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The Chattanooga Fire Department's new fire academy got underway on April 9th! The 29 cadets met members of the command staff on their first day. They will go through six months of intense training in all of the areas of the fire service, including: EMR, hazmat, rescue operations, firefighting skills, flammable liquids fires, vehicle extrication and fire ground survival. This academy is crucial for our department to help with staffing. We appreciate these recruits for their willingness to serve the City of Chattanooga and the citizens! We look forward to a new generation of firefighters protecting our community.

“You will gain skills to help people on the worst days of their lives and you’ll take that with you forever. This is the best career in the world. Welcome to the family,” said Executive Deputy Chief Seth Miller.

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The Chattanooga Fire Department worked a commercial fire Friday afternoon at Grease Monkey Diesel & Auto Performance Repairs, located at 4101 Shallowford Road. Around 2 PM, the owner noticed smoke coming from the back of the building in the shop area and called 911. Engine 15 was first on the scene and found heavy smoke and flames visible from the rear and side of the structure. A water supply was established and fire attack initiated. Crews focused on the interior and exterior of the garage. The building, as well as tires and several cars on site, were on fire. Firefighters worked to get the flames extinguished quickly and then spent time wetting everything down and checking hot spots to make sure the fire was completely out.

All of the employees safely exited the business and there were no injuries. The cause of the fire will be under investigation. Ladder 13, Quint 6, Engine 15, Quint 8, Quint 7, Squad 7, Ladder 5, Squad 20, Battalion 2, Battalion 3 (Blue Shift), CFD Investigations, EPB, HCEMS and CPD responded.

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Neighbors alerted 911 to a burning home on Line Street Tuesday afternoon, allowing CFD companies to arrive quickly and begin tackling the fire. The call came out at 1 PM to a residence in the 800 block. Several people who live in the area reported that they could see flames coming out of the windows of the structure.

Engine 5 and Ladder 5 were first on the scene and made an aggressive interior attack. The house was about 50 percent involved with fire venting through the windows and roof. The crews pushed hard and fast and they were able to get the blaze under control quickly. During searches of the residence, a family pet was located. Resuscitation efforts were made on the scene, but sadly, the small dog died. Crews remained on scene for some time, pulling ceilings and focusing on hot spots to make sure everything was fully extinguished. There were no other injuries. The residents were not home at the time of the fire. The cause will be under investigation. Ladder 5, Engine 4, Engine 5, Quint 10, Engine 15, Squad 13, Squad 19, Battalion 1 and Battalion 2 (Red Shift) responded.

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An overnight house fire left a woman with burns and provided logistical challenges for the Chattanooga Fire Department to get water to the scene.At 2:19 AM Tuesday, companies responded to a home in the 500 block of Lower Cravens Terrace and found a working structure fire. The residence is on a steep hill below Cravens House on Lookout Mountain. Firefighting operations were complicated because the nearest hydrant was 3,000 feet away so water was shuttled in with tankers. Also, the driveway was too narrow for any fire trucks to fit so crews walked hose and equipment to the scene.

All of the residents got out of the burning home. One party received burns on her hand as she as trying to move her car which was also on fire. She was checked out by EMS and taken by personal vehicle to the hospital. Ladder 1, Quint 14, Quint 1, Quint 3, Squad 20, Tanker 3, Tanker 8, Tanker 17, Tanker 22, Battalion 1, Battalion 3 (Green Shift) responded. Tankers from Waldens Ridge, Tri-Com and Highway 58 also responded to assist the CFD. The cause of the fire will be under investigation. The home is a total loss.

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In the early hours of Easter Sunday, the Chattanooga Fire Department responded to Buzzi Unicem’s Signal Mountain Concrete Plant on Suck Creek Road on another hydraulic oil fire. There were no injuries. Crews were at the same location on March 25th for a similar incident. Quint 17, Quint 1, Ladder 1, Squad 1, Engine 12, Quint 14, Quint 16, Battalion 3 and Battalion 1 (Green Shift) responded.

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