Thursday, October 2, 2014

FASCV Monthly Meeting Interrupted By 2-Alarm House Fire

On Thursday, October 2, as Fire Associates members gathered at San Jose Fire Station 13 for their monthly membership meeting. But, just as the program for the evening was about to begin, Santa Clara County Fire crews were being dispatched to reports of a house on fire at 1072 Longfellow Ave. in Campbell.
County Truck 85 arrived on scene and promptly reported that what had started as a stand-alone garage fire had already spread to 2 exposures, and requested a second alarm be dispatched. With the second alarm request, Fire Associates members were paged to the scene.
Of course, with 15 members in attendance at the meeting, it got pretty loud when all the members' pagers sounded off simultaneously. Fire Associates members Bruce Dembecki and John Whiteside left the meeting at Station 13 and headed to Station 6 in Willow Glen to pick up Fire Support Unit 2.
Arriving on scene around 8:20 P.M., FASCV members discovered that the fire had been knocked down, but the IC was keeping the first alarm units for some extensive mop up on three affected buildings. He was grateful to have FSU-2 on scene to help with the rehab needs for his crews on a warm evening. Bruce and John were met on scene by a Fire Associates guest, and Campbell CERT member, Jenny Moore.
Cold drinks were popular into the evening as fire crews worked to make the various structures safe. FSU-2 and most of the crews on scene were released by 10:00 P.M. and the Fire Associates team headed back to Fire Station 6 to put the rig away.
-- Report Submitted By Bruce Dembecki