The Arcadia Fire Department responded to a variety of emergency calls during the week of February 10 through February 16, 2013. The following is a breakdown of incident types recorded for this time period:
Hazardous Materials: 2
Public Service Assistance: 4
Good Intent Calls: 6
False Alarms: 10
Two Stuck in Elevator
At 2:28 p.m. on Feb. 10, Truck 105 responded to a report of persons trapped in an elevator in the 400 block of South Baldwin Avenue. Fire crews arrived to find two people in a stalled elevator. Fire crews were able to make contact with the victims and determined neither occupant was ill or injured. Continuous contact was maintained with the victims throughout the rescue operation to keep them calm and reassured. The technician was able to open the doors electronically and the occupants were removed without incident.
4-year-old Seizure Patient
At 9:04 a.m. on Feb. 11, Engine 107 and Rescue Ambulance 105 responded to a medical call in the 200 block of East Newman Avenue. Fire crews arrived on scene to find a 4 year old patient who had suffered a seizure prior to Fire Department arrival. Paramedics performed advanced life support measures, including cardiac monitoring and oxygen therapy. Paramedics transported the patient to the nearest pediatric medical center.
Medical Assist: Cardiac Arrest
At 11:34 a.m. on Feb. 13, Engine 105 and Rescue Ambulance 106 responded to a medical assist in the 300 block of Campus Drive. Upon arrival, fire personnel found a female patient who was in full cardiac arrest. The patient received advanced life support at the scene, including CPR, advanced airway placement, oxygen therapy, 12-lead cardiac monitoring, cardiac defibrillation, intravenous access, and drug therapy. Paramedics reestablished the patient’s pulses and respirations while enroute to Arcadia Methodist Hospital.
At 6:02 p.m. on Feb. 14, Engine 105, Engine 106, Truck 105, Rescue Ambulance 105 and Battalion 105, along with Monrovia and Pasadena Fire units, responded to a residential water flow alarm with a confirmed sprinkler head activation in the 00 block of West Camino Real. Fire crews arrived to find a single family dwelling with audible alarm bells sounding. Further investigation with the homeowner found that a sprinkler head self-activated without cause. The sprinkler system was shut down and fire crews removed water from the home. The homeowner
Bicyclist vs. Vehicle
At 9:22 a.m. on Feb. 16, Engine 106 and Rescue Ambulance 106 responded to a traffic collision involving an automobile and a female cyclist in the 700 block of West Duarte Road. Fire crews arrived on scene to find the bicyclist sitting on a curb with pain in her lower back and legs due to a collision with an automobile. Paramedics performed a full body assessment and placed the patient in full cerebral spinal precautions. The patient was transported to a local hospital for further treatment and evaluation.