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Monday, September 21, 2015
A fire in the Town of Cheverly (formerly the first due area of Tuxedo-Cheverly, Station 22, but redivided between Companies 9, 38, and 33 after the closing of the firehouse in 2010) brought a full first alarm assignment to Box 9-24 on Sunday evening. Engine 331 (3rd due engine) and Tower Ladder 33 (2nd due truck) were dispatched to a report of a house on fire with a man fleeing on foot in the 3200 block of Cheverly Avenue. Chief 9 (Bladensburg VFD) arrived first and gave the return of a working fire on the second floor of a residential apartment over a garage at 3017 Cheverly Ave (this type of structure is commonly referred to as a "Carriage House" and can present some unique operational challenges on a box alarm). Engine 331 laid out from Cheverly and Inwood, assumed first due responsibilities and stretched the 250' 1.5" line and extinguished the fire. Companies 33 and 9 operated for a short while there after. The fire was contained to the living area on the second floor of the structure.
Saturday, September 19, 2015
While returning from a box alarm in Company 37's area, Tower 33 was alerted as the first due special service for a house fire at 3806 Endicott Place in Company 6's first due. On the air with the rescue squad, Squad 6 arrived on scene with a two-story house and fire showing through the roof. Tower 33 arrived behind Engine 28 (1st due engine) and was assigned the second due special service position by command. The OIC gave a report from the rear and had fire showing on all floors on the exterior, extending into the interior of the basement and first floor. The tower crew split (interior/exterior) with the interior team conducting primary searches of the basement and 1st floor (both negative - one dog removed), while the exterior team placed portable ladders to all sides and horizontally ventilated the second floor.After the bulk of the fire in the attic was knocked down, the tower crew re-postioned with members opening up and checking for extension on the 1st and 2nd floors. To complete overhaul and final wet-down after all of the fire was extinguished via the interior, the tower bucket was placed in service flowing a length of 1.5", as well as the Stang monitor.
Friday, September 18, 2015
Last evening, members from the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. gathered at the annual Prince George's County Volunteer Fire/Rescue Association (County) Convention, hosted by the Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department (Company 7). This particular night, of the week long event was to honor members for their outstanding service and dedication to the communities served. Individuals from several departments, to include the Berwyn Heights VFD, Branchville VFD, Beltsville VFD, Laurel VFD and many others received recognition.The last award of the ceremony is always the prestigious "Firefighter of the Year" award. This year, the honor was bestowed upon President Donald I. Aker, Jr. posthumously. The nomination read, in-part:"He certainly has a long list of achievements as an administrative member, but some of his most notable achievements were that of his everyday influence as a firefighter. His greatest moments were that of shadowing young firefighters and drivers. He strived to make sure that the future of the fire service was properly prepared. It was not uncommon for him to be in the center of a late night talk or drill during the 3 AM hour. He always believed that by better preparing our young members, it would provide for a more solid organization in the years to come.In December of 2013, President Aker was faced with the toughest battle of his life. He was diagnosed with (Stage 4) Esophageal Cancer and the outcome was certainly bleak. However, this hurdle didn’t stop him from being the firefighter that he had come to be. In-fact it magnified his desire to be better than he had been prior. Even when he was at his sickest moments, he would still find the energy to talk to the firefighters staffing Company 33. Giving them advice or just a (much needed) person to talk to."The award was accepted by President Aker's parents, Donald Sr. and Ruth Aker. All of the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. members that were present stood with the Aker family in support. President Aker's accomplishments and achievements will never be forgotten and will continue to be in the forefront of the progressive fire service for decades to come.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Engine 331 was dispatched and to a house fire, with a report of occupants trapped this afternoon. With a column of smoke clearly visible as they approached the Palmer Park neighborhood, the company laid out, and arrived to find a two story, end of the row "Kentland Triple" with fire showing from the 2nd floor. While extinguishing the fire, Engine 331's crew simultaneously conducted searches of the top floor, which proved to be negative despite the initial reports of entrapment. The fire was extinguished, overhauled, and crews operated for approximately 2.5 hours after a lengthy investigation for cause and origin.
Friday, September 11, 2015
The Engine Company and Tower from Kentland responded on the 3rd Alarm to this apartment fire in the Oxon Hill neighborhood of Prince George's County. After arriving on scene, the crews maneuvered to position the Tower on side Alpha of the fire building, after Command had ordered an evacuation of the building. Once it was deemed appropriate, the Wagon and Tower crews made entry and extinguished the remaining fire, conducted searches, and opened up. Total time operating 1.5 hours.
