TWO ROCK FIRE NEWS
Train, Train, Train....ROCK
- BODEGA BAY FIRE - A resident at 2:58 p.m. Thursday Nov. 23, 2006 reported his kitchen was
filled with smoke and the oven was burning. The Bodega Bay ambulance was
transporting a patient to Kaiser Hospital, Santa Rosa leaving only one
firefighter on duty. The solo firefighter drove the fire engine to the reported
fire on Bay Flat Road. Fortunately, two volunteer firefighters from Two Rock (Lou Stoerzinger and Lori Anello)
were preparing their Thanksgiving meal at a home nearby. They heard the
emergency dispatch and ran (uphill) to the residence. By the time the fire
engine arrived they had used fire extinguishers and contained the fire to the
oven. The residence suffered smoke damage, and the turkey suffered
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- VALLEY FORD FIRE - Oct. 21, 2006
"THERE'S A FIRE DOWN THE STREET", shouted Two Rock Fire Chief Lori Anello, as she
rolled into the Valley Ford Fire Department's parking lot.
Lori just dropped off her daughter
at her parents house in Bodega and was on her way back to the Valley Ford Station for Saturday's training exercises.
As she came through Valley Ford, she could see black smoke rising
from a housing comlex just a couple 'stone throws' from the Fire Station.
Valley Ford, Bloomfield, and Two Rock Volunteer Fire Companies just started
a joint training exercise when Lori brought her pickup truck to a halt.
As she flew out of the truck pointing to the billowing smoke reaching up to the westward sky she yelled,
"There's a fire down the street!".
All three Volunteer companies were already "turned out and ready to GO". The Volunteers jumped into their
respective Fire Engines, turned on the sirens and drove around the corner. A carport attached to two houses was
completely engulfed in flames. The fire was doing its' best to take the two houses as flames
jumped out the carport, licking at the entry door and eaves of both houses.
Bodega Fire Department arrived with a tender to supply additional water and hooked into Two Rocks supply line.
The Volunteers from all fire companies went to work pulling hoses and
knocked down the fire in a matter of minutes saving both houses.
The windows were quickly opened and fans were brought in to push the smoke
from both homes.
The fire was out, but the work was just beginning.
The Tomales Fire Team arrived with a thermal imaging unit.
The Volunteers used their overhaul tools to expose possible fire pockets under
the guidance of the 3 Fire chiefs and Petaluma Training Intructor Kevin Marks.
The Voluteer Firefighters then took down what was left of the carport roof
along with a teetering 20 foot TV antenna.
The thermal imaging operator detected a hot spot inside the shared carport/house wall.
Everybody helped to clear charred debri so the Fire Inspector could safely work
as he determined the point of origin.
Everybody stayed on scene working and learning together as the Fire Investigator
educated the homeowners and volunteers in fire behavior.
Over 12 volunteers put in 6 hours
on this day,
helping their community to be a safer place.
TWO ROCK FIRE DEPARTMENT TRAINING PROFILE SYNOPSIS:
First Responders, Rapid Intervention, Confined Space Rescue, Incident Management, SCBA Fit Testing, Ladder Setup,
Hose-line Pulling Techniques, Nozzles, Water Rescue,
Vehicle Accidents, Scene Safety, Auto Extrications, Medical Response, Traffic Control, Incident Awareness, Engine Maintenance,
Engine Pumps, Off Road Driving Techniques, Structure Fire Fighting Techniques, Wildland Fire Fighting Techniques,
Radio Communication, Incident Response, Risk Management, Fire Behavior, HAZMAT Response and Awareness,
First Aid, CPR, Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).