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Somers Road Fire Response

I would just like to clear up one piece of information that was incorrectly reported in a letter to the editor in last week's Reminder titled "Nighttime fire coverage." In the letter it was stated that "we waited over 20 minutes for water to touch our fire". Of course, if you never had your house catch fire, you can not imagine what it must feel like to be in this helpless situation.
According to our records the fire chief was on scene and had already made an assessment of the fire within five minutes. The deputy chief arrived shortly after the fire chief. Engine 3 was on scene and had water on the fire within eight minutes. Engine 2 arrived shortly after Engine 3 and the fire was under control at 11 minutes from the time of the initial fire call.
That being said, all of our radio transmissions are time recorded in our alarm room so there is an exact time of events. Also, every firefighter has a fire department pager to receive fire calls activated by either the police or the fire department.
Please understand this fire occurred after midnight on July 8. The following is the time line from our telecorder:
00:49:14 Fire Department is called out by the Police Department.
00:54:13 Chief is on scene evaluating the fire condition.
00:54:43 Deputy Chief is on scene.
00:55:15 Engine 3 is responding with a crew of 5 firefighters.
00:57:12 Engine 3 is on scene, has pulled a 200 ft. 1 3/4 inch attack line off the truck to the back of the house and the line has been charged by the pump operator/driver. Water is being sprayed on the fire. At this time an additional 300 ft. 1 3/4 inch attack line is also added to the fire fight.
00:59:00 Engine 2 is on scene with 5 firefighters, pulls a 200 ft. 1 3/4 inch attack line off the truck on North Park Place and extinguishes the fire to the back of the neighbor's garage.
01:00:12 Entire fire is under control.
At this time I will restate that water was put on the fire within eight minutes from the time we received the fire call from the police.
I would be more than happy to discuss anything about this fire or the East Longmeadow Fire Department with anyone at any time. My phone number is 525-5430.
Richard J. Brady
Fire Chief