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Friday, December 16, 2011

Fire Chief's Briefing for November 28 through December 12, 2011

Here is a summary of Brentwood Fire and Rescue’s emergency responses for the period of November 28 through December 12, 2011.

We responded to 104 emergency calls for service.

These calls can be broken down into the following categories:

EMS/Rescue: 61

Hazardous Condition: 5

Service Call: 6

Good Intent: 16

False Call: 16

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

Monday, November 28 at approximately 9:39 am:

E1 was dispatched to a Fire Department Assistance call due to a light fixture in a commercial occupancy which had produced a small flame and smoke when turned on.  The store manager turned off the power to the light prior to FD arrival.  E1 visually inspected the area and found a small burned patch near the ceiling where the wiring and light connected.  E1 then checked the area with the TIC and ensured that no additional hazards were present.  The manager was advised to keep the power to the light fixture off until an electrician could provide service.

Tuesday, November 29 at approximately 1:25 am:

E4 was dispatched for a report of a tree down in the roadway. Two vehicles had struck the tree, but there were no injuries. Crew members utilized E4’s chainsaw to remove the hazard.

Tuesday, November 29 at approximately 4:41 pm:

E3 was dispatched on a report of a gasoline spill. Upon arrival, E3 found a portable plastic gasoline container melted to the exhaust near the engine of a passenger vehicle. A jack was utilized to lift the vehicle, allowing for the removal of the can. Oil absorbent was applied to the area to contain the spill. With the hazard mitigated, E3 returned to quarters.

Tuesday, November 29 at approximately 9:33 pm:

E1 was dispatched on a report of a person trapped in elevator.  E1 arrived on scene to find the elevator car on the 1st floor.  The responsible party on-site had been able to open the exterior doors; however the interior doors would only open approximately 6" before stopping/jamming.  E1 personnel contacted the elevator service personnel and secured power to elevator. The elevator technician returned their call and was given an explanation of the situation.  E1 was then able to determine that a jam existed near the bottom of the left interior door.  Per discussion with the elevator technician, E1’s haligan tool was used to pry up on the jammed area of the door until the jam cleared.  The uninjured occupant was freed without further incident.  The cause of the jam was determined to be a drywall screw that had wedged in the track of the door.  The screw was removed and the elevator was placed back in service.   

Thursday, December 1 at approximately 9:02 am:

E3 responded on a report of a 2 year old locked inside a vehicle. Upon arrival, crew members located the vehicle and utilized their lock out kit to unlock the vehicle and free the uninjured child. With no further hazards, E3 returned to quarters.

Saturday, December 3 at approximately 7:04 pm:

E3 was dispatched for 1 PT reportedly choking.  Upon arrival the PT was found sitting at a table in the food court breathing normally and showing no signs of distress. The PT stated that they choked on a hot dog and that their family member administered the Heimlich maneuver and was able to dislodge the obstruction prior to arrival of E3. The PT refused further treatment or transport to the hospital.

Sunday, December 4 at approximately 8:54 pm:

All BFR units were dispatched on a reported structure fire. C3 was the first unit to arrive on scene and reported a faint smell of smoke in the garage. E2 and E1 arrived on scene and began searching the home for a possible electrical short circuit due to the smell. Crews determined that while replacing a light bulb the owner had created a short circuit and tripped the breaker. The bulb in question was removed, the breaker turned off, and the homeowner was directed to have the fixture replaced by an electrician. All units not on scene were cancelled, and all units on scene were placed available and returned to quarters.

Friday, December 9 at approximately 7:55 am:

All BFR units responded on a reported structure fire. E4 arrived on the scene and established Incident Command. Personnel were met by the homeowner who stated that there was a strong smell of electrical burning in the house.  No smoke or fire was evident. All units with the exception of E2, R1, and C5 were staged and ultimately cancelled. E4, E2, and R1 investigated the residence and determined that the heating element on the interior HVAC unit had overheated. Personnel recommended the homeowner contact an HVAC technician to have the unit inspected. Personnel checked the residence for any further hazards, none were found. Command was terminated; all companies cleared the scene and returned to quarters.

Friday, December 9 at approximately 7:15 pm:

E4 responded non emergent to a report of smoke in a residence. The homeowner reported to Dispatch that the fireplace damper had shut and caused smoke to fill the house. The homeowner had reopened the damper and opened the windows. Personnel aided in ventilation with a PPV fan. Personnel also used the TIC to check the attic, upper floors, and exterior for extension from the chimney. No extension was found. Personnel advised the homeowner to contact a chimney sweep and fire recovery company for odor removal. Personnel cleared the scene and returned to quarters.

Sunday, December 11 at approximately 10:18 am:

E2 and R1 were dispatched on a report vehicle accident with entrapment. Upon arrival crewmembers found 2 vehicles in a T Bone style collision with 1 PT entrapped in the vehicle. R1’s extrication tools were utilized to remove the PT from the vehicle for transport to an area hospital. With no further hazards, the scene was turned over to PD and all units cleared the scene.