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Knob Hill Road, South Yarmouth
3rd Alarm Fire - Tier 3 Haz Mat - Level 3 MCI
Friday, July 10, 2009 - approx 1130 hours

Yarmouth Fire Department responded to a working fire in a cranberry bog storage building
off Knob Hill Road, in South Yarmouth on Friday July 10, 2009 around 1130 hours.
On arrival, units found a storage building with heavy fire and exposure problems to
other sections of the building. Additionally, there were propane tanks venting and
approximately 20 tons of chemicals and fertilizer in the building. Because of the remote
location of the building, a long lay in excess of 2500' of hose was required to a hydrant
for a sustained water supply. The fire quickly went to a second alarm bringing in
mutual aid from neighboring towns. A third alarm was sounded soon after.
A Tier 3 hazardous materials response was requested bringing a full southeastern
Massachusetts Haz Mat response. All 5 District 1 haz mat apparatus responded to
the scene, as well as the ISU and Rehab unit from The DFS.
As the incident progressed, a Level 3 Mass Casualty Incident was declared to
decon, process, and transport approximately 3 dozen personnel to CCH
for evaluation. The response to the scene brought additional fire and EMS units
as well as a school bus to transport personnel.

Barnstable Engine 205

Dennis Engine 106

Onset Car 4 responded on Haz Mat Tier 3 response


Dennis Ladder 110

Yarmouth Engine 42

Hyannis  Engine 823

West Barnstable Engine -Tanker 296


"Red shirt Friday"
Personnel from many departments, wearing the now standard red uniform shirts on Fridays
(tribute to those serving in military) rehab and await the actions of hazardous materials
team operations.

Channel 5 overhead


Haz Mat Truck 11 Technical Operations Module (TOMS) arrives from Easton, Mass.

TOMS Truck 11

Haz Mat Squad 15 comes in from New Bedford

ORU 13 coming in from Westwood

Harwich Engine 65 covering Yarmouth Headquarters

A late lunch for the cover crew

Yarmouth Dispatcher Chris Ruell