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Monday, January 13, 2014

Fire Chief's Briefing for January 1 through January 6, 2014

Here is a summary of Brentwood Fire and Rescue’s emergency responses for the period of January 1 through January 6, 2014. 

We responded to 43 emergency calls for service.

These calls can be broken down into the following categories:
Fire: 4
EMS/Rescue: 26
Hazardous Condition: 2
Service Call: 4
Good Intent: 3
False Call: 4

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

Thursday, January 2 at approximately 8:41 am:
All BFR units were dispatched on a report of a possible residential structure fire due to a brush fire burning next to a residence.  E4 arrived first on scene and reported a two story home with light smoke coming from a mulch bed next to the house.  Upon further investigation crew members found an area of mulch and a small tree burning.  All other responding units were cancelled and the small fire was extinguished using a water can before the area was overhauled to ensure that there was no further fire extension.   Further investigation revealed that damaged outdoor lighting caused the small fire.  Power to the outdoor lighting was terminated and the homeowner was advised to call an electrician before restoring power.  With all hazards addressed E4 returned to quarters. 

Saturday, January 4 at approximately 3:10 am:

E3 was dispatched on a medical call for a report of a patient in respiratory arrest.  Upon arriving on scene crew members found an unresponsive patient with inadequate respirations.  E3 personnel immediately began providing advanced life support to include clearing the patient’s airway and assisting the patient’s breathing with a bag valve mask.  The patient was placed on the cardiac monitor and their oxygen levels were assessed.  After assisting with ventilations the patient’s level of responsiveness and breathing significantly improved.  EMS arrived on scene and patient care was transferred.  The patient was loaded into the ambulance and transported emergency traffic to a local hospital. 

Monday, January 6 at approximately 3:12 am:

E3 was dispatched on a report of a possible vehicle fire.  Crew members arrived on scene to find a tractor trailer with no fire visible.  The driver of the vehicle indicated that his rear brakes were on fire but he was able to extinguish the fire with a fire extinguisher.  E3 investigated the area of the truck’s brakes with a thermal imaging camera and found significant heat.  BFR personnel cooled the area using a water can and instructed the driver to disconnect the truck from the trailer.  With no further hazards present E3 returned to service and quarters. 

Monday, January 6 at approximately 9:28 am:

E4 was dispatched on a report of a garbage truck possibly on fire.  Upon arriving on scene light smoke was observed coming from the trash holding area of the truck.  E4 made contact with the driver who indicated the fire was not accessible, so the driver was instructed to unload all his trash onto the pavement to allow for complete extinguishment.  BFR personnel used a 1 ¾” hand line to extinguish the fire.  Further investigation determined that improperly discarded fireplace ashes had started the fire.  Once all fire had been extinguished and all hazards addressed, E4 returned to quarters.