These are some of the incidents that Jakelands Bravest operated at. Not all of the incidents that occurred in 2007 were photographed.
12/23/07 RESIDENT RESCUED FROM HOUSE FIRE
At 8:32 AM, firefighters were sent to 343 Island Rd for a working house fire with a trapped occupant. When firefighters arrived on scene, heavy fire was venting out of a second floor window. Squad 10's crew stretched a hose to the second floor and quickly knocked down the flames. Ladder 6 was able to locate the homeowner and bring him to EMS. The fire did not extend past the original fire room and was declared under control within twenty minutes after arrival of firefighters. All the units that operated at the scene were Engines 7, 9, 12, 13, Truck 4, Ladder 6, Squad 3, Rescue 1 and Battalions 2 and 4. The homeowner was taken to Jakeland University Medical Center and treated for smoke inhalation.
11/21/07 TORNADO STRIKES LEGOGUE
Jakelands Bravest were requested to assist the Legogue Fire Dept. after a F-4 tornado struck their township. Squad 3, Rescue 1 and Truck 1 were dispatched to Legogue. Squad 3 was sent to the north end of the town to assist in extinguishing fires that occurred due to gas lines becoming ruptured. Truck 1 along with Rescue 1 were sent to the south end to assist with searching the remnants of homes for victims. Firefighters operated in Legogue for multiple hours and did not return to Jakeland until the late afternoon of 11/22/2007.
11/16/07 GAS STATION BURNS
On the 24th birthday of the Jakeland Fire Dept., firefighters in South Jakeland were kept busy with a fire at a gas station. Firefighters were dispatched at 3:23 PM to the corner of Linebacker St and Jakeland Ave. When Engine 15 arrived, they found heavy smoke venting from the convenience store at the gas station. Firefighters stretched multiple hoses and began to battle the blaze. Ladder 7 and Engine 2 arrived on scene shortly after. Ladder 7 vented the windows as Engine 2 stretched another hose and also battled the blaze from the exterior. The fire was quickly brought under control and did not extend. All units that operated at the scene were Engines 2, 4, 5, 15, Ladder 6, Ladder 7, Squad 10, Rescue 1 and Battalions 2 and 4.
10/28/07 CLEVELAND ST HOUSE BURNS
Firefighters in Jakeland Heights were dispatched at 9:21 AM to 44 Cleveland St for a reported basement fire. When firefighters from Engine 7 and Truck 4 arrived on scene, they found light smoke venting from the front of the home. Engine 7 quickly stretched a hose into the home to combat the fire. Truck 4 began venting the home and headed to the roof. It all seemed like a "bread and butter" job until firefighters realized that the fire had gotten into the walls of the balloon frame home. Fire quickly spread up to the second and third floors and raged out of control. Firefighters were forced to evacuate the home and battle the flames from the outside. Truck 4 and Ladder 6 placed their aerials in operation and began attacking the blaze from the air. A third alarm was eventually struck to bring in fresh crews to the scene. All units that operated at the scene were Engines 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13, 15, Truck 1, Ladder 3, Truck 4, Truck 5, Squad 3, Squad 10, Rescue 1 and Battalions 1, 2 and 3.
9/21/07 BEN FRANKLIN PUBLIC LIBRARY BURNS
At 9:18 PM, Engine 12, Engine 5, Ladder 3 and Battalion 1 were dispatched to the Ben Franklin Public Library for an activated fire alarm. When Engine 12 arrived, they found smoke venting out of multiple windows. A working fire assignment was struck bringing in Engine 1, Truck 1, Squad 10 and Rescue 1 to the scene. As conditions continued to deteriorate inside, a second alarm was transmitted to assist. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control after battling the flames for over twenty minutes. The cause of the fire was determined to be a faulty electrical fan in the basement. All units that operated at the scene were Engines 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 12, Truck 1, Ladder 3, Ladder 7, Squad 10, Rescue 1 and Battalions 1 and 3.
