Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Los Altos Hills Location Proves Difficult for Responding Fire Crews

Date and Time: 03-05-2013, 1216 hours
Agency: County Fire
Incident Address: 26890 Alejandro Drive, Los Altos Hills
Type: Second alarm equivalent

Agency Responders:
CNT: E-2, 15, 16; R-14, 17; HM-2; U-6, 22; Batt. 2 (IC- B/C Miller), Batt. 14
PAF: E-5, 6; T-6; R-2; Medic-1, Batt. 6

Details: Large, two-story, single-family, frame dwelling. Well-involved upon arrival of first fire company. PAF Batt. 6 was first chief on the scene, followed by CNT R-14 and E-16 which dropped a long 5" supply line up the steep street and driveway and made initial fire attack. Batt 2 soon arrived after a long response up I-280 from Los Gatos and commanded the fire from Batt. 6 vehicle while Batt. 6 assumed Fire Attack. Great interagency cooperation.
The usual problems of access and narrow roads and driveway -- common in the hills. Building was extensively damaged. John Whiteside and Jerry Haag were both monitoring CNT Primary and Command 22 and noted full first alarm response by both CNT and PAF and report of working fire. John called dispatch and asked if Fire Associates Rehab needed. Answer was an enthusiastic, "Yes". Jerry was already heading to SNC Station 9 to stand by in case of a second alarm. Jerry was joined by Dan Wong at the station. Response was prompt and timely despite long run. Sandwiches were ordered by IC and picked up from Togo's by Larry Carr.
FASCV Responding Units: FSU-1. Arrived: 1245, released: 1615 hours.
FASCV Responders: Larry Carr, Jerry Haag (driver), George Hoyt, and Dan Wong.

   -- Report submitted by Jerry Haag