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Monday, November 26, 2012

Fire Chief's Briefing for November 19 through November 24, 2012


Here is a summary of Brentwood Fire and Rescue’s emergency responses for the period of November 19 through November 24, 2012.

We responded to 50 emergency calls for service.

These calls can be broken down into the following categories:
EMS/Rescue: 28
Service Call: 3
Good Intent: 3
False Call: 16

 
 
Tuesday, November 20 at approximately 4:27 pm:
  
E3 was dispatched on a report of an infant locked in a running vehicle. Upon arrival crew members found one sleeping child locked in a running minivan. E3 utilized its lockout kit to gain access to the vehicle without damage. The child remained asleep throughout and was uninjured. With no further hazards present, E3 cleared the scene and returned to quarters.

 
Thursday, November 22 at approximately 12:19 pm:

E3 was dispatched on a report of a syncopal episode and sudden onset of abdominal pain. Upon arriving on scene, crew members found one PT lying supine on the floor. PT care was initiated, and it was determined while attempting to obtain vital signs that the PT was critical and in need of emergency transportation due to low blood pressure and abdominal pain. The PT did not remember falling, but was alert to what was currently going on. A rapid trauma assessment was performed, but no obvious trauma was detected. EMS arrived on scene and PT care was transferred. The PT was packaged and loaded into the waiting ambulance for emergency transport to an area hospital.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

In Case You Missed Public Safety Day 2012

Brentwood Fire and Rescue has uploaded video from Public Safety Day 2012. This video is raw and unedited, but contains footage of the vehicle extrication demonstration as well as a demonstration of how effective residential fire sprinkler systems are.

This is just a small part of what goes on every year, and we encourage you to visit us next October when we hold this event again.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Fire Chief's Briefing for November 13 Through November 18, 2012


Here is a summary of Brentwood Fire and Rescue’s emergency responses for the period of November 13 through November 18, 2012.

We responded to 47 emergency calls for service.


These calls can be broken down into the following categories:

Fire: 1
EMS/Rescue: 27

Service Call: 8
Good Intent: 3

False Call: 8


Tuesday, November 13 at approximately 9:01 am:

E2 was dispatched to I-65 north bound at approximately the 72 mile marker to assist PD with removing glass from the interstate.  Initial dispatch information indicated that a truck carrying windows lost its load on the interstate and littered 2 lanes with glass.  E2 crew members used a gas powered blower to remove the glass from the roadway.  E2 remained on scene to assist with traffic control until THP determined that a street sweeper was en route to the location.  Once all hazards were addressed E2 cleared the scene and returned to quarters. 

Tuesday, November 13 at approximately 5:04 pm:

E3 was dispatched to I-65 southbound, near the 68 mm to assist Franklin FD and Franklin PD with patient extrication from an MVA.  C3 also responded to assist with traffic control.  This area of the interstate is located in the BFR and Franklin FD automatic aid area, therefore both agencies responded.  E3 personnel were assigned to work with Franklin FD personnel on extricating patients from the vehicles using hydraulic tools such as the Jaws of Life.  EMS provided patient care while patients were being extricated.  Once all patients were transported and all hazards were addressed, E3 and C3 cleared the scene and returned to quarters.
 
 

Thursday, November 15 at approximately 6:32 pm:

E4, E2 and C3 were dispatched to a smell of smoke inside a residence.  Upon arrival C3 found a residential structure with nothing showing from the outside.  C3 also established command.  E2 and E4 arrived on scene and made contact with the homeowner who indicated that it smelled like smoke inside the residence.  E2 made access to a crawl space and noted a slight smell of smoke.  E4 noticed a stronger smell of smoke outside near the front of the house.  E4 then found that a landscaping light had contacted some mulch on the ground and started a small fire.  E2 used a pressurized water can to extinguish the small fire.  Once all hazards were addressed command was terminated and all units returned to service and quarters. 

Saturday, November 17 at approximately 2:30 pm:

E3 was dispatched to a reported water problem.  E3 responded non-emergency to the location and made contact with homeowner.  Homeowner indicated that a water line to the refrigerator had broken and was spraying water everywhere.  The homeowner also indicated that they could not turn off the water.  With the assistance of two nearby utility workers E3 located the shutoff valve for the residence.  Once the leak was stopped E3 returned to service and quarters. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Be Safe If You Fry Your Turkey This Year


Fried Turkey Anyone?

