Fouth of July Safety

Date:  June 28, 2013

As communities prepare to honor Independence Day, please keep in mind safe practices when using fireworks during your celebration. Only Safe and Sane fireworks, purchased at predetermined, Fire Department inspected booths placed throughout the City of Pacifica are allowed to be used during the Fourth of July celebration. The City of Brisbane and City of Daly City do not allow or permit the use of fireworks.  If the public is aware of illegal fireworks being sold or used within their neighborhood or use any kind of fireworks in the City of Brisbane or Daly City, they are encouraged to contact either the Fire Department or Police Department with the information.

As in previous years the North County Fire Authority will be augmenting staffing on the July 4th holiday in preparation of potential emergencies during the celebrations, but we need the public’s assistance in avoiding the use of illegal fireworks, which can cause fires, injury or even death and may exceed or overwhelm emergency response resources. Know that fines and penalties for the distribution and/or use of illegal fireworks have increased and will be strictly enforced.

Fourth of July celebrations traditionally present a large fire danger to citizens. They are the cause of a great number of fires and burn injuries due to the misuse and mishandling of fireworks.  Nationally more than $36 million in property is damaged each year due to fireworks.  Annually, hospitals across the nation report thousands of cases of burn injuries caused by fireworks.  Most firework burn injuries involve children and are usually burns to the hands and eyes causing vision impairment and disfiguring scars.

The North County Fire Authority encourages everyone to follow all directions on Safe and Sane fireworks, and to take all proper safety precautions:

General Safety Information: (Fireworks Not Legal or Allowed in Brisbane or Daly City!)

– Use only legal fireworks approved by the California State Fire Marshal.

-Inspect all fireworks.  Never use damaged or leaking fireworks.

-Never give fireworks to a small child.

-Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.

-Light only one item at a time. Drop any “dud” fireworks into a pail of water.

-Keep spectators at least 10 feet away.

Fireworks Safety: (Fireworks Not Legal or Allowed in Brisbane or Daly City!)

-Use fireworks in a clear area at least 20 feet away from a house, wood fence or brush.

-Light fireworks in a large safe area of dirt, pavement or gravel at least 10 feet square in size.

-Have a pail of water ready to place used or malfunctioning fireworks in.

-Do not point fireworks at anyone.

-If someone is injured or a fire is started, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Single Alarm Structure Fire in Daly City

On April 12, 2013 at 11:51 a.m., 6 Fire Companies, 3 Chief Officers and 1 Fire Investigator responded to a report of structure fire at 788 Clarinada Avenue in Daly City.

The first arriving fire company reported smoke showing from the two-story single-family residence. Fire companies made entry into the home and using a hose line extinguished the fire, which was confined to the structure or origin. There were no injuries to the three residents inside the home at the time of the incident and fire personnel remained on scene for approximately an hour completing salvage and overhaul operations. 

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Fire Prevention Services Bureau. The North County Fire Authority wants to remind everyone of the importance of installing and maintaining smoke detectors in their home.

Second Alarm Structure Fire in Brisbane

On April 11, 2013 at 2:50 p.m., 10 Fire Companies, 1 Breathing Support Unit, 6 Chief Officers, and 1 Fire Investigator responded to a report of an explosion at 467 Sierra Point Road in Brisbane.

The first arriving fire company reported smoke and flames coming from the below grade two-story single family residence and immediately requested additional resources. Fire companies made entry into the home and using hose lines extinguished the fire. All residents were able to safely evacuate and fire crews were able to contain the fire to the first floor.

Fire crews remained on scene for several hours checking for further extension of the fire and completing overall operations. There were no injuries to fire personnel or civilians and the three adults who were displaced from the home made alternate living arrangements.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Fire Prevention Bureau and the North County Fire Authority wants to remind everyone of the importance of installing and maintaining smoke detectors in the home.

Medical Emergency at Thornton State Beach in Daly City

On March 25, 2013 at 4:29 pm, 2 Fire Companies, 1 EMS unit, and 1 Chief Officer responded to a report of a victim with an ankle injury at Thornton State Beach in Daly City.

Fire companies arrived on scene at the Thornton Beach overlook located at John Daly Blvd. and Skyline Blvd. and gained access to the patient who was located approximately 150 yards down the trail towards the beach. The patient was evaluated by firefighter paramedics and due to the patient’s injury and limited egress from the beach, fire personnel requested air support from East Bay Regional Parks. Once the helicopter arrived and landed on the beach, the patient was loaded and transferred to John Daly Blvd. & Skyline Blvd., where the female patient was taken by ambulance to a local area hospital for further evaluation and treatment.

