The following first person account was submitted by Jeremy Reigber. Photographs by Mykhail Baehr: Click on any image to see the full size photograph.
Walking in the front door and you turn your radio on and you hear that relay pumping is required, all you can think is that this will be a long call. I just went straight into responding mode, we haven’t been requested yet but you knew it was just a matter of when. Every time you hear “Toronto Fire, Chief 20” you get excited, you think the next radio transmission will be requesting Support 7 and then its go time. But sadly you keep hearing other fire ground issues being discussed. Talking about the water relay and shutting down the CN Rail, having police attend to act as traffic control. When Toronto fire arrived they realized that there was no fire hydrants close to the fire. They had to start to shuttle water in via a Tanker.