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Monday, April 22, 2013
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Monday, April 29, 2013
Several members of the Kentland VFD were honored at the Prince George's County Public Safety Valor Awards, held on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at Martins Crosswinds in Greenbelt. The leadership and members of the KVFD congratulate these members on their accolades, and thank them for carrying on the Kentland traditions of honor, bravery, zeal, and dedication. Below are the accounts of each incident.BRONZE MEDAL OF
VALOR PRESENTED TO CAPT. RICHIE GREEN, SGT. JOSEPH NEVILLE AND FIREMAN TIMOTHY
JONESRESCUE ENGINE PULLS 2 VICTIMS FROM CHAPEL OAKS HOUSE: ENGINE, TOWER, RESCUE AND CHIEF ON 5396 SHERIFF RDNovember 7, 2012 - Kentland Volunteers made a pair of rescues early Wednesday morning from a house fire in Chapel Oaks. At 2:38 AM, Engine 332 (3rd due), Tower 33 (1st due), and Rescue Engine 33 (3rd due) were called to the intersection of Sheriff Road and Goshun Place, less than 1/4 mile from Co 38's firehouse; Chief 33 also responded with the companies. While units were responding, Communications provided an update that people were trapped in the building. Engine 381 arrived shortly thereafter, and stretched in to the 2 story house, which had flames coming from windows on the B and C sides. Units from Kentland arrived in rapid succession, with the Tower reporting to the front, the Rescue Engine assuming 2nd due responsibilities and reported to the rear along with Engine 332. While the Engine Co checked the basement, Fireman Jones (RE Barman) entered the back door and encountered a victim, whom he removed to the rear yard with the assistance of Fireman Neville (RE Canman). Meanwhile, as Engine Co 38 was stretching in to the 2nd floor, they too came across a body in the hallway. Lieutenant Green (RE OIC) was close behind and able to affect the rescue, bringing the second victim down the stairs, followed by a member from Co 38. The Tower and Rescue Engine completed the primary and secondary searches of the structure, along with ventilation and opening up, while the Engine found the basement charged with smoke and searched for the possible extension. Both victims were transported to area hospitals, and units returned to service at 0438. Chief 33 had the Command.SILVER MEDAL OF
VALOR PRESENTED TO FIREMAN TREY DALTONENGINE COMPANY AND TOWER LADDER 33 RUN A HOUSE ON FIRE WITH PEOPLE TRAPPED IN CHAPEL OAKS, MARYLAND: 6330 CARRINGTON COURTAugust 8, 2012 - At 16:37 hours, the box alarm was transmitted for the house on fire and people trapped at 6330 Carrington Court in Chapel Oaks, Maryland. Engine Company and Tower Ladder 33 responded on the run with a total of 10 volunteers. As companies responded toward the reported address, Prince George's County Fire Communications advised units that additional reports were coming-in for a child trapped on the second floor. Engine 331 was the first to arrive, laid a supply line in and stretched the front-bumper pre-connect through the front entrance. As this was being completed, Engine Co. 8 arrived, secured 33's water supply and began to stretch a back-up line. Tower Ladder 33 arrived as this was unfolding and the crew immediately went to work performing interior and exterior duties. While advancing inward, crews encountered fire conditions throughout the first floor with extension to the second floor. As the fire was beginning to be extinguished, members from Companies 33 and 38 located two unconscious victims in a second floor bedroom. Simultaneously the outside team on Tower Ladder 33 had placed two portable ladders and completely cleared the window (glass/sash) areas. With the assistance of firefighters from Company 8 victims were rushed to the awaiting firefighters at the windows and the two were brought to awaiting EMS personnel on the "Bravo" side. EMS crews worked feverishly to revive both occupants. Firefighting crews continued to extinguish hot spots and complete additional searches for 45 minutes.BRONZE MEDAL OF
VALOR PRESENTED TO POLICE OFFICER FIRST CLASS PETER K. JOHNSONTOWER LADDER 33 SPECIAL CALLED ON FIRE FROM A DISTRICT HEIGHTS HOUSE AND PEOPLE TRAPPED: 6500 BLOCK OF HILMAR DRIVEFebruary 17, 2012 - Just after 3AM, PGPD police officers on routine patrol saw the heavy smoke and fire coming from 6135 Hil-Mar Drive in District Heights. Officers communicated their location and advised they encountered a 2-story, end-row townhouse with heavy fire showing from the first floor and a child trapped. While 2 other officers forced entry into the exposure and rescued a wheelchair bound civilian, PFC Johnson, also a member of the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Company 33, received a report from a frantic citizen that her 2-year old child was trapped on the second floor of the fire building. Without hesitation, PFC Johnson grabbed the 24' ground ladder from Engine Co 26 and placed it to the window where the child was trapped. When Truck 29's crew arrived, they were able to immediately ascend the ladder into the bedroom, where they located the child. Without regard to his own safety, PFC Johnson scaled the ladder through thick, acrid smoke and assisted with removing the child from the window and down the ladder.
Courtesy Ritchie VFD
Saturday, April 27, 2013
At 1626 hours, Engine 331 and Tower Ladder 33, were requested for
the Box Alarm in Seat Pleasant's first due. As the units were responding down MLK Jr Highway, Public Safety Communications advised
that they were receiving multiple calls about the house on fire.
