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TOWER LADDER 33 WITH FIRE IN THE WALLS AND ATTIC SPACE OF A GARDEN APARTMENT BUILDING: 5500 BLOCK OF KAREN ELAINE DRIVE

Monday, September 15, 2014  At 1624 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.



     



 

TOWER LADDER 33 STANDING TALL AT THE NATIONAL HARBOR THIS MORNING

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.

   


 

ANOTHER MULTIPLE ALARM FIRE FOR KENTLAND 33- ENGINE COMPANY 33 TO THE 5400 BLOCK OF DORIS COURT IN BLADENSBURG

Friday, September 12, 2014  For the 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.



     



 

ENGINE COMPANY, CHIEF AND DEPUTY CHIEF 33 WITH FIRE IN TWO GARDEN APARTMENT BUILDINGS: 6800 BLOCK OF RIVERDALE ROAD (2ND ALARM)

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.

   


 

TOWER 33 AND "B" CHIEF ON THE FIRST ALARM, ENGINE CO 33 ON THE SECOND: 13908 GRENFELL PLACE

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.

     



 

THIRD FIRE IN 24-HOURS, BASEMENT FIRE IN A RITCHIE, MARYLAND TOWNHOUSE: 1800 BLOCK OF TULIP AVENUE

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.

   


 

SECOND FIRE FOR THE NIGHT, THIS TIME IN A CHAPEL OAKS TOWNHOUSE: 1600 BLOCK OF WILLOWOOD COURT

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.

   


 

ENGINE COMPANY AND TOWER LADDER 33 WITH FIRE IN THE BASEMENT OF A SEAT PLEASANT HOUSE: 500 BLOCK OF 69TH PLACE

Sunday, July 6, 2014  Just before 2100 hours, box alarm 08-10 was transmitted for the house on fire in the 500 block of 69th Place, Seat Pleasant, Maryland. The alarm consisted of Engine Companies 8, 38, 33 and 26, Truck Company 38, Tower Ladder 33 and Truck Company 37. Within minutes, Engine Company No. 8 and Battalion Chief 1 arrived with a single-story, ordinary constructed single family home and smoke showing. Upon further investigation, fire was found venting from the rear basement level. Engine Company and Tower Ladder 33 arrived a short time later and went to work accordingly. The crew from the engine laid a secondary supply line, stretched an attack line to cover the rear and covered the first floor. The crew from the Tower Ladder entered the fire area, completed serches, opened-up, ventilated, placed several portable ladders, removed security bars on the "C" side and assisted Truck Company 37 with securing the utilities. The bulk of the fire was extinguished within 10 minutes and Command held Engine Company 8 and Tower Ladder 33 to overhaul. Units from the Kentland VFD cleared the scene within 90 minutes time.

     



 

FROM NOTHING SHOWING TO SMOKE SHOWING, FIRST DUE: 6800 BLOCK OF HAWTHORNE STREET

Monday, June 30, 2014  In the afternoon hours, the box alarm was transmitted for smoke in the basement of a townhouse in the 6800 block of Hawthorne Street (Company 33's first due). Engine Company, Chief and Deputy Chief 33 responded on the run with a total of seven volunteers. The remainder of the assignment consisted of Engine Companies 28, 9 and 8, Truck Companies 37 and 26, Rescue Squad 6. Upon arrival of the units from Company 33, a size-up of a two-story, middle of the row, lightweight, wood frame townhouse and nothing showing was reported. The Engine Company from 33 arrived, laid a supply line in and stretched the front-bumper line to the front door. As this was being done, a size-up from the rear (to complete the "360" size-up) was transmitted with three-stories on the "Charlie" side, obstructed basement access and nothing showing. At this point, the lineman on Engine Company 33 opened the front door and smoke began issuing from the first floor. This was an obvious sign of a working fire and the hose team stretched in to locate the seat of the fire. Chief 33, the Incident Commander, made a correction in the initial size-up and advised incoming units of the conditions found. Engine Company 33 located fire in the basement level, made a direct attack and notified Command of ongoing C.A.N. reports. Additional companies arrived, performed truck company tasks and checked the "B1" and "D1" exposure units. Minimal extension was contained to the basement and the incident was scaled back after the initial accountability check. Deputy Chief 33 was assigned as the "Basement Division" Supervisor. Command requested an additional Engine and Truck Company on the alarm due to the number of understaffed units. The additional units were staged and released.

   


 

SQUAD COMPANY 33 RUNS TWO ACCIDENTS WITH SEVERAL TRAPPED OVER A 24-HOUR PERIOD: RITCHIE ROAD/OLD RITCHIE ROAD AND I-495 AT PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE

Monday, June 30, 2014   As the "Independence Week 2014" began, crews at Company 33 were busy responding to several different incidents. The Squad Company responded to its first of two extrication incidents in the evening hours of June 29th. Chief 37 of the Ritchie Volunteer Fire Department arrived on Ritchie Road and reported a two-vehicle accident and people trapped in both. Squad Company 33 arrived, stabilized the two vehicles and proceeded with the extrication. One vehicle, an SUV only required a "door pop", while the sedan that was involved required the removal of doors and the roof. The extrication was completed within 10-minutes.

The next afternoon, June 30th, just prior to running a first-due fire, Squad Company 33 was alerted to the inner-loop of I-495 at Pennsylvania Avenue. Engine Company 37 arrived on the scene of this accident and reported one driver trapped in a sedan. The Squad arrived a short time later, stabilized the vehicle and removed the driver side door to free the occupant. 

   


 
 
 

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