Thursday, February 16, 2012

Multiple Alarm Fire at Kelly Park Requires Fire Associates Assistance

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Date: February 16, 2012
Time of Dispatch: 8:44 A.M.
Agency: San Jose
Alarm Level: 3 Alarms
Address: 1300 Senter Rd., Kelly Park
FSU Responding: FSU-2
Driver/FASCV Members: Whitaker (driver), Hoyt, Wong, Green, Chappell
A quiet Wednesday morning was suddenly made more interesting when a fire broke out in The Kelly House in San Jose's Kelly Park. John Whitaker actually received word of the call using the new SJFD-sponsored PulsePoint emergency "App" on his iPhone. Introduced at a press conference on February 14, the new app allows smartphone users to be alerted to emergency incidents in San Jose. (Interesting side note: The alert was received by the app even before the first radio dispatch. Now that's speedy!)
The first-arriving firefighters reported the "alpha" side of the structure was fully involved and announced "this would be a defensive fire." A second alarm was quickly called and John took the initiative to call SJFD radio dispatch. He asked if the Kelly IC would like a Fire Associates response and the quick reply was, "Affirmative".
John responded in Fire Support Unit 2 and was joined on scene by George Hoyt, Ron Green, Dan Wong and Mike Chappell. As directed by Med30, Rob Brown, Rehab was set up in a picnic area near the IC. The picnic tables, trash cans and shade made for a very efficient Rehab operation. Coffee was made by the pot full and Clif Bars and Gatorade were also in demand. By noon time, hungry crews were fed with burritos and more beverages.
Unfortunately, the structure appeared to be heavily damaged. The Kelley House was built in 1912 and originally belonged to one of San Jose's pioneer families. Although historic, the 5,600-square-foot two-story Victorian has been vacant for years.