Sunday, March 16, 2014

Two-Alarm Townhome Blaze Brings Response from Santa Clara County Fire

Photo By John Whitaker
On Sunday evening, March 16, having just finished an afternoon incident supporting Mountain View Fire, Fire Associates members Jerry Haag and Bruce Dembecki were cleaning and restocking Fire Support Unit 1 back at Santa Clara Fire Station 9. Just as the ice had been reloaded back into the freezer, Santa Clara County Fire escalated a Los Gatos fire to a second alarm. Knowing that their response could be quick (as they were in the fire station with the Support Unit), the rig was reloaded and FSU-1 took off for Los Gatos.
Meanwhile, FASCV South County members were preparing a response from their end of the Valley. After some quick phone calls, Fire Support Unit 1 was cleared for Los Gatos while the South County teams were informed to meet up on scene at 554 Pine Wood Lane, Los Gatos.
Santa Clara County fire crews had been called for a kitchen fire. It was reported that a babysitter attempted to extinguish a stovetop grease fire with water. This caused an immediate explosion in the town home and fire extended into the cabinetwork. Worse, the exploding grease caused some minor burns to the babysitter, who was transported to hospital.
With two alarms of people and equipment on hand, County Fire crews quickly had the situation under control, and were able to prevent the spread of the fire to other townhouses in the complex.
Fire Associates President, Jerry Haag, arrived on scene in Support Unit 1 at approximately 7:45 P.M. and was met on scene by FASCV members Bruce Dembecki, John Whiteside, John Whitaker, Don Gilbert, Dan Wong, and making his second ever official response (on the same day as his first response) was Mike Garcia! Rehab was established with cold drinks and hot coffee. Firefighters made quick work of the overhaul and most units were released by 9:00 P.M., with FSU-1 back in quarters for the second time that evening at 9:30 P.M.
-- Report submitted by Bruce Dembecki

Mountain View Firefighters Attack 2-Alarm Blaze

On Sunday, March 16, the Mountain View Fire Dept. responded to reports of a house on fire at 175 Wortham Court, Mountain View. Firefighters arrived on scene at 2:50 P.M. and found a single home with active fire in a significant portion of the residence.  A fire attack was initiated and, at 2:55 P.M., a 2nd alarm was called to bring additional resources and personnel to assist in fighting the fire. The fire did extend to one of the neighboring houses during the incident.
Fire Associates President Jerry Haag was monitoring the situation and upon receiving the 2nd alarm notification responded at 3:06 P.M. to pick up Fire Support Unit 1. FSU-1 was met on scene by Fire Associates members Larry Carr, Bruce Dembecki, and Dan Wong, along with guest Janet DiPietro. Also joining the Fire Associates team for the first time (in an official capacity) was FASCV member, Mike Garcia - congratulations to Mike on his recent appointment to Fire Associates.
On a warm afternoon, with firefighters busy working on two separate homes, cold drinks and wet towels were popular - and ice ended up being in short supply. Dan Wong made an ice run and the problem was solved. As afternoon turned to evening, thoughts of dinner started to come into the minds of weary fire crews. Another side trip for Dan and voila... 40 meals were served!
Fire Support Unit 1 left the scene at approximately 6:45 P.M. and headed back to Santa Clara Fire Station 9. As the Fire Associates were busy cleaning and restocking the rig, Santa Clara County fire crews began working a fire in Los Gatos that ultimately led to a second response for the day.

-- Report submitted by Bruce Dembecki

Home Severely Damaged in 2-Alarm Moutain View Fire

Photo By Dan Wong
Date and Time: 03-16-2014, 2:30 A.M.
Agency: Mountain View Fire
Type: Second Alarm
Details: Fire in medium-size, single-story, single-family dwelling. Occupants out of town. Fire got a good start before discovery. Severe damage.
Agency Responders:
 MTV: E-51, 52, 53, 54; T-51; R-51; B-51 (Alameda, IC)
 CNT: E-76, B-74
 PAF: BS-64
FASCV Responding Unit: FSU-4. Arrived: 0300; Released 0445.
FASCV Responders: Larry Carr (driver), Jerry Haag, Dan Wong, and Randy Wong (guest).
-- Report submitted by Jerry Haag

