Steinhardt takes in a working high-rise
This inside-the-cab run to a working highrise fire with Aerial Tower 1 provides great illustration of a big city response to a working incident.
Steinhardt captures the discussion between the apparatus operator and the officer.
The high definition recording allows you to clearly see the dispatch displayed on the mobile display terminal.
Published on Sep 30, 2012
This is a video that you won't see often: ride along with Chicago's Aerial Tower 1 to a confirmed high rise fire (still and box high rise) in north downtown.
At 1:52 you can see the screen with all the units responding to the initial dispatch: 6 engines, 3 trucks, 3 battalions and 4 special units. Engine 1, Aerial tower 1 and ambulance 41 respond out of the fire house in the South Loop and make their long way to the north. While en route you can hear the dispatch assigning the different functions to the responding units.
Because of many calls coming in, at 6:30 an EMS Plan 1 has been announced, this means a response of additional units: 1 Engine, 1 Truck, 5 ALS Ambulances, 2 BLS Ambulances, 1 Battalion Chief, 1 EMS Field Officer, 1 EMS Assistant Deputy Chief Paramedic.
After reaching the scene you will have an overview of what was going on in the street. Since the fire was in one of the upper floors (5 floors from top) I could not see anything from the ground. Note all the tourists looking at the trucks, this must have been a great attraction. Aerial Tower is the only unit of that kind in the city. All the other aerial units are regular trucks or platforms //
Andrea Dal Porto/ LiebherrR954 photo
Mike "FossilMedic" Ward