Safety Day planned for this afternoon at Station 1. Closer to home, a fire at Five Points closed a lane of traffic inbound on Glenwood Avenue. That's Ladder 4, Engine 6, and Rescue 3 shown below. Fire on the exterior of a service station. Here are some photos, and with one of the cameras slightly overexposuring the shots. Forgot to reset the settings after last night's tromping around Fayetteville Street. Hate when that happens.

Eye protection and gloves???
Be careful - 09/26/10 - 19:01

I’ll put a few things out there to consider and discuss;

1) Put that truck in the parking lot, consider operating from the bucket and the roof too. A bucket is a much more safe platform to work from…. excellent multiple egress options, but it would be optimum to have five rungs over the roof line for when you make the transition from roof to ladder.
2) A perfect example of how NOT to foot a portable ladder.
3) “Drop-starting” a saw is an unsafe practice and should be avoided at ALL costs. You have zero control as you “drop” it to make your pull. Start the damn thing on the ground, engage the brake, then ascend the ladder and cut.
4) Not big on anonymous postings, as we all know, especially critical ones.
Silver - 09/27/10 - 20:38

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