Thanksgiving is the leading day for cooking related structure fires nationwide. The NFPA estimates that at least 1,000 fires a year are related to turkey fryers alone and cause more than $15 million in property damage.

The majority of turkey fryers are outdoor versions that use hot oil heated by a propane source. Because of the potential damage that can be caused when these units tip over, experts recommend avoiding these types of cookers altogether. Newer versions that do not rely on immersing the turkey in oil are safer.

Common pitfalls that occur with turkey fryers include:

·  Using the fryer on a patio or in a garage. If you must use a fryer, cook outdoors away from buildings, trees, and decks.

·  Dipping a turkey into hot oil that overflows. Begin by putting your turkey inside the fryer and adding cold oil to determine the correct amount to use first. Before adding the turkey to the hot oil, shut off the fuel source/ flame to prevent a dangerous flare up if oil does spill.

·  Adding a frozen turkey to hot oil. Ensure your turkey is fully thawed.

·  Leaving a turkey fryer unattended. Oil can overheat, igniting the unit or animals and children can be severely hurt when the unit is accidently tipped over.

·  Using water or ice to cool oil or extinguish fires. Water IS NOT compatible with hot oil and will cause the fire to flare up - the hot water/oil combination will ‘pop’ and cause burns. Avoid using a fryer on days with rain or snow.

Always keep an extinguished that is approved for cooking/grease fires nearby, or better yet avoid oil turkey fryers altogether.

To see William Shatner’s take on turkey fryers and what can go wrong, click the video below.



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Fire Chief's Briefing for November 7 through November 12, 2012

Here is a summary of Brentwood Fire and Rescue’s emergency responses for the period of November 7 through November 12, 2012.
 
We responded to 39 emergency calls for service.

These calls can be broken down into the following categories:

EMS/Rescue: 29

Service Call: 1

Good Intent: 2

False Call: 7


Thursday, November 8 at approximately 7:24 am:
E2 and R1 were dispatched on a report of a personal injury accident with airbag deployment. While enroute, dispatch advised that one PT was unconscious. E2 arrived on scene to find two cars involved in a rear-end collision. The driver of the car in the rear had briefly lost consciousness, but had regained it prior to E2’s arrival. Manual cervical spine immobilization was initiated until the PT could be removed from the vehicle and fully immobilized on a long spine board. The PT was then loaded into a waiting ambulance for non-emergency transport to an area hospital.
 

Thursday, November 8 at approximately 12:14 pm:
E3 was dispatched on a report of injuries from a fall. E3 was further advised that the PT was unable to unlock the door to allow them access. Upon arrival, crew members from both EMS and E3 tried numerous doors and windows before ultimately finding one unlocked. The PT was located between their bed and a small bookcase.  The PT was immobilized, placed on a long spine board and transported to an area hospital.
 

Friday, November 9 at approximately 3:37 pm:
E1 was dispatched on a report of an unresponsive person. Upon arrival, crew members found the PT lying in the driveway with CPR being performed by a family member. The PT was assessed by BFR personnel and found to be pulseless and apneic. CPR was resumed by BFR crew members and ventilations via bag-valve-mask were performed. EMS arrived on scene and PT care was transferred. BFR crew members assisted EMS with advanced life support care, to include resuscitation drugs and defibrillation. The PT regained a pulse but not spontaneous respirations before being transported emergency traffic to an area hospital with one firefighter on board to provide additional care while enroute.

 

 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Have you recently been solicited on behalf of the Brentwood Fire Department?




The Brentwood Fire and Rescue Department does not solicit residents directly. The department is fully funded by tax revenue, and does not require donations for operational expenses. There is only one fund designated to help Brentwood Firefighters or Police Officers in difficult circumstances; The Public Safety Trust Fund. Donations to this fund must go directly through the City of Brentwood. Telemarketing is not used by our department or the fund.
While we sincerely appreciate your support, please be cautious when approached on our behalf. If you have any questions, please call our nonemergency number at (615) 371-0170 to speak with a department representative.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Press Release: Fire Caused By Unattended Candle


*****PRESS RELEASE*****
 
 


CITY OF BRENTWOOD 

FIRE AND RESCUE

 
From:             Chief Brian Goss                               
Date:               November 5, 2012
Subject:          Press Release:  Fire Caused By Unattended Candle
 
 
THE BRENTWOOD FIRE & RESCUE DEPARTMENT REMINDS EVERYONE TO BE FIRE SAFE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
 
The Brentwood Fire and Rescue Department responded to a structure fire last week caused by an unattended candle.  Fortunately in this case, the fire was discovered early and damage was held to a minimum.  Candles, however, account for nearly 10,000 home fires resulting in approximately 100 deaths every year.
 
