Thursday, April 23, 2015

Fire Support Unit 1 Responds to Mountain View Blaze

Photo By Mike Garcia
Date and Time: April 23, 2015, 3:03 A.M.
Agency: Mountain View Fire
Incident Address: 728 Lola Lane, Mountain View
Type: Full First Alarm
Small, single-story, single-family frame dwelling. Fire was showing at the back of the building upon arrival of first-due Engine 52. Initial size-up revealed fire in the back room of the house already vented and involving a large eucalyptus tree. Engine 52 made an attack with a 1-3/4-inch line and Engine 51, which arrived second-due, stretched a large-diameter supply line to Engine 52 from a hydrant about 150’ away, then took another line off Engine 52. Ultimately, Engine 52 pumped four lines. Initial attack was offensive and took into account the report of an occupant in the building. Once the victim was found to be expired, the attack shifted to defensive. Exploding ammunition and a report of gun powder in the building made things even more exciting for a while. Jerry Haag was monitoring the initial radio report and got up and went to the scene with bottled water in his POV anticipating that the hard-working crews would need at least that much Rehab. Once arrived, he consulted with the IC about the need for more extensive rehab. The Chief agreed and Jerry phoned Mike Garcia with a request that he roll Unit 1. Unit 1 arrived in about 30 minutes and Dan Wong later arrived with donuts, which got a good reception from the firefighters and a chuckle from Deputy Chief Juan Diaz. Unit 1 was released from the scene at 0600 hours.
Agency Responders:
MTV: E-51, 52, 53, 54; T-51; R-51; Batt-51 (Custodio-IC); 18A3
PAF: T-66; Batt-66 
FASCV Responding Unit: FSU-1.
FASCV Responders: Mike Garcia (driver), Jerry Haag, and Dan Wong.
-- Report submitted by Jerry Haag