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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fire Chief's Briefing for October 16 through October 21, 2014



Here is a summary of Brentwood Fire and Rescue’s emergency activities for the period of October 16 through October 21, 2014.


We responded to 50 emergency calls for service.


These calls can be broken down into the following categories:

Fire: 1

EMS/Rescue: 34

Hazardous Condition: 2

Service Call: 4

Good Intent: 3

False Call: 6


Friday, October 17 at approximately 12:28 pm:

All BFR units were dispatched on a report of a structure fire.  Initial dispatch information indicated a fire had ignited in the rear of a local dry cleaning facility.  While enroute dispatch further advised that a worker at the business had been burned by the fire.  C2 arrived on scene to find a two story commercial structure with light smoke showing from the rear of the structure.  E1 arrived on scene and parked at the rear of the structure to make entry while C5 initiated patient care.  Command was established by C2.  The sprinkler system had been activated inside the business and was extinguishing the fire as E1 personnel made entry through the rear of the structure.  L1, E2, E11 and R1 arrived on scene to assist with ventilation and securing utilities.  All other responding units were cancelled.  Once it was determined that all fire had been extinguished by the sprinkler system was shut off.  BFR personnel began the overhaul process including water removal.  Due to the effectiveness of the sprinkler system, damage from the fire was very limited.  A sprinkler system contractor was requested to respond to the scene to place the system back in service.  With no further hazards, command was terminated and all BFR units returned to service. 



Saturday, October 18 at approximately 5:40 pm:

E3 and R1 were dispatched on a report of a motor vehicle accident on I-65 northbound near the 69 mile marker.  Initial dispatch information indicated a motorcycle had crashed off the roadway.  E3 arrived on scene to find a motorcycle that had impacted a guardrail near an onramp.  E3 established command and initiated patient care.  The patient was found to have severe injuries to their lower extremities from the accident.  R1 arrived on scene to assist with patient care and provide traffic control.  Patient care was transferred to EMS once they arrived on scene and the patient was quickly moved to the ambulance for further care.  Due to the patient’s condition, EMS transported emergency traffic with 2 firefighters onboard to assist with care.  Once all on scene hazards had been addressed, command was terminated and control of the scene was transferred to BPD.


Tuesday, October 21 at approximately 7:58 pm:

E1 was dispatched on a medical call for a report of a patient choking.  E1 responded from quarters and quickly arrived on scene.  Personnel found the patient unresponsive with no pulse.  CPR was rapidly initiated by E1 personnel.  CPR and artificial ventilations were administered as EMS arrived on scene.  The patient was found to have regained a pulse but no respiratory drive.  BFR personnel assisted EMS with moving the patient to the ambulance for further care and transport.  EMS transported the patient emergency traffic to a local hospital with 1 firefighter on board to assist with further care.  Once transport had been initiated E1 returned to service and quarters. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fire Chief's Briefing for October 10 through October 15, 2014

Here is a summary of Brentwood Fire and Rescue’s emergency activities for the period of October 10 through October 15, 2014.


We responded to 52 emergency calls for service.


These calls can be broken down into the following categories:

Fire: 2

EMS/Rescue: 32

Service Call: 4

Good Intent: 4

False Call: 10


Saturday, October 11 at approximately 9:15 am:

E1 was dispatched on an animal rescue behind a residence.  Initial dispatch information indicated a deer was caught in rope around a tree.  E1 and C3 arrived on scene to find an 8 point buck with its antlers caught in rope used to support a small tree behind a residence.  BFR personnel used a knife to cut the rope from around the antlers.  Once untangled, the deer returned to the woods without injury.  With no further hazards all BFR units returned to service. 


