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Here’s The Scoop…The 3/25/09 LBTS 5200 Fire…What’s THE STORY?….

WHICH ONE LOOKS OUT OF THEIR ELEMENT?….

Dear Readers…Last month you might recall there was a highrise fire at 5200 N Ocean Blvd….

A quick summary of what took place…(previous post…LBTS agenda/meetings category) The Vice Mayor came into the 2nd day of the 3/24/09 regular LBTS Commission meeting and proceeded to give Mayor Minnet and Comm. Dodd his take on the exemplary acts that took place…yadayadayada…The meeting began with Comm. Comments and BFF Comm. Silverstone who tried and failed to be “cute” in his delivery of his “tongue in cheek” monologue heralding the one-man heroism of Vice Mayor McIntee…yet again when it come to his “solo” firefighting “fetes” in our town….

Vice Mayor McIntee then took the first part of his comment time to recount his acts…saying he “got there rather rapidly because I live around the corner”….and how he went up the stairs ..” I thought I was the first one up there”…only to find a BSO Officer…then providing a quick overview and commending the VFD… “it was a task that ah, they’ve been training for, for 9 months now now and they just hit it right on”…..

This writer then received a copy of the BSO Police Incident Report that was written the next day (3/26/09)…It said …”I was able to make my way back down to the lobby I observed that Chief McIntee’s VFD vehicle was on scene. I was notified by Mr. xxxx that Chief McIntee had gone up to the 11th floor. Observing no fire apparatus on scene as of yet I went back to the 11th floor to assist Chief McIntee. I assisted Chief McIntee with the fire hose on the 11th floor and together we entered xxxx  where the fire originated. I provided backup support to Chief McIntee on the hose until the fire was under control and extinguished.”….

This writer received yesterday the requested VFD Incident Report. ($2-chg.)..It was requested on the 3/26/09 …..BSO supplied their Incident report that day…with no charge…VFD responded it would be 10 business days…The VFD Incident Report was written 5 days after the incident on March 30, 2009…There are definitely some glaring problems with the report… Including…what happened…who was on scene…who wrote the report and when…who did not write the report…and who reviewed the report..( or did they?)….and the RESPONSE TIMES…for the firetrucks…

NOTE :SKIP TO END FOR NEW INFO….the newly received VFD Incident Report…

(Below is the excerpts from the Comm. Comments and the BSO Incident Report…)

CS-“Thank you Mayor, I’m upset with Jerry McIntee. The Vice Mayor’s got me upset. At 5:30 this morning I was woken up. My fire beeper was going off and ah, on the beeper it said structure fire smoke showing, heavy smoke showing. I got out of bed, ran out the door, went to the station, threw the bunker gear on, got on the second truck, missed the first truck,got on the second truck. We had a fire this morning over at Sea Ranch Lakes, the condo all the way north on the 12th, 11th floor. And on the way there I listened to the radio and I hear the Vice Mayor’s voice on there saying he’s arrival and ah, heavy smoke showing. So I get there expecting to fight a fire and um, then I hear on the radio, fire out and I was like extremely upset with this um, I go up to the 11th floor and there’s Vice Mayor McIntee with a big smile on his face and I knew right away he put the fire out again. Um, it’s getting old Vice Mayor um, ah, I’m part of this fire department and ah, it seems every time that there’s a fire around here it gets put out before anything happens. Of course, I’m talking in jest…..”

