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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Fire Chief's Briefing for May 23 through May 28, 2011

Here is a summary of Brentwood Fire and Rescue's emergency responses for the period of May 23 through May 28, 2011.

We responded to 52 emergency requests for service.

These calls can be broken down into the following categories:

Fires: 4
EMS/Rescue: 23
Hazardous Condition: 4
Service Call: 4
Good Intent: 9
False Call: 8

Here are some highlights from this period’s emergency activities:

Monday, May 23 at approximately 05:49 am

E2 was dispatched to an outside investigation for a smell of natural gas. Upon our arrival we noticed a Bradford Pear tree had been blown over during the night and landed on the residential gas meter feeding the home. We shut the gas off at the meter to eliminate the hazard. E2 cleared the scene and returned to quarters.

Monday, May 23 at approximately 09:29 am

E2, R1, and C3 were dispatched to a MVA on I-65 South at mile marker 71.  E2, R1, and EMS arrived on scene to find one car on its roof against the wall.  PD was on scene and all three PT's were out of the vehicle prior to our arrival.  C3 arrived on scene and remained in the vehicle for traffic control.  The EMS Supervisor arrived and requested another unit.  E2 and R1 assisted EMS with immobilizing and loading all PTs.  All three PTs were transported non-emergency to Williamson Medical Center.  All units were placed available and returned to quarters.

Monday, May 23 at approximately 10:17 am

E2 was sent to a medical call on I-65 near Concord Road.  Upon E2’s arrival, 1 PT was found sitting in their vehicle on the side of I-65 near mile marker 71 just south of Concord Rd. PT was alert, awake, and oriented but was in obvious respiratory distress. PT advised E2 crew of a past history of asthma and that they had self administered an inhaler prior to our arrival without relief. E2 proceeded with ALS care and began immediately administering oxygen. PT’s breathing was evaluated with a stethoscope, showing inspiratory and expiratory wheezing in all lobes (areas of the lungs). The PT was placed on a cardiac monitor, which indicated a normal heart rhythm. E2 crew administered a nebulizer treatment (medication administered as a mist with oxygen) with a combination of Albuterol 2.5mg and Atrovent. IV fluids were administered. EMS Medic 14 arrived on scene and PT care was transferred. PT showed an improvement in status and decrease in respiratory distress. E2 crew assisted EMS with loading the PT onto the cot and into the ambulance without incident. Pt transported to WMC ER non-emergency.

Monday, May 23 at approximately 01:54 pm

E4 was requested by PD for possible forcible entry into a residence after PD arrived on the scene of a "welfare check" and no one came to the door. On arrival E4 gained access to the residence via a back window that was unlocked. PD and E4 made entry and searched the residence, leading to the discovery of a locked bedroom door with a rolled up towel at the bottom of the door. PD knocked on the door and requested that the occupant open the door. When there was no response from the room’s occupant, PD requested E4 to perform forcible entry of the bedroom door, which dead bolted. While forcing the door, the occupant said they would unlock the door after getting dressed. Light damage was noted on the door from the haligan bar. After several minutes the occupant opened the door and stated that they were sleeping with earphones in and did not hear the knocking.
Tuesday, May 24 at approximately 05:24 am

All units were dispatched to the Governors Club on a report of a Residential Structure Fire due to a lightning strike. E4 arrived first and found a small fire along the ridge line of the home. Approximately 20 feet of ridge vent had been blown off by the lighting. E4 established command and pulled an 1 ¾” hose line to the garage. The home owner stated that all occupants were out of the residence. E4 made entry into the home in order to perform the primary search and utilized the TIC to search for extension of the fire, but found no other signs of fire. Other crews arrived, laddered the roof, and used the hose line to extinguish the fire. Less than 30 gallons of water was used.

