Fire Call Summary, June 2012
The Turlock Fire Department responded to a total of 463 incidents during the month of June. These included a total of 287 emergency medical service calls.
Turlock Fire responded to 16 motor vehicle accidents, and 16 commercial/ residential fire alarms. There were a total of 42 fire type calls: 4 building fires, 3 cooking fires, 1 unauthorized burning, 2 special "outside" type fires, 13 vegetation/ rubbish fires, 2 electrical wiring type fires, 5 dumpster fires, 6 vehicle fires, 1 fire in structure other, 1 excessive heat scorch burn, 1 authorized control burn, and 3 fires classified as "other." Remaining incidents consisted of public assists, assist to police, animal rescues, smoke checks, gas leaks, power lines down, etc.
Noteworthy events for the month of June included a motor vehicle accident on northbound Highway 99. There were a total of 5 vehicles involved: 3 vehicles with minor damage, 1 vehicle with moderate damage, and 1 vehicle with major damage. The vehicle accident shut down the #1 and #2 lanes of northbound 99 for the duration of the incident. Fire crews utilized their extrication tools, Jaws of Life, to remove the vehicle door in order to gain access and get the patient out of the vehicle. Once out, fire crews transferred patient care over to the ambulance crews.
Turlock Fire Engine 34, Engine 32, Battalion 1, 3 American Medical Response Ambulances, and 1 American Medical Response Supervisor responded to the incident for a total of 7 fire personnel and 7 ambulance personnel.
An additional noteworthy event for the month of June was a residential structure fire. The Turlock Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire. Fire crews arrived at scene to the garage of the residence fully involved in fire. The fire was spreading to a cargo trailer located in the driveway. The first arriving engine was able to bring the fire under control with their engine mounted deck gun, which delivers a large volume of water quickly, and a 2-1/2 inch hose line. The fire was contained primarily to the garage and the front porch with damages estimated in the dollar loss range of $75,000. Turlock Fire Engine 34, Engine 33, Engine 31, Engine 32, and Battalion 1 responded for a total of 14 fire personnel.
Safety tip: Heat emergencies
The Turlock Fire Department would like to make you aware of three common heat emergencies. We are still in the summer months with more hot days to come, so it's important to learn the signs and what to do if you or someone you know has a heat emergency.
• HEAT CRAMPS: Heat Cramps happen when the body loses too much salt and water through sweat and are usually caused by activity in hot weather. Signs of heat cramps include pain or cramps in the arms, legs, or stomach. What to do: Get to a cooler place and drink water slowly.
• HEAT EXHAUSTION: Heat Exhaustion occurs when a person is exposed to hot temperatures and loses too much water and salt from their body through sweat. It's the first sign of a more dangerous condition called heat stroke. Signs of heat exhaustion include cool, moist, pale, or pink skin, heavy sweating, headache, and feeling nauseous, dizzy, weak, or very tired. What to do: Get to a cooler place, take off or loosen tight clothes, put wet towels on the skin to cool the person down, give the person small amounts of water to drink if he or she is awake. Call 9-1-1 if the person will not drink water, vomits or loses consciousness.
• HEAT STROKE: Heat Stroke happens when the system that controls the body's temperature stops working. It can be caused by not drinking enough water or being exposed to extreme heat. Body temperatures can rise over 106 degrees. Heat stroke can be deadly. Signs of heat stroke include the skin being hot and red, changes in consciousness, and high body temperature. What to do: Call 9-1-1 right away. Move the person to a cooler place while you wait for help to arrive, put wet towels on the person's skin to help cool them down.