VM-“Ah, Jimmy I gotta add something to the,to the fire this morning. Ah, I got there rather rapidly because I live around the corner  and ah, people were just coming down the stairwells and the elevators ah, it’s a building that’s been around for quite a few years. There’s a major elderly content of residents and ah, when we made it up there I thought I was the first one up there, I thought. But to my surprise and ah, quite frankly I ah, impressed I was met at the 11th floor in heavy smoke conditions by a police officer. I believe his name was Jacobson, is that correct? And he had already started banging on doors and this was a fully charged hallway and that cop had a lot of guts and then we were able to locate the apartment where the fire was and the cop and I ah, were fortunate in to get in there and knock the fire down real fast. But the cop was there ahead of me and was doing a great job. I told the Lieutenant I want to make sure we write him up for the process and what he did. That’s way above their pay grade and ah, he deserves a lot of credit for it. So the fire was ah, in the bedroom, the guy was smoking in bed put his hand over the side of the bed and ignited the floor and materials on the floor and filled the place pretty heavily with smoke because it was carpet and rubber that was burning. The volunteers did a phenomenal job, ah, probably evacuated 50-100 people. The lobby was full of people. AMR set up ah, a recovery zone to treat anybody with any problems or any firemen. It was done in  40 minutes, up and down picked up and out of there. And as the volunteers were coming out all the people in the lobby applauded them. So it was a, it was a task that ah, they’ve been training for, for 9 months now now and they just hit it right on. So that’s what ah, I wanted to make sure that officer got the credit he deserved.”

The BSO Report written by the on-scene officer…March 26,2009….(The following day)….

This report -Fire- report time 6:00/Dispatched 5:32/ arrived 5:32/cleared 6:30

The Narrative from BSO Officer Craig Jacobson- ‘On March 25.2009 at 5:32 hrs I was dispatched to a report of heavy smoke, possibly a residential fire located on the 11th floor of the Sea Ranch Lakes North Condo, 5200 North Ocean Blvd. in the Town of Lauderdale by the Sea.

Upon my arrival I met with the caller xxxx who was the overnight security officer. Mr. xxxx stated he smelled and observed heavy smoke on the 11th floor but could not find the origin of it. I made my way to the 11th floor and observed the smoke that he described. I assisted in evacuating some of the residents of the building leading them down the stairwell. Once I was able to make my way back down to the lobby I observed that Chief McIntee’s VFD vehicle was on scene. I was notified by Mr. xxxx that Chief McIntee had gone up to the 11th floor. Observing no fire apparatus on scene as of yet I went back to the 11th floor to assist Chief McIntee. I assisted Chief McIntee with the fire hose on the 11th floor and together we entered xxxx  where the fire originated. I provided backup support to Chief McIntee on the hose until the fire was under control and extinguished.

The fire apparently started in the rear bedroom of unit xxxx. I spoke with xxx xxxx and he advised me that he was laying in bed smoking in his bedroom and thought he had an ashtray on the floor near his bed. He discarded his cigarette ashes into what he thought was an ashtray but was actually the carpet. Mr. xxxx stated he observed smoke and flames coming from his carpet and evacuated the apartment.

Sgt. Lagana was on scene and I reported to him that no injuries were sustained by any party involved. No residents of the building were displaced. LBTS # Engine 12.212,312, Squirt 12 responded to location.’

NOW THE VFD INCIDENT REPORT # 2009-1400312-000…..MARCH 30,2009 (5 days after)…

Alarm date and time 05:32:55 Wed. March 25,2009…Arrival Time 05:36:23….Last unit cleared 06:33:53….

Strange entry under Fire category….Area of Origin 21-Bedroom<5 persons; included are jail or prison…(?)

Apparatus STA12 (VFD Station)….Response Time 0:03:28/Dispatch Time 05:32:55/En Route to scene05:32:55/ Arrival to scene  05:36:23 /number of people 2 Louvaris/Torres

Apparatus M12 (AMR)….Response Time 0:03:06/ Dispatch Time 05:33:09/ En route to scene 05:35:59/ Arrival to scene 05:39:05/ Cleared scene 06:22:45

APPARATUS C12 (Chief Perkins)…Response Time 0:04:20/ Dispatch 05:33:52/ En route to scene 05:38:38/ Arrival to scene 05:42:58/ Cleared scene 06:30:40/ “NUMBER OF PEOPLE”…”3″…CHIEF PERKINS/DEPUTY MCINTEE/FIRE INSPECTOR PAINE

Apparatus SQ12 (squirt truck)….Response time 0:02:26/ Dispatch Time 05:33:31/En route to scene 05:43:12/ Arrival on scene 05:45:38/ Cleared scene 06:27:58/ number of personnel 4 Louvaris/Maddock/McGirr/ Smyth

