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Green Shift companies worked a two-alarm house fire in Hixson early Wednesday morning. At 1:36 AM on 2/21/24, Chattanooga Fire responded to a home in the 1700 block of Colonial Shores Drive after 911 received reports that the back of the residence was burning with flames through the roof. Firefighters arrived on scene and found heavy fire coming from the rear of the structure. They went inside and conducted a primary search while attacking the flames and confirmed that everyone was out of the house. Due to the volume of fire, a second alarm was called to bring additional crews to the scene and mutual aid partners were contacted to fill in at CFD fire halls. CFD personnel switched to a defensive attack and by 2:46 AM, the fire was under control. Attack teams then went back inside to target hot spots and check for any remaining areas of fire. Firefighters continued working on the scene for several hours to finish extinguishing the fire. There are no injuries. The cause of the overnight blaze is under investigation. Engine 11, Squad 19, Ladder 19, Quint 16, Quint 6, Ladder 7, Squad 7, Engine 22, Quint 10, Engine 15, Battalion 2, and Battalion 3 were on the call. The Red Cross is assisting the displaced homeowner who safely escaped the fire.

Colonial Shores Dr house fire

Red Shift companies were on the scene of a fire at WestRock Recycling for several hours on Friday. At 4:27 PM on 2/16/24, CFD personnel responded to 310 E 28th Street and found large stacks of boxes burning outside at the recycling facility. Firefighters got the fire under control and then remained on scene working to fully extinguish the bundles of cardboard and protect exposures. Our mutual aid partners provided coverage at our fire halls during the extended firefighting operation. There were no injuries. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Quint 1, Squad 1, Ladder 1, Quint 14, Engine 9, Squad 20, Battalion 1, and Battalion 3 were on the call.

westrock recycling fire

Several apartments were damaged in an overnight fire in Hixson. At 12:56 AM on 2/15/24, CFD Red Shift personnel responded to a structure fire in the 5200 block of Hickory Woods Lane. Firefighters could see smoke in the distance as they headed to the scene and they found heavy fire coming from an apartment on the second floor when they arrived. A second alarm was called due to reports of possible entrapment, but crews learned that all occupants were out of the apartment building. Fire companies attacked the fire on the second floor while also searching the burning structure. By 1:30 AM, they had the fire under control and by 2 AM, the fire was out. Fire personnel then conducted salvage and overhaul. There were no injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Red Cross is assisting displaced residents. All four units sustained damage. “Our firefighters went to work and did what they were supposed to do effectively and efficiently,” said BC3 Carlos Hampton, incident commander. Squad 19, Ladder 19, Engine 11, Quint 16, Engine 22, Quint 6, Quint 8, Quint 10, Quint 17, Engine 12, Engine 4, Engine 15, Squad 7, Ladder 7, Battalion 1, Battalion 2, Battalion 3, CFD Investigations Division, and CFD Supply were on the call.

Hickory Woods Lane fire

Squad 19, Squad 1, and Engine 22 Green Shift worked an extrication Sunday afternoon (2/11/24). Firefighters removed someone trapped in the wreckage so the patient could be transported to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. It happened on Highway 27 at Old Dayton Pike near the overpass. BC3 Bowman captured photos from the scene. It appeared that the vehicle went airborne, falling from 27 onto Old Dayton Pike. Firefighters had a challenging rescue operation on their hands because the twisting and turning of the vehicle during the accident left the Ford Focus a crushed and mangled mess. “Good teamwork and diligence by everyone involved,” BC3 Bowman said. HCEMS and law enforcement were also on the scene.

Old Dayton Pike extrication

A group of Chattanooga firefighters had the chance to take part in some highly specialized rope training this week at the Academy at Vertical Consult in Ringgold, GA. With rope access work being performed as much as it is in our area, CFD sent eight members to a five-day SPRAT class. They went through the exact SPRAT Level 1 training that is given to rope access workers. It gives rope rescue technicians an idea and understanding the rope systems built how and why they are used and in case an emergency arises to a worker on ropes it helps in the rescue. The classes were 10 hours a day and the final day ended the class with a written test and a skills evaluation test that each member had to go through to demonstrate the techniques and skills they learned throughout the week. All members of the class passed both the written and evaluation.
SPRAT (Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians) was developed in the 90’s to address the needs of a growing number of companies and operators employing rope access techniques in North America. Rope Access Technicians perform work on a daily basis around the country including but not limited to jobs such as bridge inspections/maintenance, dam inspections/maintenance, high rise window cleaners, construction workers, painters, etc. Captain Adam Couch (Squad 7 Green), Captain Robert Thompson (Special Operations), Captain Richard Pershey (Engine 15 Green), Captain Chadd Nichols (Special Operations), Lt. Preston Binegar (Squad 1 Red), Lt. Joe Ervin (Squad 7 Green), Firefighter Colby Mai (Squad 7 Red), Firefighter Jeff Carlton (Squad 7 Blue) participated in the SPRAT class.

SPRAT class

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