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ENGINE AND TOWER WITH FIRE SHOWING: 4906 TAYLOR ROAD

Saturday, February 13, 2016   Just after 2100 hours PSC dispatched box 07-08 for the report of a house on fire with people trapped. First arriving units went on scene with a large 3 story home with fire showing from the second floor and extending to the third. First arriving units began to make the stretch and started searches. Companies completed searches and all came up negative. The home had been converted into multiple apartments and companies on division 1 were dealing with hoarding conditions. With temperatures hovering near zero degrees and hand lines freezing command requested the fire task force be sounded. This brought Tower 33 with 5 volunteers to the scene. While responding in command requested the evacuation tones and pulled all companies out of the building due to spreading fire conditions. Once on the scene the crew from the tower stretched an attack line and began working over a ladder placed to the third floor knocking down fire. Command requested PSC to fill out the second alarm bringing Engine 332 with 5 volunteers to the scene. Engine 332 assisted in setting up a water supply for truck 12 as they began to set up for master streams. Command sent units back into the structure one last time in an attempt to make a push on the fire. Tower 33 was designated to go to the division three and open up. While operating on the interior the fire burned through the roof and the floors began to become compromised and again command requested all units to evacuate the building. Units remained on scene for just over three hours before being placed in service.


   


 

ENGINE AND TOWER ON THE WORKING FIRE DISPATCH: 4304 TORQUE ST

Thursday, February 11, 2016  At 1531 hours the Engine and Tower from company 33 were alerted to respond on the working fire dispatch at 4304 Torque Ave. First arriving companies went on scene with smoke showing from the basement level of a 2 story cape style home. The working fire dispatch was sounded and engine 331 and tower ladder 33 responded with a total of 8 volunteers. Units from 33 arrived on scene to fire showing from the basement and obvious extension into the upper floors. At the request of command Tower Ladder 33 supplemented the RIT on side Alpha of the home. Engine 331 was directed to report to division 2 and provide and update. The engine crew stretched the 400' and once making the second floor found fire involving the knee walls and attic. The crews worked for approximately  90 minutes before being returning to service.

   


 

HOUSE ON FIRE IN RIVERDALE HEIGHTS BRINGS TOWER AND ENGINE COMPANY: 6429 AUBURN AVENUE

Thursday, February 4, 2016  Just before midnight on Thursday night, Tower Ladder 33 was alerted to the 6400 block of Auburn ave in Riverdale Heights (Company 13's area), as the third due special service. As units were responding, PSCC advised incoming companies that they were receiving numerous calls and addresses for a house on fire, and possibly one trapped inside. Engine Company 28 arrived first to find a two story home, "fully involved" in fire. Tower 33 arrived as dispatch, shortly behind the second arriving truck, and per the new PG General Order 6-1 took a search & rescue function. The Tower split into two teams, with one team searching the first floor and a second team searching the second floor, quickly confirming that no one was trapped inside the house. Engine Company 33 responded as the Working Fire Dispatch engine and stood fast with a line outside, ready to be deployed as necessary. Tower 33 assisted with overhaul and returned to service within 2 hours.



   


 

FIRE SHOWING IN PALMER PARK: 7600BLK MUNCY ROAD

Thursday, January 28, 2016   At 2014 hours Public Safety Communications transmitted the box alarm for the 7600blk of Muncy Road. Engine 331, and Tower Ladder 33 responded into the first due with 8 volunteers. During the response PSC updated units that they were getting multiple calls and addresses in the area for fire coming from a home. As units pulled into the block Engine 331 laid a supply line and pulled up to find a 1 story semi detached duplex with fire showing from side alpha, as the wagon crew stretched the Kentland Bumper Line to the front door, the Tower got ground ladders in place and began forcing entry into the residence. The engine company officer completed a 360 of the building to find smoke showing from all side. Units from 33 extinguished the fire and began to open up and check for hot spots. Units from 33 remained on scene for approximately 3 hours to assist with investigations and finish overhaul. 

