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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Fire Chief's Briefing for January 1 through January 15 2012

Here is a summary of Brentwood Fire and Rescue’s emergency responses for the period of January 1 through January 15, 2011.

We responded to 97 emergency calls for service.

These calls can be broken down into the following categories:

Fire: 8

EMS/Rescue: 57

Hazardous Condition: 2

Service Call: 6

Good Intent: 10

False Call: 14

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

Tuesday, January 3 at approximately 7:45 pm:

E2, R1, and E4 were dispatched to a reported chimney fire.  E2 arrived on scene first, established Incident Command, and met with the occupant of the home who advised that embers fell onto the hearth after they opened the damper. Crew members investigated the chimney and found burning embers above the damper. They moved the damper and pulled the embers down and also used the pressurized water can to extinguish embers in the flue. E4 used their TIC and checked the attic for extension, though none was found. Inside the chimney was extremely dirty. The occupant was advised to have it cleaned before lighting another fire. With no other hazards found, all companies cleared the scene and command was terminated.

Sunday, January 8 at approximately 4:52 pm:

All BFR units were dispatched on a reported structure fire, possibly confined to the chimney. C3, E1 and L1 arrived on scene simultaneously. C3 established Incident Command while E1 went in to investigate. The homeowner met E1 on the driveway and stated that flames were "shooting" out of the chimney cap. The homeowner also stated that they believed the fire was out because they threw water onto it. E1 investigated the chimney flue, chimney box, attic, and chimney cap for extension - nothing was found. All other responding units were cancelled. E1 thoroughly inspected the chimney area once more with the TIC and found no hazards. C3 terminated Command and all units checked available, left the scene and returned to quarters.

Thursday, January 12 at approximately 1:05 pm:

E1 was dispatched on a report of sports related injuries. Upon arrival, E1 found 1 PT with an obvious deformity to their ankle. E1 assessed the PT and began supportive care, including establishing IV access to allow for pain medication before removing the PT’s shoe and preparing them for transport. EMS transported the PT non-emergency to an area hospital.

Thursday, January 12 at approximately 5:16 pm:

All BFR units were dispatched on a reported structure fire. E3 arrived on scene first and established Incident Command prior to entering the structure through the front door. The occupants were still inside and directed crew members to the kitchen. E3 found a small fire at the right rear cooking surface and utilized an ABC portable extinguisher to extinguish the fire. All other responding fire units were cancelled. The fire was readily extinguished, the breaker turned off, and the power cord was removed from the wall outlet. Crew members assisted the resident in cleaning up some of the dry chemical powder before advising them to not use the range and to contact their land lord.
The occupant stated that they were cooking on one of the forward cooking surfaces, heating a large pan of water. There were no other controls turned on when the fire began.

The building was equipped with smoke detectors. The detection system was battery operated. The detector(s) operated properly. The detector(s) alerted the occupants and the occupants responded.
With no further hazards, E3 terminated command and returned to quarters.

Friday January 13 at approximately 6:32 pm:

E4, Brush 1 responded non-emergency to a report of a tree fire in a nearby field.  BFR arrived on scene to find a large bonfire consisting of burning tree limbs. BFR was met by the occupant who claimed that they were unaware that a permit was required for any burns.  The occupant was advised of the ordinance and informed that the fire would need to be extinguished.  BFR extinguished the fire with the booster reel off Brush1.  There were no further hazards.  E4, Brush 1 cleared the scene and returned to quarters.

Friday, January 13 at approximately 8:05 pm:

All BFR units were dispatched on a reported structure fire. The homeowner reported an attic fire. E1 arrived on scene first and found nothing showing with the occupants in the front yard. The main floor of the home was undergoing renovation.

The occupant originally reported a fire in the attic, but it was extinguished following their use of a small ABC extinguisher.  E1 made entry to investigate with C3 assuming command.  E1 found a haze in the attic area and located a light fixture that had burned, along with wood framing and insulation in area.  The fire appeared to be extinguished.  All other responding units were cancelled.
Crew members began overhauling the area, checking for fire extension. None was found.

Per discussion with the homeowner, it was discovered that the light in question was a spotlight that had previously extended into the living space.  During renovation, the light had apparently been pushed into the attic space before being unintentionally covered with drywall and insulation. The switch controlling this light had apparently been turned "on", eventually leading to the fire.
With no remaining hazards and the contractor on-scene to handle repairs, Command was terminated and all units returned to quarters.

Saturday, January 14 at approximately 9:03 pm:

E4 was dispatched for a reported drug overdose. E4 found 1 PT with altered mental status. As PT assessment began, PT became disoriented and combative before losing consciousness and becoming apneic. Advanced Life Support was performed, including administering drugs to counteract the possible drug overdose, as well as airway management and assisted ventilations. The PT was transported emergency traffic to an area hospital with one Fire Fighter on board to assist with continued care while en-route.

Sunday, January 15 at approximately 6:30 pm:

E3 was dispatched on a report of a brush fire behind a local business.  Upon arrival, crew members found flames in the brush and noted that the flames had also burned a section wood fence and a dog house.  E3 extinguished the fire.  Once the fire was out, a heater and wires were found in the dog house.  E3 had alarm contact the dog’s owners.  Upon owner's arrival, they were briefed on the situation and took possession of their dog.  E3 marked available and cleared the scene.  

Sunday, January 15 at approximately 9:45 pm:

E1, R1, and C3 were dispatched for a reported personal injury accident - vehicle rollover. While responding, E1 received further information that there were two occupants in the vehicle with one of them being ejected. E1 arrived on scene and found one vehicle on its side in a field and a power pole that was severed at the base lying on the shoulder of the road. The electrical lines were detached from the power pole and suspended high enough to prevent injury. The telephone and cable lines were down across the car. The Williamson County Rescue Squad was on scene prior to E1’s arrival.

Crew members checked on the occupants of the vehicle and assumed patient care of the occupant that was ejected. WCRS members were directed to attend to the other occupant. E1 crew members performed basic life support, which included a rapid trauma assessment, supportive care, as well as spinal immobilization and protection. The PT was somewhat disoriented and showed obvious signs of traumatic injury, but was able to maintain their own airway and denied any loss of consciousness.

One PT was transported emergency traffic to an area hospital by EMS, while another ambulance took the second PT to an area hospital non-emergency. E1 remained on scene and assisted BPD by providing illumination for their investigation of the crash as well as the subsequent removal of the vehicle. With no further hazards and no other assistance needed, E1 checked available before leaving the scene and returning to quarters.