Thursday, May 26 at approximately 12:24 am

All Brentwood units were dispatched to a reported Structure Fire in the Montclair subdivision.  E2 was first to arrive on the scene and began the initial size up. While conducting a 360 degree walk around of the structure, heavy smoke was found to be showing all around the foundation coming out through the foundation vents. Command instructed E2 to access  the crawlspace and inspect under the house with the TIC to determine the location of the fire. During this time E2’s driver and R1’s crew pulled an 1 ¾” preconnected hose line from E2 and extended it in the crawlspace.
E1 and E3 arrived on the scene and were directed to enter the front door of the house.  While E1 and E3 were searching the house they noticed that the front entryway had begun to sag just inside of the front door. E1 informed Command of this and were told to cut an inspection hole in the floor. Immediately after cutting a hole in the floor, flames where visible beneath the front entrance. Once the location of the fire was determined, Command instructed E1 to the C/D corner and had them, along with E4, remove the trunk line from the HVAC to assist the crews with access. While they were engaged with this task, the driveway lay (a hose bundle consisting of 150’ of 1 ¾” hose, a gated wye valve which allows a second 1 ¾” hoseline to be connected, and as much 2 ½” hoseline as needed to reach the house) was pulled from Engine 2 and taken to the C/D corner. An additional 150’ of 1 ¾” was pulled to the front door.
E2 proceeded to the front door of the house to begin cutting a larger access hole into the floor of the front foyer where the initial inspection hole had been cut to assist with extinguishment. Once the hole had been cut into the floor a ladder was placed over the hole as a precaution to prevent anyone from falling into it.  E2 remained on scene until E6 arrived to stay with the house to monitor for any signs of  additional fire. Once E6 arrived, E2 set up a generator so that the homeowner could plug in his refrigerator and freezer. E2 returned to quarters.

Thursday, May 26 at approximately 03:11 pm

C3, E1, L1, and E2 were dispatched for an inside investigation.  Upon arrival, C3 established command and E1 investigated.  E1 gained access to the business involved and the responsible party stated that a burning odor was present throughout the business.  E1 located an electrical panel with burn marks on the cover and above the panel.  The thermal camera did not indicate any heat and no breakers were tripped.  E1 shut down the power to the panel and advised the responsible party to have an electrician service the panel before power is restored.  The property manager arrived on the scene and was advised of the situation.  E1 also checked the business with the air monitor at the request of the responsible party, but no hazards were found.  L1 checked the HVAC and also found no hazards.  The scene was turned over to the property manager and all companies went available. 

Thursday, May 26 at approximately 4:01 pm

E4 responded to a reported vehicle fire off of Concord Road near the eastern city limits.  Upon arriving on scene, E4 found a pick-up truck with heavy fire in the engine and passenger areas. E4’s crew pulled an 1 ¾” hose line and advanced it to the fire area. The fire was extinguished and overhaul of the truck was completed. The owner of the vehicle stated that when they tried to start the truck a “popping” noise was heard coming from under the hood. Within a few minutes they noticed smoke coming from the engine area and called 911.
E4 used 700 gallons of water for fire control and overhaul of the truck

Saturday, May 28 at approximately 09:04 pm

E1, L1, C3, and E2 were dispatched to a Commercial Fire Alarm.  While en route, units were advised that the occupants reported having had a small fire but that it had been extinguished.  C3 advised all units to continue response.  E1 arrived on scene and met with the manager, who stated someone had disposed of ashes in the trash compactor located in the rear of the building.  He believed fire was out, but there was smoke in the building.  L1 was advised to report to the rear; E1 proceeded through the store.  C3 arrived on scene and established Franklin Rd Command.
Investigation revealed light smoke in the loading dock area with smoke coming from the trash compactor located on the exterior of the building.  A dry chemical extinguisher had been discharged into the trash chute by employees of the business.  Fire personnel opened the large end of compactor and discovered a smoldering fire still present in cardboard boxes.  1 ¾” trash line was deployed and fire fighting foam was used to smother the smoldering fire.  A positive pressure ventilation fan was also placed in the store, forcing the remaining smoke out of the right side of the building.  Fire crews utilized the hose line, a roof ladder, and a TIC to ensure that the fire was fully extinguished.  The alarm panel was reset, command was terminated, and all units returned to service.