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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Fire Chief's Briefing for June 23 through June 28, 2013

Here is a summary of Brentwood Fire and Rescue’s emergency responses for the period of June 23 through June 28, 2013. 

We responded to 45 emergency calls for service.

These calls can be broken down into the following categories:

Fire: 1

EMS/Rescue: 22

Hazardous Condition: 3

Service Call: 1

Good Intent: 7

False Call: 11

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

Sunday, June 23 at approximately 5:29 am:

E2, R1 and C3 were dispatched on a report of a possible hazardous materials (Haz Mat) situation.  Initial dispatch information given indicated that a semi had hit a piece of metal on the interstate and was leaking diesel fuel.  Upon arrival BFR units found a semi upright on the shoulder of the interstate.  Personnel made contact with the driver who advised that a piece of metal on the road had ruptured the passenger side saddle tank of the semi.  C3 established command and E2 personnel attempted to stop the leak.  E2 and R1 personnel discovered that a majority of the 210 gallons of diesel fuel had settled into a ditch along the side of the interstate.  Command contacted EMA and requested a Haz Mat clean up team to respond to the scene.  There were no drains or waterways near the leak area and BFR personnel used specialized equipment to ensure the leak area did not expand.  The Haz Mat cleanup team arrived on scene and assisted in further mitigation of the spill.  Once a wrecker was notified to remove the semi from the roadway, command was terminated.  Control of the scene was turned over to BPD and the Haz Mat cleanup team supervisor.  E2, R1 and C3 cleared the scene and returned to quarters. 

Monday, June 24 at approximately 2:02 pm:

E1 was dispatched on a report of a dumpster fire.  Initial dispatch information indicated that a dumpster was on fire behind a business.  C1 arrived on the scene and notified E1 that there were no exposures and the fire was confined to the dumpster.  E1 arrived on scene and used a 1-3/4” pre-connected hose line for extinguishment.  E1 personnel extinguished the fire and looked for an ignition source.  Once all hazards had been mitigated E1 and C1 cleared the scene and returned to service. 

Monday, June 24 at approximately 11:26 pm:

E3 was dispatched on a report of a commercial fire alarm.  Initial dispatch information indicated that a smoke detector was activated inside a storage room.  E3 arrived on scene and found a commercial structure with no visible hazards.  E3 personnel investigated the structure and found a wire connected to a water heater had shorted out and melted causing the smoke detector to activate.  E3 three personnel shut off all utilities going to the water heater and checked for any other hazards.  The business owner was informed of the situation and advised that they should contact an electrician to repair the wiring as soon as possible.  Once E3 personnel ensured there were no further hazards, E3 returned to service and quarters.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Press Release: Active Shooter Exercise



From:          Fire Chief Brian Goss, Assistant Police Chief Tommy Walsh
Date:           June 27, 2013
Subject:      Press Release:  Active Shooter Full Scale Exercise



Brentwood – The Brentwood Fire & Rescue Department and Brentwood Police Department in cooperation with the Williamson County Emergency Management Agency and Williamson Medical Center Emergency Medical Services (WEMS) will facilitate a full-scale active shooter exercise at Ravenwood High School on Tuesday July 2nd, 2013.

Captain Russ Peterson, Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Brentwood, states “The purpose of this exercise is to test and evaluate the operational capabilities of cooperating agencies to manage an active shooter incident.  We will be assessing performance in several areas including unified command, interoperable communications, threat mitigation, and the management of mass casualties.”

Registration for participants will begin at 7:30 a.m. followed by a training and briefing session.  The full scale exercise will commence at 1:30 p.m. and conclude with a post-incident review at approximately 3:30 p.m.

The exercise will initiate on the Ravenwood campus and extend off-site as all segments of incident response are assessed.  The incident will begin with the initial 911 call and expand to include the coordination of responders, mitigation of the threat, treatment and transport of patients, and preparation and triage in the emergency room at Williamson Medical Center.

Over one hundred participants are expected to take part including volunteers from Hands On Nashville who will act as school students and staff members.  Representatives from the following participating and/or observing agencies will be on site:

·         Federal Bureau of Investigation
·         Franklin Fire Department
·         Franklin Police Department
·         Regional Medical Coordination Center (off-site)
·         Tennessee Bomb and Arson
·         Williamson County Sheriff’s Department
·         US Secret Service
·         Vanderbilt LifeFlight
·         Williamson EMS
·         Williamson Medical Center – ER (off-site)

The Exercise Director is Lieutenant Alan Hardcastle of the Brentwood Police Department.  There will be a media coordinating/staging area provided with an opportunity to view and photograph or videotape limited segments of the exercise.  Brentwood Fire Chief Brian Goss and Brentwood Assistant Police Chief Tommy Walsh will act as joint Public Information Officers and be the point of contact for the media regarding this event.