7/29/07 GENERAL ALARM ROCHELLE AVE FIRE
Firefighters were dispatched to 31 Rochelle Ave for a reported house fire at 11:35 PM on 7/29/2007. When firefighters from Engine 9 and Truck 5 arrived on scene, they encountered heavy fire venting out of multiple windows on the first and second floors of the 2.5 story private dwelling. A second alarm was struck immediately as other exposure structures were in jeopardy. Truck 5 placed its ladder in operation and began hitting the fire from the air. However, due to a gas leak, the fire could not be contained. Public Service was requested with a rush to shut down the gas and electric to the grid around Rochelle Ave. As the fire continued to spread down the block, a third alarm was requested to the scene. Three buildings were involved, and a fourth was in serious trouble. As firefighters feverishly battled the flames to prevent the fire from spreading, the rear of the fourth home began to catch. A General Alarm assignment was then requested bringing all Jakeland fire apparatus to the scene. Mutual Aid from North Lereado, Paradise City, Legofield, Lego Twp, St Lego and Rochelle Heights was requested to stand by and cover the city. The fire was not declared under control until 2:45 AM, three hours after the first units arrived on scene. Firefighters were still on scene into the early morning hours performing an investigation and keeping checks on hot spots. This was the biggest fire to occur in the Cliffside section of Jakeland.
7/9/07 ALL HANDS APARTMENT FIRE
At 10:20 PM on 7/9/2007, firefighters were dispatched to 244 South Main St on a reported apartment fire. When Engine 13 arrived on scene, they found fire and smoke venting out of windows on the first and second floors. Firefighters quickly stretched a hose to the first floor to douse the flames. Truck 4 arrived shortly after and split their crew. Two firefighters were sent to the roof to vent, and two were sent inside to the second floor to perform a primary search. Engine 7's crew then stretched a second hose off of Engine 13 to the second floor. Once Rescue 1 arrived, they sent their crew inside on the first floor to perform a search. The flames were quickly brought under control, and the fire was held to an all hands assignment. All units that operated at the scene were Engines 7, 9, 12, 13, Truck 4, Ladder 6, Squad 3, Rescue 1 and Battalions 2 and 4.
6/28/07 ABANDONED STRUCTURE BURNS
Jakelands Bravest dealt with a stubborn fire that occurred in an abandoned taxpayer on State St in Midtown Jakeland. When firefighters arrived on scene at 12:45 PM, they found heavy fire and smoke venting from multiple floors of the three story structure. Truck 1 arrived on scene first and immediately placed their tower in operation to combat the flames from the air. A second alarm was struck with an extra engine and ladder to the scene. The extra ladder was Truck 5. Truck 5 was requested to the front of the building and have its aerial combat the flames from the air also. Multiple hoses were stretched on all sides of the building as firefighters battled the blaze from the exterior. Two tower ladders and one ladder pipe from Ladder 3 were all placed in operation. The fire eventually died down, however no firefighters entered the structure due to the integrity of the building had been compromised. Due to the aggressive efforts of all the firemen on scene, no other buildings were damaged. Firefighters remained on scene all through the night while demolition crews brought in equipment to knock the building down. All units that operated at the scene were Engines 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 4, Truck 1, Ladder 3, Truck 5, Squad 10, Rescue 1 and Battalions 1 and 3. The fire was ruled to be arson.
5/31/07 ALL HANDS HOUSE FIRE ON RAMSEY RD
This fire took place on the evening of 5/31/2007 on Ramsey Rd. Firefighters in the Jakeland Heights section were dispatched for a possible working fire at 9:47 PM. When Ladder 6 arrived on scene, they reported that there was heavy fire and smoke venting out of two front windows on the second floor. Squad 10 arrived on scene shortly after and stretched a hose to engage the fire. Once Engine 13 arrived on scene, their crew also stretched a hose to the second floor. The fire however extended up into the attic space of the home. Firefighters from Ladder 6 vented the roof which caused flames to shoot up out of the vent hole. Firefighters were able to quickly get a handle on the fire however and hold this to an all hands assignment. All apparatus that operated at the scene were Engines 7, 9, 13, Truck 4, Ladder 6, Squad 10, Rescue 1 and Battalions 2 and 4.