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Monday, January 20, 2014

Fire Chief's Briefing for January 13 through January 18, 2014

Here is a summary of Brentwood Fire and Rescue’s emergency responses for the period of January 13 through January 18, 2014.

We responded to 58 emergency calls for service.

These calls can be broken down into the following categories:

Fire: 4

EMS/Rescue: 36

Hazardous Condition: 1

Service Call: 3

Good Intent: 8

False Call: 6

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

Tuesday, January 14 at approximately 12:47 am:

E3 was dispatched on a medical call for a report of a patient with difficulty breathing.  While enroute to the call dispatch advised that the patient had stopped breathing.  E3 arrived on scene to find a patient not breathing and without a pulse.  Crew members immediately initiated CPR and advanced life support protocols.  An advanced airway was put in place by BFR personnel and the patient was placed on the cardiac monitor for defibrillation.  EMS arrived on scene and obtained IV access for medication administration.  ROSC (returned of spontaneous circulation) was achieved and BFR crew members assisted with preparing the patient for transport.  EMS transported the patient emergency traffic to a local hospital with one BFR crew member aboard to assist with further care. 

Wednesday, January 15 at approximately 8:23 am:

E1 was dispatched on a report of a commercial fire alarm.  The engine crew arrived on scene to find a large commercial structure with no smoke or fire visible from the outside.  All occupants had evacuated the structure and E1 established command.  An occupant of the structure advised that there had been a small electrical fire but that it was extinguished.  E1 crew members verified that the fire had been extinguished and used the thermal imaging camera to check for any possible extension.  No fire extension was found but smoke still remained in the building.  Due to the large size of the building, Command requested L1 and R1 to respond to the scene to assist with smoke evacuation.  Once the building was cleared of smoke, the occupants were allowed back inside.  With no further hazards command was terminated and all BFR units returned to service.

Wednesday, January 15 at approximately 11:27 am:

E2 was dispatched on a report of a possible vehicle fire on I-65.  E2 arrived on scene to find one vehicle with the engine compartment fully involved in fire.  BFR personnel used a 1 ¾” handline to extinguish the vehicle before utilizing a K12 saw to make access to the engine compartment to ensure complete fire extinguishment.  Once all fire was mitigated and no further hazards were present E2 returned to service. 

Thursday, January 16 at approximately 5:12 pm:

All BFR units were dispatched on a report of a structure fire.  Initial dispatch information indicated that a chimney was possibly on fire.  E2 arrived on scene to find a 2 story residential structure with no visible smoke or fire.  E2 established command and made contact with the homeowner who indicated that smoke and fire were visible from the chimney cap.  E4 arrived on scene and assisted E2 with making access to the roof for investigation.  Command cancelled all other responding units.  After further investigation it was discovered that debris near the chimney cap had ignited from radiant heat.  All debris was removed and the chimney was checked for any further hazards.  Once it was determined that there was no fire extension BFR personnel covered the chimney and informed the homeowner.  With all hazards addressed command was terminated and all BFR units returned to service.