Posted by VickN, a resident of the San Ramon neighborhood, on Jun 21, 2012 at 1:54 pm
The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District has different nomenclature for apparatus. Yes the generic term would be called a "fire truck". However, the SRVFPD classifies the apparatus used to do water pumping and generic fire fighting and emergency support as an "Engine", and it is the front line responder. A "truck" would be classified as the apparatus which contains the specialized turnable ladder. So in terms of classification, there were indeed 2 trucks and 6 engines which responded in total.
An overhead officer is a chief or supervisor for the emergency scene. This can also include assistant fire chiefs, battalion chiefs, investigators, inspectors, etc. Usually on a fire like this, you have at minimum 4 overhead officers, one overseeing firefighting on each side of the house. One of the overhead officers (or an additional one) will also oversee the entire operation and will communicate with the dispatch center.
As far as the injury to the firefighter, the story wasn't updated since the original report at around 12:20am. I was listening to the fire scanner until 12:45am and did not hear anything about a firefighter being injured, so if it did happen, it happened at least 20 minutes after the initial report to the patch.
PGE was their to shut off power, EBMUD was called to add more pressure to the hydrant line, which I guess was not clearly reported. PGE and EBMUD can do traffic control when they're doing work on their own systems, which is the case in some fires when they're adding more pressure or servicing utilities in the neighborhood.
Just trying to clarify and justify initial reporting.