The holidays bring some unique challenges from a fire safety perspective.  In order to help ensure that your family has a safe and enjoyable holiday season, please observe the following fire safety tips:
 
·         Never leave candles unattended and always place them on a non-combustible surface.  Placing pine boughs, ribbons, and other d├ęcor around the base of a candle is highly discouraged.
·         When it’s time to place your luminaries, battery operated tea lights are highly recommended.  Do not use candle-lit luminaries in high winds and always place on an asphalt or concrete surface.
·         If deep frying a turkey, follow all directions carefully and only use outdoors on a concrete, dirt, or other non-combustible surface.  NEVER use a turkey fryer on a deck or in the garage.  Last year alone turkey fryers accounted for over 1,400 home fires.
·         Hold off on bringing that natural Christmas tree indoors as long as you can, and ensure that the stand is filled with water at all times.  Also make sure that all light strings are in good condition.
·         Never run electrical cords under rugs or in high traffic areas.
·         Use extreme caution when utilizing auxiliary heating devices in your home. Read instructions carefully; many fuel-fired portable heaters are only designed for outdoor use in well ventilated areas.
·         Be sure that all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have fresh batteries and are operating properly.
 
 
If you have any questions or concerns, the Bentwood Fire & Rescue Department offers free in-home safety inspections.  These inspections are voluntary for the purposes of safety and not enforcement.  If you would like a firefighter to inspect your home, call Robin at 615-371-0170 to arrange a visit.
 
            THE BRENTWOOD FIRE & RESCUE DEPARTMENT WISHES YOU AND YOUR FAMILY A SAFEY, HAPPY, AND HEALTHY HOLIDAY SEASON!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Fire Chief's Briefing for November 1 through November 6, 2012

Here is a summary of Brentwood Fire and Rescue’s emergency responses for the period of November 1 through November 6, 2012.


We responded to 55 emergency calls for service.


These calls can be broken down into the following categories:

EMS/Rescue: 35

Service Call: 4

Good Intent: 9

False Call: 7


Thursday, November 1 at approximately 12:51pm:

E4 was dispatched to a possible allergic reaction to a bee sting.  Initial dispatch information indicated that the patient had been stung by a bee and was having trouble breathing.  Upon arrival E4 made patient contact and began providing care in accordance with protocols.  Patient said they were allergic to bee stings and that breathing was becoming difficult.  E4 continued providing care until EMS arrived on scene and patient care was transferred.  Once patient was loaded in to the ambulance E4 cleared the scene and returned to quarters. 


Friday, November 2 at approximately 3:53 pm: 

E1 was dispatched to a possible unresponsive person in a car.  BPD arrived on scene before E1 and indicated that the patient was passed out in the front seat of a vehicle.  Upon arrival E1 found the patient in the vehicle unresponsive but still breathing.  E1 immediately began patient care and helping maintain the patient’s airway.  EMS arrived on scene and E1 assisted in quickly moving the patient from the vehicle to the ambulance.  E1 also assisted in providing advanced life support on scene.  EMS transported the patient emergency traffic to the hospital with one firefighter aboard to assist with further patient care.  E1 cleared the scene and returned to quarters. 


Friday, November 2 at approximately 6:41 pm:

All units dispatched to a possible structure fire.  Initial dispatch indicated that a microwave was possibly on fire inside a residence.  E4, E2 and R1 arrived on scene to find a two story residential structure with nothing showing from the outside.  E4 established command.  Command was met in the front yard by an occupant of the structure and they indicated they had burned food in the microwave.  All other responding units were cancelled.  E4 confirmed that there were no hazards inside the structure and E2 set up an electric fan to remove some smoke from the structure.  The occupant of the structure was advised not to use the microwave until it was repaired or replaced.  Once all hazards were mitigated, command was terminated and all units returned to quarters. 


