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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Fire Chief's Briefing for December 26 through December 31, 2013

Here is a summary of Brentwood Fire and Rescue’s emergency responses for the period of December 26 through December 31, 2013.

We responded to 42 emergency calls for service.

These calls can be broken down into the following categories:

EMS/Rescue: 29

Hazardous Condition: 1

Service Call: 2

Good Intent: 4

False Call: 6

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

Saturday, December 28 at approximately 2:32 pm:

E3 was dispatched on a medical call for a report of a possible broken ankle.  Crew members arrived on scene to find one PT with an obvious fracture.  E3 personnel stabilized the patient’s ankle while assessing the PT for further injuries.  E3 determined that circulation had not been cut off to the injured extremity and established an IV.  EMS arrived on scene and, with assistance from BFR crew members, applied a vacuum splint to stabilize the patient’s ankle.  The patient was moved to the ambulance for further on scene care before being transported to a local hospital. 

Wednesday, December 29 at approximately 8:51 pm:

E4 was dispatched on a report of a smell of gas inside a home.  Upon arrival, crew members met with the homeowner outside the structure to perform an exterior survey of the residence.  This survey revealed that the heating unit was running but not producing any heat.  BFR personnel turned off the gas supply to the unit to prevent any further leaking.  The gas monitor was utilized inside the home to check for unsafe levels of combustible gas, but it was determined that the smell was due to the HVAC system overheating and not a gas leak.  Once the gas company arrived, control of the scene was transferred to them.  With no hazards present E4 cleared the scene and returned to quarters.  

Monday, December 30 at approximately 1:54 pm:

E1 was dispatched on a medical call for a report of injuries from a fall.  E1 arrived on scene to find the patient lying on the floor in obvious distress and complaining of leg pain.  E1’s paramedic performed a rapid trauma assessment of the patient while other crew members obtained vital signs.  It was determined that the PT had suffered a traumatic injury to their leg in the area of the knee. EMS arrived on scene and the patient’s injuries were stabilized prior to moving them to the ambulance using a scoop stretcher.  BFR personnel assisted with further on scene care including IV access and administration of pain management medication.  EMS transported the patient to a nearby hospital for further care.