*As we keep heading toward the scene, I can see the header and the orange glow. I keep listening to the radio, but I don't hear anything from Engine 19. It's between our two first dues, so depending on how fast we arrive will tell who gets there first.*
'Oh shit. 19's probably tied up with the traffic from the damn game.'
*The guys at 19 were having problems last night with people parking and blocking them from getting out of their station. They're a squrt, so that's going to delay them because they need all of the swing that they can get in that tight ass station even though their truck is only a foot or so longer than a normal engine. We'll probably be first in. I read the notes again on the computer before I brief the guys.*
'All righty boys, we're going to get this new rig her first pin-in tonight. Computer says that it's a dump truck versus a bus. Bus is on fire and on its side. They're saying up to 30 trapped. When we get there, Cook, Dave, pull the bumper line. Kyle, don't worry about water supply. We'll get 19 to drop us a tail if we need it. We should beat them in. Garbus and Miller are going to take the lead on extrication. Everybody just stay calm.'
*As I finish getting my air pack on, we make the turn onto N 3rd Street. It's already chaos. There's a unanimous "oh shit" by everyone on board as we pull up to the scene. I pull my air pack from its bracket as I pull my headset off and step down from the truck. I glance down at my radio as I key my shoulder mic outside of my coat.*
Me: "Squad 7, 911."
Me: "Squad 7's going to be on scene at North 3rd and Bay. We have a MVA at this location, two commercial vehicles involved, one vehicle has also rolled and is on fire. Squad 7 is going to performing fire suppression and extrication... Continue me in two engine companies and a rescue. Also continue in my chiefs advise the SOC chief. Squad 7 will have North Third Command. We're going to be operating on Ops 1."
*I take a step up and I grab my hook from the dog house as I look back at the TSU. I see Garbus and Miller coming up to me and I stop them before they get to the scene.*
'I'm going to go and size up the vehicles. I need you guys to do extrication.'
*I take a step away from them and walk toward the bus. While I do that, I key the mic.*
Me: "North Third Command to Engine 19."
Engine 19: "Go ahead, Command."
Me: "19, I need you engine to secure a water supply for Squad 7."
*As I walk past the guys on the way to the bus, I see that the guys are still working to deploy the bumper line and get it in service, so I start trying to size up the wreck. I go to the dump truck first since it's not burning and I see that the driver is unconscious and it looks like I can't get his door open. I'm not going to try and open up the other door.*
*As I take a step away from the truck, I head over to the bus. I've already got my helmet off as I put my mask on. I debate leaving my hood off, but I decide to pull it up. Once I've got it on, I start checking the bus. There's not a shot that we're going to be able to get anyone out through a window unless we throw a ladder, and we're not doing that now. It's a coach bus, so there aren't really any emergency access, other than the windows. I head to the front of the bus and try to see inside. I hit my flashlight on my coat and I can see that there are definitely people in the bus who aren't reacting. I take a step back and pull my regulator out of my mask.*
Me: "North Third Command to 911."
911: "Go ahead command."
Me: "All right. I've got an unknown number of patients, at least ten. I'm going to need an MCI task force to my location. We're gonna be beginning extrication now. I'm also going to need a truck company for extrication assistance. I also need multiple SD units to secure traffic in this area. I need staging areas set up as well. North Third Command is requesting a major incident channel and the MCI channels."
911: "Copy. You're clear to operate on ICS 1 and the MCI channels."
Me: "Copy, thank you. Can you advise my responding units?"
*As I finish with the radio, I listen to the tones go out on Ops 1 to alert all of the fire and EMS crews to switch channels. I then take my helmet off and leave it on the bumper of the engine as I pull my face piece off and I grab the command board out of the back of the squad. We're going to be working here for a while. I also release the computer from the truck and I set it up on the bumper of the truck with a map of the incident. I figure out the streets that I want to close off for a fire staging area and an EMS one so that we don't have a cluster at the scene. I flip my radio over to the ICS channel and key the mic as I set up the accountability board.*
"North Third Command to Units responding, command is set up at the front of Squad 7. BREAK North Third Command to responding SD Supervisor. I need units to secure Bay Street at North 2nd and North 4th. I also need units to secure Halsey and North 3rd. We're going to set up staging areas at North 2nd and North 4th."
*I wait to hear a response before I push the updated staging locations to the responding crews.*