Thursday, October 2, 2014
FASCV Members Provide Emergency Support At Traffic Accident
Returning from an incident with Santa Clara County Fire, Fire Support Unit 2 came across a 2-vehicle accident in the major intersection of Leigh Ave. and Hamilton Ave. The wreck was straddling both San Jose and Campbell, just after 10:00 P.M. on October 2. With the two cars blocking a significant part of the roadway, and no other emergency crews on scene, FSU-2 stopped to investigate.
Fire Associates member Bruce Dembecki checked on the two vehicles and their occupants, while member John Whiteside contacted San Jose Fire Dispatch for an EMS response. The investigation revealed two patients (one moderate and one minor) and the incident was classified as an EMS "Charlie".
The location of the incident caused some confusion as to which agency would be responsible for the incident. Eventually, it was determined that County Fire should handle the EMS side of things, while San Jose PD took the traffic investigation.
Bruce and John provided comfort to the patients and used FSU-2 and it's emergency lights to provide protection on the scene until PD could setup traffic controls around the incident. Once Engine 81 was on scene, the Fire Associates crew passed on their information to the firefighters, and quietly left to continue their journey back to quarters at San Jose Fire Station 6.
It should be noted that this is the second time in the last 2 months that Bruce and John have provided EMS support at an incident while traveling to or from a fire call in FSU-2. The other EMS incident occurred on August 28 and can be read at this link: Pachco Pass EMS
Good job, guys!
-- Report submitted by Bruce Dembecki