Sunday, June 20, 2010

June 20, 2010 -- Special-Call Response for County Fire

It was a peaceful Father's Day for most FASCV members until our pagers broke the calm. At 9:46 A.M., just in the middle of breakfast for some members, Santa Clara County Fire called for our support at a house file in Campbell.

Don Gilbert gave up time with his family to respond in Support Unit 2 to 1180 W. Latimer Ave. He was joined on scene by Bruce Dembecki, Ron Green, Cliff Smith (with wife, Shiela), and John Whitaker (with wife, Liz). As a matter of fact, there was so much support that Cliff made the comment that it looked like an "FASCV Father's Day Picnic"!

The first-arriving units were San Jose rigs coming in on an auto-response. They found the front of the home fully engulfed with flames rolling out of the windows. Santa Clara County crews were next to respond to the single-alarm. The lone occupant was slightly injured with second-degree burns. He was lucky, however, as the IC remarked that he had been awakened by a sounding smoke alarm.

Donuts and drinks were provided to the grateful firefighters and we were all released shortly before 1:00 P.M. It made for an eventful Father's Day with several members commenting that we had a call on Mother's Day this year, so why not Father's Day?