Tuesday, August 24, 2010

August 24, 2010 -- 2-Alarm Fire on San Jose's West Side

New San Jose Fire Chief Willie McDonald talks with
firefighters in Rehab on a day of record hot temperatures

At 3:26 P.M. on Tuesday, Aug. 24, San Jose made a special call for Fire Associates' assistance. With record high temperatures hitting 101 degrees on the fireground, firefighters were in great need of fluids, shade and rest. Because of the extremely hot temperatures, Jerry Haag and Bruce Dembecki responded in Support Units 1 and 2, respectively. They were met on scene by FASCV members George Hoyt, Don Gilbert, John Whitaker and Dan Wong.

The fire had started in the rear yard of 4896 Moorpark Ave. and then spread to the eaves and into the attic. With several homes in the area shingled with wood shakes, firefighters not only had the fire to contend with, but also initiated embers patrols throughout the neighborhood. Due to the conditions, a second alarm was called for relief fire crews and a special call was made for Fire Associates assistance. Firefighters were primarily in need of rest and rehydration. FASCV provided cases of ice-cold water and Gatorade as well as deploying our Insta-Benches and misting fan. FASCV members stayed until the last crews were released at approximately 6:30 P.M.