Friday, June 29, 2012

TIER 2 Fire Burns Near San Jose Velodrome

Photo By Bruce Dembecki
On Friday, June 29, around 4:00 P.M., the San Jose Fire Department received reports of smoke in the area around the Hellyer Park Velodrome, at Hellyer County Park. As soon as Engine 18 left the station they could see a column of smoke and called for a TIER 1 response. On scene, Engine 18 discovered a fire burning in a grass field near the Velodrome and went to work trying to extinguish. A TIER 2 response was called as the windy conditions quickly pushed the flames around the large field.
In the south west corner of the field, the flames came close to residences and damaged fences on two properties. But, quick action from fire crews prevented any more serious loss.
In addition to the TIER 2 response, Battalion 13 also requested some assistance from a Cal Fire engine driving past, and also Cal Fire Copter 106 and a Cal Fire bulldozer from Morgan Hill. Fire Associates was also called to the scene to provide hydration and rehab to crews.
Photo By Bruce Dembecki
Bruce Dembecki arrived on scene with Fire Support Unit 3 around 5:10 P.M. just as San Jose's Med 30 was being called away to a structure fire a few miles to the north. With Med 30 gone, and the fire reduced to a few smoldering patches, the IC asked if we could take Support Unit 3 around the fire ground and provide food and drink to the crews in the field.
Meanwhile, Fire Associates member Dan Wong had arrived on scene and was sent to collect meals for the San Jose fire crews. Several hours and 30 Burritos later, the incident was over and Support Unit 3 was released around 8:00pm. The fire totaled around six acres.
-- Report Submitted By Bruce Dembecki