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Wednesday, September 24, 2014
At 1246 hours, the box alarm was transmitted for smoke from a commercial building in the 1000 block of Ritchie Road. This brought the Tower Ladder and Deputy Chief from Company 33 with a total of six volunteers. First due Engine Company No. 37 reported smoke showing on arrival from a large recycling plant. Upon further investigation, it was found that machinery was on fire in the center of the building. Tower Ladder 33, the first due truck company, went in to search, assisted with opening-up the fire area and checked the roof. Fire was quickly confined to the area of origin, but extensive overhaul was performed. Tower Ladder and Deputy Chief 33 operated for approx. one and a half hours before returning to service.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Around the midnight hour, Tower Ladder 33 was dispatched on an inside gas leak in Company 37's first due. While beginning to pick-up from that incident, the box alarm, reporting a house on fire in the 1500 block of 2nd Street was transmitted. Tower Ladder 33 was placed 2nd due on the alarm and responded with a total of five volunteers. First arriving units reported a two-story, detached, single family house and fire showing from the "charlie" side. Tower Ladder 33 arrived a short time later, gave a complete size-up of the rear and placed several portable ladders on the "C" and "D" sides of the house. Crews encountered fire in several rooms of the house to include a rear porch area. All searches proved negative and Tower Ladder 33 operated for three-hours prior to returning to service.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
In the afternoon hours, a box alarm was transmitted for the house on fire in the 1100 block of Largo Road (Largo, Maryland). This assignment brought Engine Company No. 33 with a total of five volunteers. As units first arrived on scene, it was found that smoke was issuing from the roof area of a century old, single family home. Due to the proximity of the closest fire hydrant, the first three arriving engine companies had to complete a water supply relay. Engine Company No. 33 was the engine tasked with "hitting the hydrant". As this was being done, the crew stretched a handline and encountered fire throughout the attic space. The OIC originally established the Incident Command System and was later relieved by the Battalion Chief upon his arrival. Companies worked for 20 minutes to extinguish the bulk of the fire. Engine Company No. 33 remained on the scene for approx. one and a half hours before returning to service.
Monday, September 15, 2014
hours, box alarm 28-11 was transmitted for the building on fire in the 5500
block of Karen Elaine Drive in Lanham, Maryland. The assignment consisted of
Engine Companies 28, 30, 9 and 48, Truck Company 9, Tower Ladders 7 and 33. Six
volunteers from Company 33 responded aboard the Tower Ladder from Kentland.
Within minutes, first arriving units reported a three-story, ordinary
constructed, attached garden apartment building and smoke showing from the roof
area. Upon further investigation fire was located in the attached utility area
of multiple floors and the attic space. Tower Ladder 33 arrived in the rear,
set up the rig, placed several portable ladders and established rapid
intervention. Per-command, the crew of Tower Ladder 33 was split after the aforementioned
tasks were completed. One team remained as rapid intervention as the other assisted
with roof operations and opening-up for extension. Companies work for approx.
45-minutes to extinguish all fire and hot spots. Tower Ladder 33 returned to
service after one and a half hours.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
At 0700 hours, Tower Ladder 33 reported to the National Harbor (Gaylord Convention Center) in the southern portion of Prince George's County, Maryland to assist with the United States Flag display at the annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb and 5K Run/Walk. The event goes until approx. 12 noon today.
Friday, September 12, 2014
second time in three-days, volunteers from the Kentland VFD were responding to
a multiple alarm fire. This time, Engine Company No. 33 was first due on the
second alarm in the 5400 block of Doris Court in Bladensburg, Maryland. Fire
involved the rear of several lightweight, wood frame townhouses. First arriving
units found substantial extension and requested the additional alarm be
transmitted. Engine Company No. 33 arrived, secured an additional water supply
and stretched an attack line to the "Delta One" exposure as directed
by command. The crew found extension on all floors in the rear and extinguished
the same. Over 50 firefighters operated to confine the fire within one-hour.
