Friday, September 4, 2015

Fire Associates Responds to 3 Multi-Alarm Fires In Less Than 4 Hours!

Fire Associates Responds for Lunch Service at San Jose Fire
Photo By Craig Allyn Rose
Date:  Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, 12:04 P.M.
Agency:  SJS
Type:  2-Alarm Structure

This blaze was a garage fire that quickly spread.  With the collapse of the roof (in a major way) throughout the structure, the IC requested a 2nd Alarm. Fire Associates was called to the scene for lunch service -- Mike Garcia went to Togo's to pick up sandwiches while Bruce Dembecki brought  Fire Support Unit 1 to the scene.
  • More photos by Craig Allyn Rose can be viewed at:  Burgundy Fire
-- Report submitted by Bruce Dembecki
House Fire Causes 2nd Response of the Day for FASCV  
Photo By Bruce Dembecki
Date:  Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, 2:20 P.M.
Agency:  SJS
Type:  2-Alarm Structure

This fire broke out as Fire Associates members were packing up at the Burgundy Drive incident. However, Med30 was stuck -- surrounded by several very large fire apparatus between the rig and getting to the next fire. Plus, one of the pull-out trays on the Med30 rig was stuck in the open position with its materials unloaded while being fixed. It was going to take a few minutes to repack Med30 at the very best.
So, since the FASCV Support Unit was and mostly packed up and able to get out, Med30 requested we respond from the Burgundy Drive incident to the 9th Street fire.
This second blaze of the afternoon involved a downtown San Jose Victorian. The fire started on the 2nd floor with flames out the windows on the "Bravo" and "Charlie" sides when the first engine (E8) arrived. When the 2nd-due Engine (E6) came in and took one look, they requested the 2nd alarm. Firefighters struggled to protect the "Bravo" side, but in the end, there was very little damage and the blaze was kept it to 2 alarms.
FSU-2 provided cold drinks only -- mostly in front of the involved buildings.
-- Report submitted by Bruce Dembecki
A Large Vegetation Fire Is FASCV's 3rd Response 
Date:  Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, 3:54 P.M.
Agency:  SJS
Type:  Tier 2 + Cal Fire Medium response (including aircraft)
Location:  1733 Echo Canyon Ct., San Jose
After finishing with the two earlier fires, FSU-2 went to Station 30 to refill with sup[plies of Gatorade and bottled water. While there, a Tier fire started up in the southeast portion of the city and quickly went to Tier 2 level. Bruce Dembecki quickly finished the resupply and responded from Station 30. However, the rig was totally out of ice. Long-time FASCV member Don Gilbert brought bags of ice to the scene to meet with FSU-2. It should be pointed out that the rig was full of Water/Gatorade. Cases filled the back bed and 20 more cases were in the passenger cab. Since the rig had been totally emptied on the first 2 fires, and there was not much in reserve at the station, Bruce had really loaded up when this call came in.
The fire started at the base of some hills in a residential area of The Ranch at Silver Creek. At the top of the hill was another residential area and between them was dry grass. Because of wind, the fire spread very quickly. Engine 24 was in its station located only 1/4 mile away and recognized the threat to the homes above the fire and called for a Tier 2 -- specifically for a second Tier to provide structure protection at the top. At the same time, they also called for air support.
Use of the aircraft quickly was very effective and they were able to stop the fire's spread -- a familiar story. The "black area" was surrounded by "pink". However, this air assault resulted in a few pink cars and homes at the top of the hill -- but a VERY grateful neighborhood. One boy (about the age of 10) came up to the FASCV Support Unit with his Mother and said, “Thank you for saving our Community” -- very sweet.
Working as a team, FSU-2 was stationed at Division Bravo, in the residential area above the fire while Med30 handled hydration for those at the bottom.
During the incident, Fire Associates were requested to get meals from a nearby restaurant. FASCV member George Hoyt (whose health has not been great, lately) made the food run - which proved to be very helpful during a busy Rehab operation. By the time food arrived, the top of the fire had been declared “Cold”, so everyone relocated to the bottom and we served dinner to both divisions. Forty Togo's sandwiches were served at lunch with 50 burritos arriving for dinner -- and, not a scrap of food was left! In addition, eight cases Gatorade and 10 cases of water were provided across the first 3 incidents of the day.
-- Report submitted by Bruce Dembecki