Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Mutual Aid Brush Assignment

On June 10, 2012 at 6:30 pm, E511 was requested by alarm to respond to Mohave Valley, Az with other Type I engines from Kingman Fire, Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District #1, and Golden Valley Fire District for a mutual aid brush assignment with homes threatened. E511, E241, E331, E111 and Chief 201 responded to the Jerome Incident and were placed on structure protection on the east side of the incident. Crews remained on scene until 1:00 am and were released to return to quarters.

E511 and E241 staged at ICP

Sunday, June 10, 2012

UTV Accident Sends Two to the Hospital

On June 9, 2012 at 7:06 PM, E516 received an alarm for a motor vehicle accident involving a UTV (side by side) four miles south of mile marker 79 (Silver Springs Rd) on Interstate 40. Upon the arrival of the engine, two patient were found near the vehicle, self extricated, both with head trauma. Guardian Angel 6 was activated, and crew began patient care on both patients, one of which was a level 1 trauma. Angel 6 transported one by air to Las Vegas in stable but serious condition and the second transported by ground to an area hospital in stable condition. The cause of the accident is unknown and under investigation by the Mohave County Sheriff's Office. Both occupants were wearing their seatbelts but did not have helmets on.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Units Respond to Multiple Brushfires

On June 7, 2012 at 1:30 PM, E516, E526 and C501 were dispatched to Interstate 40, mile marker 62 for a reported large brushfire. First units on scene reported multiple fires along the south side of the Interstate from mile marker 62 to 64.5 with a rapid rate of spread in light fuels. Units began suppressing the multiple fires and two additional Type VI engines were requested from BLM. By 2:30 PM, all forward progress had been stopped and crews began mopping up. The fire's acreage included 2 acres, 2.5 acres, 1.5 acres and half an acre totaling to roughly 6.5 acres. Units were on scene for an additional two hours with no lane restrictions to eastbound traffic.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Units Respond to Tractor Trailer Fire

On June 3, 2012 around 3 PM, E511 and C501 were dispatched to Interstate 40, mile marker 89 westbound for a tractor trailer fire hauling two families belongings. While enroute, C501 requested E523 to respond to the incident, which was 20 miles away returning from the Whitewater-Baldy Complex in New Mexico. E511 arrived on scene and deployed two CAFS lines and began fire attack on the trailer which was 2/3 involved. E523 arrived on scene and began removing the front 1/3 of the trailers contents in an effort to salvage what was left of the families belongings. Crews successfully removed the contents and continued fire attack and overhaul on the burnt portions of the trailer. Crews were on scene for five and a half hours, westbound traffic was stopped for one hour and reduced to one lane for the duration of the incident. The cause of the fire is under investigation but it is believed to have started from a brake fire.

Eng. Ken Milner, FF Beau Jackson, FF Travis Menter and
FF James Bevins begin fire attack.

Eng. Ron Hood continues fire attack while Eng. Chris Shaffer,
 FF Travis Menter and FF James Bevins begin removing the
contents in the front part of the trailer.

Unit Returns Home from Whitewater-Baldy Complex

On June 3, 2012, E523 returned home from their 6 day tour to the Whitewater-Baldy Complex in western New Mexico. Engineer Ken Milner, Engineer Ron Hood and Firefighter James Bevins responded with a Type III engine on Monday May 28, 2012. E523 provided structure triaging/protection and assisted with burnout operations while on the incident. At the time of departure, the incident was over 200,00 acres (New Mexico's largest fire) and 15% contained with 2,200 personnel on the fire.

Photo taken from Division Yankee on May 29th, 2012

Units Respond to Fatal Accident

On June 2, 2012 around 1 PM, E521, C501, R235 and Batt. 2 were dispatched to Interstate 40 at the 59 mile marker (DW Ranch Rd) for a motor vehicle accident with entrapment. Units arrived on scene to find a tractor trailer that had ran into the rear of another tractor trailer at a high rate of speed. The driver of the rear semi was deceased upon arrival, and a lengthy extrication was initiated to remove the driver and search for other occupants. Crews cut a hole in the side of the sleeper to enter the semi to search for other patients and assist in removing the driver. No other occupants were found inside the vehicle. Both lanes of Interstate 40 eastbound were reduced to the median shoulder for approximately 4 hours. The driver of the second vehicle was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.

Firefighters Steve Little, Chris Braudaway and Beau Jackson
removing the door of the semi to access the patient.