Engine Company No. 33 returned to service within one and a half hours.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
At 1116 hours, the box alarm was transmitted for the apartment building on fire in the 6800 block of Riverdale Road in Riverdale Heights, Maryland. This alarm brought Engine Company 33 as the fourth due engine company, Chief and Deputy Chief 33 with eight volunteers. Within minutes, Engine Company 28 and Chief 7 arrived with a three-story, middle of the row, ordinary constructed apartment building and smoke showing. Chief and Deputy Chief 33 arrived shortly thereafter and were assigned to complete a size-up on the "Charlie" side of the building. Upon further investigation, it was found that the bulk of the fire was located in a large rear utility area that was only accessible from an independent doorway. Engine Company 33, assuming the third due engine company responsibilities, per-command, laid a supply line in from a secondary hydrant, positioned in an adjacent parking lot in the rear and stretched the 400-foot pre-connect to the are of the fire room. The crew and Chief from 33 made entry and located fire throughout the basement ceilings/voids and extension to the pipe chases/exposure. With the extent of the fire spread, a second alarm was transmitted at this point. The majority of the fire in the basement area was extinguished within minutes, however crews on the upper floors continued to work vigorously to open-up and extinguish extension for an additional hour. The fire was placed under control within 90-minutes and crews from Companies 28, 7, 33, 37, 1, 34, 12, 13 and 719 (Montgomery County) were held for extensive overhaul. The Engine Company and Chief Officers from the Kentland VFD returned to service within two and one-half hours.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
At 16:33 hours, Tower 33 responded second due on the box, along with Volunteer Chief 33B Riley, to Bowie for a reported townhouse on fire. First arriving units reported fire showing, with extension to the Bravo exposure. Tower 33 was the first special service to arrive, and requested permission from Command to take over first due responsibilities. Having received the go ahead, the crew quickly went to work throwing multiple ground ladders, conducting a primary search, and cutting several holes in the roof. Due to the fire's extension, Command requested a second alarm, which brought Engine 331 to the scene. Due to first alarm engine companies' lack of progress, Command requested that all units evacuate the fire building so Tower 33 could darken the fire down with the Stang gun. Crews then re-entered the structure for some extensive overhaul the Engine and Tower returned back home at 1933 hours.
Monday, July 7, 2014
At 1337 hours, the box alarm was transmitted for the townhouse on fire in the area of the 1800 block of Tulip Avenue in Ritchie, Maryland. The assignment consisted of Engine Companies 37, 23, 8 and 46, Truck Company 26, Tower Ladder 33 and Rescue Engine 27. As companies responded toward the area, Fire Communications reported that they were receiving a few addresses all reporting smoke from a townhouse. WIthin minutes, Engine Company 37 arrived with a two-story, middle of the row, lightweight wood frame townhouse and smoke showing. Upon further investigation, it was found that the fire was located in the basement of the residence. As additional companies arrived, Chief 33 was assigned as the "Charlie" side Supervisor and Tower Ladder 33 was assigned rapid intervention duties. It took less than 10 minutes to extinguish the fire and assure there was no extension. Company 33 volunteers returned to service within 35 minutes.
Monday, July 7, 2014
Just four hours after the fire on 69th Place in Seat Pleasant, the Engine Company and Tower Ladder were responding to another reported fire. This time in the 1600 block of Willowood Court in Company 38's first due. The assignment consisted of Engine Companies 38, 33, 8 and 5, Truck Company 38, Tower Ladder 33 and Truck Company 9. Units from Companies 38 and 33 arrived within minutes to find a two-story, end of the row, lightweight wood frame townhouse and nothing showing. Upon further investigation, fire was found in the second floor bathroom with extension to the attic space. An additional "360" size-up, completed by Engine Company 33 revealed smoke showing from the eves on the "C" side. Companies quickly extinguished the fire and opened-up the second floor area to confine the extension. Within 20 minutes, Command held Companies 38 and 33 for the remainder of the incident.
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