Late afternoon on 3-26-16 C-Shift Squad 14, Battalion Chief 5 (Kazmierzak) and SWCFT Engine 42 were dispatched to the St. Joseph Valley Parkway – US 20 Bypass at Clover Road for a vehicle fire. Squad 14 made quick work of the fire with one handline. There were no injuries.
This week Penn Fire, SWCFT and Mishawaka FD evaluated 6 brands of TIC cameras. Along with these evals we did 2 small prop live burn exercises. Prop 1 was a pallet, covered with OSB, carpet padding and carpet and placed over a fire to simulate a basement fire. Temps were 1100-1200 F under the pallet – 45 F on top the pallet – the OSB, padding and carpet really insulate well and prevent the TIC from seeing the fire when looking directly at the basement floor. Also we used the Palmer 4 cell doll house to simulate fire behavior and flow paths as well as size-up and reading the fire building with the TICS.