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TOWER 33 2ND DUE ON 20 HOUSE: 16901 SWANSON ROAD

Monday, June 29, 2015  At 1628 Tower 33 (4 men) was alerted to respond as the second due special service for smoke inside the home at 16901 Swanson road (Co. 20's first due). Engine Co. 20 arrived to find a 2-story single family dwelling with smoke showing form the second floor. Command advised Tower 33 to go past the main driveway and use the neighbor's driveway in hopes that it would lead to side "C" charlie. With no such luck, Tower 33 parked in front of the neighbor's house and began the 2500+ foot trek to the house. The crew of 4 carried irons, hooks, and 3 ladders (16', 20',24'). Once at the house the members were told to standby outside. The crew took out windows on all 4 sides of the house while placing ground ladders on sides A,B, and C. The Driver from Tower 33 went to the roof and let command know they had fire in the attic. Command sent the crew from 33 inside to open up so crews could extinguish the fire. Due to hoarding conditions the Tower crew performed extensive overhaul to the house. The crew operated for 3 hours and 10 minutes before they returned to service. 


     



 

SPECIAL ALARM BRINGS TOWER 33 TO RIVERDALE: 4410 OGLETHORPE STREET

Sunday, June 21, 2015  At 0035 Tower 33 (4 Men) was added on a special alarm to 4410 Oglethorpe Street (Co.7's First Due) where crews were operation with a stairwell that was struck by lightning on the roof and was on fire of an 8story building. Tower 33 arrived on scene and was asked to bring a 24' extension ladder to the roof. Two members of the crew climbed up Truck 14 with the ladder as the other 2 checked every floor for smoke conditions. After clearing floors 1-8 these members met back up with the rest of the crew and assisted units with overhaul operations on the roof. Tower 33 operated for 1hour and 15 minuteds before retuning to service.

   


 

TOWER 3RD DUE ON CAPITOL HEIGHTS HOUSE FIRE: 933 CLOVIS AVENUE

Sunday, June 21, 2015  At 0358 Tower 33 (5 men) was alerted to respond as the third due special service to 933 Colvis Avenue (Co. 5's First Due) for the reported house on fire. Engine Co. 5 arrived on scene of a 1 story single family house with fire in the rear of the house. Two engines and a truck operated as the rest of the units staged. Tower 33 returned to service at 0413 hours when they were immediately put on a 55 box which ended up being a false call.

   


 

TOWER LADDER 33 OPERATES ON A 3RD ALARM BUILDING FIRE IN FORESTVILLE, MARYLAND: 9200 BLOCK OF MARLBORO PIKE

Wednesday, June 17, 2015  Just after 0330 hours, units were dispatched on box alarm 23-05 for the reported building on fire in the 9200 block of Marlboro Pike. Engine Company No. 23 arrived within a short time to find a one-story (200 x 150) restaurant/lounge and smoke showing. Due to the volume of fire present, a second alarm was transmitted, bringing Tower Ladder 33 with five volunteers. Upon their arrival, Tower Ladder 33 gained a position on the "Alpha" side and began assisting with roof operations. After approximately 15 minutes, crews were evacuated from the building and heavy duty (master stream) devices were utilized to continue with extinguishment operations. Tower Ladder 33 operated in this mode for approx. one-hour before the bulk of the fire was suppressed. Companies remained on the scene performing overhaul and extinguishing hot spots until 1000 hours. 





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REMEMBERING LIEUTENANT PETER B. LUND - 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS LODD

Sunday, June 14, 2015  Ten years ago today, the fire service lost a husband, father and friend. But, most of all they lost a teacher, mentor and role model. Over all they lost a great fireman. Peter B. Lund, retired Lieutenant F.D.N.Y., Past Chief Woodmere (New York) Fire Department and Active Member of the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. was killed in the line of duty while operating at a house fire in Long Island, NY. This tragedy sent a shock wave through our family. It has been 3650 days since Pete left due to his untimely death. He is remembered each and everyday by the members that knew him. What he stood for is also passed on each and everyday to the new members that didn't. The Officers and Membership of the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. ask that everyone take a moment today and remember Pete Lund in your thoughts and prayers. We miss you, Lieutenant Vulcan "God of Fire".

     



 

TOWER HANDLES RIT DUTIES AT 55 HOUSE: 3423 40TH PLACE

Wednesday, June 10, 2015  Tower Ladder 33 was alerted on this late spring evening for the report of a house fire in the Cottage City section of PG County. Bladensburg VFD and Hyattsville VFD crews arrived first and reported nothing evident at 3423 40th Place. Upon further investigation, a small fire was discovered burning on the second floor of the 2 story single family home. Dispatched as third due special service & arriving in that same position, the Tower crew assumed RIC responsibilities. Quick knock down prevented further damage to the home or any others in the tight knit community, and residents thanked members on the scene for the fast response & swift actions that prevented a significant blaze.

   


 

FIVE PEOPLE TRAPPED IN TWO CARS FOR ENGINE COMPANY: COLUMBIA PARK ROAD AND SOUTH CLUB DRIVE

Sunday, June 7, 2015  With Rescue Engine 33 out of service, Rescue Squad 6 was the closest available extrication resource for an early morning head on collision in Landover that left 4 people trapped in one vehicle, and one pinned in another. Engine 331 (responding with 6 men) arrived first, stretched a handline for protection, and began triaging patients. With the number of trapped victims, the Engine Co split into teams, one providing patient care, one to assist the Rescue Squad with extrication, and one to man the handline. The crews from 33 and 6 worked together to attack both vehicles and extricate the victims, who were handed over to EMS units. Five victims were freed from the vehicles, and a total of 6 were transported to area trauma centers.


     



 

ONE TRAPPED ON THE BELTWAY: INNER LOOP I-495 PRIOR TO CENTRAL AVENUE

Monday, June 1, 2015  At 1317 hours, Engine Company 33 was dispatched for the auto accident with one trapped. Engine 331 arrived on the southbound (inner loop) side of the Beltway prior to Central Avenue to find a white work van on its side. The crew from Engine 331 found one patient inside the van who was not able to get out. Battalion Chief 881 (Wargo) arrived and established the Beltway command and assigned E331 "Suppression" division. Engine 331 assisted the Rescue Squad from 27, and the patient was safely removed to awaiting EMS crews where he was transported to the hospital.

     



 

SECOND FIRE IN TWO WEEKS AT CHAPEL OAKS HOUSE: 5109 NORTH ENGLEWOOD DRIVE

Saturday, May 30, 2015  In the mid afternoon, the volunteers from Station 33 were alerted to 5109 North Englewood Dr for the reported house fire. The engine responded with 6 men as the second due engine. Engine Company 33 picked up the first due engine's hydrant and ran the 400' preconnect to the reported address, where they discovered that the Bravo side exterior of the house was involved in fire, which the engine company quickly extinguished. Company 33 went ready after operating for approximately 30 minutes.

   


 

FIRE ON THE ROOF OF AN OFFICE BUILDING: 8400 CORPORATE DRIVE

Friday, May 29, 2015  At 1622 hours, Company 33 was alerted to respond to 8400 Corporate Drive in company 28's first due. The Engine and Tower with 8 volunteers responded as first due engine and first due truck in the box. Engine and Tower 33 arrived to find a 5 story office building with smoke and an odor on all five floors. The Tower crew reported to the roof where they found fire involving roofing material under an HVAC unit. The crew of Engine 331 made their way to the roof and stretched a line off of the tower bucket to extinguish the fire. Units operated for approximately 60 minutes before going in service.

   


 
 
 

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