     



 

WORKING FIRE: 4827 MARLBORO PIKE

Photo by Chief 33 at command post

Photo by Chief 33 at command post

Thursday, January 28, 2016  Tower Ladder 33 responded on the working fire dispatch to 4827 marlboro pike for the building fire. Units on the initial alarm, including Chief 33 arrived to find smoke showing from side Brave of a commercial strip shopping center. The working fire dispatch was sounded brining Tower 33 to the scene. Tower Ladder 33 reported to side alpha of the building to establish RIT and gain access to the roof. The crew set up for RIT operations and assisted in opening up better access to the building. With the fire involving a high voltage electric room units had to stand by until the arrival of the power company. Once the power company arrived on scene and the power was cut off to the building units stretched in and extinguished the fire and checked for any extension. Units were released a short time later. 

   


 

BLIZZARD OF 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016  Over the weekend the area was hit with a major snow storm. As a state of emergency was declared the firehouse on Landover Road began preparing for a long weekend. The station was staffed with two full crews totaling 12 volunteers. The station responded on numerous incidents as the snow fall accumulated nearing 30 inches,

     



 

2ND ALARM IN HYATTSVILLE: 2500BLK QUEENS CHAPEL ROAD

Friday, January 22, 2016   At 0330hours the second alarm was transmitted for a fire in the 2500blk of Queens Chapel Road. Units on the first alarm arrived to find fire showing from an apartment building with reports of multiple people trapped. They requested the second alarm. Engine 331, Tower Ladder 33, and Chief 33A responded with a total of 14 volunteers. Once on scene the tower reported to the fire floor to assist in opening up. Units operated for 1hour and 45 minutes before being released.

   


 

ENGINE 331, ENGINE 332, and TOWER 33 TO BLADENSBURG: 4100BLK 51ST STREET

Wednesday, January 20, 2016   At 0009hrs the box alarm was transmitted for the 4100blk of 51st street in company 809's first due for smoke in the building. Engine 331 and tower 33 responded on the initial dispatch as 4th due engine and 3rd due special service. Once on scene Engine 331 stretched the 400, and the tower set up RIT on side alpha. Engine 809 located a fire in a top floor bed room and the working fire dispatch was sounded brining engine 332 to the scene who assisted in securing water supplies and stood by with the tower crew.

   


 

FIRE IN A CRAWL SPACE FOR ENGINE 331, ENGINE 332 and TOWER LADDER 33: 9100BLK UTICA PLACE

Monday, January 18, 2016   Engine 331, Engine 332, and Tower Ladder 33 were dispatched for smoke filling a residence in the Springdale section of Company 806's first due. Engine 806 reported on the scene with a one story single family dwelling with smoke showing from the front door. Engine 331 arrived and secured 806's water supply and advanced the 250' preconnect to back up engine 806. Engine 332 responded and arrived as the 3rd due engine and laid out an additional supply line and stretched their 250' preconnect to side charlie of the structure and began making access to the crawlspace area. Tower 33 arrived on scene as the first due special service and began laddering the building and ventilation, while the interior crew began searches to locate any civilians still inside and the fire. Engine 332 reported that the fire was in the crawl space under the kitchen. Crews opened up the floor to expose and extinguish the fire. Units operated for 1hour and 30 minutes before returning to service.

   


 

WORKING FIRE IN SEAT PLEASANT: 6500BLK CENTRAL AVENUE

Photo courtesy of Mr. Billy McNeel (CSU)

Photo courtesy of Mr. Billy McNeel (CSU)

Friday, January 15, 2016  Tower Ladder 33 operated as the 2nd due Truck Company on an apartment house fire in the 6500 block of Central Avenue this morning. Engine Company 33 responded on the "Working Fire Dispatch" as well. Crews found fire in one top floor unit with slight extension to the roof area. Crews from Company 33 returned to service within one-hour and twenty minutes.





   


 
 
 

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