I responded with the dept. that I photograph for to a structure fire yesterday (1-4-2012) at 3:56 P.M.

Upon arrival there was heavy smoke showing from an air conditioner vent for an apartment unit next to the one that burnt in 2009 in the same building.  Upon entry, personnel found that there was an active fire in the unit and called a full 3 alarm assignment as well as mutual aid for ambulance due to the type of occupancy.  The building houses a lot of low income people as well as a lot of elderly including many with medical issues.  Fire damage was contained to the apt. of origin but there was heat, smoke, and water damage to a total of 6 apts.  I will be posting photos of it this weekend when I have more time due to work and family obligations until then.  When I post the photos, I will give a full description of the building.  Thanks.

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Yes, the dept that I am the photographer for (who is the one on scene at the fire shown here) is signed up for mabas and so are all the depts in the tri county area.

You get five engines, 2 trucks and a rescue with your first alarm? You are one lucky person!

why lucky he works for a large department that is standard where as vollie's and small paid departments have to rely on the MA agreements.

Because he's lucky to have those resources immediately available and en route quickly. I'm on an all volly dept and while we can get a good response from our members on a first alarm, we don't always know exactly what our mutual aid will bring for us. Having those resources immediately takes some pressure off the initial officer and helps with strategy. Thats why he's lucky to have that.

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