Saturday Hotshot – Catasauqua, PA

Ok, I know that it is Sunday (technically Monday now) but I couldn’t go without posting a hotshot for Saturday. Again I give you a video in lieu of a photo. It is hard to find great photos, although I have something coming up on that soon. Look for a new top ten list soon. I have about a dozen of them in the works.

This weeks Saturday hotshot is of a fire in Catasauqua, PA. The really cool thing about this fire is that you have two views of the fire at just about the same time. Check out the videos below (description follows each video).

Great use of 2 1/2″ line for knockdown, 1 3/4″ for maneuverability, and vertical ventilation. It seemed like great Engine work and Truck work going on together!

In the afternoon hours of Sunday August 9,2009 Catty station 2 was hit for the house fire at the corner of 14th and Race sts. Command arrived onscene and quickly struck a second alarm for the well involved first floor. NVP was on of the first camera crews onscene and captured the fire from before the initial attack was made until it was knocked down.

Catasauqua Station 2 was dispatched at 1615 hours to a house fire at 722 Race St. Chief 202 arrived on scene and found heavy fire in a 2 1/2 story S/F/D and signaled a working fire then struck the 2nd alarm. Engine 212 arrived and stretched a line to the front of the building and connected a water-supply at the corner of 14th and Race. Ladder Co. 231 took position on the ‘D’ side of the building on 14th Street and went to the roof to open up. Heavy fire was venting from all the windows on the first floor side ‘D’ and some upper windows.

The bulk of the fire was darkened down on the initial hit from the entry team. Whitehall truck 6 positioned itself in the front of the building.

The second alarm was struck at 1617 hours for North Catasaqua Engine 18, Whitehall Engine 1, Whitehall Engine 2 (R.I.T.) and Coplay Air unit 5. Special- called to the scene was Whitehall Truck 6 and Engine 3 and Han-Le-Co Engine 33.