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Wednesday, September 9, 2015
At 2025, Engine 331 and Tower 33 were alerted for a house on fire in the area of Huxley Dr and Forbes Blvd. Despite an initial report of a "small fire on the deck," Engine 331 (as the third due engine) arrived first, secured a water supply and stretched a 250' attack line to side Charlie, where they found fire extending up the side of the house, into the attic and through the roof. Engine Co 33's crew extinguish all fire on side Charlie and Division 1 and assisted with extinguishing fire on Division 2. Tower 33's outside crew threw several ground ladders and assisted with opening up while the interior team performed searches. Both crews operated for two hours before the assignment was scaled back to Engine 828 and Tower 33.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
At 1700 hours, Engine 331 was alerted as the second due engine for a house on fire at 302 Cedarleaf Avenue in Company 8's first due. Within minutes, Engine 331 arrived, immediately behind Engine 805, and stretched the 250' pre-connect backup line through the front door. Engine 331's crew extinguished all fire that extended to the kitchen area, and the assignment was scaled back to E331, E805, and TK838. Shortly thereafter, the crew packed up and returned home to Kentland.
Sunday, August 30, 2015
At 0752 Hours Tower 33 (4 Men) was alerted to respond to a reported house on fire in the 2100 block of Dupont Avenue (Co 17's first due). First arriving units went on scene with fire showing from Side B. Tower 33, dispatched as the 3rd due special service, was assigned RIT. Crew performed a 360 and ensured all egress points were opened up. After the fire was extinguished command request Tower 33 to go in side and open up division 1, preform a secondary of the house, and help overhaul. After finding hot spots in the attic with the TIC and smoke still coming from the roof Tower 33 requested to open the roof to get a better look at what was still burning. While the interior crew from Tower 33 opened up as much as they could inside, the Driver cut a 4x4 hole in the roof. The crew was able to locate hot spots and get a line on it. Command held 1 Engine and 1 Truck. While returning to quarters Public Safety Communications sounded a box at 1000 Brightseat Road in company 46's first due, which had Engine 33 and Tower 33 responding first due. Units located a microwave on fire and held Company 33
Thursday, August 27, 2015
At approximately 0030 hours, the box alarm was transmitted for the apartment on fire in the 4400 block of 68th Place in Landover Hills, Maryland. Engine Company 33 responded as the 3rd and 4th due engine companies on the assignment, along with Deputy Chief 33. While enroute, Public Safety Communications (9-1-1) reported numerous phone calls and people trapped. Moments later, first due Engine Company 30 reported a three-story, ordinary constructed garden apartment building and fire showing from the stairwell/roof soffit. Upon arrival in the rear of the address (side "C"), Engine Company 33, responding with two class "A" pumpers began advancing two long length pre-connects. While doing so, it was noticed that people were trapped, immediately adjacent to the fire area. Due to the topography of the area, the building was in fact four (4) stories on side "C". The only readily available ladders, due to no access for an aerial device and additional units still responding were 28', 24' and 14' in length. None of which were capable of reaching four stories to the occupants. In a split second decision, the members from Truck Company 28 (West Lanham Hills) placed the longest ladder to the floor below (28' ladder). Then members from Engine Company 33 ascended the 28' ladder with a 14' roof ladder (with the roof hooks deployed) and scaled (pompier style) to the fourth (4th) floor balcony. Once with the trapped occupants, the Engine Company 33 firefighter sent one occupant down the completely vertical 14' ladder to members awaiting at the top of the 28' ladder. While this was being done, the two other occupants awaiting rescue utilized the tending firefighters SCBA mask to breath in the smoke filled area. Simultaneously, the two attack lines were still being stretched to assist with extinguishment. In all, three occupants were safely removed from the IDLH and evaluated by EMS.This type of "plan-B" tactic is taught to our members as a part of the Kentland VFD Rookie Book and has been successful in rescuing civilians on a few separate occasions where there wasn't a ladder tall enough to reach the upper floors of a multi-family/high occupancy building.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Engine 331 was dispatched for a report of smoke in the house with an alarm sounding. Engine Company 33 arrived on scene, and reported to side Charlie as 3rd due engine Once in the rear, they gave a size up to indicate to Command that there was a fire on the 2nd floor of a split foyer house. As the OIC forced entry to side C, the company advanced the 400' preconnect through the ground floor and up. Kentland 33 operated on scene for approximately 45 minutes before returning to service.
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