The Arcadia Fire Department responded to a variety of emergency calls during the week of Dec. 29-Jan. 5. The following is a breakdown of incident types
recorded for this time period:
Hazardous Materials: 3
Public Service Assistance: 1
Good Intent Calls: 11
False Alarms: 9
Medical Assist: Man Injures Hip in Fall
At 1:22 p.m. on Dec. 30, Engine 107 and Rescue Ambulance 106 responded to a medical assist in the 1400 block of Oaklawn Road. Fire personnel treated an elderly man suffering from right hip pain with obvious deformity after a fall. The patient received advanced life support at the scene, including oxygen therapy, intravenous access, drug therapy for pain and immobilization of the hip. The patient was transported to Arcadia Methodist Hospital for further evaluation and treatment.
At 10:10 a.m. on Dec. 31, Engine 105 responded to a reported vehicle fire in the 00 block of West Huntington Drive. Fire crews found a minivan with a working fire in the engine compartment area that was threatening the passenger compartment. Fire personnel extinguished the fire and conducted a cause and origin investigation. The cause of the fire was determined to be electrical. The vehicle was overhauled and towed. No injuries were reported.
Suspicious Garage Fire
At 7:19 p.m. on Jan. 1, Engine 105, Engine 106, Truck 105, Paramedic Rescue 105, Battalion 105, with units from the Monrovia Fire Department, responded to a residential structure fire in the 200 block of East Camino Real. Fire personnel encountered a vacant single family dwelling with a detached two-car garage involved in fire. Fire crews pulled hose lines to protect adjacent structures and extinguish the fire. The fire was contained to the structure of origin. The garage was overhauled and a cause and origin investigation initiated.
Medical Assist: Woman Injured in Fall
At 1:41 p.m. on Jan. 2, Engine 106 and Rescue Ambulance 106 responded to a medical incident in the 400 block of South Baldwin Avenue. Fire crews evaluated a woman suffering from ankle, hip, back and neck pain after a fall. Paramedics assessed the patient and provided advanced life support measures on scene. The patient was placed in full cerebral spinal precautions, intravenous access was started and blood glucose level tested. The patient was transported to Arcadia Methodist for further evaluation and treatment.
Collision: Auto vs. Bicyclist
At 4:34 p.m. on Jan. 3, Engine 106 and Rescue Ambulance 105 responded to a reported traffic collision between an automobile and a bicyclist at the intersection of South Baldwin Avenue and West Huntington Drive. Fire personnel treated a man suffering from minor to moderate injuries. The patient was transported to Arcadia Methodist Hospital for further evaluation and treatment.
Flood Control Channel Rescue
At 2:17 a.m. on Jan. 5, Engine 105 and Rescue Ambulance 105 responded to a person in a flood control channel in the 200 block of Colorado Place. Fire crews found one patient who had jumped a fence and fallen approximately 15 feet to the bottom of a flood control channel. Additional fire personnel and equipment were requested to the location to assist in retrieving the patient from the wash. Fire personnel set up a lowering and raising system utilizing rope rescue gear and rescue system techniques.
Paramedics placed the patient in full cerebral spinal precautions and strapped him into a stokes basket for the raising operation. The patient was removed from the flood control channel and transported to the closest trauma center, Huntington Memorial Hospital, due to the nature and mechanism of injury.