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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiple-alarm_fire

One-alarm, two-alarm, three-alarm fires, etc., are categories of fires indicating the level of response by local authorities. The term multiple-alarm is a quick way of indicating that a fire is severe and is difficult to contain.This system of classification is common in the United States and in Canada [citation needed] among both fire departments and news agencies.

www.quora.com/Whats-a-five-alarm-fire

The fire went to multiple alarms, with every town in the E.B.M.A.A. sending at least one apparatus. So this fire was probably about 10 or 12 alarms, which is not really a good indication of the members and equipment, since after the second alarm the others would be for single fire apparatus. By the second alarm 8 apparatus were assigned.

www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2015/04/03/four...

Few people really know what it means when they hear about a six-alarm fire. And different fire departments have different guidelines. The Louisville Fire Department catagorizes the fires by the ...

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A fire that is so large or intense that it requires the presence of many firefighting units to try to contain it. A five-alarm fire is the reason we heard all of those sirens last night 2.

fireinspectionteam.com/fire-extinguishers/5-alarm-fire-mean

5 Alarm Fire….you’ve heard it on the news, but what does it mean?The simple answer…the status indicates the level of response required by local authorities. Every degree alarm requires a different number of response units, which can be any type of vehicle including fire engines, ladder trucks and supervisor trucks. Fire companies send a different number of response units for each degree ...

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In New York City, dispatchers send out 25 units and 106 firefighters for a two-alarm fire, 33 units and 138 firefighters for three alarms, 39 and 168 for four, and 44 and 198 for five.

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so a 5 alarm fire is so big that fire trucks from 5 different fire stations have had to be called in to fight it. so it sort of varies from place to place. a one alarm fire near a large fire station with plenty of trucks and men may be the same size as a three-alarm fire that is located by several smaller stations.

www.nbc12.com/2019/03/28/alarm-fire-causes-major-damage-apartments...

By 12:30 p.m., reports indicated the fire was possibly a five alarm. A call went out for any off-duty personnel available to report to Station 4. In addition to Rockingham County and Harrisonburg ...

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When a fire breaks out and someone reports it to a dispatcher, there are different fire alarm degrees that are sent out in order to make sure the right number of responders report to the fire. This can be anything from a one alarm fire, to a multiple alarm fire or even a five alarm fire.

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A 3-alarm fire is a very dangerous situation for the area, the people and the officials trying to extinguish it. Firefighters determine a 3-alarm blaze by the size and the severity of it. The firefighters then contact neighboring fire departments, news agencies and emergency personnel to inform them of how bad the ...