Saturday, October 11 at approximately 12:37 pm:

E2 was dispatched on a medical call for a report of injuries from a fall.  E2 arrived on scene and made contact with a semi-conscious patient.  Due to the patients conditions a rapid trauma assessment was performed to check for injuries and any neurological deficits.  EMS arrived on scene and the patient was secured to a spine board prior to being moved to the ambulance.  Crew members assisted EMS with IV placement, cardiac monitoring and other care while on scene.  Once complete, EMS transported the patient emergency traffic to a local hospital and E2 returned to service. 


Wednesday, October 15 at approximately 5:11 pm:

All BFR units were dispatched on a report of a possible structure fire at a residence.  Initial dispatch information indicated a fire had possibly started in the chimney area of the house.  E1, L1 and C3 arrived on scene to find a single story structure with no flames visible.  Upon visual inspection of the chimney light white smoke could be seen coming from the top.  C3 established command and asked all units not on scene to stage at their present location.  The homeowner verified that all residents had evacuated the structure.  BFR personnel made access to the roof and discovered a small fire had ignited near the top of the chimney.  Crew members used a water can to spray down the chimney and extinguish the fire.  L1 personnel removed all remaining embers from the bottom of the chimney and placed them outside.  The attic and other areas inside the structure were checked with a thermal imaging camera and the home was ventilated using an electric fan.  Once all hazards were addressed the homeowner was informed to have the chimney professionally cleaned before use.  Once all equipment was cleaned up Command was terminated and all BFR units returned to service.  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fire Chief's Briefing for September 28 through October 9, 2014

Here is a summary of Brentwood Fire and Rescue’s emergency activities for the period of September 28 through October 9, 2014. 


We responded to 117 emergency calls for service.


These calls can be broken down into the following categories:

EMS/Rescue: 66

Hazardous Condition: 4

Service Call: 11

Good Intent: 15

False Call: 21


Wednesday, October 1 at approximately 12:45 pm:

E1 was dispatched on a report of one child locked inside a non-running vehicle. Upon arrival crew members attempted to gain entry to the vehicle without damaging it. Due to the high temperature that day, firefighters were forced to gain entry by breaking a window when their initial attempts at entry were unsuccessful.  E1’s paramedic climbed into the vehicle and unlocked a door. After evaluating the child it was determined that there were no injuries. E1 cleared the scene and returned to quarters.


Wednesday, October 1 at approximately 4:46 pm:

E3 was dispatched on a report of a PIA involving a bicyclist being struck by a vehicle. Upon arrival crew members found one PT seated on the ground awake but disoriented. The PT was wearing a helmet that had been damaged in the collision. Additionally, the vehicle involved had a broken window as a result of contact with the bicyclist.  A rapid trauma assessment was performed, revealing bleeding and puncture wounds. The PT also continued to become more confused. The PT was immobilized and packaged on a long spine board before being loaded into an ambulance for emergency transport to an area hospital with one firefighter on board. While preparing to depart the scene, the EMS supervisor administered a medication to calm the PT, who was becoming combative as their level of confusion increased.


Thursday, October 2 at approximately 3:16 am:

E4 was dispatched on a report of a golf cart accident. E4 arrived on scene and found the PT seated on the ground approximately 50 feet away from an overturned golf cart. A rapid trauma assessment was performed which revealed multiple large lacerations to the PT’s head. The PT had been bleeding heavily but the bleeding had subsided. The PT did not remember the accident or the events leading up to it. EMS arrived on scene and PT care was transferred. Once the PT was loaded in the ambulance they were transported non-emergency to an area hospital for further treatment.


Friday, October 3 at approximately 6:44 pm:

E2 was dispatched on a report of injuries from a fall. The PT was found lying on the ground in obvious distress with a chief complaint of ankle pain. E2’s paramedic assessed the PT and found an open fracture of the lower leg. Further assessment revealed no additional injuries, and an IV was started to prepare to administer pain control medications to allow crew members to move the PT to the ambulance. EMS arrived on scene and PT care was transferred. Once loaded into the ambulance, the PT was transported non-emergency to an area hospital for further treatment.


