8/26/2016 Mutual Aid with Best Luther. By Greg Forgea.
At approximately 2315 hours on Friday August 26th,
the Best Luther and East Greenbush fire departments were dispatched for a reported structure
fire in an area not serviced by the town water supply. First arriving units found a large
2,600 square foot house with heavy fire in the rear and attic of the structure. The house
was setback off of the roadway and up a hill, which posed a challenge to responding units.
Best Luther Car 1 transmitted the second alarm upon arrival bringing in mutual aid for
tankers and additional manpower.
East Greenbush Cars 1 and 4 arrived with first
arriving Best Luther chiefs and completed a quick walk around and size up of the structure
as well as the fire condition. All occupants were out of the residence upon our arrival,
so units could focus strictly on fire suppression.
The first arriving Best Luther truck laid a
supply line up the driveway and set up for initial fire attack. Members off of East
Greenbush Engine 7 as well as Car 4 stretched a 1 ¾ line to the second floor of the
structure where they found a heavy fire condition in the attic. Members began pulling
ceilings in the bedrooms and found that the bulk of the fire would have to be accessed
from the attic stairs. Members made entry into the attic and began knocking down heavy
fire. While units were operating inside the structure, additional 1 ¾ lines were being
advanced into the structure to check for fire extension to the second floor. Members
also stretched a line to the rear of the house and knocked down the fire that was
burning on the exterior. The bulk of the heavy fire was knocked down within 10 minutes
after the first arriving apparatus. EGFD Car 2 was designated the water supply officer
and was in charge of assuring the constant flow of water throughout the operation.
East Greenbush operated on scene with Cars
1, 2, 3, and 4, as well as Engines 7 and 8 with a total of 13 members on scene.
An additional crew stood by at the North station with the truck company.
All East Greenbush units were back in service by 3am.