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Sunday, November 24, 2013
When a Bowie homeowner called to report a fire in her fireplace, PSC dispatched a "street alarm" (a downgraded response consisting of two engines and two special services) to 13804 Urbana Ln at 1733 hrs. While the street alarm units were responding, the caller provided supplemental information that there was fire in the walls, prompting Communications to fill out the box. Engine Co 18 arrived to find smoke showing and requested a Working Fire Dispatch. Inside the house, units found a hidden fire in the fireplace pipe chance, which had started on the 1st floor, quickly spreading to the 2nd floor and into the attic. Fire eventually appeared on the exterior, venting from Side D and coming from the roof, and Command requested a Task Force. This alarm brought Engine 331 (2nd due) and Rescue Engine 33 as the special service. Company 33 arrived and was assigned RIT for 30 minutes until crews brought the fire under control, before clearing at 1807 hrs.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Sometimes, it pays to be in the right place at the right time, as the crew of Tower 33 found out on Sunday afternoon. While members were cleaning equipment from the day's first fire, a box alarm was transmitted on the south side of the county, in Company 25's first due. At 13:46, Engine Co 25 went on scene with fire showing from side Charlie of an attached auto garage. Initial companies had 6-8 autos on fire inside the garage, with minor extension to a large granite warehouse and Command requested a Fire Task Force. Tower 33, already on the way to the transfer to Co 25, was dispatched as the first due special service, and staged for an assignment upon arrival. While the Tower was in staging, Communications advised Command of another fire, several hundred feet away on Kirby Rd. A citizen reported that flying embers had started a woods fire that extended to a warehouse. Volunteer Chief 37 went to investigate the outside fire and requested a separate box alarm for fire extending into the building. Tower 33 was 1st due on this alarm, and quickly arrived on side Alpha of the 1 story commercial building, as the interior crew forced entry and roll up doors to side Alpha and Charlie. The Tower driver set the bucket to the roof and found minor extension to the roof line. Tower 33 cleared 15:00 and returned to 25 for 22 minutes.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
At 0856 hrs, a box alarm was dispatched to 5407 75th Ave (Co 28) for the house on fire, bringing Tower 33 (3rd due) and Engine 331 (4th due). While units were enroute, Public Safety Communications advised of another call from 5407 76th Avenue, reporting a yellow house with red trim fire in attic, approximately 1 mile away. Engine companies 30 and 28 arrived to 5407 75th Ave with nothing showing & began investigating. Tower 33 made the decision to investigate 76th Ave and arrived to 5407 76th Ave with a 1 story detached single family dwelling with smoke showing from the eaves. The Tower crew went to work, initiating a primary search, and placing ground ladders. TL33's crew located the fire & determined it was isolated to the attic. TL33's Canman knocked the fire down, while Engine Co 28 advanced a line to hit hot spots. TL33 & TK9 completed primary & secondary (both negative), and checked for extension. E331 took the 3rd due position, and advanced a line to & in from side Charlie, and assisted 28 with hot spots in the attic. After clearing the fire on 76th Avenue, the Tower was returning to the first due when dispatched to a report of fire in the oven at 8907 Crandall Rd (E331 2nd due, TL33 1st due). The Tower arrived first, to another 2 story split level with nothing evident. The crew went inside to find burning bacon in the oven. Always prepared, Tower 33's Canman extinguished the fire in the oven with the 2nd can and Tower 33's OIC returned the assignment. With both cans depleted, the company returned to quarters, prepared all the while to extinguish any fires encountered along the way with the water in the cooler.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Just before 0800 hours, the box alarm was transmitted for the house on fire in the 9700 block of Franklin Avenue in Lanham, Maryland. The alarm consisted of Engine Companies 48, 18, 30 and 13, Tower Ladder 33, Truck Company 19 and Rescue Squad 6. Within minutes, Engine Company 48 arrived with a one-story, detached, single family home and smoke showing. Tower Ladder 33 arrived a short time later and was put to work checking the "C" side and attic space (per-Command). Members found fire in a kitchen with extension. The crew from Tower Ladder 33 placed several portable ladders to all sides of the home and completed miscellaneous other tasks. Volunteers from the Kentland VFD, Company 33, operated for approx. 30 minutes before returning to service.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
As the month of November gets off to a running start, Volunteers at the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Company No. 33, are responding on back-to-back fires. In the past three-days, crews have responded to Walker Mill Road, Walters Lane and Oliver Street for working fires. All on consecutive days and in the daytime hours.
