A civilian died but numerous people were rescued by members in a multi-family dwelling in Manchester, New Hampshire, yesterday.
(CRITICAL NOTE: This fire, once again, emphasizes the critical need for heavy and rapid first alarm assignments with plenty of staffing. Be sure to LISTEN to the radio traffic-these members had to perform multiple simultaneous tasks upon arrival…more below)
A Manchester Fire Captain was burned and had to be flown to Boston (Mass General) for treatment. Reports are that he has 30% 2nd degree burns with some 3rd. There was no respiratory compromise and he was in good spirits prior to this morning’s surgery.
The heavy fire, that was on three floors of an apartment building on Dutton Street, was reported about 1810 hours. Five people were rescued by Firefighters on a ladder on the third floor of the building — there were multiple people hanging out of windows on that floor — and another person was rescued from a second-floor porch.
Among those saved was a baby. The video shows a Firefighter clutching the baby tightly, descending down a ladder to safety. The same firefighter then climbed back up the ladder to rescue more people trapped inside, with heavy fire only feet away.
.@ManchesterFD saving a baby from this home. Six people were saved in total. One firefighter and a tenant were med flighted to Boston for burns. And one person has lost their life. @NBC10Boston pic.twitter.com/sdWjl40uLu
— Malcolm Johnson NBC10 Boston (@MalNBCBoston) November 7, 2021
LISTEN: RADIO TRAFFIC STARTING FROM THE INITIAL DISPATCH:
The above once again strongly emphasizes the needs for HEAVY first alarm assignments with plenty of Firefighters (be it your own on duty staffing, automatic mutual aid or whatever it takes), command officers (command, aide, divisions, safety etc) and EMS performing multiple simultaneous, coordinated tasks. It is an excellent opportunity for any FD to use this as a “what if this were our fire?” as far as getting 30 or so Firefighters on the scene within minutes.
When you look at the amount of tasks, the amount of area (interior) needing multiple Firefighters immediately to do the searches/rescues/removals, access, water supply, lines on the fire, venting etc-all simultaneously it is easily calculated for any fire department to consider. The MFD members performed amazingly, considering what they were met with: numerous tasks that had to be done coordinated, simultaneously.
Our best thoughts and prayers to the MFD members and especially for the Captain as he improves from his burns. More to follow.
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.