Here is a summary of Brentwood Fire and Rescue’s emergency responses for the period of July 2 through July 7, 2012.
We responded to 80 emergency calls for service.
These calls can be broken down into the following categories:
Hazardous Condition: 6
Service Call: 11
Good Intent: 7
False Call: 15
Here is an overview of significant events from this period’s activities:
Tuesday, July 3 at approximately 9:15 pm:
All BFR units were dispatched on a reported structure fire. E4 was the first unit on scene and reported no fire showing upon arrival. E4’s officer met with the homeowner who stated that everyone was out of the home and that they could hear a strange noise and smell rubber burning. Crew members made entry to the home but found no evidence of smoke or fire. While investigating the cause of the odor and noise, the thermal imaging camera revealed the attic HVAC unit to be very hot but not on fire. The homeowner was advised to contact a repair tech; all units were placed available and returned to quarters.
Wednesday, July 4 at approximately 3:45 pm:
E2 was dispatched on a report of a natural gas leak. Upon arrival crew members were able to find a leaking gas meter. The homeowner was not home. Crew members shut the gas to the home off and notified the appropriate gas company. With no other hazards present, E2 cleared the scene and returned to quarters.
Wednesday, July 4 at approximately 8:26 pm:\
E1 was dispatched to a report of a transformer fire. Upon arrival, crew members found a burning transformer on top of a utility pole. The oil in the transformer appeared to be burning. The entire street was de-energized, so E1 lobbed water at the transformer via their deck gun from a safe distance and extinguished the fire. E1 remained on-scene until the appropriate electrical company arrived. With no further hazards found, E1 returned to service.
Thursday, July 5 at approximately 12:59 am:
All BFR units were dispatched on a reported structure fire. While enroute fire units were advised by a BPD officer that the roof of the home was on fire and that the occupant was attempting to extinguish it with a garden hose. E2 arrived on scene and reported no smoke or flames visible. Crew members gained access to the roof and found a heavily damaged section that appeared to have been extinguished with a combination of a dry chemical fire extinguisher and a garden hose. The TIC was utilized in conjunction with salvage and overhaul operations to determine that the fire had not spread and was fully extinguished. The homeowner stated that personal fireworks had been in use earlier in the evening despite being banned within the city, and that appeared to have been the cause of the fire.
Thursday, July 5 at approximately 11:55 am:
E3 and R1 were dispatched on a reported single vehicle accident, vehicle VS utility pole. Upon arrival, E3 found the occupant out of the vehicle and walking around. The driver decided to be transported by EMS to an area hospital for further evaluation. The impact of the vehicle snapped the pole. The appropriate utility company was notified to respond to the scene to replace the pole. Once the scene was under control, all units were placed available and returned to quarters.
Thursday, July 5 at approximately 4:32 pm:
E1 was dispatched on a reported brush fire. Squad 1a (a special hazard unit set up especially for grass fires during this high hazard time) responded as well as Brush 1. E1 arrived to find a small area of grass near a retaining wall that had burned, but was out. Crew members checked for hot spots and found none. Some firework debris was noted, but E1’s officer was unable to determine if they were the cause of the fire. The initial caller had indicated the presence of teenagers in the area prior to the fire, but crew members did not make contact with anyone on scene. Determining that no further hazards existed, all units cleared the scene and returned to service.
Thursday, July 5 at approximately 6:35 pm:
E1 was dispatched on a report of a possible exterior natural gas leak. The engine arrived on scene to find a significant gas leak from the meter on the side of the residence. E1’s firefighter secured the leak after donning full PPE. Since no one was home, the appropriate gas utility company was notified. Once the gas company technician arrived on scene and secured the gas meter, E1 returned to service.
Thursday, July 5 at approximately 7:36 pm:
E1 and R1 were dispatched on a report of two elderly persons stuck in an elevator. R1 arrived first on scene and found the building’s staff members attempting to open the doors. R1 ensured that an elevator technician was responding, but was unable to ascertain an ETA for their arrival. E1 arrived on scene and made contact with the trapped persons, who were both elderly and in poor health. Based on this, E1’s officer decided it was in the victim’s best interests to forgo waiting on the repair tech and open the elevator doors to remove the occupants. After ensuring that the power to the elevator had been turned off, crew members safely removed the occupants without further incident. With no further hazards present, all units returned to service.
Thursday, July 5 at approximately 8:31 pm:
E1 responded to a report of live electrical wires down which had caused a grass fire. Crew members arrived on scene to find BPD and electrical company personnel on-scene of lines down with small fire burning in the grass. Per the electric company personnel, E1 were to assume the lines were live. E1 waited until the fire had burned a safe distance away from the wires & fence before extinguishing it using a flapper. The cause of the fire was due to the pole breaking, resulting in power lines arcing. This was the pole that had been damaged earlier in the day at the above listed single vehicle crash (this occurred in District 3, but as E3 was on another call, E1 responded in their place). The scene was turned over to BPD, who remained on-scene to assist with traffic control. With no further hazards present, E1 went available and returned to quarters.
Friday, July 6 at approximately 4:24 pm:
E3 was dispatched on a report of a child locked in a vehicle that was not running. E3 responded emergency traffic. Upon arriving on scene, E3 found the vehicle’s owner out with BPD directing us to the vehicle. Crew members utilized E3’s lock out kit to force entry into the vehicle. There appeared to be no heat related injuries to the child due to the lock out. E3 marked available and left the scene.
Friday, July 6 over a period of approximately 3 hours:
BFR crews ran numerous calls related to the storm that passed through the area. The calls were mainly related to downed trees and power lines. Due to the excessively high call volume, crews were dispatched based on the severity of the incident and often would be immediately dispatched on another call as soon as they cleared the previous call. Members of BFR did their utmost to keep roadways open and mitigate any hazards due to downed lines.