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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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



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

 
We responded to 48 emergency calls for service.


These calls can be broken down into the following categories:

EMS/Rescue: 30

Hazardous Condition: 1

Service Call: 1

Good Intent: 4

False Call: 12


Thursday, October 23 at approximately 6:36 pm:

E4 and R1 were dispatched on a report of a single vehicle accident with injuries.  E4 arrived on scene with EMS to find one car with major damage to the rear end off the roadway and in the front yard of a home.  The PT had exited the vehicle on their own but had suffered an obviously broken arm. BFR crew members assisted EMS with patient care which included full spinal immobilization and splinting of the injured extremity.  E4 cancelled R1 due to the fact that the patient was not trapped inside the vehicle.  EMS transported the patient to a local hospital while E4 remained on scene to provide lighting and a safe work area for the tow truck.  The fuel tank of the car ruptured during the wreck, so crew members used absorbent to mitigate any leaked fluids on the road.  Once all hazards had been cleared, E4 returned to service and quarters.  



Saturday, October 25 at approximately 1:00 pm:

E3 and R1 were dispatched on a report of a motor vehicle accident with injuries on I-65.  E3 arrived on scene to find one car off the roadway and another heavily damaged vehicle in the middle of the interstate with one occupant still inside that vehicle.  E3 established Command and requested E2 to respond for man power.  BFR personnel initiated patient care inside the vehicle and prepared for extrication of the PT from the vehicle.  The patient was removed through the passenger side of the vehicle using a KED.  Due to the patient’s injuries they were transported emergency traffic to a local hospital by EMS.  Once patient care had been addressed the scene was checked for any remaining hazards.  Command of the scene was transferred to BPD and all BFR units returned to service. 


Monday, October 27 at approximately 4:47 pm:

E2 and R1 were dispatched on a reported motor vehicle accident with injuries on I-65 near the 73 mm.  R1 arrived on scene first to find a 3 car accident with 1 occupant trapped in their vehicle.  Command was established by R1 as E2 and EMS arrived on scene.  E2 crew members stabilized the vehicle while R1 personnel prepared equipment for extrication.  EMS initiated patient care inside the vehicle as BFR personnel performed a total side removal in order to assist with patient care and extrication.  Once complete, the patient was moved to the ambulance for transport to the hospital.  BFR personnel remained on scene to assist with debris removal and fluid clean-up.  Once all hazards were addressed, E2 and R1 returned to service and quarters. 


 


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.