Tuesday, June 23, 2015

San Jose Firefighters Attack Vegetation and Structure Fires at Same Incident

Photo By John Whitaker
Date:  June 23, 2015; 5:58 P.M.
Agency:  San Jose Fire
Type:  Tier 2, plus an additional Structure Response
Details:  Firefighters responded to this vegetation fire located in Coyote Creek behind the Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church. The Incident Command Center was set up in the large parking lot between the church and the creek bed. Shortly after the first fire units arrived, a fire was reported burning on the roof of a house located near the creek at the end of Paseo Estero Drive and New Street. The IC quickly called for a separate structure response and a an upgrade of the vegetation fire to a Tier 2. This brought Fire Support Unit 2 with Don Gilbert driving and John Whiteside as a passenger. Meeting them on scene was FASCV member John Whitaker who had arrived to scout out a location for Rehab. They were later joined by FASCV member Dan Wong. As the effort was winding down, an order was put in for 35 burritos who were tired and hungry, having not eaten before the call came in. John Whitaker left to pick up the order from a nearby taqueria and returned with 35 chicken and steak burritos along with chips and salsa. Appetites were soon taken care of! FSU-2 was released from the incident at approximately 8:30 P.M.
FASCV Responding Unit:  FSU-2 (Gilbert and Whiteside
FASCV Responders:  John Whitaker Dan Wong
-- Report submitted by John Whitaker