Monday, August 06, 2018

SMOKE ALARMS SAVE LIVES.  On 8/6/18 at 02:50 Baldwinsville volunteers were dispatched with automatic aid from Lakeside and Liverpool for the reported house fire on Daywood Drive.  The original call indicated smoke from the laundry room with smoke alarms activated.  The caller advised they could see fire and were attempting to evacuate.  The EOC updated the alarm with police on location with smoke and fire being seen from the front door.  The door was closed for the arrival of the FD.  Car 5 (Capt. Natoli) arrived followed by Car 1 (District Chief Perkins) who declared a working fire and gave the Signal 99 (additional automatic resources). Engine 5 (FF O'Kelly) arrived and stretched the first handling (supported by Lakeside Car 1) while Ladder 3 (Lt. Catalino) arrived 2nd, announced the split lay and took the 1st arriving specialty services  performing searches which proved negative.  Ladder 2 picked up Ladder 3's split and assisted with fire extension and ground ladders.  Engine 4 (Lt. Belczak) performed another split lay to allow for another water source and performed salvage operations by tarping the bedroom in the lower floor and assisting with utilities.  Liverpool handled the RIT assignment and Lakeside stretched a 2nd handline.  The fire was held to the lower level and quickly extinguished by the 1st handline.  Warners-Memphis and Seneca River responded on the working fire assignment and were moved to cover Baldwinsville stations.  GBAC performed the EMS duties and the scene was turned over to the Onondaga county fire investigation team for cause and origin.  National Grid was on scene and secured the power at the pole.  All crews were back in-service and cleaned up by 07:00.  The presence of working smoke alarms no doubt saved lives.  We strongly encourage everyone to inspect and test all of your smoke alarms monthly and replace batteries at least annually.

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