Sunday, March 4, 2012

FSU-3 Responds to San Jose Garage Fire

Photo By Bruce Dembecki
On March 4, at 2258 hours, FASCV member John Whiteside responded to a page from the San Jose Fire Department requesting a Fire Support Unit for a structure fire at 3946 Tuers Road near Yerba Buena Road. After getting details from San Jose Fire Dispatch, he went to Station 35 and responded with FSU-3 at 2325. On scene, Bruce Dembecki was waiting with staging instructions and Mike Chappell soon joined them.

A single-family, single-story house with a heavy fuel load in the attic was burning, and the metal tile roof over the garage soon collapsed. The dispatch level was a full 1st alarm (3 engines, 2 trucks, 2 BCs, Med 30) followed by special call for two additional engines and Fire Associates due to extensive overhaul. Drinking water, Gatorade, coffee, hot chocolate and Clif Bars were provided to the firefighters. FSU-3 was released sometime after 0200 and John got home by 0300 for a few hours of sleep.
-- Report Submitted by John Whiteside