Saturday, November 3 at approximately 6:59 pm:

E1 dispatched to a possible vehicle fire at a gas station.  E1 arrived on scene and found a vehicle next to a fuel pump with what appeared to be smoke coming from the engine compartment.  E1 made access to the engine compartment of the vehicle and found that the cap from the radiator reservoir had come loose.  This caused radiator fluid to be spilled onto the engine creating the steam.  Once it was determined that no other hazards were present E1 advised the owner of the vehicle to have the vehicle towed to a repair shop.  E1 returned to service. 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Fire Chief's Briefing for October 26 through October 31, 2012



Here is a summary of Brentwood Fire and Rescue’s emergency responses for the period of October 26 through October 31, 2012. 


We responded to 46 emergency calls for service.


These calls can be broken down into the following categories:

Fire: 3

EMS/Rescue: 29

Hazardous Condition: 1

Service Call: 4

Good Intent: 6

False Call: 3


Friday, October 26 at approximately 6:36 pm: 

E2 dispatched to assist Franklin PD with a search for 2 lost juveniles who had gotten turned around while walking their dog in the woods behind their Subdivision. Brentwood Dispatchers maintained contact via cell phone of one of the kids and were able to guide E2 across a nearby field where crew members established audible contact with the juveniles. E2 eventually found the boys near a barbed wire fence with quite some distance away. Crews aided the boys and dog across the fence and back to E2 where Franklin PD and C3 were waiting with the mother of the children. No injuries where noted and the boys returned home.


Saturday, October 27 at approximately 6:19 pm: 

All BFR units were dispatched on a report of a commercial structure fire at an area hotel with at least one person burned. C3 was the first unit to arrive on scene but found no visible signs of fire from the exterior of the building. E1 made entry into the hotel to try and locate the fire while L1 was tasked with locating and treating the PT.

E1 found the room of origin and reported that the sprinkler in the room had extinguished the fire. L1 found an individual with burns to their arms. PT care was initiated, but due to EMS’ close proximity PT care was quickly turned over and L1 assisted with cleanup of the fire. E2 arrived on scene and was directed to shut off the sprinkler system. E4 arrived and assisted other on scene units with removing smoke from the structure. R1 brought in a special vacuum to assist with excess water removal while other crew members salvaged any personal items from the room and placed them in an adjacent, empty room for safekeeping.
It was later determined that while preparing the evening meal, the contents of a skillet ignited. The PT attempted to move the burning skillet to the bathroom to extinguish it. While attempting this, the PT received burns to their arms. The fire from the skillet caused the sprinkler system to activate, extinguishing the flames. 

 


Tuesday, October 30 at approximately 5:53 am: 

E1 was dispatched on a report of a dumpster fire. Upon arrival, E1 found a garbage truck with its cargo on fire. Crew members deployed a 1 ¾” hose line and began extinguishing the fire. After E1’s on-board water tank was expended, E2 was called to the scene to provide additional water. The fire was fully extinguished and the garbage truck was able to drive away under its own power.


Tuesday, October 30 at approximately 9:51 pm: 

E1, R1, and C3 responded to an MVA involving 3 vehicles on I-65.  Upon arrival, E1 established Incident Command and reported one vehicle off the road on its side with one person entrapped.  2 other vehicles with heavy damage were in lanes 3 & 4 of I-65.  The driver of the overturned vehicle complained of neck and back pain, but none of the other involved parties were injured.  C3 arrived on scene and assumed command.  E1 extricated the injured driver by removing the roof of the vehicle while R1 provided vehicle stabilization. EMS was on scene and assumed PT care after extrication was completed. The PT was fully immobilized on a long spine board and loaded into the awaiting ambulance.  BFR units remained on scene to assist with debris clean up and traffic protection.  After being evaluated by EMS the PT refused transport.  With no further hazards found, command was terminated and all units returned to quarters. 
 

 
 

Wednesday, October 31 at approximately 9:20 pm:
All BFR units were dispatched on a reported structure fire. The caller advised dispatch that a bathroom on the first floor was on fire due to a candle. While enroute, dispatch advised fire units that the fire was out but heavy smoke remained. E2, R1, E4 arrived on scene to investigate the fire and establish ventilation. Evidence of a melted candle was located on a shelf in the bathroom with smoke damage above the area. Crews removed debris and ventilated the area. No smoke detectors were found in the home. E2 crew installed 2 new smoke detectors before leaving the scene and educated the owners of the danger of open flame devices operating near combustibles. With no other hazards found, all units were released from the scene and returned to quarters.