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Monday, April 30, 2012

Fire Chief's Briefing for April 21 through April 26, 2012

Here is a summary of Brentwood Fire and Rescue’s emergency responses for the period of April 21 through April 26, 2012.

We responded to 48 emergency calls for service.

These calls can be broken down into the following categories:
EMS/Rescue: 33
Hazardous Condition: 1
Service Call: 6
Good Intent: 2
False Call: 6

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

Wednesday, April 25 at approximately 2:57 am:
E3 responded on a medical call for a report of seizures. Upon arrival, E3 found find one PT attempting to stand, disoriented, and with an unsteady gait. Crew members assisted the PT to the ground. Bystanders reported that the PT fell face down without breaking their fall in any way and began seizing. Crew members attempted manual cervical spine immobilization, but this was difficult due to the disoriented PT being slightly combative. E3 began PT assessment including obtaining vital signs and a rapid trauma assessment to determine if there were any other injuries. The PT would not speak and appeared confused. Crew members did their utmost to calm the PT and maintain spinal immobilization. EMS arrived on scene and PT care was transferred. E3 assisted EMS with preparing the PT for transport and loading them into the ambulance. EMS transported the PT to a local hospital for further treatment.

Wednesday, April 25 at approximately 9:26 am:
E4 was dispatched on a medical call for a report of difficulty breathing. Upon arrival crew members found the PT seated in the kitchen exhibiting obviously labored breathing. E4’s paramedic administered oxygen therapy while preparing a breathing treatment. Crew members simultaneously obtained vital signs. The PT’s oxygen saturation levels were found to be low, but began to improve due to the oxygen being administered. EMS arrived on scene prior to E4 providing a breathing treatment, and PT care was transferred. Crew members assisted EMS with loading the PT into the waiting ambulance for emergency transport to an area hospital.