Sunday, July 14, 2013

FASCV Members Support Day Two of the Casa Loma Fire Overhaul Effort

Photo By John Whitaker
For Fire Associates members, Sunday, July 14, began a lot like the previous day. The San Jose Fire Department again requested our services at the Casa Loma fire scene. The overhaul effort was extending into its second day, and John Whiteside and Randy Whiteside responded to the 9:07 A.M. call in Fire Support Unit 3.
FASCV member John Whitaker offered to meet them at SJFD Station 35 and lead the way in to the remote fire scene in his personal vehicle. It had been advantageous the day before to have an extra vehicle at the site in order to make any necessary meal runs.
After arriving shortly after 10:30 A.M., rehab was again set up in a shady location and preparations were made to serve firefighters as they came down off the hill after a morning of hard work. A meal run was made at 11:30 A.M. for 35 sandwiches and chips.
Good progress was made by the morning rotation crews and it was determined that no other effort would be required in the afternoon. Firefighters were returned to service at approximately 1:30 P.M. and Fire Associates was released shortly thereafter.
It should be noted that, over the two days, Fire Associates provided over 55 man-hours of support, delivered and served 135 meals and went through approximately 18 cases of water and Gatorade. In addition, 160 lbs. of ice was used to cool all the drinks. In the end, this was one of the longest FASCV support operations in recent memory.
-- Report submitted by John Whitaker