Apparatus E12 (firetruck)….Response time 0:13:53/ Dispatch time 05: 33:09/En route to scene05:40:33/ Arrival on scene 05:54:26/ Cleared scene 06:32:52/ number of personnel 3 Conn/Hopping/Hurst

Apparatus E212 (firetruck)….Response time 0:13:21 /Dispatch time 05:33:31/ En route to scene 05:41:06/ Arrival on scene 05:54:27/ Cleared scene 06:28:09/ number of personnel 3 Goyochea/Johnson/ Silverstone

Reported by Hopping/Officer in Charge Deputy McIntee / Reviewer Chief Perkins

BC- We had a response time of 13 +minutes for Firetrucks E12 and E212 / VM-“So it was a, it was a task that ah, they’ve been training for, for 9 months now now and they just hit it right on.”

BC-The VFD Incident Report does not include C212 in the apparatus to arrive on scene…C212 is Deputy McIntee…

BSO Incident Report-“LBTS # Engine 12.212,312, Squirt 12 responded to location.”

BFF Silverstone-“I go up to the 11th floor and there’s Vice Mayor McIntee with a big smile on his face and I knew right away he put the fire out again. Um, it’s getting old Vice Mayor um, ah, I’m part of this fire department and ah, it seems every time that there’s a fire around here it gets put out before anything happens.”

VM McIntee-” Ah, I got there rather rapidly because I live around the corner”….” I thought I was the first one up there, I thought.”

BSO Officer Jacobson- “Once I was able to make my way back down to the lobby I observed that Chief McIntee’s VFD vehicle was on scene. I was notified by Mr. xxxx that Chief McIntee had gone up to the 11th floor. Observing no fire apparatus on scene as of yet I went back to the 11th floor to assist Chief McIntee. I assisted Chief McIntee’

BC- The VFD Incident Report says C12 arrived with “3 people”…C12 is Chief Perkin’s apparatus…and 3 people…from where?….VM-“Ah, I got there rather rapidly because I live around the corner”…. McIntee’s house…VFD slumber party perhaps?…

BC- This report is documented as being “reviewed” by “Reviewer”-the Chief  at 11:22:40 on 3/30/09 ….”Reported” by Hopping at 11:20:54 3/30/09 and “Officer In Charg”e-Deputy Chief McIntee at 11:22:30 on 3/30/09 …..HMMMM……..What’s up with that?….

The Narrative written 5 days after the incident was authored by Chavez…whose name does not appear among the personnel on scene….

‘At 0532 hours on Wednesday March 25,2009 we were dispatched to a building fire. Six units were assigned to this incident (5 on report/C212 would be 6)Fourteen personnel responded. We arrived on scene at 0536 hours. The inciudent occurred at 5200 N OCEAN Blvd. L-B-T-S in District 12A. The local station is 12. The general description of this property is multifamily dwelling. The primary task(s) performed art the scene by responding personnel was extinguishment. No mutual/automatic aid was given or receiv.’

‘The involved structure is described as an enclosed building. The building was occupied and operating. “Bedroom for less than 5 persons” best describes the primary use of the room or space where fire originated. This building has eleven stories above ground. The fire occurred on the eleventh floor. The fire was confined to the room of origin. “Hot ember or ash”best describes the heat source that caused the ignition. The cause of ignition was unintentional. The material first ignited was “fabric, fiber, cotton, blends, rayon, wool” The use, or purpose of the material that was first ignited was “floor covering”. “Abandoned or discarded materials or products” contributed to the ignition of the fire.’

‘The building was equipped with a sprinkler system. The fire was too small to activate the system.

Alarm number 1400312 has been assigned to this incident.

BC- This writer has sent an additional request into Chief Perkins for the Fire Investigator Report #09-1400312 for additional information and to see how the Investigator does his reports compared to the VFD….

Finally…It appears to come down to shoddy reporting on behalf of the VFD…With a report being written 5 days after the incident…Not having reports done by each responding apparatus on scene (according to what was provided ) ….Not being thoroughly reviewed by the Chief/Deputy Chief…before it was released…and a real concern over the 13+ minute response time…that should be addressed…

more to come……..

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