FIRE REPORT: Drug overdose and chimney fire top this week’s fire report

FIRE REPORT: Drug overdose and chimney fire top this week’s fire report


The Brentwood Fire & Rescue Department responded to 101 emergency calls for service from Sept. 24 to Oct. 5, including a possible drug overdose and a chimney fire.

There were three fire calls, 69 EMS/Rescue calls, two hazardous conditions, three service calls, seven good intents and 17 false calls included in the report.

On Wednesday, Sept. 26 at approximately 9:26 p.m., unit E52 was dispatched on a medical call for a report of a patient in respiratory distress due to an allergic reaction. E52 arrived on scene and determined medication would be administered both via injection and inhalation.

The treatments quickly stopped the reaction. IV access was also established in case further doses were needed.

EMS arrived on scene and the patient was moved to the ambulance where BFR personnel assisted with further care. EMS transported the patient to a local hospital and E52 returned to service.

On Friday, Sept. 30 at approximately 7:17 p.m., units E51 and C59 were dispatched on a medical call for an unconscious and non-breathing patient due to a possible drug overdose. BFR units arrived on scene and found the patient was unconscious and in respiratory failure.

Personnel immediately took manual control of the patient’s airway and began providing ventilations. IV access was quickly obtained and medication was given for the patient’s condition.

Less than a minute after medication administration the patient regained consciousness and started breathing normally.

EMS arrived and patient care was transferred before transporting to a local hospital with one firefighter aboard to assist with care.

On Sept. 30 at approximately 7:34 p.m., units E54, E52 and C53 were dispatched on a report of a possible chimney fire. Initial dispatch information indicated the homeowner had a fire in the chimney but may have extinguished it.

E54 arrived on scene to find a two-story home with nothing showing. Command was established and BFR personnel began checking the inside and outside of the home for any active fire, quickly locating a small fire in the fire box.

Command cancelled all other responding units. Crew members removed the smoldering debris from the firebox and placed them outside for extinguishment. The homeowner was advised to have the chimney cleaned before use again.

With no further hazards, command was terminated and all BFR units returned to service.

The department has four fire stations in Brentwood, including the headquarters on Maryland Way, one on Wilson Pike, one on General George Patton Drive and one on Sunset Road. It has 66 personnel, including six who are staff and 60 who are on the line.

There is a minimum of 17 personnel on duty per shift, and the department has four engines, one ladder truck, one rescue truck and one command vehicle. It also has a mini-pumper, a hazardous materials response trailer, a technical rescue trailer, an air trailer and a brush truck.

The Brentwood Fire Department is headquartered at 5211 Maryland Way. For more information, call 615-371-0170.

Samantha Hearn reports for Home Page Media Group. She can be reached via email at or on Twitter @samanthahearn. 

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