Here is a summary of Brentwood Fire and Rescue’s emergency responses for the period of June 17 through June 22, 2013.
We responded to 49 emergency calls for service.
These calls can be broken down into the following categories:
Hazardous Condition: 2
Service Call: 6
Good Intent: 5
False Call: 11
Here is an overview of significant events from this period’s activities:
Monday, June 17 at approximately 9:46 am:
All BFR units were dispatched on a report of a commercial structure fire at Best Buy. Initial dispatch information indicated that there was a small amount of smoke visible near the front door of the structure. E3 arrived on scene and established command. Upon E3’s arrival no smoke or flames were visible from the outside. E3 crew members entered the structure and found a small desk near the front doors emitting an odor similar to burning electrical equipment. Command advised all other responding units to cancel. After further investigation E3 crew members found an arching surge protector with a small amount of fire. Power was cut off to the electrical equipment and the surge protector was removed from the building. A liquid was found near the location of the surge protector, and it was determined that coffee was accidentally spilled on the surge protector causing it to short circuit. Once all hazards were addressed, command was terminated and all employees were allowed to return to the structure. E3 then returned to service and quarters.
Monday, June 17 at approximately 11:13 pm:
E1 was dispatched for a carbon monoxide alarm at a local business. Upon arrival E1 found the carbon dioxide alarm system had been activated. E1 personnel used the gas monitor to ensure that oxygen levels remained normal while personnel were in the structure. E1 personnel examined the tank valves around the carbon dioxide system and found that there was a small leak. The tanks were shut off as instructed by the system maintenance company. Employees were advised to have the system repaired immediately. E1 ensured that the oxygen levels inside the structure were safe and no further hazards were present. E1 returned to service and quarters.
Tuesday, June 18 at approximately 12:42 am:
E2 was dispatched on a report of a train fire in the area of Ravenwood High School. Initial dispatch information indicated that flames were visible coming from a locomotive. E2 arrived on scene and found the third locomotive with heavy smoke coming from the exhaust. The train was hauling over 100 cars of coal. The conductor of the train ensured the locomotive had been shut down and emergency procedures had been initiated. E2 established command and requested E11, E4 and C3 to respond to the scene. C3 arrived on scene and took over command while members of E4, E2 and E11 investigated the engine compartment of the train. E11 deployed a 1 3/4” preconnect and activated it’s specialized on board foam system. A fire was found in the engine compartment and it was extinguished with the foam hand line. Thanks to E11’s small size it was able to position in the grass next to the train tracks making the extinguishment process much less labor intensive. Damage was limited to the engine compartment of the locomotive. Once all hazards were addressed, command was terminated and BFR units returned to service.
Thursday, June 20 at approximately 12:20 pm:
E3 was dispatched on a report of a person who had been burned. Initial dispatch information indicated a mechanic had been burned as a result of hot radiator fluid being spilled. Upon arrival E3 found the patient with severe burns to their upper front torso. E3 immediately began providing patient care and obtaining more information about the incident. EMS arrived on scene and E3 assisted in moving the patient to the back of the ambulance and continuing patient care. EMS transported the patient emergency traffic to an area hospital. Once EMS left the scene E3 returned to service.
Thursday, June 20 at approximately 5:26 pm:
E2 and R1 were dispatched on a report of a motor vehicle accident. Initial dispatch information indicated that there was a one car accident and the driver had been injured. Upon arrival E2 and R1 found one car that had crashed head on into a tree. Significant damage to the car was obvious and the airbags had been deployed. E2 found the driver lying on the ground near the rear of the vehicle. E2 and R1 personnel immediately began providing patient care including spinal immobilization. EMS arrived on scene and the patient was loaded in to the ambulance. Once patient care had been transferred EMS transported the patient emergency traffic to a local hospital. E2 and R1 ensured there were no further hazards present and returned to service.