Sunday, April 22, 2012

Fire in Campbell 4-Plex Causes 2-Alarm Response

Date & Time: 04-22-2012, 1150 hours
Agency: County Fire
Incident Address: 1017 W. Hamilton, Campbell
Type: Second alarm

Details: Two-story four-plex. Fire started in lower floor kitchen due to cooking error, spread to second floor, attic and roof. Serious exposure on B side, protected with little damage. Hot day--much hydration administered.

Agency Responders:
CNT: E-8, 10, 11, 17; T-1, 5; R-3, 17; HM-2, BS-2; Batt-2, 3, 14. IC was Batt-3 (Smith)
SJS: E-14; T-14; LU-14 (auto aid)

FASCV Responding Unit: FSU-1. Arrived: 1227, released: 1440 hours.
Responders: Bob Gundrum (driver), Dan Wong, Ron Green, George Hoyt,  John Whitaker, Jerry Haag and Walter Huber (guest).


Friday, April 13, 2012

Fire Associates Responds to Another Apartment Fire

Date & Time:  April 13, 2012, 1347 hours
Incident Address:
235 Fairchild, Mountain View
Agency: Mountain View
Type: Second alarm

Details: One-story, over-carport apartment house. Fire started in carport, spread vertically to units above. Second alarm units released prior to arrival of Fire Associates, but service given to overhaul personnel.
Agency Responders:
MTV: E-1, 2, 3, 4, 5; T-1; R-1; IC-Batt. 18 (Owen)
FASCV Responding Unit: FSU-1. Released at 1530 hours.
Responders: Bob Gundrum (driver), Jerry Haag, Dan Wong and Walter Huber (guest).

-- Report Submitted by Jerry Haag

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Mountain View Calls a 2nd Alarm At Apartment Blaze

Photo By Bruce Dembecki
Date and Time: April 10, 2012; 9:00 A.M.
Agency: Mountain View
Incident Address: 1571 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View
Type: Second alarm

Agency Responders:
MTV: E-1, 2, 3, 4; T-1; R-1; HM-5; IC-Batt. 18 (Del Carlo); Safety-18A1.

MOF: E-5; T-6

PA: R-2, Air Unit, Batt. 6

FASCV Responding Unit: FSU-4. Released at 1230 hours.
Responding FASCV members: Larry Carr (driver), Jerry Haag, Ron Green, Dan Wong and  Bruce Dembecki.

April 10, 2012, at around 8:30 A.M. Mountain View Fire Department responded to reports of an apartment building on fire along busy El Camino Real. Arriving firefighters discovered smoke and flame pouring from the building, and quickly went to work evacuating residents. Noone was injured during the conflagration, which rendered 6 appartments unihabitable. Mountain View was assisted in the two alarm fire by additional units from Palo Alto and Moffett Fire departments, with County Fire providing station coverage.

While it was apparent that the fire started in the laundry room off the car port below the two levels of living space, fire investigators were still working on determining the exact cause.

Fire Associates' services were requested at 9:00 A.M. and Larry Carr responded with Fire Support Unit 4. Larry was met on scene by FASCV members Jerry Haag, Dan Wong, Ron Green and Bruce Dembecki. Once the fire was contained and firefighters were rehabbed Fire Associates members went to work on lunch for the remaining crews. By 12:30 30 Burritos had been consumed and most of the remaining crews, including Fire Support Unit 4, were being released.

-- Report submitted by Jerry Haag and Bruce Dembecki

Friday, April 6, 2012

San Jose Calls for a 3rd Alarm At Apartment Fire

On Friday, April 6, at about 7:15 P.M., John Whiteside was finishing dinner at home and monitoring his scanner when he heard San Jose Fire dispatch to a structure fire. The fire had been reported by several telephone callers to be on Payne Avenue near San Tomas Aquino Road, in west San Jose. The location is around a long, curving corner block and behind San Jose Station 14.

A responding fire rig reported heavy smoke visible, under pressure, and 2nd alarm was requested and dispatched. The location, at 4250 Payne, was a four-plex apartment located in an apartment complex. With exposures, a 3rd alarm was requested, which is the usual trigger for a Fire Associates response in San Jose.

