The snow was falling and the calls kept coming for Nelson Fire and Rescue.
“We were busy. We were going from call to call for most of the morning,” said assistant fire chief Mike Daloise, adding the non-stop stretch on Tuesday began at 8:20 a.m. with a crew member responding to a minor fall in the Fairview area.
“While finishing with this patient another call was received reporting a motor vehicle collision on Granite Road involving a school bus with over 30 children on board.” said Daloise.
“All of the students were checked out by EHS paramedics and Dr. Nick Sparrow, the community response doctor,” said a release from assistant fire chief Mike Daloise of the incident on a snowy Tuesday at about 8:40 a.m.
The release stated there was minor damage to the bus and significant damage to the car of the crash near Fisherman Road. The driver of the car was not seriously hurt. Crews cleaned up an oil leak from the bus and helped secure the scene.
While returning from the school bus/car collison, crews came upon another accident on Highway 3A near Pacific Insight. No one was injured in the mishap and both vehicles, a car and pickup truck, received minor damage.
Daloise said as those crews finished up and were driving back to the downtown station a call came in of a vehicle fire in upper Fairview, which led to a temporary evacation at a nearby school.
Firefighters discovered flames coming from under the hood of an older-model GMC Jimmy. Crew members were able to extinguish the fire and there was significant damage within the engine compartment. But it turned out smoke was drawn into the air handling system of the nearby Nelson Christian Community School, forcing the temporary evacation of students until the crew cleared the smoke.
The cause of the vehicle fire is believed to be electrical, said Daloise.
While the crew was returning from the vehicle fire they were dispatched to a biohazard call in a public location involving discarded needles and a small amount of blood.
Nelson Fire and Rescue had responded to thirty-seven calls for assistance in the first 10 days of 2018.