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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Chief's Briefing for August 17 through August 22, 2014

Here is a summary of Brentwood Fire and Rescue’s emergency responses for the period of August 17 through August 22, 2014.

We responded to 51 emergency calls for service.

These calls can be broken down into the following categories:

Fire: 1

EMS/Rescue: 35

Hazardous Condition: 3

Service Call: 4

Good Intent: 3

False Call: 5

Sunday, August 17 at approximately 6:46 am:

All BFR units were dispatched on a report of a residential structure fire.  Initial dispatch information indicated a fire was visible on the outside of a house while smoke filled the inside.  E4 arrived first on scene to find a two story home with light smoke showing.  An occupant of the home indicated they heard an explosion outside of the home near the air conditioning unit.  When crew members investigated the area they found a small area of smoldering mulch, which they extinguished with a water can.  The interior of the home and the crawlspace were checked for possible fire extension using a TIC; none was found.  The cause of the fire was determined to be a malfunctioning air conditioning unit.  Power to the unit was disconnected and the homeowner was advised to contact an HVAC repair specialist.  With all hazards addressed all BFR units returned to quarters. 

Tuesday, August 19 at approximately 5:10 pm:

E4 was dispatched on a medical call for a patient with a decreased level of consciousness.  E4 arrived on scene to find a patient in respiratory distress.  Crew members initiated oxygen therapy and obtained vital signs.  BFR personnel continued to provide supportive care until EMS arrived on scene.  The patient was quickly moved to the ambulance where BFR personnel assisted with EZ IO access and placement of an advanced artificial airway.  EMS transported the patient emergency traffic to a local hospital with one firefighter aboard to assist with patient care and E4 returned to service. 

Wednesday, August 20 at approximately 9:26 am:

E1 was dispatched on a report of a carbon monoxide alarm at a residence.  Crew members arrived on scene and made contact with the homeowner who stated that their carbon monoxide alarm was indicating high levels.  Crew members evaluated the patient medically to check for signs of carbon monoxide poisoning.  The inside of the residence was evaluated using a gas monitor.  Carbon monoxide levels at the front door of the residence were elevated requiring E1 personnel to use SCBA’s to check the interior of the structure.  The gas company was requested to respond to the scene.  Crew members opened windows in the home in an attempt to ventilate the structure.  Carbon monoxide levels began to decrease and the gas company arrived on scene.  Control of the scene was transferred to the gas company and E1 returned to service and quarters.