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Santa Clara City Firefighters Attack 2-Alarm House Fire

Photo By Craig Allyn Rose
Date and Time: 03-13-2014, 1:30 P.M.
Agency: Santa Clara City Fire
Incident Address: 2166 Quinn Ct., Santa Clara
Type: Second Alarm
Details: Fire in medium-size, single-story, single-family dwelling. Bright, sunny day. Shade canopy, lemonade and cold towels were welcomed by the firefighters. Since many had not eaten, the Clif Bars and cookies also disappeared quickly. 
Agency Responders:
SNC: E-90, 91, 93; T-192; R-92; HM-99; B-1 (Merrick, IC)
FASCV Responding Unit: FSU-1. Arrived: 2:00 P.M.; Released 4:30 P.M.
FASCV Responders: Jerry Haag (driver), Larry Carr and Dan Wong.
-- Report submitted by Jerry Haag

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Second-Alarm Fire In Mountain View Apartment

Date and Time: 03-06-2014, 2:35 P.M.
Agency: Mountain View Fire
Incident Address: 880 Park Dr., Mountain View
Type: Second Alarm 
Details: Fire in second floor unit of two-story, multi-family apartment building. 
FASCV Responding Units: FSU-4. Arrived: 3:00 P.M.; Released upon arrival.
FASCV Responders: Larry Carr (driver), Jerry Haag, and Dan Wong.
-- Report submitted by Jerry Haag

Monday, March 3, 2014

2-Alarm Almaden Valley House Fire Causes Yet Another FASCV Response

Photo By John Whitaker
A string of unrelated house fires and garage fires seems to be continuing in the Santa Clara Valley.

On Monday, March 3, firefighters were yet again summoned to a garage fire. Located at 6029 Burchell Ct. in the Almaden Valley area of San Jose, a garage was fully engulfed by the time the first-arriving rigs got on scene. Flames were rolling out of the garage door and smoke was reported coming out of the eaves on all 4 sides of the structure.

Not helping matters was the fact that the fire was being fueled by leaking gasoline cans. Firefighters had to deal with the burning fuel that was running down the driveway and burning in the street gutter in front of the structure. Also of immediate importance was structure protection for the house next door on the "Delta" side of the blaze. In addition, the driveway was occupied by a Dodge pick-up truck with a dirt bike in its bed, a Harley-Davidson-type motorcycle, a quad cycle, and a jet ski on a small trailer.

Photo Courtesy of the San Jose Fire Dept.
A collapsed, tile roof over the garage made the fire difficult to fight and increased the time needed for overhaul. During the overhaul, fire crews were kept busy dealing with the smoldering underlayment beneath the Spanish tiles and putting foam on the remaining, unburned fuel.

At 10:10 A.M., a call was made for Fire Associates assistance as it was clear that the long overhaul process would be extending into the lunch hour. Don Gilbert and John Whiteside quickly went to SJS Station 6 and got Fire Support Unit 2, while John Whitaker responded to the fire scene. Once on scene, John consulted with San Jose's Med 30 and the IC to scout out an area for Rehab. A location was identified in the street to the left of the involved structure and FSU-2 was easily located there when it arrived. By lunch time, two large boxes of burritos arrived for the hungry crews and FASCV helped to serve the meal. FSU-2 was released from the scene at approximately 12:45 P.M.
  -- Report submitted by John Whitaker

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Fire Associates Responds to 2-Alarm House Fire in Santa Clara

Date and Time: 03-02-2014, 1:15 P.M.
Agency: Santa Clara City Fire
Incident Address: 1667 Jackson St., Santa Clara
Type: Second Alarm
Details: Fire in a two-story, two-family dwelling with basement. Fire originated in the basement and quickly spread up within the walls (balloon construction) threatening the upper stories. Great stop made. Building is recoverable.
Agency Responders:
    SNC: E-90, 91, 93, 94, 95, 97; T-92, 98; R-92; HM-99; XSC Med-13; Batt. 92
    SJS: Station coverage
FASCV Responding Units: FSU-1. Arrived: 1:45 P.M.; Released: 3:30 P.M.
FASCV Responders: Bob Gundrum (driver) with Jerry Haag, George Hoyt, and Dan Wong.
-- Report submitted by Jerry Haag