Sunday, March 5, 2017
Early Morning San Jose Callout
March 5 at 01:00 hours, San Jose Fire paged Fire Associates for support at an incident involving swiftly moving Coyote Creek and a potential victim. The location was in William Street Park, near Senter Road and Keyes Street. The situation had been dragging on for over 6 hours, with the USAR 34 Swift Water Rescue units and other San Jose Fire and Police units on scene. The temperature was in the 40s, it was raining, so hot drinks and snacks were requested.
John Whiteside responded to take Fire Support Unit 2 from SJS Station 6. He was met by Don Gilbert and they departed SJS Station 6 around 01:50 hours. Almost immediately the radio traffic indicated SJ units were being released and Fire Associates were cancelled. Members Walter Huber and Dan Wong were also enroute to the scene.
At the same time, San Jose dispatched a full 1st alarm (2 BCs, 3 engines, 2 trucks, 1 squad) to 2820 Leigh Avenue at Mesita Way, a short drive from Station 6. John advised Dispatch they planned to drive to the fire area. The fire, in a one-story duplex, escalated to a 2nd alarm, which was then cancelled as those units arrived on scene. Walter and Dan also arrived at the fire scene. Water, Gatorade and CLIF bars were provided to the fire fighters. FSU-2 was soon released with Don and John arriving at their respective homes around 0445 after restocking the rig.