John notified the answering service for the page out, and headed for Fire Support Unit 2. At 7:45 P.M., he departed San Jose Station 6 with FSU 2 and arrived on scene about 8:00 P.M.

Quick work by the initial fire units had contained the fire, and the 3rd alarm was released from staging. Soon, John was joined by FASCV vice president Jerry Haag and Walter Huber (guest). Coffee, hot chocolate, bottled drinks and Clif Bars were the favorite items dispensed. FSU #2 was released after 10:00 P.M. The Red Cross provided services for the displaced occupants.
-- Report submitted by John Whiteside

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Fire Associates Honored By Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety

Sunnyvale Deputy Chief James Bouziane presents the
Department's "Certificate of Recognition" to
President Bob Gundrum
At the most-recent Fire Associates of Santa Clara Valley monthly meeting, the organization was honored to receive an award from the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety (DPS).

As FASCV members arrived at the April 5th meeting, they quickly noticed that the meeting room was already full of officers from the Sunnyvale DPS. Our organization was out-numbered and it became obvious that something was a-foot!

President Bob Gundrum called the meeting to order and soon introduced Acting Battalion Chief, Anthony "AJ" Berrien. Berrien explained that the purpose of the large DPS turnout was to say "Thank You" to the Fire Associates for their dedication to serving not only the Sunnyvale DPS, but all the fire departments in Santa Clara County. AJ pointed out that the Fire Associates went about their task in a professional and knowledgeable manner. He said that Incident Commanders never have to worry that the rehab operation was going to run smoothly when the FASCV members were on scene.

AJ then introduced Field Training Officer Mike Lecy and explained that it was Lecy who started the ball rolling to honor FASCV members. Mike spoke to the organization and gave his personal thanks for all the hot coffee in the middle of the night, or the cold beverages on a hot, summer day.

It was then time to make a presentation and AJ introduced Deputy Chief James Bouziane, who was filling in for Department Chief Frank Grgurina. Grgurina was not able to be in attendance. Dep. Cheif Bouziane also added his appreciation for the work that the FASCV does at a fire scene. He explained that he learned of FASCV's work soon after he joined the department and has been grateful ever since.

The award was then announced - The Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety's "Certificate of Recognition". The certificate was presented by Deputy Chief Bouziane to FASCV President Bob Gundrum, who accepted on behalf of the group's hardworking members. The certificate reads, "To FASCV for your invaluable support and continued efforts through the years in providing essential nutrition and hydration at structure fire rehabilitation stations."

Fire Associates members who were in attendance were appreciative of the recognition and humbled by the large turnout of Sunnyvale DPS officers. 

Monday, April 2, 2012

Firefighters Respond to House Fire In San Jose

Photo By Bruce Dembecki
On April 2, 2012, San Jose firefighters responded to a reported kitchen fire at 95 Squarehaven Court. First-in Engine 18 reported heavy smoke and some flame visible and upgraded the incident to a full first alarm. There were reports of fire through the roof and showing heavy flame for several minutes, but firefighters were able to quickly contain the blaze. Firefighters were able to restrict damage to the kitchen and were able to save the bedrooms and other parts of the house. Once the fire was controlled, extensive overhaul was required on the property, resulting in several hours more work.
B/C Juan Diaz made a special call for Fire Associates as it was clear from the blown in insulation that overhaul would be extended, and it was a warm spring afternoon. Bruce Dembecki responded with Fire Support Unit 2 and was met on scene by FASCV members John Whiteside, Mike Chappell, George Hoyt and Ron Green. Clif Bars and lemonade were the order of the day as firefighters looked to replenish fluids and refuel from their efforts.
While unusual to receive a call on a First Alarm incident, Fire Associates were quick to respond and happy to help the firefighters, who were certainly pleased to see the Support Unit on scene. After being requested around 2:30 P.M., Fire Associates was released at 4:30 P.M. as operations were finishing up.
-- Submitted by Bruce Dembecki