April 28 was another busy Sunday afternoon for the Hamlin-Morton-Walker Fire District. At about 1PM station 3 (Morton Fire Department) was requested into Kendall, Orleans County for a reported barn fire on Transit Road. They responded with tanker-engine 2436 which became the base pumper on the “Roosevelt Highway” sector. The Heavy Rescue from Station 1 responded with manpower. Soon after the Kendall Chief requested an engine and a tanker from station 1. Tanker 246 and Engine 2413 responded.
Engine 2413 replaced 2436 as the base pumper when it arrived. Three 3 inch lines were laid to the very large and fully involved barn from 2413 while it was being fed from a single, then an additional, three inch supply line from the tanker relay. Tankers involved in the relay were from Hamlin (station 1 - 246, station 3 – 2436), Brockport, Carlton, Kendall and Lyndonville.
The blaze did extended to adjoining structures, a vehicle and started a brush fire. A nearby structure did contain dynamite, which was protected during the fire. The Monroe County Bomb Squad disposed of the dynamite after the fire. While the barn fire was going on Hamlin was called to a brush fire on Lawrence Road. Spencerport Engine 2914, which was filling in at station 1, responded to this call with Bergen Engine 27. Lines were stretched from the Spencerport Engine and firefighters descended into a gully to control the difficult fire. Leaves and brush had been deposited into the gully by the homeowner. A supply line was stretched from the Bergen Engine for additional water supply.
Station 1’s Brush Truck, 247, was called and was used to stop the spread of the fire as it was beginning to extend beyond the length of the stretched lines. This was not a big fire, but one with an unusual response. The only truck that didn’t move from Station 1 was Engine 2412.
- Story and photo’s from Jerry Clement.