Saturday, October 4 at approximately 7:37 am:

E1 was dispatched on a report of an MVA involving a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle. Crew members arrived on scene to find one PT lying on the ground next to a vehicle with substantial damage to the windshield. The pedestrian had been walking and was struck from behind. They stated that they had rolled up the hood before bouncing off the windshield and falling to the ground. A rapid trauma assessment was performed, revealing minor bleeding and lacerations. The PT denied any neck pain and remembered the event but did have back and head pain as well as pain in a lower extremity. The PT was packaged for transport and loaded into a waiting ambulance for non-emergency transport to an area hospital.


Thursday, October 9 at approximately 5:12 pm:

E1 was dispatched on a medical call for a report of a possible stroke. Upon arriving on scene E1 made contact with the PT and began assessing them for signs and symptoms of a stroke. The PT exhibited slurred speech, facial droop and weakness on one side of their body, all positive signs of a possible stroke. EMS arrived on scene and PT care was transferred before quickly loading the PT into the ambulance for emergency traffic to an area hospital for further care.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Public Safety Day has been cancelled, Fire Station Tours are still going to be held.

Unfortunately, the poor weather conditions require us to cancel Public Safety Day for tomorrow. Fire Stations will still be open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. if you would like to come by for a tour.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fire Chief's Briefing for September 22 through September 27, 2014

Here is a summary of Brentwood Fire and Rescue’s emergency responses for the period of September 22 through September 27, 2014.

We responded to 47 emergency calls for service.

These calls can be broken down into the following categories:
Fire: 4
EMS/Rescue: 26
Hazardous Condition: 2
Service Call: 2
Good Intent: 4
False Call: 9

Monday, September 22 at approximately 4:47 am:
All BFR units were dispatched on a report of a residential structure fire.  Initial dispatch information indicated that the rear of a home was possibly on fire.  E4 arrived on scene to find a two story home with smoke showing on two sides.  E4 established command and crew members found the deck on the rear of the house on fire along with an exterior wall.  Crew members pulled a 1 ¾” hand line to extinguish the fire.  Command directed E2 to stage at the end of the driveway and directed E11 to continue to the scene.  The fire was quickly extinguished after C3 arrived on scene.  L1, E1 and E3 were cancelled by command due to rapid extinguishment.  The interior of the home was checked for fire extension using a thermal imaging camera.  With no further hazards Command was terminated and the residence was turned back over to the homeowner.  All BFR units cleaned up equipment and returned to service.

Monday, September 22 at approximately 2:20 pm:
E4 was dispatched on a report of a dumpster fire.  Initial dispatch information indicated fire was visible inside a dumpster near a construction site.  E4 arrived on scene to find a large dumpster with heavy fire visible.  The dumpster had no nearby exposures.  Crew members used a 1 ¾” hand line to extinguish the fire.  Due to the different types of material in the dumpster 750 gallons of water was required for complete extinguishment.  Once all hazards were addressed E4 returned to service and quarters.

Friday, September 26 at approximately 7:12 pm:
E1 was dispatched on an outside investigation near Harris Teeter.  Initial dispatch information indicated smoke was coming from a light fixture in the parking lot.  E1 arrived on scene to find light white smoke coming from a light pole.  L1 was requested to respond to the scene and the property manager was contacted.  L1 arrived on scene and BFR personnel ascended the ladder to extinguish the small fire that was visible in the light.  Crew members used a dry chemical extinguisher to put out the fire.  The property manager arrived on scene and power to the pole was shut off.  The area underneath the pole was cordoned off until repaired to the light could be made.  With no further hazards E1 and L1 returned to service. 

Public Safety Day 2014 is October 11


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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Fire Chief's Briefing for September 16 through September 21, 2014



Here is a summary of Brentwood Fire and Rescue’s emergency responses for the period of September 16 through September 21, 2014.


We responded to 39 emergency calls for service.


