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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Fire Chief's Briefing for February 17 through February 22, 2013

Here is a summary of Brentwood Fire and Rescue’s emergency responses for the period of February 17 through February 22, 2013.

We responded to 30 emergency calls for service.

These calls can be broken down into the following categories:

Fire: 2

EMS/Rescue: 16

Hazardous Condition: 3

Good Intent: 2

False Call: 7

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

Monday, February 18 at approximately 1:27 pm:

E2 and B1 were dispatched on a report of a woods fire.  E4 arrived on scene and found an area in the woods with only surface fuels (leaves) burning.  B1 arrived on scene and started an offensive attack using a 1” hand line.  Once the main body of fire was extinguished, B1 and E4 personnel began extinguishing small hot spots with the hand line and a fire rake.  The property owner indicated that the wind had blown embers from a small burn pile onto dry leaves.  The burn pile was also extinguished due to the high wind speed.  Once all hazards were addressed, E4 and B1 returned to service and quarters.

Wednesday, February 20 at approximately 9:19 pm:

E1 was dispatched on a report of a carbon monoxide alarm at a residence.  Upon arrival E1 personnel made contact with the homeowner who indicated that the carbon monoxide alarm had been activated in the house.  E1 crew advised all the occupants to evacuate while personnel used a gas monitor to check CO levels throughout the house.  Dangerous CO levels were found inside the home and the local gas company was contacted.  Once the gas company arrived on scene it was determined that the water heater had malfunctioned and was causing the high CO levels.  The water heater was shut down and E1 personnel ventilated the residence until it was declared safe.  E1 advised the homeowner not to use the water heater until it was repaired.  Once all hazards were addressed E1 returned to service and quarters. 

Thursday, February 21 at approximately 7:51 pm:

All units were dispatched on report of a residential structure fire.  C3 arrived on scene to find a two story residence with nothing showing from the outside.  C3 established command and made contact with an occupant of the residence.  The occupant indicated that they had been sanding the wood floors inside the home and now the room was on fire.  The occupant had attempted to spray the area with a garden hose.  E2 arrived on scene and deployed a hose line inside the structure.  E2 found that the dust bag from the floor sander had caught fire.  E2 extinguished the small fire using the garden hose and removed the debris from the structure.  E4 and R1 set up a ventilation fan to remove all smoke from the residence and all other responding units were cancelled.  Once all hazards were addressed, C3, E2, R1 and E4 returned to quarters.