Engine 331 arrived third, as dispatched, and stretched the 250' line to the rear of the house; after extending the line, the Engine Co pushed through the lower level of the house and up the
stairs to the second floor, extinguishing fire as they encountered it.
The Tower Company, having forced entry via the rear
door, also made their way to the second floor, conducting a primary search
with negative results. The assignment was scaled back within 30 minutes
and units from 33 operated for approximately 90 minutes before returning
Friday, April 26, 2013
A fire in a 1 story Capitol Heights house was the first of two Friday fires for the Tower Ladder. Dispatched as the 2nd due special service, Tower 33 arrived as such, and went to work opening up the rear of the house, throwing ladders, and performing searches inside the residence. Within 20 minutes, the fire was knocked down and the assignment was scaled back, with Tower Ladder 33 being released shortly there after. As soon as the Tower cleared the 5 house, they were added to a house fire assignment in Co 46's first due. This time, the fire was on the second floor of an end of the row townhouse, venting from several windows on the second floor. Tower 33 positioned in the rear and as the exterior team was throwing multiple ground ladders, the inside crew conducted both a primary and secondary search with negative results. After ventilating the second floor, the crew assisted with extensive overhaul. Tower 33 went back into service after 90 minutes.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
At the height of the Wednesday afternoon rush hour, a reported house fire in Seat Pleasant VFD's first due brought Engine 331 as the 4th due engine. Arriving 3rd, the Engine Co assumed 3rd due responsibilities and stretched the 250' 1 1/2" to the rear of the house. After clearing the basement, the members made their way to the the second floor. The fire in the kitchen of the home was quickly brought under control, and members from Kentland returned to service after 30 minutes.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
At 1633 hrs, Tower 33 was dispatched to the "P" section of Bowie for a house fire, with report of entrapment; Chief 33 also responded with the Tower. As companies were responding to the scene, PSCC provided several specific updates, relaying reports that a 5 year old child was trapped, possibly in a bedroom or living room in the rear of the home. Bowie fire department units reported "fire showing" from the C and D sides of the 1 story single family house. Tower 33 began a primary search, while Chief 33 assumed "Division One" and assisted with extinguishment. A rapid primary search came up negative, and this finding was confirmed by a thorough secondary. The child was found safe and unharmed in a neighbor's yard. Kentland 33 returned to service within one and a half hours.
Monday, April 15, 2013
The Officers and Membership of the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. regret to announce the passing of member George O'Connell. Mr. O'Connell was active during the 1960's until the early 1970's. We ask that everyone keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. Arrangements are as follows:Donaldson's Funeral Home1411 Annapolis RoadOdenton, Maryland 21113(410)672-2200Saturday April 20th, 2013Gathering: 1400-1500 hoursService: 1500-1600 hours
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Just after 1330 hours, a box alarm was transmitted for the house on fire, across from 6928 Greenwood Drive in Glenn Dale, Maryland. This assignment brought Tower Ladder, Chief and Deputy Chief 33 with a total of seven volunteers. As companies responded toward the scene, Prince George's County Fire Communications advised that they were receiving numerous calls. First arriving Engine and Tower Ladder 39 reported fire showing from a two-story split level home. Tower Ladder 33 (the 2nd due Ladder Company) arrived and reported to the rear of the involved home. The exterior crew placed several portable ladders and began ventilation efforts. Meanwhile, the interior crew performed searches of the second floor and started opening-up the ceiling to expose fire in the attic. Chief and Deputy Chief 33 were assigned as interior supervisors by the Incident Commander. Companies operated for approx. 45 minutes to bring the entire fire under control. Command held Companies 39 and 33 to overhaul and assist the Fire Investigations Unit. Volunteers from the Kentland VFD returned to service within two-hours.
Photo by Jim Davis
Sunday, March 31, 2013
After Station 22 (Tuxedo-Cheverly) was closed in 2010, their first due area was divided among Companies 33, 9, and 38. As a result of this realignment, this Sunday morning fire brought Engine Co 38 first due, with Engine 331 running 3rd due and the Tower as the second truck. As 38 and Truck 9 were making entry through the front, the units from Kentland reported to the rear, with the Engine laying out and stretching the 250' 1.5" preconnect. While the exterior crew of the Tower was placing ladders and beginning ventilation, the interior crew forced entry for the Engine and began to search. Engine 331 cleared the lower floors before advancing their line to the second floor, where they found fire burning in two rooms and the attic and extinguished the same. The Tower's interior crew then assisted Truck 9 in the removal of a civilian from the second floor. Unfortunately, the victim perished in the fire. Units remained on the scene for several hours performing extensive overhaul in the densely packed home. A special thanks to Officer Edward Gizinski from the Cheverly Police Department for the action photos.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Early on Sunday morning, Tower 33 was dispatched as the 2nd due truck for a house on fire, and arrived as such. As the crew made their way up to the one story house, Command hit the evacuation tones due to lack of progress. The outside team began removing plywood coverings from several windows and placed ground ladders. With the fire knocked back from the outside, Command allowed crews to reenter and finish up. Tower Ladder 33 and Engine Co 8 entered through Side C and extinguished the remaining fire located in the attic.
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