These calls can be broken down into the following categories:

Fire: 3

EMS/Rescue: 19

Hazardous Condition: 2

Service Call: 1

Good Intent: 2

False Call: 12


Tuesday, September 16 at approximately 8:43 pm:

E4 was dispatched on a medical call for a report of an unresponsive patient.  Initial dispatch information indicated the patient was unresponsive but breathing.  E4 arrived on scene with EMS and initiated patient care.  Vitals were obtained and E4 initiated IV access while EMS prepared medication.  The patient was then moved to the back of the ambulance for further care.  EMS transported the patient emergency traffic to a local hospital with one firefighter aboard to assist with care. 


Saturday, September 20 at approximately 6:51 am:

E4 was dispatched on a report of a vehicle fire at an intersection.  Initial dispatch information indicated a vehicle was on the side of the roadway with smoke visible from under the hood.  E4 arrived on scene to find a sedan with fire showing from the engine compartment.  Crew members pulled a 1 ¾” hand line to extinguish the fire.  Once all fire had been extinguished the engine compartment was exposed in an attempt to determine the cause.  After investigation, arcing wires were determined to have started the fire.  With no further hazards E4 returned to service and quarters. 


Sunday, September 21 at approximately 12:56 am:

All BFR units were dispatched on a report of a residential structure fire.  Initial dispatch information indicated fire was on the rear of the structure and all occupants had evacuated.  E1 arrived on scene to find a single story structure with white smoke coming from the eves.  E1 established Command and crew members pulled a hand line to the front door of the structure.  C3 arrived on scene and assumed Command while E1 personnel prepared to make entry into the structure.  E2 arrived on scene and established a water supply.  Inside the structure, no fire was found on the main floor.  E1 personnel made attic access and encountered extreme heat and low visibility.  L1 arrived on the scene and was assigned to assist E1 inside the structure.  E2 crew members pulled back up hand lines to the rear of the structure for safety along with crew members from E4.  BFR personnel continued to battle fire in the attic area of the house.  E3 established RIT and secured utilities.  Once all fire had been extinguished in the attic, a foam blanket was applied via hose line to prevent any re-ignition of materials.  Salvage and overhaul operations were conducted inside the residence until all hot spots were addressed.  Control of the scene was maintained by BFR personnel until the cause of the fire could be determined.  


Fire Chief's Briefing for September 10 through September 15, 2014



Here is a summary of Brentwood Fire and Rescue’s emergency responses for the period of September 10 through September 15, 2014.


We responded to 47 emergency calls for service.


These calls can be broken down into the following categories:

EMS/Rescue: 32

Hazardous Condition: 1

Service Call: 1

Good Intent: 5

False Call: 8


Thursday, September 11 at approximately 5:15 pm:

E1 and R1 were dispatched on a report of a vehicle accident with injuries.  E1 arrived on scene to find a two car rear end type collision with two occupants still inside one of the vehicles.  Command was established and crew members made contact with the two vehicle occupants.  The occupants were complaining of neck and back pain but were not trapped inside the vehicle.  Command cancelled R1.  BFR personnel initiated spinal immobilization and checked the vehicles for hazards.  EMS arrived on scene and both patients were moved to the ambulance.  EMS transported the patients to a local hospital and E1 remained on scene to assist with traffic control until the roadway could be cleared.


Monday, September 15 at approximately 12:49 pm:

All BFR units and FFD Station 3 units were dispatched on a report of a commercial structure fire in district 3.  Initial dispatch information indicated an electrical burning smell was present throughout the structure.  FFD units arrived on scene first to find a single story commercial structure with nothing showing.  BFR E3 arrived on scene and teamed up with FFD personnel to investigate the interior of the structure.  Command cancelled all other responding units.  The interior and all void spaced of the structure were checked for any evidence of fire.  The smell was determined to have come from the HVAC unit that appeared to have malfunctioned.  The property manager was advised to have the unit inspected before using it again.  With no further hazards occupants were allowed back inside the structure and all FD units cleared the scene.