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Cicero, New York

On October 4, 2012, the Cicero Fire Department along with South Bay, Brewerton and Mattydale fire departments were dispatched to a residential structure fire at 23:37 hours. Car 1, Jon Barrett called a Signal 99 (Working Structure Fire) during the initial dispatch of department activations.  Once the assignments were provided by Fire Control to responding units, Cicero Car 1 advised Fire Control that there were people trapped and needed three additional ambulances.

Upon my arrival (a minute after dispatch) I was presented with a 1 1/2 story wood frame structure with heavy fire on Side's "A & C / D" corners with three people down in the front yard. As I continued to conduct a quick size up I met Cicero Police Sergeant John Baldini and several other by-standers / neighbors standing in front of the residence looking / yelling towards the second story bedroom window.


As the group was yelling, we were advised that there was a victim still inside the residence in the upstairs bedroom still unaccounted for and at that time the male stuck his head out the window.



Quick thinking on behalf of Sergeant Baldini and the bystanders on-scene, we were able to have the male victim climb out the window and jump so he could be lowered to the ground.


As a result of having several patients and the size of the fire with an exposure on side "D" (neighbors residence) a second alarm assignment was requested to the scene which activated Bridgeport, Clay, North Syracuse and Moyers Corners as the secondary "Rapid Intervention Team" to the scene. Also responded were Emergency Management, Sheriff’s Department, Air-1, TLC and NOVA .

Our first apparatus on the scene within minutes was our 2006 Sutphen 100 Foot Platform Ladder Truck providing rescue and two initial 1 ¾” hand lines protecting exposures and attack, followed by Cars 2, 3 and 4, Cicero Engine 1, Engine 2, Rescue 1, Squad 2, Squad 1 and M1 (Cicero Apparatus Fleet). As operations continued on-scene we (Cicero) had a total of 36 members on-scene with Mutual Aid consisting of Brewerton Truck, South Bay Rescue Pumper, Mattydale Rescue (R.I.T.), NAVAC Ambulance, EAVES Rehab and Cicero Police for the first alarm response.

NAVAC, TLC and EAVES transported the four patients to Upstate Medical Center for smoke inhalation and burns.


Chief, Jon Barrett, Command

Deputy Chief, Ron Barling, Truck #1 Bucket

1st Assistant Chief, Ron Florczykowski, Operations

2nd Assistant Chief, Brian Johnstone, Interior Operations


More than thirty vehicles, 100 firefighters, police, and medical personnel assisted with support of the fire.


Eaves rehab unit was on-scene and as a result of some concerns their were three Cicero Firefighters who were transported for precautionary reasons. I am happy to announce the three firefighters returned home later that morning (Friday) with non-life threatening injuries / conditions and have returned to service today (Saturday).


As Chief of the department I am very proud of everyone that operated on-scene, its not that often we have a structure fire to this magnitude with several additional concerns (several victims, person trapped). I want to take the opportunity to thank everyone who played an important role in this alarm and want to stress it's incidents like this we train as often as we do so we remain proficient on the many different skills that were used on-scene.


I would like to also thank the Cicero Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and Clay's Auxiliary Support Team for answering the call for refreshments / food items at the Station following the incident as this is one less thing we (Incident Command) has to worry about.


Empty stations were covered by crews from Liverpool, Minoa and Central Square.

Investigators are still working to determine the cause.


We will be holding a critique of this incident this coming Wednesday evening October 10th at Station # 1 to begin at 1900 hours. I have already sent thank you letters to all departments / agencies and inviting them to attend the critique. All members directly involved in this incident and those who were unable to attend are encouraged and more than welcome to attend.


In closing as Chief I want you to know how proud I am of the department, I have received several phone calls / emails from the residents of the town praising our quick response and thanking us for what we do.     PowerPoint Presentation - Signal 99 - Wynmoor Drive


Chief, Jon Barrett


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