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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Fire Chief's Briefing for October 19 through October 25, 2011

Here is a summary of Brentwood Fire and Rescue’s emergency responses for the period of October 19 through October 25, 2011.

We responded to 50 emergency calls for service.

These calls can be broken down into the following categories:

Fire: 3

EMS/Rescue: 29

Service Call: 4

Good Intent: 4

False Call: 10

Here is an overview of significant events from this period’s activities:

Wednesday, October 19 at approximately 6:45 am:

E1 was dispatched on a report of a tree down on Maryland Way that was impeding traffic. E1 arrived on scene, cut up the tree, and removed the debris from the roadway before returning to quarters.

Wednesday, October 19 at approximately 5:37 pm:

E4 and R1 responded on a reported vehicle rollover. E4 arrived on the scene and found one SUV which had rolled but was once again resting upright. There were two occupants trapped inside the vehicle, neither of them injured critically.  E4 established Incident Command and called for E2 to be dispatched for additional manpower. As R1 arrived on the scene, E4 stabilized the vehicle, deployed a hand line, and disconnected the battery to deactivate the air bags. R1 prepared the hydraulic cutters for extrication and E2 arrived on the scene to assist. Personnel used the cutters from E4 and R1 to remove the vehicle's roof by cutting the roof support pillars.  Both patients were removed and BFR personnel assisted in packaging and loading the pts for transport to an area hospital by EMS. Command was terminated; all companies cleared the scene after being released by BPD.

Thursday, October 20 at approximately 3:52 pm:

E3 responded to a report of a 3 month old baby locked inside a vehicle. Alarm advised E3 that the child had been in the vehicle for approximately 2-3 min. Upon arrival, the vehicle was already unlocked by the parent. The parent stated that while E3 was enroute they checked the back door of the vehicle and it was unlocked. The child was uninjured and the parent stated that they did not need any further assistance.

Friday, October 21 at approximately 10:03 pm:

At approximately 10:00 p.m. Friday night, Brentwood Fire & Rescue personnel were dispatched to a structure fire at 17 Oxmoor Ct. in Governors Club.  Upon arrival just minutes later, Engine 4 reported black smoke coming from the eves and chimney area.  Moments later they reported a working attic fire.

Crews made an aggressive attack via an interior stairwell and quickly located the main body of fire.  Crews were attacking the fire when it broke through the roof on the C (right) side of the home approximately 10 minutes after arrival.  Interior crews continued to make progress and the fire had completely darkened down when it moved through an adjacent attic space.  The roof structure was complex and the attic contained several cuts and void spaces which enabled the fire to travel unchecked.  The home also contained a heavy slate roof which held the heat, impeded roof-top ventilation, and lead to early roof collapse simply due to sheer weight (27 pounds per square foot).  Heavy slate tiles the size and weight of bricks were falling around fire personnel all night.

The fire was deemed under control at approximately 3:00 a.m., although resources would remain on scene for the next 24-hours.  Brentwood Fire & Rescue personnel removed three pets, four cars, and several boxes of photos and belongings.  The fire was held to the roof, attic and part of the second floor with water damage to the basement and first floor.

Saturday, October 22 at approximately 10:41 am:

All BFR units were dispatched for a report of a fire in a chimney with flames visible. E3 was the first unit to arrive on scene. E3’s officer reported light smoke showing and established command. Smoke was visible inside the structure, and a small fire was found in the fireplace which was quickly extinguished.  The rest of the structure was searched with no extension found.

E4's crew was sent to the roof to check the eve vents and remove the chimney cap to check for fire. The chimney cap, along with a section of attached flue pipe, was removed.  Once the cap was on the ground, personnel discovered a large, partially-burned bird's nest.  It was determined that the nest had ignited, causing smoke to bank-down and fill the home.  Further evidence of the nest was found around the damper.  No further evidence of fire extension was discovered.

 Monday, October 24 at approximately 3:37 pm:

All BFR units were dispatched for a reported structure fire in east Brentwood. E4 was the first unit to arrive on scene and reported light smoke showing before establishing incident command. Upon entry the fire was located in the front right corner of the house and quickly extinguished. The fire was contained to a chair in the room of origin and damage did not extend beyond the immediate area. After extinguishment, a Thermal Imaging Camera was utilized to check for extension. None was found. Crews began evacuating the smoke from the structure as well as vacuuming up the water to try and prevent further damage.