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The Quint 14 Blue Shift crew helped a Chattanooga mom deliver her baby and the newborn was named Blessing! On 8/5/23 at 20:09, Quint 14 responded to Quinn Adams St on an imminent childbirth call. Quint 14 arrived on the scene and established patient care of the mother. Within moments, Quint 14 established patient care of a second patient. Care was continued for both patients and then transferred to Hamilton County EMS upon their arrival. Quint 14 remained on the scene assisting with loading the patients for transport to the hospital and then returned to service. Our firefighters see a lot of terrible, tragic things in their line of work so to welcome a new life into the world is a blessing!

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Slick, wet roads in Chattanooga contributed to two incidents on our interstates Sunday morning, keeping our firefighters and Special Operations Division busy. At 7:39 AM, on I-75N at the split, a tractor trailer wrecked and lost 200 gallons of diesel. Then at 8:47 AM on I-24W at the top of the ridge cut, first responders found a jack-knifed tractor trailer that lost 150 gallons of diesel. Hazmat specialists from the CFD responded on both calls and Tri-State Environmental came out to handle cleanup.

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Senior Firefighter Hank Parker (Squad 7 Green Shift) and Firefighter Joshua Smelser (Squad 7 Green Shift) are using their technical rescue skills in Chattanooga and beyond! Staff Sergeant Parker and Staff Sergeant Smelser are with the 134th Civil Engineering Squadron out of McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base. The 134th is known for its great work across the globe. 134th firefighters recently trained on vehicle extrication with Marine firefighters at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay during a deployment at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. For two weeks, they completed essential training, as well as multiple building and construction projects at local military facilities. Next, Chattanooga Senior Firefighter Hank Parker, a Cleveland firefighter, and an Alcoa firefighter who are all in the 134th will be traveling to train Bulgarian military firefighters. U.S. Air National Guard photos by Tech. Sgt. Teri Eicher.

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FF Smelser military training

A hazmat incident in Chattanooga sparked a massive response by public safety agencies and evacuations. At 9:09 PM on Thursday (8/3/23), Fire, EMS, and law enforcement agencies responded to 482 McBrien Road near the RAVE Theatre just off I-24. A tractor trailer hauling organic peroxide and sodium hydroxide was on fire. In addition to the burning semi trailer, the liquid chemicals the truck was hauling were also on fire in the parking lot. Firefighting operations got underway and once first responders learned what products they were dealing with, evacuations of surrounding homes and businesses began. Due to the fire, a mandatory evacuation was ordered for the residents within a half mile radius of the fire’s location. When organic peroxide and sodium hydroxide burn, they release vapors that could be harmful and could cause skin irritation and respiratory issues. A crash truck from the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport responded to the scene with a piercing nozzle that punctured the trailer and injected foam into the truck to knock the fire down. In addition, TDOT brought 80 tons of dirt to stop any runoff as officials continue working to address environmental concerns. I-24 was closed in both directions from the I-24/I-75 split to the North Germantown exit into the early morning hours of Friday (8/4/23). Motorists were asked to avoid the area and seek alternative routes. A public shelter was opened at the Chris Ramsey Community Center (Brainerd Recreation Center) on North Moore Road. Hepaco, an environmental cleanup company, responded to the scene. The preliminary investigation indicates that an initial leak from containers inside the truck caused a chemical reaction, resulting in the fire. Public safety agencies immediately started working with Hepaco to support containment and cleanup efforts. The EPA is overseeing the cleanup process. TDEC is also involved in the cleanup. An excavator was used to peel back the sides of the trailer, giving crews a look inside at the totes containing the chemicals. They needed to see what was damaged, if anything was leaking, etc. Officials were able to determine that the situation was stable and incident command deemed the scene safe. Interstate 24 then reopened and families were able to return to their homes. There were no injuries. Thanks to all of the agencies involved.

McBrien Road hazmat

Chattanooga Fire and the Hamilton County Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security conducted a hands-on portion of Type 1 Team Evaluation for the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Hazmat Response Team. They simulated a realistic scenario for the accreditation process. This is a big deal for our agencies! It’s a brand new accreditation process and we are the first to go through it in order to be certified by TEMA. 

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