Friday, September 16, 2011

Rare Call from San Jose PD Brings Fire Associates Response

Photo By Bruce Dembecki
Date and Time:  September 16, 2011, 20:51
Type:  Police Operation
Size:  Special Call
Jurisdiction:  San Jose Fire Department request for San Jose Police Department
Location:  684 Lenfest, near Mabury and King Rd. (Police Command Post)
Response Unit:  FSU-2
Responding Members:  Bruce Dembecki, Mike Chappell, Ron Green and John Whitaker (with Liz)
At around 9:00 P.M. on Friday September 16, FASCV received a request from San Jose Fire to provide assistance to the San Jose Police Department during an extended operation. The police officers were searching for a serious offender after a shooting and car jacking that occurred earlier in the day. After locating the suspect's car, officers were involved in a pursuit with shots fired a little before 6:00 . The offender escaped on foot into a nearby residential area.

A very thorough search of the area was initiated, with Special Operations Police, K9 units and the Police helicopter all working to locate the suspect, while another large team of officers secured the perimeter. As the evening wore on Police realized that it was going to be a long night and requested FASCV through the Fire Dispatch center. The Fire Department also helped out with the portable restrooms, and they had USAR 34 on standby to assist with the search.

Bruce Dembecki responded with Fire Support Unit 2 and was on scene before 10:00pm, where he was met by FASCV members Ron Green and Mike Chappell. FASCV setup a rehab station next to the Police Command post, and provided Hot and Cold drinks and Cliff Bars to go with the In-N-Out burgers the Police Dept had arranged to feed it's teams. As the night wore on Coffee became increasingly popular, while we sent cases of water out to the field units.

FSU 2 was released around 2:30am, and we left 2 pots of fresh coffee and a supply of Cliff bars for the PD units still searching. While the Friday night search was not successful, the Police Department did get their man a couple of days later.
-- Report Submitted By: Bruce Dembecki