October 10, 2007

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Crews walk up several flights carrying all their equipment.

Standpipe kits are connected in the stairwell and advanced upward to the
"fire floor."


A smoke machine was used on the 6th floor to create conditions so
crews could perform search and rescue.

Pressurized stairwells kept smoke in the 'fire floor' and stairways relatively clear.

A crew lays out a hose line as they enter for search and rescue.

Hose victims was used to simulate real victims.

Once located, the victims were removed to safety.

One of the challenges in large open area searches is keeping track of where you are and where you have
been. Search ropes are connected to a main line as crews start out to find another victim.

The baby is located and crews return to the main line by following their search rope..

Now to get out, follow the rope.


On the level below, a command center and staging area was established.

Hyannis Deputy Dean Melanson was the Incident Commander. He and Chief Farrington
monitor what crew assignments are and which crews are in reserve or rehab.

The control board helps track the operation.

Emergency equipment is ready to go if needed.

Crews are evaluated when they report to rehab to assure their blood pressures and vital signs are ok before going back in.


Mashpee crew taking a break.

Brewster crew too.

Rested and rehabbed, ready to go back in with high rise kit.



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