BY SAMANTHA HEARN
Between Oct. 16 and 23, the Brentwood Fire & Rescue Department responded to 42 emergency calls for service, including one for a person’s hand stuck in a kitchen sink drain.
There were three fires, 42 EMS/Rescue calls, two hazardous condition calls, three service calls, one good intent and nine false calls.
On Wednesday, Oct. 19 at approximately 3:57 p.m., unit E53 and Brush 54 were dispatched on a mutual aid call in Williamson County for a report of a large brush fire. While en route, Dispatch advised that the fire had spread to a barn and Franklin Fire Department personnel were arriving on scene.
Brentwood’s C53 also responded, and upon arrival E53 crew members found a two-acre grass fire that was spreading into a wooded area. Franklin FD and Williamson County Rescue Service units were extinguishing a barn that had ignited. B54 arrived on scene and was able to access the wooded area where the fire was still burning.
Foam was applied with water to aid in extinguishment of several trees. Fire crews were able to keep the fire from spreading to a house and to another barn. With all hazards addressed, crews cleaned up equipment and returned to service.
On Saturday, Oct. 22 at approximately 9:26 a.m., E53 was dispatched on a report of a patient who was trapped in a piece of machinery. Initial dispatch information indicated the patient’s hand was stuck in a sink drain, leading to a garbage disposal.
E53 arrived on scene and found the patient who had been stuck for 20 minutes, with their hand beginning to swell. The patient had no injuries, however. BFR personnel cut power to the disposal and initially used liquid soap in an attempt to slide the patient’s hand back out of the drain.
After unsuccessful attempts, the decision was made to cut the drain out of the sink allowing the patient to go to the hospital for extrication. The patient and BFR personnel put on appropriate protective equipment and began cutting around the drain of the sink using a reciprocating saw with a specialized blade.
A square was cut around the drain allowing the patient to be freed from the sink. The patient was taken to a local hospital for further extrication and all BFR units returned to service.
On Saturday, Oct. 23 at approximately 9:29 a.m., E54 was dispatched on a medical call for a report of a patient with chest pain. Initial dispatch information indicated the patient was also having shortness of breath. When E54 arrived on scene, the patient was lying supine on the floor but was still conscious.
Vitals were obtained and the patient was placed on oxygen. E54’s paramedic performed an EKG and found abnormalities consistent with a heart attack. IV access was established and appropriate medication was administered. EMS arrived on scene and patient care was transferred. BFR personnel assisted with moving the patient to the ambulance and then EMS transported the patient via emergency traffic to a local hospital.
On Sunday, Oct. 23 at approximately 3:23 p.m., unit E51 was dispatched on a report of an off-road vehicle fire. Initial dispatched information indicated that an ATV was on fire in a field. E51 arrived on scene to find an ATV fully engulfed in flames and some grass on fire around it.
BFR personnel took a water can and dry chemical extinguisher and hiked to the ATV location. The ATV and grass fire were quickly put out. The fire was found to be caused by an accumulation of excess grass around the engine area. With all hazards addressed, E51 returned to service.
The Brentwood Fire & Rescue 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. They have 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. They also have 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 371-0170.
Samantha Hearn reports for Home Page Media Group. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @samanthahearn.