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Friday, May 18, 2012

Fire Chief's Briefing for May 9 through May 14, 2012

Here is a summary of Brentwood Fire and Rescue’s emergency responses for the period of May 9 through May 14, 2012.

We responded to 48 emergency calls for service.

These calls can be broken down into the following categories:

Fire: 4

EMS/Rescue: 20

Hazardous Condition: 3

Service Call: 7

Good Intent: 5

False Call: 9

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

Wednesday, May 9 at approximately 2:45 pm:

E2 was dispatched on a report of a of a vehicle fire.  Upon arrival, crew members found one vehicle near a structure with light smoke coming from the engine compartment.  Employees from the auto shop where the vehicle was located had discharged a dry chemical fire extinguisher into the vehicle’s engine and passenger compartments.  E2 crew members discharged 2 pressurized water cans into the vehicle to extinguish any further fire.  Part of the vehicle was disassembled to check for any fire extension and E2 crew members remained on scene to ensure that all fire had been completely extinguished.  Once all hazards had been mitigated E2 cleared the scene and returned to quarters. 

Thursday, May 10 at approximately 4:37 pm:

All units were dispatched to a reported residential structure fire.  Initial dispatch information indicated that the fire was located in the kitchen area of the home.  Upon arrival, E4 crew found a 2 story house with light smoke showing near the front of the home.  E4 crew met with the occupants of the residence and confirmed that all personnel had exited the structure.  The occupants indicated that the fire had started on the stove.  E4 crews entered the residence and found the oven and surrounding area to be on fire.  The fire was extinguished with a 1 ¾” hose line.  R1 arrived on the scene and assisted with further fire extinguishment.  E2 arrived on scene and shut off the utilities to the home in order to decrease the chance of any further fire spread.  The residence was then searched to confirm that no occupants or pets where still inside.  E3, L1 and E1 were canceled while on the way to the call due to the fact that the fire had been extinguished.  A positive pressure fan and smoke ejector were used to remove any remaining smoke from the residence.  This equipment remained in place until carbon monoxide levels in the house returned to a safe level.  Crews removed a microwave oven from the residence and checked for any remaining fire or “hot spots” using a thermal imaging camera.   Once all hazards had been mitigated the owners of the residence where informed of the damage and given assistance in determining the next steps to take.  All units cleared the scene and returned to quarters. 

Thursday, May 10 at approximately 6:54 pm:

E2 was dispatched on a report of a possible vehicle fire on I-65 south bound near Moores Lane.  Upon arrival E2 crew found a car on the side of the interstate with steam coming from the front grill of the vehicle.  E2 crew assessed the situation and found the engine of the vehicle had overheated due to a low coolant level and a radiator leak.  E2 crew assisted in cooling down the radiator by spraying it with pressurized water can.  The radiator was cooled down enough for the vehicle owner to add a gallon of coolant and continue on their commute home. 

Saturday, May 12 at approximately 2:14 pm:

E1 was dispatched to a report of an unresponsive patient.  E1 and L1 responded and upon arrival found the patient awake, alert and oriented but obviously lethargic.  Patient had stated that they had several episodes of feeling like they were going to faint.  Crews took the patients vitals and provided ALS including placing the patient on the heart monitor and starting an IV.  This care was maintained until EMS arrived and patient care was transferred to EMS crew.  All units cleared the scene and returned to quarters. 

Monday, May 14 at approximately 2:21 am:

All units were dispatched to a report of a structure fire.  The caller indicated that they heard an explosion and could see a fire down the hill from where they live.  Upon arrival E2 and R1 found no smoke or fire at the residence.  All other BFR units staged at a nearby location.  E2 crew met with caller and searched the area with assistance of BPD units.  E2 found a tree lying across a power line and a blown transformer in the back yard of the incident location.  Power had been cut off to two residences as a result.  E2 contacted the utility company and informed them of the situation.  Once all hazards had been mitigated, all units were cleared of the scene and returned to quarters.