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Monday, January 12, 2015
Around 1200 hours units from the 1st and 3rd Battalions were alerted for a reported townhouse fire at 7028 Marbury Court in District Heights. Engine Company 33 responded on the run as the 4th due Engine with 5 Volunteers. Engine 26 arrive with a two story middle of the group townhouse and smoke showing from division 2. Engine 33 arrive and assumed 3rd due position, took their own hydrant and stretched the 400' 1 1/2" attack line to side Charlie. The OIC gave a side Charlie size up, reporting no basement and cleared div 1. Crews made quick work of the fire, holding to a room on div 2. Engine company 33 returned to Kentland in under an hour
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
At 0156 hrs, Rescue Engine 33 was dispatched as the fourth due engine company on an apartment fire in Bladensburg. The Kentland volunteers arrived as dispatched and picked up Engine Co 28's line, stretched a back up line to the floor above the fire and checked for extension, returning to service at 0228 hrs.
Thursday, December 25, 2014
An early morning fire in a Capitol Heights duplex proved to be deadly on Christmas Day. Alerted by the sound of a smoke detector, one resident of the house attempted, unsuccessfully, to rescue his elderly mother, who was trapped upstairs. Meanwhile, neighbors alerted 911, and at 02:21 hrs, PSCC dispatched a box alarm for the "house on fire, across from 922 Booker Drive" in the Highland Gardens neighborhood. Engine Co 33 (3rd due on the initial dispatch) arrived behind Engine Co 38, and maintained their 3rd due responsibilities, stretching the "Bundle Load" and sizing up the rear. Finding fire showing from both floors, and no basement access, Engine 331 repositioned their 1.5" attack line to the front, and pushed in behind 38. While the engine from 38 was applying water on the 1st floor, 33 moved upstairs and extinguished all fire on the second floor. Unfortunately Engine 331 and Truck 37 located the deceased victim underneath debris in the back bedroom.
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Wednesday, December 24, 2014
At 0842, Engine Company 33 was dispatched on the Water Supply Task Force for the house on fire with 2 people trapped. Engine Company 16 went on scene with fire showing, and first alarm companies quickly located the victims. Engine Company 33 assisted Water Supply 25 with, you guessed it, water supply and then reported to Command. Command assigned Engine 331 to Division 1 with Chief 33A as the Division 1 Supervisor, where they operated to extinguish hotspots.
Friday, December 19, 2014
Just before 10PM, the Rescue Engine, along with Chief 33A, responded to the area of Sheriff Rd and 61st Ave, a mere 200 feet from Station 38's front ramp, for an accident with entrapment. Engine Co 38 and Chief 38A found a two vehicle accident, a result of car involved in a rear end collision with a flatbed tow truck. The heavy steel components of the tow truck severely damaged the car's front end, leaving the driver pinned. Rescue Engine 33 and Chief 33A a arrived shortly thereafter, and quickly stabilized the car before setting to work removing the driver's side and portion of the roof. The driver, whose condition was deteriorating rapidly, was then able to be removed to awaiting EMS and transported to PG Hospital. Rescue Engine 33 and Chief 33A returned to service a short time later.
Friday, December 12, 2014
After clearing an automatic fire alarm, Engine 331 was placed 4th due on a 46 box. Engine Company 46 reported fire showing from Division 1 on arrival. Engine 331 (with 6) stretched to the rear and advanced to the second floor, where they found and extinguished extension into Division 2 and the attic. Chief 33A also responded on the box and had Division 1.
Friday, December 12, 2014
At 4:05 PM, Engine 331 and Rescue Engine 33 were dispatched as the first and second due engine companies for a reported structure fire. They responded with Chief 33 and Chief 33A to a two story, end of the row townhome with smoke showing from the first floor. The Engine Company stretched to the first floor and found fire in the kitchen, while the Rescue Engine stretched to Division 2 to check for extension. Chief 33 had command and Chief 33A had division one. Fire was quickly extinguished and units returned to service.
Monday, December 8, 2014
Early Monday morning, the Rescue Engine was dispatched to Eastbound Route 50 at Landover Road for an accident with one off the road. When Engine Co 38 and Rescue Engine 33, located the vehicle, they discovered that the driver was still trapped in the car. After leaving the roadway, the car struck the guardrail, which pierced the dash and firewall before exiting through the rear window, further entrapping the driver. The Rescue Engine crew stabilized the vehicle and removed the roof to gain access to the patient and remove him to awaiting EMS units.
Monday, December 1, 2014
Around noon, companies from the 3rd and 1st Battalions were dispatched for a reported dwelling fire. Companies arrived with fire showing from the rear of a 2 story cape cod style dwelling. Interior crews had a fire that was energized by electrical lines. As they knocked the majority of the fire, interior units were running out of air, so Command requested the Fire Task Force to relieve the crews. This brought Chief 33A and Engine 332 to the scene. Chief 33A was assigned to Division 1 and Engine 332 relieved crews operating on the 1st floor. Once the electric was controlled by Pepco, Engine Co 33 was able to knock the rest of the fire down. Chief 33A and Engine 332 remained on scene for approx. 45 minutes before being released by command.
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Thursday, November 27, 2014
Lynnhill Condominiums, the 7 story high rise at 3103 Good Hope Ave, has been the site of numerous multiple alarm fires, so it was no surprise on Thanksgiving night when a report of an apartment on fire on the second floor quickly escalated into a three alarm incident. First alarm units were confronted with fire from the windows on the Alpha and Bravo sides, and "Collier's Mansion" conditions in the involved apartment. As they made their initial attack, a series of explosions rocked the unit, forcing companies to retreat to the relative safety of the hallways; meanwhile, the fire was autoexposing to the apartment above. It became apparent that the oxygen cylinders in the apartment were rupturing, and a direct attack was impractical, necessitating the application of water from the exterior to the original unit. Rescue Engine 33, en route to a transfer to Company 23 (dispatched as the first due engine on the initial alarm), was picked up on the third alarm, and directed to the fifth floor by the Vent Group in order to conduct the primary search. The crew forced entry into every unit on the fifth floor, finding only trapped smoke and dogs in several units. After clearing the smoke from the remaining floors, Rescue Engine 33 returned to service, and went back home for dinner. Kentland maintained a second crew (Engine 332) at the firehouse throughout the incident and the remainder of the night.
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