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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fire Chief's briefing for July 12 through July 17, 2014

Here is a summary of Brentwood Fire and Rescue’s emergency responses for the period of July 12 through July 17, 2014.

We responded to 49 emergency calls for service.

These calls can be broken down into the following categories:

Fire: 1

EMS/Rescue: 30

Hazardous Condition: 2

Service Call: 6

Good Intent: 3

False Call: 7

Saturday, July 12 at approximately 12:06 am:

E4 was dispatched on a medical call for a report of an unresponsive patient.  E4 arrived on scene with EMS.  Crews found a patient that was unresponsive and not breathing.  The patient’s airway was quickly controlled and artificial ventilations were applied.  A rapid EKG revealed normal heart activity and all other vital signs were stable.  The patient was quickly moved to the ambulance for further treatment.  BFR crew members assisted EMS with IV access along with medication administration.  Within a few minutes the patient’s condition had greatly improved.  EMS transported the patient emergency traffic to a local hospital with one firefighter on board to assist with further patient care.  Once transport had been initiated E4 returned to service and quarters. 

Monday, July 14 at approximately 10:04 am:

E1 was dispatched on a reported carbon monoxide alarm at a residence.  E1 arrived on scene to find a single family home that had been evacuated by all occupants.  The homeowner advised that their carbon monoxide alarm was going off in several areas of the house.  E1 crew members used their gas monitor to check the inside of the structure, which revealed high levels of carbon monoxide throughout the home.  E1 crew members opened all the doors to the residence to ventilate the carbon monoxide.  The source of the carbon monoxide was determined to be an appliance in the garage.  Once ventilated the entire home was rechecked using the gas monitor.  With all carbon monoxide levels back at 0, E1 cleared the scene and returned to quarters. 

Monday, July 14 at approximately 5:21 pm:

E2 was dispatched on a report of a fire alarm at a multi-family occupancy.  While enroute, Dispatch advised that smoke was visible on the third floor of the structure.  E2 arrived on scene to find a three story residential structure with nothing showing from the outside and established Command.  A staff member indicated that a fire sprinkler head had activated in one room on the third floor of the building.  Upon arrival on the third floor, BFR personnel were met with light smoke conditions.  E2 crew members made access to the affected residence and conducted a primary search for any occupants.  Smoke and fire damage was found in the kitchen of the residence but all fire had been extinguished by the activated sprinkler head prior to E2’s arrival.  A pet cat was found in the residence and taken outside to the owner.  After confirming that the fire was extinguished, the sprinkler system was shut down and the overhaul process was initiated.  E11, E1 and C3 were dispatched to the location to assist with smoke removal.  C3 assumed Command upon arrival and E1 crew members brought in two electric fans to facilitate ventilation.  Fire damage was limited to the kitchen area thanks to the sprinkler system and monitored alarm system.  Had the sprinkler system not controlled the fire, many more units would likely have been affected resulting in a much higher fire loss.  Once all hazards had been addressed in the fire area, the alarm and sprinkler systems were reset and all units returned to service.