St. George Hotel Fire Report
The Maxi-Water System is dispatched on second alarms in this
part of Brooklyn. The entire Maxi-Water System consists of six
engine companies with 2000 gpm pumps, each of which has a hose
wagon loaded with large diameter hose and appliances. Engine 207
is the primary Maxi-Water company and the officer of E-207 acts
as the Water Resource Officer at major incidents. The five Satellite
Units are assigned to other areas of the city. The normal response
of the Maxi-Water System included Engine 207 as the Maxi-Water
Unit and two of the Satellite Units. The 2000 gpm pumpers are
directed to hydrants that can provide a strong water supply and
deliver water through the large diameter hose to manifolds close
to the fire.
Due to the location of the fire, E-207 was one of the engines
on the initial response and was assigned early in the fire incident.
The Water Department was asked to open the grids to assure maximum
water availability in the area. Manifolds were positioned on Clark
Street, Pineapple Street and Hicks Street to supply both hand
lines and heavy streams.
Other Specialized Units
One of the two Safety Operating Battalion Chiefs responds automatically
on second alarms. He is responsible to survey the scene for safety
practices and monitor radio traffic for emergency calls. SB-2
was assigned to this incident.
The extra ladder company that is dispatched on an “all
hands” fire is assigned as the Firefighter Assist and Search
Team (FAST). The FAST reports to provide immediate assistance
in the event that a company gets in trouble or cannot account
for a firefighter. Due to the magnitude of this incident, several
ladder companies were assigned as FAST companies for different
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