Friday, January 17, 2014

FASCV Responds to 2-Alarm House Fire In South San Jose

Photo By Dan Wong
Date:  Friday, Jan. 17, 2014
Agency:  San Jose Fire
Type:  2nd Alarm
5143 El Roble Court, San Jose
Responding Support Unit:  FSU-3, John Whiteside (driver)
FASCV Responders:  Dan Wong
On Friday, January 17, at approximately 8:55 P.M., San Jose Fire dispatched a full first alarm to a reported house fire at
5143 El Roble Court at Rio Verde Drive. This address is very near the Meridian Avenue over-crossing of Hwy. 85 in Station 17’s first-due area.
John Whiteside, monitoring the emergency radio, heard the dispatch and equipment from Stations 17, 13, and 9 arrived on scene almost simultaneously. The fire soon escalated to a 2nd alarm at the single-family, 1-story home, with a large attic space. Sometime before 2200 the Incident Commander requested Fire Associates' assistance.
Bruce Dembecki called John to check if he could take the call and John stated he was already preparing to depart home to get Fire Support Unit 3. John departed Station 35 at 10:10 P.M. for the few miles drive to the fire. Dan Wong arrived later and they ensured that the firefighters had liquids and Clif Bars available to enjoy on a nice, summer-like evening. After supporting rehab efforts, FSU-3 was released at 11:55 P.M. and returned to Station 35.

-- Report submitted by John Whiteside