Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Mobile Home Fire Results in Sunnyvale Fatality

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Date and Time: 01-30-2013, 2349 hours Agency: Sunnyvale Fire
Incident Address: 12225 Vienna, Sunnyvale
Type: Second alarm

Agency Responders:
SNY: E-1, 2, 5, 6, 60; T-1, 2; R-2; XSC Medic-17; IC-Clifford
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Details: Large mobile home. One fatality, one displaced.
FASCV Responding Units: FSU-1. Arrived: 0030, released: 0145 hours.
FASCV Responders: Ron Green, Jerry Haag (driver), Dan Wong and guest, Walter Huber.

-- Report submitted by Jerry Haag

County Fire Deals with Large Home Heavily Involved

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Date and Time: 01-30-2013, 0900 hours
Agency: County Fire
Incident Address: 23450 Ravensbury Ave., Los Altos Hills
Type: Second alarm

Agency Responders:
CNT: E-1, 2, 7, 9, 15, 16, 17; R-14, 17; HM-2; U-6; IC-Batt. 14 (B/C J. Young), Batt. 2, 3

Details: Large, single-story, single-family, frame dwelling. Heavily involved on arrival of Engine 16 which laid own 5-in. supply line and supplied all hose lines.
FASCV Responding Units: FSU-4. Arrived: 0920, released: 1245 hours.
FASCV Responders: Larry Carr (driver), Jerry Haag, Ron Green and guest, Walter Huber.

-- Report submitted by Jerry Haag

Monday, January 28, 2013

Mountain View Fire Calls for Fire Associates

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Date and Time: 01-28-2013, 0945 hours
Agency: Mountain View Fire
Incident Address: 1639 Spring Street, Mountain View
Type: Second alarm

Agency Responders:
MTV: E-1, 2, 3, 4, 5; T-1; R-1; 18-A-1,18-A-3; IC-Batt. 18 (Acting B/C Bond)
PAF: Batt. 6, R-2, BS-2, T-6

Details: Small, single-story, single-family, frame dwelling. Heavily involved on arrival of Engine 3. Very heavy fire loading in garage and attached lean-to shed in rear. Close B side exposure saved from damage. Much overhaul needed. Eight persons displaced, including 3 children.

FASCV Responding Units: FSU-4. Arrived: 1015 and released: 1245 hours.
FASCV Responders: Larry Carr (driver), Jerry Haag and guest, Walter Huber.

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-- Report submitted by Jerry Haag

Sunday, January 13, 2013

House Fire In San Jose Foothills - FASCV's 2nd Fire of the Day

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At 1520 hours, on Jan. 13, the San Jose Fire Department dispatched a full first alarm to 3854 Higuera Road, between Balcom and Quail Canyon Roads. Located up in the eastern foothills, smoke and flames were reported coming from the shake roof of a 2-story residence. First-in fire units reported visible flames and smoke upon departing their stations. Water supply was a problem as was access.
At arrival of the first unit, the roof was completely afire and falling into the upper story. A defensive attack was begun and a second alarm was called as exposures were threatened, along with a small grass fire. San Joses 3 water tenders were used to shuttle water to the scene. There was also at least one large-diameter hose lay.
FASCV member John Whiteside was monitoring the dispatch and upon hearing the event unfold, realized a Fire Support Unit would probably be needed. He called fire dispatch, asked if the Incident Commander wanted an FSU. The answer was "YES", so John went to SJ Station 35 to drive FSU 3 to the scene. He departed at 1625 and was soon joined on-scene by Jerry Haag, Dan Wong and guest, Walter Huber. This was the second fire response of the day for FASCV members.
Med 30 requested meals for 50, so Jerry drove down the hill to pick up the food. The FSU provided coffee, hot chocolate, Clif bars, water, and 2 folding bench sets. Tables and lighting were set up for the meals. The weather was cooling down and the hot drinks were in demand.
The FSU was released at 2030 and, after John had restocked the FSU, including potable water in the tank and gasoline for the generator, it was 2150 when he left the station for home.
-- Report submitted by John Whiteside