SECOND ALARM FIRE ON WALTERS LANE
FIRE SHOWING IN RIVERDALE, MARYLAND
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Just after 0900 hours, units were dispatched for the house on fire in the 12400 block of Kinship Turn in Bowie, Maryland. Engine Company and Tower Ladder 33 were due on the initial alarm and responded with a total of ten volunteers. Just minutes after dispatch, Engine Company No. 16 (Bowie) arrived and reported smoke showing from the roof of the reporting address. Engine Company 33 arrived and was tasked with the third-due engine company responsibilities per-command. The crew secured their own hydrant (secondary) on an adjacent street, placing the apparatus in a optimal position to cover the rear (side "C"). After completing this, they stretched the 250-foot pre-connect, gave a size-up of the rear, checked for a basement and assisted with extinguishing fire in the attic space. Tower Ladder 33 and positioned in the rear as well (2nd due truck company). The crew placed several portable ladders, performed ventilation, searched for occupants, assisted with opening-up and controlling utilities. Members from the Kentland VFD operated for approx. one-hour before returning to service.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Just after 0930 hours, a box alarm was transmitted for the apartment fire in the 6400 block of Pennsylvania Avenue in District Heights, Maryland. The initial alarm consisted of units from the first and third battalions of Prince George's County. While responding, Prince George's County Fire Communications advised that people were now reported trapped. Upon arrival of Engine Company No. 27, fire was reported through the roof of the reporting address. The second alarm was immediately requested, bringing units from the Kentland VFD, Company 33. Engine Company, Squad Company and Chief 33 responded on the second alarm with a total of 11 volunteers. Once on the scene, Chief 33 was assigned as the supervisor of "division two" in the "bravo one" exposure. Engine Company 33 was also assigned to the exposure, while Squad Company 33 was sent to the original fire floor to assist. Companies worked to contain the fire and check for extension. In all, three buildings were affected by smoke, but the fire only spread into the "bravo one" exposure. Members from the Kentland VFD operated for approx. two and one half hours before returning to service.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
At 0847 hours, box alarm 08-16 was transmitted for the house on fire in the area of 7204 Joplin Street in Seat Pleasant, Maryland. This alarm of fire brought Engine Company, Rescue Squad and Chief 33 with a total of 11 volunteers. As units responded toward the reporting address, Prince George's County Fire Communications advised that they were receiving several calls for a house on fire in the block. Chief 33 was the first fire department unit to arrive and reported a corrected address of 7206 Joplin Street with a two-story, wood frame, semi-detached home and fire showing from the "delta" side. Engine Company 33, third due on the alarm arrived simultaneously with Engine Company 8 and stretched the 250-foot pre-connect to cover the "charlie" side of the involved home. Rescue Squad 33 arrived a short time later and was put to work searching the fire floor and placing portable ladders to the upper floor. Companies worked for 10 minutes to extinguish the main body of fire, which was contained to the first floor and the "delta" wall of the second floor. Within 30 minutes, the incident was scaled back to the units from 33, 8 and 37. Chief 33 had the "Joplin" Command.
Friday, November 1, 2013
Just after 1300 hours, the box alarm was transmitted for the house on fire in the 2000 block of Barlowe Place. Engine Company, Tower Ladder and Chief 33 responded first due on the alarm with a total of 12 volunteers. Within minutes, units from Kentland arrived with a one-story, ordinary constructed, semi-detached home and smoke showing from the "delta" side. Engine Company 33 laid-in from the closest hydrant, stretched the front-bumper attack line and found a laundry room on fire. As the Engine Company began extinguishing the fire, Tower Ladder 33 placed several portable ladders, searched, ventilated and opened-up to check for extension. Within 10 minutes, Command scaled the incident back to the units from Company 33. Chief 33 had the "Barlowe" Command.
Friday, October 25, 2013
This past Friday, Fireman/Live-In Cameron "Alaska" McKay graduated from the United States Marine Corp Boot Camp. McKay has been a live-in at Company No. 33 for two-years and has returned home before going to infantry school in 10-days. The Officers and Members of the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. would like to congratulate Fireman McKay on his recent accomplishment and wish him the best of luck with future endeavors. Upon his return, he was greeted by members staffing the apparatus for the night. They presented him with gifts and the surprise of a newly renovated bedroom. Looking out for each other is one of several core values within the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. Corporation President Donald Aker and Ladderman Matthew Hall traveled to South Carolina and attended the graduation ceremony.
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