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Thursday, May 24, 2012

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

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

We responded to 52 calls for service.

These calls can be broken down into the following categories:

Fire: 3
EMS/Rescue: 31
Hazardous Condition: 2
Service Call: 3
Good Intent: 5
False Call: 8

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

Thursday, May 17 at approximately 6:30 pm:
All units were dispatched a reported residential structure fire.  Initial dispatch information indicated that a grill was on fire on the back deck of a residence.  Prior to BFR unit’s arrival, Dispatch communicated that the residents had extinguished the fire and no flames were visible.  C3 advised responding units to stage at their current location while E2 investigated.  Upon arrival E2 found that neighbors had discharged a dry chemical fire extinguisher to put out the fire.  E2 checked the structure for any further hazards.  Once it was determined that there were no further hazards all units returned to service. 

Friday, May 18 at approximately 8:32 pm:
E1 was dispatched to a medical call for a report of unresponsive but breathing person.  While en route E1 received updated information that the patient had stopped breathing and CPR was being performed by co-workers.  E1 arrived on scene and immediately began performing ALS procedures.  Patient was defibrillated using E1’s Lifepak 12 cardiac monitor/defibrillator.  EMS arrived on scene and also began providing ALS.  An artificial airway was put in place (intubation) and IV access was established.  Patient was immobilized and placed in the ambulance.  The patient was transported emergency traffic to a local hospital with one firefighter aboard to assist.  At the time of transport the patient had regained a pulse and had spontaneous respirations.  E1 returned to service and quarters. 

Saturday, May 19 at approximately 3:52 pm:
E3 and B1 were dispatched to an outside investigation.  Upon arrival, E3 found a homeowner burning a small amount of brush in their yard.  B1 was cancelled due to the size of the fire and the accessibility of the area.  Homeowner did not have a burn permit and E3 assisted the homeowner extinguish the fire.  E3 advised the homeowner of the burn policies in the City of Brentwood.  E3 returned to service and quarters. 

Saturday, May 19 at approximately 6:42 pm:
E1 dispatched to a reported dumpster fire at a construction site.  Upon arrival E1 found a dumpster with flames showing and two construction workers attempting to extinguish the fire with a garden hose.  E1 advanced a hose line to the dumpster and began applying a foam and water mixture to the inside of the dumpster.  Due to the large amount of trash on fire inside the dumpster a water supply was established by connecting to a fire hydrant and a larger nozzle was used to apply water to the fire.  Once a majority of the fire was extinguished, E1 opened the end of the dumpster and began removing some of the debris and soaking it down with the water and foam mixture to further extinguish any embers.  Once all hazards had been mitigated E1 returned to service.