Thursday, April 22, 2010

Apartment Fire in Richmond

At 1158 hours on April 21st Q-5, Q-14, Q-12, Q-6, R-1, Safety 2 and BC-2 were dispatched to the 1700 block of Hanover Avenue for a reported building fire. Safety 2 arrived on scene with smoke showing from a 3 story apartment building. Q-14 arrived and established command of the incident. Units discovered that the fire was in the rear basement of the apartment building. Crews went door to door knocking to alert residences. Residences were able to escape the fire with their pets without injury. The fire was brought under control at 1227 hours. The fire is still under investigation.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Accident with 1 Trapped on Southside

At 1628 hours on April 21, Richmond Fire units Q-21, Q-20, E-6, Rescue 3, Safety 2 and BC-1 were dispatched to the intersection of Jefferson Davis Highway and Maury Street for a motor vehicle accident with one person trapped. Rescue 3 arrived on scene with a two car accident and confirmed a van on its side and one person trapped inside. As E-6 established patient care for the trapped victim, Q-21 stood by with a 1¾ handline and Q-20 took care of the hazards for both vehicles. R-3 removed the roof of the van to free the patient. Once free, he was then transported by a Richmond Ambulance Authority unit to an area hospital. The extrication took 19 minutes to complete. Units remained on scene until 1830 hours.

Richmond Fire Performs Technical Rescue

Richmond Fire units were dispatched at 1352 on April 19th to 2500 W. Broad Street, at the Science Museum of Virginia for a traumatic injury to a worker on the roof. Fire units arrived on scene to discover a contractor on the roof doing some type of roof repair. The patient is believed to have had a medical situation. Q-5 laddered the building and Rescue 2 placed the patient in a stokes basket. Q-5 was able to lower the patient to the ground where Richmond Ambulance Authority was waiting to transport the patient.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Early Morning House Fire in Richmond

At 0544 on April 20th, Richmond 911 was alerted to a fire in the 2300-block of Summer Hill Avenue on the City’s southside. Q-21, Q-22, E-17, Q-23, Rescue 3, Safety 2 and BC-3 were dispatched. Q-21 arrived on scene with a 2 story masonry constructed house heavily involved in fire and immediately placed a 2½ handline in service. Q-22 arrived on scene and prepared for defensive operations. E-17 and Q-23 placed handlines in service also and controlled utilities. While units were combating the fire the C-side of the house collapsed.

All RFD units were accounted for and the fire was brought under control at 0622 hours. Fire units remained on scene assisting the fire investigators and building officials until 1100 hours. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Stucture Fire on the Northside Qucikly Controlled

On April 19th, at 0453 hours units were dispatched to the 900 block of Chamberlayne Parkway for a building fire with flames thru the roof. Q-5 arrived on scene with the same report. Units were able to quickly extinguish the fire and bring it under control in about 20 minutes. The building was occupied by the police department for Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority. The building received a moderate amount of damage and the fire was ruled accidental.

Accident with 2 People Trapped

On Sunday April18 at 1657 hours E-6, Q-5, R-3, Q-12, Safety 2 and B-1 were dispatched to the intersection of 5th and Byrd Street for a motor vehicle accident with persons trapped. Q-6 arrived on scene within minutes and reported a two car accident with two people trapped inside. Members of E-6 established patient care as Q-5 worked to stabilize the vehicle and deployed a 1 ¾ handline. Rescue 3 extricated two patients from one vehicle as Q-12 handle patients in the second vehicle. Units remained on scene until 1830 hours.

Brush fire in Oregon Hill

On April 17th at 2323 hours units were dispatched to the intersection of South Cherry Street and Oregon Hill Parkway for the reported building fire. Units arrived on scene to find a brush fire that was involving about 1 acre of brush. Foam Tankers 8 and 24 were added to the call. Units remained on scene until 0130 hours.

Units Mitigate HazMat Incident on I-64

On April 16th at 11:09 hours Engine 15 was called to the area of Mechanicsville Turnpike at Interstate 64 for a dump truck that was leaking hydraulic fluid on the roadway. E-15 arrived on scene and discovered that the dump truck had a mechanical problem and had dropped about 15 gallons of fluid on the road. Rescue 3 and Haz Mat 3 where added to the assignment as E-15’s crew placed absorbent down to contain the fluid. The truck was quickly removed and a clean up contractor was called in to clean up the fluid. Units remained on scene until about 1330 hours.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Richmond Fire handles accident with One Person Trapped

On April 15 at 1508 hours, Richmond Fire was dispatched to the intersection of Adams and Marshall Street for a 3 car accident with one person reportedly trapped. Q-5 arrived on scene with a 3 car accident and one person trapped in a vehicle on its roof. Members of Q-5 quickly stabilized the car as Rescue 1 began extrication with 2 sets of cutters. The extrication took about 10 minutes to complete. Richmond Ambulance Authority transported 3 to the hospital.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Fire Destroys Southside Home

April 9, at 2253 hours Q-21, E-17, Q-6, Q-20, R-3, Safety 2, and BC-1 were dispatched to the 2200 block of Fairfax Ave for the reported house fire. Q-21 arrived on scene with heavy fire from the second floor of a 2-story wood frame single family dwelling. Q-21 established fire attack as E-17 secured a secondary water supply and conducted Truck Company Operations. Q-6 was assigned as a secondary fire attack and Q-20 was assigned as the Rapid Intervention Team. Rescue 3 searched the house that proved negative. On the working fire declaration Q-5, Q-22, and BC-3 were added to the assignment. Evacuation tones sounded at 2310 hours ordering everyone one out of the house. Units went defensive and used ladder pipes to knock the fire down. Once fire was knocked down units re-entered the house and checked for fire extension. The fire was marked under control at 0232 hours with no injuries.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Richmond Battle House Fire in West End

On April 6th, Richmond Fire units were dispatched at 1403 hours to the 0 block of Willway Ave for a reported house fire. Battalion Chief 2 arrived on scene with a large 2-story brick house with flames coming through the roof. Q-18 and Q-10 placed their apparatus in position for aerial operations. Q-18 stretched a hose line in the house as Q-10 performed Truck Company operations. R-2 performed a search of the house and Q-12 assisted with fire attack. Q-6 was assigned as the RIT. Search of the house proved negative, the occupants were on vacation. RFD Members battled the house fire and 90 degree temperature. The fire is still under investigation.

Camper Fire on 95 Ties up Traffic for Hours

On April 6 at 1546 Richmond 911 was flooded with calls for a fire on Interstate 95 involving a camper. Q-21, Foam 21 and Foam/Tanker 8 were dispatched to I-95 north just south of the Maury Street exit. Quint 21 arrived on scene with a large camper well involved. Foam 21 set up for foam application operations as Foam/Tanker 8 supplied water. Members of Q-21 placed a ground ladder in service to combat the flames as a several handlines were placed in service. Members battled the blaze in 93 degree temperature.

Additional units were added to the call bringing in Foam/Tanker 24 and Chesterfield to assist. Traffic on 95 North was closed for several hours and one lane south was closed. Units worked with Virginia State Police to open one lane about 2 hours into the incident.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Richmond Handles MVA with Entrapment

On March 30, 2010, Richmond Fire units were dispatched to the intersection of Westwood and Moss Side for a motor vehicle accident with entrapment. E-14 arrived on scene with a two car accident confirming one person trapped. E-14 personnel worked to stabilize the vehicles as Rescue 2 began to extricate the patient. Q-6 established patient care while Q-16 personnel placed one hand line in service. The patient was extricated within 15 minutes and was transported by Richmond Ambulance Authority to an area hospital.