Carrollton Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched at 6:32 a.m. Tuesday 11 November (Veteran's Day) 2014 to a reported "...cotton bale on fire...end of Longview Drive...near Suffolk line..." Chuckatuck VFD was also dispatched due to close proximity of the incident to Suffolk Station-9. Volunteers responded in Carrollton VFD units Brush-10, Engine-10 and Chief-10. Other volunteers responded in POVs as well as Virginia Forestry Service Unit-1. Carrollton VFD Chief-10 and Chuckatuck unit Car-209 arrived on scene and advised "...single module...smoldering..." and directed the arrival deployment of Chuckatuck VFD apparatus Brush-9 and Carrollton VFD B-10 to the scene. Chuckatuck VFD Engine-9 and Carrollton VFD E-10 were positioned for support along the edge of the recently harvested cotton field. Water hose lines were deployed from B-9 to suppress the fire and Class A foam was used via hand lines from B-10 to extinguish any residual embers. The fire was reported under control by 7:30 a.m. The Incident Commander then conducted an on-scene after-action review for the firefighters present. He emphasized that cotton fires are "low frequency but high risk" events. The presence of toxic Phosgene gas, produced by the defoliant in the harvested cotton, is always a danger and all firefighters within the downwind environment must be protected using full turn-out gear and SCBA. Extensive overhaul of the cotton module was accomplished to prevent rekindle and the scene was returned to the property owner. All Carrollton and Chuckatuck volunteers and units were cleared and available by 7:45 a.m. to return to quarters for equipment cleaning and water resupply.

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