Friday, May 11, 2012

FASCV Members "Volunteer" Help at San Jose Blaze

Photo By Bruce Dembecki
At 12:42 P.M., on May 11, San Jose Fire Department crews responded to reports of fire and heavy smoke coming from the roof of an apartment building at 2148 The Alameda. Units responding to the first alarm reported heavy smoke was visible from a considerable distance away and requested a second alarm -- before the first-in unit had even arrived. Firefighters, under the direction of Battalion 1 B/C Ivan Lee, were able to contain the blaze to the building of origin and limited damage to the higher up levels of the building.

Although Fire Associates members always volunteer their services, FASCV Director Ed Del Prete and member Rick James decided to really volunteer their services at this event. Although not dispatched to this fire, they decided to "drop in" and see if they could be of assistance. Meanwhile, Fire Associates member Bruce Dembecki did the same thing as he headed that way to see if there was anything Fire Associates could do to help. 
While no Fire Support Unit was responded, Fire Associates members on scene assisted Med 30 in establishing a Rehab section in the summer-like heat of the early afternoon. Med 30's supply of water and Gatorade were enough to keep the fire crews out of trouble and it was decided not to respond a Fire Support Unit to the scene. The incident was declared as "controlled" at around 2:00 P.M.
Photo By Bruce Dembecki

Several residents were displaced in the 2-alarm blaze, and a number of dogs went missing, having scattered in different directions when the fire rigs approached in a very loud manner.
-- Report Submitted By Bruce Dembecki