Yesterday, the Engine and Chief responded to New St. for a structure fire. The Chief was first arriving confirming a working fire. Intitial reports were that there was entrapment. It thankfully proved to be false. Due to conditions of the house, crews went defensive and spent a good part of the day fighting this fire. Several fire companies as well as multiple EMS and rehab units worked tirelessly to make sure all first responders and residents were healthy and safe.
Statement on the Engine Mishap:
When the engine arrived on scene, it laid a line from Pond St and New St. It took a position to use the deck gun to knock the heavy exterior fire at the front of the house. Pump operator placed parking brake on and engine in pump gear. Received the intial green light saying transfer was completed. Operator then placed the engine into drive to activate the impellers on the pump. The 2nd green light lit indicating that the transmission shift was successful. There were no weird sounds or indications not to believe the lights were not accurate. They began to flow the deck gun and hit the fire.
Right before the supply was charged to the engine, several bystanders and firefighters heard a loud hiss and a pop. The vehicle began to drive (not roll). Vehicle was under power moving, not just rolling freely. Vehicle did travel several feet and strike a tree. Vehicle missed all residents and civilians. A few firefighters were injured during this mishap. All are ok and only have a few bumps and bruises.
Fire apparatus techs reported to the scene. While checking the vehicle over a testing a few things, they found that the 460 cummins engine at a mere 1300 rpms over powered the parking brake with ease. 1300 rpms is just a little above idle. When they were flowing the deck gun, the pump was well above 1300 rpms. The parking break is just that, for a vehicle in park and not under power. Thankfully the parking break was engaged otherwise the vehicle would have traveled at a much higher speed which could of caused major injury or death to civilians or firefighters.
We want to thank all of the numerous fire depts and ems companies that assisted us. After it was determined that everyone was ok and no one was injured, our attention turned right back to the house and family affected by this fire. We are thankful that they were able to escape the blaze and would like to offer any help that we can to them. Please dont hestitate to call.
Thank you to everyone who called and offered assistance to get us back on our feet. As of right now we have a loaner and are 100% operational.
Thank you to all