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					   INCIDENT REPORT                                                                               >>>
    By TIMOTHY J. STEIN and GARY POSDA




 On The Job

WISCONSIN
Firefighters from Menomonee Falls Truck 71 and City of Milwaukee Truck 14 using aerials work with City of St. Francis Engine 1 firefighters to prevent
the spread of fire to another building during a massive blaze that destroyed several buildings at the complex.



   ON THE JOB
                                                                                          64 Departments Respond to Meat-Packing Plant
   WISCONSIN                                                                              In Largest Structure Fire in State’s History



                                                                                         O
                                                                                                      n Sunday, July 5, 2009, a multiple-alarm fire destroyed four buildings
            Wisconsin                                                                                 totaling approximately 240,000 square feet at the Patrick Cudahy meat-
                                                                                                      packing plant in Cudahy, WI. The four three- and four-story buildings
                                  Cudahy
                                                                                                      were constructed in 1893 of heavy timber with 18-inch brick walls. The
   CUDAHY FIRE
                                                                                         buildings were used for storage, microwave bacon production, ham production and
   DEPARTMENT
   Chief: Dan Mayer                                                                      maintenance.
   Personnel: 25 career firefighters                                                         The Cudahy Fire Department was dispatched at 10:52 P.M. to Patrick Cudahy at One Sweet
   Apparatus: Two engines, one                                                           Applewood Drive after maintenance workers called 911 reporting smoke in a building. Re-
   quint, one rescue-engine, two BLS                                                     sponding on the initial alarm were Engine 1463, a 1,250-gpm pumper, and Quint 1474, a 100-
   units, one BLS/command unit, one                                                      foot aerial with a 2,000-gpm pump, under the command of Lieutenant Dean Nelson.
   utility pickup, one special opera-                                                        Upon arrival, Nelson on Engine 1463 met with a maintenance person who reported heavy
   tions trailer, one boat, one inspec-                                                  smoke on the second and third floors of Buildings C and D. With this information, Nelson
                                                                                         requested a full assignment at 11:02 P.M., which brought engines from Cudahy, St. Francis and
   tion car, one chief’s car
   Population: 18,000
                                                                                           Firefighters from South Milwaukee (foreground) and Wauwatosa
   Area: 4.75 square miles                                                                 prepare to make entry into the second floor of a building to try to
                                                                                           locate the fire during the initial operations.

 TIMOTHY J. STEIN is a member of the International
 Fire Photographers Association (IFPA) and has been
 a fire department photographer and historian for
 several communities in southeast Wisconsin for 19
 years. GARY POSDA is a battalion chief and a 20-year
 veteran with the Cudahy, WI, Fire Department. He is
 president of the Milwaukee County Fire Training Offi-
                                                            Photos by Timothy J. Stein




 cers Association and a fire instructor with a bachelor’s
 degree in economics and an associate’s degree in fire
 science. Posda serves on the Operations Committee
 for Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) Division
 107. The authors would like to thank Cudahy Fire Chief
 Dan Mayer and the members of 
				
DOCUMENT INFO
Description: After battling the fire on the roof for several hours, it appeared the fire had advanced into the unprotected cockloft of building D and that the roof of Building C was getting spongy. The decision was made at 2:34 A.M. to evacuate the roof and proceed as a defensive operation, which command anticipated by pre-placing apparatus for the worst-case scenario.
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