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Monday, April 23, 2012

Fire Chief's Briefing for April 15 through April 20, 2012

Here is a summary of Brentwood Fire and Rescue’s emergency responses for the period of April 15 through April 20, 2012.

We responded to 44 emergency calls for service.

These calls can be broken down into the following categories:

Fire: 2
EMS/Rescue: 20
Hazardous Condition: 2
Service Call: 5
Good Intent: 7
False Call: 1
Other: 1

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

Sunday, April 15 at approximately 9:05 pm:

All BFR units were dispatched to a reported commercial structure fire. Upon arrival, C3 established command and conducted a scene size up.  Light smoke was visible inside the structure with a report of flames coming from a deep fryer.  Upon entering the structure, E1 found flames showing from beneath and behind the fryer.  The range hood fire extinguishment system had not activated.  E1 applied dry chemical extinguishing agent to the flames before unplugging and moving the fryer away from the wall to gain better access to the seat of the fire.  E1 was able to extinguish the remaining fire with a pressurized water can.  E2 and L1 arrived on scene to provide ventilation and manpower as well as to check for additional hazards.  All other responding units were cancelled en route.  BFR units remained on scene to ensure that ventilation was complete and all hazards were mitigated.  After speaking to C3 the scene was turned over to the responsible, command was terminated, and all units returned to quarters.

Friday, April 20 at approximately 3:44 pm:

All BFR units were dispatched to a reported structure fire. En route to the scene dispatch notified responding units that this was a kitchen fire with kitchen content involvement. E2 arrived first on scene and reported a 2 story residential home with the front doors open and no visible smoke. E2 established incident command and proceeded to investigate. E3 arrived on scene shortly after and assisted with investigating the home. Light to moderate smoke was visible on the main floor, and crew members from both apparatus proceeded to the kitchen to find a four quart cooking pot on the stove with its contents on fire. The home owner had reportedly been cooking french fries on the stove and accidentally walked away from the stove for a few moments. The fire was extinguished by E2 personnel by covering pot with its lid and taking it outside. E2 and E3 personnel checked for extension with the TIC. E2 and E3 remained on scene and effected smoke removal from the home. No other hazards were found and the occupants of the home on scene were evaluated by EMS. No injuries were reported. The occupants of the home stated that while they had a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, none of them knew how to utilize it. Prior to leaving the scene crew members from E2 and E3 instructed the residents on proper usage of an extinguisher. Command was terminated and all units returned to their prior assignments.