BY SAMANTHA HEARN
Between Oct. 6 and 11, the Brentwood Fire & Rescue Department responded to 63 emergency calls for service.
There were four fire calls, 33 EMS/Rescue calls, three hazardous condition calls, four service calls, five good intents and 14 false calls.
On Friday, Oct. 7 at approximate 8:18 p.m., all Brentwood Fire & Rescue units were dispatched on a report of a possible structure fire. Initial dispatch information showed that smoke was coming from the house and one person was possibly trapped inside.
Unit C53 arrived on scene to find a two-story home with smoke coming from a mulch bed. Once it was determined that the fire was contained to the exterior, all units other than E51 and L51 were cancelled. BFR personnel used fire extinguishers to dowse the small fire.
The investigation determined that new mulch had been placed over landscape lights, causing overheating which led to the fire. With no further hazards all BFR units returned to service.
On Saturday, Oct. 8 at approximately 8:19 a.m., unit E54 was dispatched on a medical call for a report of a patient with difficulty breathing. While enroute, dispatch updated the responding firefighters that the patient had lost consciousness.
E54 arrived on scene and found an unresponsive patient with an obstructed airway. Crew members quickly suctioned the patient before inserting an artificial airway to facilitate ventilations. The patient was moved to an ambulance for further care.
EMS transported the patient via emergency traffic to a local hospital with one firefighter on board to assist with care. The patient’s condition continued to improve during transport and regained consciousness upon arrival at the hospital.
On Sunday, Oct. 9 at approximately 9:48 a.m., all Brentwood Fire & Rescue units were dispatched on a report of a residential structure fire. Initial dispatch information indicated that a fire was in the garage with vehicles possible involved.
Units C53 arrived on the scene to find a two-story home with a small fire in the driveway near the garage with the occupants attempting to control the fire with a garden hose. C53 established command as units E51 and L51 arrived on the scene. All other responding units were cancelled.
E51 personnel extinguished the fire in the driveway using a fire extinguisher while L51 personnel checked the interior of the home for possible fire extension. EMS arrived and initiated care of one occupant who had minor burns on the arm and hand. The investigation determined that a gas can had ignited due to static electricity. With all hazards addressed C53 terminated command and all BFR units returned to service.
The department has four fire stations in Brentwood, including the headquarters on Maryland Way, one on Wilson Pike, one on General George Patton Drive and one on Sunset Road. They have 66 personnel, including six who are staff and 60 who are on the line.
There is a minimum of 17 personnel on duty per shift, and the department has four engines, one ladder truck, one rescue truck and one command vehicle. They also have a mini-pumper, a hazardous materials response trailer, a technical rescue trailer, an air trailer and a brush truck.
The Brentwood Fire Department is headquartered at 5211 Maryland Way. For more information, call 371-0170.
Samantha Hearn reports for Home Page Media Group. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @samanthahearn.