This incident occurred in the approximately 5 AM on January 5, 2005 in Indiana. State Police had a reported a tractor-trailer fire at a rest park located on the Interstate. State Police Officers requested to know the contents of the trailer but it was unknown. The fire department responding is an all volunteer unit and it took 10 minutes or more, before they did acknowledge the call to county. Upon the first officers arrival he found a fully engulfed tractor with a tanker trailer with hazmat placard 1170. The driver of the truck did not know what he was hauling, surprise! …but stated the trailer was close to empty which made the matter more dangerous being 1170 is highly explosive alcohol. The responding fire department was called by radio several times to be informed of the situation, however they didn’t acknowledge the radio calls. It was later determined the two members the responded didn’t answer because one was driving the engine and the other was driving the tanker. The close call was right there. A 2 man response with a hazardous material fire. A single line was stretched and the engine was left unmanned after the line was charged. No air packs were used. By the time the fire was knocked down, 3 or 4 more members of the FD had arrived. In the end, the fire was knocked down early enough to prevent any explosion and nothing was leaked from the trailer. But I think this is a good example of when not to play superman and request mutual aid especially when you know only 2 firefighters are responding and a potential ugly situation exist.