Below are some of the incidents that the Jakeland FD operated at in 2018.
State Route 1 Car/Brush Fire
Engine 13 and Engine 6 were dispatched to a working vehicle fire on State Route 1. When both engines arrived on scene, they found fire coming from the engine compartment of the vehicle. Flammable liquids from the vehicle then caused the brush nearby to catch fire. Thankfully when no one was injured at this incident.
2nd Alarm house fire on Bulldog Street
Firefighters in South Jakeland were dispatched to a residence on Bulldog Street for a reported car fire inside a garage. When firefighters from Engine 2 and Ladder 7 arrived, they found heavy fire in the attached garage. Firefighters stretched one hose into the home to battle the blaze that had already extended into the residence. Ladder 7 placed its aerial to the roof to. As conditions continued to quickly deteriorate, a 2nd Alarm was called in by Deputy Chief Anderson. Multiple hoses were stretched to battle the blaze and firefighters were able to douse the blaze after a 45 minute battle. Thankfully no one was injured at this incident. The homeowner reported that after starting his classic car, he went back inside his home and let the car run a little bit. When he returned to the garage, the car was on fire. The fire quickly extended into the garage and into the home. Luckily firefighters were able to prevent the blaze from spreading to surrounding homes. All units that operated at the scene were Engines 2, 4, 15, 5, 1, 6, Ladders 7, 3, Tower Ladder 1, Squad 10, Rescue 1, Battalions 1, 2 and Deputy 1.
2nd Alarm fire on Bergen Street
At 2:10 PM, Jakeland's Bravest in Downtown Jakeland were dispatched to 15 Bergen Street for a report of a working structure fire. When Engine 5 arrived on scene, they found heavy fire on the second and third floors of a three story brick tax payer. On the first floor is a commercial business with residences above on the second and third floors. Engine 5 stretched an attack line to the second floor, but were quickly forced to back out as conditions quickly deteriorated. Deputy Chief Carroll then requested a 2nd Alarm to the scene. As flames flashed on the second and third floors, Tower Ladder 1 sent it's crew up to the roof to vent. They also however had to retreat as the roof became unstable and would eventually partially collapse. As flames raged out of control on the second and third floors and through the roof, Tower Ladder 1 and Ladder 3 placed their master streams in operation. With the aggressive defensive attack by Jakelands Bravest, the fire was held to the original fire building. Thankfully no one was injured at this incident. The cause for the fire was determined to be an electrical extension cord. All units that operated at the scene were Engines 5, 1, 4, 2, 15, 6, Ladder 3, Tower Ladders 1, 2, Squad 10, Rescue 1, Battalion 1 and Deputy 4.