Fire in the Garage
Sunday 4/20/14 (C-Shift)
Units from Durham Highway and the Raleigh FD were alerted to respond to Shavenrock Place for a report of a garage on fire. Upon arrival, fire and smoke was visible coming from the garage. An attack line was placed in service but the fire ended up being able to be extinguished by a water can. A fan was used to help extract the smoke from the garage and some salvage & overhaul was done as well. Quick work by all personnel on scene.
Fire in the US Postal Distribution Center
Sunday 4/7/14 (C-Shift)
Personnel from the Raleigh FD and Durham Highway FD were alerted to respond to the USPS Distribution Center for a reported explosion. Raleigh Engine 23 arrived on scene and was told by USPS employees that there was a fire in a mail bin inside the facility. The structure fire alarm was struck and more units were added to the call for assistance with extinguishment. Engine 23's men advanced into the facility for a recon mission and asked Pumper 1 to pull a line to their location once they found the mail bin on fire. Pumper 1's crew stretched approx. 550 feet of attack line through the facility to extinguish the fire and approx. 500 feet of 5" supply hose from the hydrant to the fire scene. The men of Engine 23 and Pumper 1 worked together to extinguish the fire in a very short amount of time. After racking the hose used in the incident back on Pumper 1, all units returned to their quarters around 3 hours after the incident was dispatched.
Motor Vehicle Accident
Saturday 4/5/14 (A-Shift)
Taking advantage of the nice weather outside, the men of the 16 House were cleaning and checking the apparatus to be combat ready when a citizen pulled up and stated that a car had wrecked just down the street on Victory Church Road. Pumper 1 and Rescue 5 responded with a total of 9 men. Pumper 1 arrived on scene to find a Jeep Wrangler off the roadway with damage to the right front quarter panel. All occupants appeared to be out of the vehicle. Pumper 1's crew provided BLS care until EMS arrived on scene. The Rescue Company secured the vehicle and also checked for fluid leaks. Units operated on scene for approx. 30 minutes and then returned to quarters.
Live Burn Training
The men of Durham Highway took some time out of their Saturday to attend a live burn at the Central Carolina Community College's Class-A Burn Building. This type of training is vital for the firefighters because of the many fireground skills they can practice in a safe and controlled environment. Two pumper/tankers were brought for the up and coming drivers to practice driving and pumping. Several drills were conducted throughout the day as well as some experimenting in tactics and hose loads. Thanks to Central Carolina CC and Instructor Tim Houston for allowing Durham Highway to have the opportunity to train in such an amazing facility.