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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Fire Chief's Briefing for January 30 through February 4, 2013

Here is a summary of Brentwood Fire and Rescue’s emergency responses for the period of January 30 through February 4, 2013.

We responded to 52 emergency calls for service.

These calls can be broken down into the following categories:

EMS/Rescue: 33

Hazardous Condition: 1

Service Call: 4

Good Intent: 6

False Call: 8

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

Wednesday, January 30 at approximately 9:59 pm:

All BFR units were dispatched on a reported structure fire. The occupants of the home called 911 and stated that smoke and flames were coming from their chimney into the residence. E4 arrived first on scene and reported nothing visible from the outside. While preparing to enter the home a light haze was detected. The homeowner told E4 that it appeared that the flames had gone out and that the problem may be that the damper on the chimney had closed, which caused the home to fill with smoke. E4’s crew verified that there were no hazards before cancelling all other responding units with the exception of E2 and R1, which had arrived on scene. The flue was opened and the logs were removed from the fireplace to be extinguished. Once the smoke was ventilated from the home and it was verified with the TIC that there was no fire, all units cleared the scene and returned to quarters.

Saturday, February 2:
BFR units responded to numerous weather related incidents including several minor traffic accidents in which PT injuries were non-critical. The heavy snow greatly increased response times and necessitated placing Brush 1 into service as a first line response vehicle. Brush 1 is stationed at Fire Station 4, and due to the hills in the area its four wheel drive capability and all-terrain tires were needed. The sudden and heavy snowfall also necessitated the closing of several roads, including I-65 both North and South bound until they could be cleared and salted.  A total of 27 accidents were reported by noon on Saturday.

Saturday, February 2 at approximately 8:38 am:

B1 was dispatched on a report of injuries from a sledding accident. Upon arrival 1 PT was found lying in a ditch at the bottom of a hill with obvious lower leg deformity. Crew members performed a rapid trauma assessment but determined there were no other injuries. The PT was immobilized until EMS arrived on scene and care was transferred. B1 assisted EMS with stabilizing the injury via vacuum splint prior to loading into the awaiting ambulance for transport to an area hospital.

Saturday, February 2 at approximately 9:24 am:

E1 was dispatched to I-65 southbound for a report of leaking diesel fuel tank on a semi. Approximately one mile from the scene the interstate became impassible due to icy conditions and traffic congestion.  E1 met up with a TDOT salt truck that was also unable to proceed further to clear the roadway. Crew members from E1 exited the rig and proceeded to direct vehicles to move safely out of the way so the two trucks could continue their responses. Crew members eventually arrived on scene and made contact with the driver of the semi. The leak was contained and oil-dry was put down to prevent the fuel from leaking into the waterway. TDOT continued salting the roadway and traffic was soon able to continue south. With no further hazards, E1 cleared the scene.