Two-alarm Mobile Home Fire In Mountain View

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On January 13, at 4:56 A.M., Mountain View Communications received reports of a fire in a unit at 191 E. El Camino Real, in the Sahara Village mobile home community. Upon arrival, the Mountain View Fire Department found one unit fully engulfed in flames and that the single resident had evacuated his unit safely. Firefighters quickly worked to extinguish the fire and prevented it from spreading to the surrounding units. The fire investigator was called to the scene and is working to determine the cause and origin of the fire.
A second alarm was called. The Mountain View Fire Department was assisted by the Santa Clara County Fire Department, Sunnyvale Fire Department, Palo Alto Fire Department, Mountain View Police Department and the Fire Associates of Santa Clara Valley. The American Red Cross also provided support to the displaced resident.
Following the 5:17 A.M. page-out, Jerry Haag responded in Fire Support Unit 1 and arrived at 5:40 A.M. He was met on scene by Fire Associates members Bruce Dembecki, Ron Green and Dan Wong. Temperatures were below freezing in the early hours of the morning and hot drinks were popular. There were a lot of "firefighter mocha" drinkers on this morning, with several firefighters mixing hot chocolate into their coffees. FSU 1 remained on scene providing many hot drinks, and the famous Fire Associates donuts, until they were released at approximately 8:40 A.M.

-- Report submitted by Bruce Dembecki

Friday, January 11, 2013

Fire In Milpitas Causes 2nd FASCV Response In A Row To This City

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At a little after 8:00 P.M. on Friday, January 11, Milpitas Fire received a report from a resident at 597 Martil Way that the back bedroom was on fire. First units on scene reported that there was heavy smoke coming from the rear of the house, and began an aggressive fire attack. The back bedroom was fully involved, and the fire was spreading to the hallway. While knock down was achieved quickly, the IC, B/C Rick Frawley, knew there would be considerable overhaul involved and, as temperatures were close to freezing, requested that Fire Associates respond a Fire Support Unit.

The situation inside the single-story house was complicated by the fact that there were three families living inside and there were separate areas for each of them. In all, 9 people were displaced by the blaze and Red Cross was called to assist.

Following the 8:45 P.M. request, Bruce Dembecki had Fire Support Unit 2 out the door of San Jose Fire Station 6 by 9:00 P.M. and on scene in Milpitas a short time later. It was cold on scene and the rain started coming down as FSU 2 arrived, making the conditions even more unpleasant. Fire Associates members Jerry Haag, Ron Green and Dan Wong met FSU-2 on scene and Rehab was established, with a focus on hot drinks - like plenty of coffee and hot chocolate. FSU-2 was released from the scene around 10:30 P.M.

-- Report submitted by Bruce Dembecki

Monday, January 7, 2013

House Fire In Milpitas Results In A Second Alarm

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Date and Time: 01-07-2013, 1556 hours
Agency: Milpitas Fire
Incident Address: 686 Berkshire Place, Milpitas
Type: Second alarm
Agency Responders:
Details: Approximately 1500 sq. ft., single-story, single-family dwelling. Apparent cooking error in kitchen led to fire spread into attic and to roof. Early "heads up" to FASCV members from Bruce Dembecki facilitated prompt response by Fire Associates. Jerry Haag responded to SNC Fire Station 9 and was awaiting a page when the IC asked dispatch for confirmation of response. Page received shortly thereafter.

FASCV Responding Unit: FSU-1. Arrived: 1630, released: 1750 hours.
FASCV Responders: Dembecki, Green, Haag (driver), Hoyt, Wong. Walter Huber and Dominic Smith (guests).

-- Report submitted by Jerry Haag

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Fire Associates Responds to Its First Fire of the New Year

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After responding to a near-record 94 fire calls in 2012, Fire Associates was summoned to it's first call of 2013 on January 6th. Firefighters from the San Jose Fire Department were on the scene of a house fire at 2561 Loomis Drive. John Whiteside responded to the 7:00 P.M. call with Fire Support Unit 3 and was met on scene by FASCV members Jerry Haag, George Hoyt, John Whitaker, Dan Wong and guest Walter Huber.
The 2-alarm blaze apparently began in the garage and spread to the attic of the structure. Originally, neighbors reported that the lone occupant of the house was still inside the single-family residence. This prompted the 2nd alarm as crews were having difficulty finding the possible victim. Shortly after the call for additional manpower, the 19-year-old occupant was found outside the home and the operation went from rescue mode to an offensive fire fight. Several fire crews were on the interior preventing further spread of the fire while a truck crew was assigned to the roof for vertical ventilation.
Fire Associates established a rehab area near the scene and hot coffee, Gatorade and Clif Bars were made available as the operation wound down. Fire Associates was released by the IC at 9:35 P.M. on a cold and damp winter night.
-- Report submitted by John Whitaker