The incident was mitigated in approximately two and one-half hours.

Multi-Casualty Vehicle Accident Involving Multiple Fatalities in Daly City

On March 9, 2013 at 8:15 p.m., four Fire Companies, three ambulances, and one Chief Officer, responded to a motor vehicle accident involving multiple victims at 101 Eastmoor Avenue in Daly City.

The first arriving fire company assessed the incident and based on the number of victims requested additional resources. Firefighter paramedics coordinated triage, treatment and extrication of the victims from one of the two vehicles. Three of the victims were subsequently pronounced deceased at the scene and a fourth was taken to a local area hospital for further evaluation and treatment. The incident was mitigated in approximately ninety minutes and the accident is being investigated by the Daly City Police Department.

Full Assignment Structure Fire in Pacifica

On March 2, 2013 at 6:56 p.m., 4 Fire Companies, 1 Chief Officer and 1 Fire Investigator responded to a report of vehicle fire threatening a structure at 77 Paloma Avenue in Pacifica.

Fire crews arrived on scene and located a fully involved vehicle fire in a carport and using hose lines extinguished the fire. The fire damaged the carport as well as two additional vehicles parked on either side of the vehicle involved and fire crews remained on scene for approximately an hour checking for further extension of the fire and completing overhaul. There were no injuries or evacuations involved and the cause of the fire is being investigated by the Prevention Bureau of the North County Fire Authority.

Medical Emergency at Mussel Rock in Daly City

On March 2, 2013 at 2:04 pm, 4 Fire Companies, 1 EMS Unit and 1 Chief Officer responded to a medical emergency at Mussel Rock in Daly City. Fire companies arrived on scene and determined the patient was located on the beach approximately ¼ mile from their location. Fire paramedics gained access to the unconscious/unresponsive female patient, evaluated her and performed advanced life support measures. The patient was then loaded onto a fire department specialized all-terrain vehicle and transported to a pre-designated landing zone for further evaluation and transport by a California Highway Patrol helicopter crew.

The incident was mitigated in approximately one and one-half hours.

Full Assignment Gas Line Rupture at Serramonte Shopping Center

On February 22, 2013 at 12:43 p.m., 4 Fire Companies, 2 Chief Officer and 1 Public Information Officer responded to a report of a gas line rupture at 3 Serramonte Shopping Center in Daly City.

The first arriving fire company reported a two-inch gas line leaking after being struck during construction work in the west parking lot, approximately 150-200 feet from the mall. Fire companies cordoned off the area and monitored environmental conditions and coordinated with PG&E to secure the leak. Traffic was also re-routed in the affected parking lot and there were no evacuations or injuries to mall patrons, and the incident was mitigated in approximately two hours.

2nd Alarm Commercial Structure Fire in Pacifica

On February 16, 2013 at 7:14 a.m., 10 Fire Companies, 1 Breathing Support Unit, 4 Chief Officers, and 1 Fire Investigator responded to multiple reports of a structure fire at 1050 Palmetto Avenue in Pacifica.

The first arriving fire company reported a working fire involving multiple vehicles and extending to an out-building. Using hose lines firefighters surrounded the vehicles and building involved and extinguished the fire, which was particularly challenging due to moderate off-shore winds in the area. Firefighters remained on scene for several hours completing extensive overhaul.

There were no injuries to fire personnel or civilians and the cause of the fire is under investigation by the Fire Prevention Bureau.

Hazardous Materials and Emergency Medical Incident in Pacifica

On February 13, 2013, at 3:58pm, 5 Fire Companies, 1 Hazardous Materials Response Unit, 1 Hazardous Support Unit, 2 Chief Officers and 1 Public Information Officer responded to a hazardous materials and emergency medical incident at 1080 Palmetto Avenue in Pacifica.

Upon arrival fire companies contacted the business owners who reported that an employee had come in contact with a chlorinated degreasing agent while cleaning equipment inside the single story commercial structure. All employees were safely evacuated and the area was cordoned off by fire personnel. Fire crews decontaminated the single patient who was subsequently transported to a local area hospital for further evaluation.

The Hazardous Materials Team assisted and provided consultation to the business owner on clean-up of the substance and the incident was mitigated in approximately two hours.