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The Quint 6 Red Shift crew helped a woman welcome her child into the world late Tuesday night. At 2200 on 06/27/23, Q6 responded to the off ramp of Highway 153 to Jersey Pike to assist HCEMS Medic 16 with a possible baby delivery in a vehicle. Arriving on scene, M16 was in the process of cutting the umbilical cord and getting the newborn onto a stretcher. Senior Firefighter David Linam and Firefighter Josh Hixson immediately initiated CPR on the infant. Both rode in the ambulance to the hospital to help paramedics. Captain Scott Sparks and Senior Firefighter Brit Bradshaw stayed on scene and assisted Medic 1 with packaging the mother for transport to the hospital. “I am happy to report that a heartbeat was restored on the newborn child and he started breathing on his own as they arrived downtown at the hospital,” Captain Sparks said. “The mother was alert and oriented with no signs of complications. She remained calm throughout the entire process, even as firefighters started CPR on her baby. Paramedic Vikki Slaughter did an amazing job on this call and FFS Linam and FF Hixson acted without hesitation. The three of them saved this baby's life. It was truly a miracle.” Great work!!

Quint 6 Red Shift

Chattanooga firefighters acted very fast to stop an apartment fire from spreading on Tuesday night. Red Shift companies were dispatched to The Emery Apartments at 7604 Standifer Gap Rd after a resident called 911 to report that they saw smoke coming from a neighbor’s apartment. Battalion 2 arrived on scene at 1931 and reported smoke showing from the 1100 building. Squad 7 and Ladder 7 arrived on scene and made an aggressive interior attack of apartment #1108 on a heavily involved room and contents. The fire was declared under control at 1938. A primary search recovered three cats. The animals were given oxygen and pet CPR was performed, but all three pets succumbed to smoke inhalation. The occupant of the apartment was checked and treated by HCEMS on scene for smoke inhalation, but refused medical transport. The fire was ruled accidental. The other companies on scene were Quint 8, Quint 21, Quint 6, Engine 15, Ladder 13, and Battalion 1.

Emery Apts fire

Chattanooga firefighters fought a boat fire Sunday night behind Baylor School. On 6/25/23 at 8 PM, Quint 17, Fireboat 10, Battalion 3 (Red Shift), and CFD Special Operations responded after a malfunction with the boat’s carburetor caused a fire. Three people got off the burning boat. One was left with minor injuries. Quint 17 arrived on scene and provided an accurate location while checking on everyone from the boat. Fireboat 10 fought the fire from the water and Special Ops oversaw the cleanup.

boat fire near Baylor

The CFD responded to a house fire in the 1100 block of Willow Street early Sunday morning. No one was home and there were no injuries. The cause is under investigation. Engine 5, Ladder 5, Quint 1, Squad 1, Ladder 1, Squad 20, Battalion 1 & Battalion 3 responded at 4:52 AM on 6/25/23 to fight the fire. It has been a busy 24 hours for Green Shift. Companies worked a fire at a boarded-up, vacant structure in the 2000 block of E 34th Street at 1:15PM on 6/24/23, then a boat fire incident on St Elmo Ave/Tennessee Ave later that night (see previous post), then the Willow Street house fire early Sunday morning in addition to other calls for service.

Willow St house fire

An incident involving a burning boat created a mess for firefighters in different locations Saturday night. At 7:08 PM on 6/24/23, Green Shift companies responded to 3800 Tennessee Avenue and 3700 St. Elmo Avenue. A truck pulling a pontoon boat on a trailer hit a light pole and knocked it down and then flipped the boat off the trailer. The boat caught fire and the driver dragged it behind the truck two blocks down the street. Debris was on fire at two different locations. Firefighters extinguished the fires and then the cleanup process began to remove the charred debris from the roadways. Engine 14, Squad 20, Quint 3, and Battalion 1 were on the call. There were no injuries. Since it was a traffic related matter, any potential charges against the driver would come from law enforcement. Thanks to CPD and Public Works for their assistance.

burning boat

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