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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Fire Chief's Briefing for September 12 through September 17, 2012

Here is a summary of Brentwood Fire and Rescue’s emergency responses for the period of September 12 through September 17, 2012.

We responded to 44 emergency calls for service.

These calls can be broken down into the following categories:

Fire: 1

EMS/Rescue: 31

Hazardous Condition: 2

Service Call: 3

Good Intent: 5

False Call: 2

Thursday, September 13 at approximately 4:03 pm: 

E2 was dispatched on a report of a possible electrical box fire. E2 arrived on the scene to find an in ground transformer box giving off light smoke. Smoke was intermittent and there was a small amount of oil seeping from the unit. E2 requested Middle Tennessee Electric to come on the scene. MTE arrived on the scene and took over the incident. No other hazards were found; E2 went available and returned to quarters.

Friday, September 14 at approximately 1:45 pm: 

E2 was dispatched on a report of an unresponsive person. Upon arrival, crew members found one PT lying in a bed, unresponsive but breathing and with a pulse. The PT’s breathing was labored and inadequate. Family members informed E2 that the PT was diabetic, but that they were not able to obtain a blood glucose level. Crew members performed a rapid head to toe assessment as well as began obtaining vital signs. The PT’s blood glucose level was found to be critically low. EMS arrived on scene and PT care was transferred. E2’s paramedic obtained IV access and administered a 50% dextrose solution in an effort to raise blood glucose levels to a normal level. The treatment was successful and the PT regained consciousness. The PT was advised to eat a meal to maintain appropriate glucose levels, and emergency personnel cleared the scene. No transport was needed.

Saturday, September 15 at approximately 10:54 am: 

E4 was dispatched on a report of injuries from a fall at a construction site. Upon arrival, crew members found one PT lying on their side on the ground. Bystanders reported that the worker had fallen from a height of approximately twelve feet and struck the ground. E4 crew immediately took cervical spine immobilization precautions and performed a rapid trauma assessment. The PT was complaining of back pain and loss of sensation in their legs. The trauma assessment revealed swelling and bleeding along the PT’s spine. EMS arrived on scene and PT care was transferred. EMS and E4 loaded the PT onto a long spine board and immobilized the PT before loading them into the ambulance for emergency transport to an area hospital.