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Tuesday, April 21, 2015
On Monday April 6th while operating on a 3 alarm building fire on Ashwood Drive in Capitol heights, Rescue Engine 33 was destroyed after propane tanks exploded and caused roofing tar and fire to spread, rapidly overtaking the apparatus. The crew suffered minor injuries and were all released from the burn unit overnight. The outpouring of support is humbling and many have requested to make donations in support of the department. While the apparatus was insured, the Rescue Engine was a 2000 Pierce dash and the price to replace the unit today stretches beyond the limits of the insurance. This May, the Kentland Volunteer Fire department will celebrate 20 years of 100% volunteer service to the citizens and visitors of Prince George's County and the surrounding communities. Support from our fellow departments , friends and citizens is what makes all this possible. Our members operated on this incident in the highest tradition of the Kentland Volunteer fire department, and while the loss of our Rescue Engine is disheartening, we stand united in our dedication to the community, the Department and our unwavering membership. Some people have asked "What about the insurance?" The insurance is going to fall short of replacing our Rescue Engine by about 60%. We are a 501c-3 non profit fire department and we own all our apparatus. We receive minimal funding from the county (ie maintenance, fuel and partial insurance). We raise funds through grants, merchandise sales and community outreach. Through these efforts and the dedication of our members we are able to continue providing the citizens and visitors of Prince George's county superb Fire, Rescue and Emergency Medical services. Thank you for your support!http://www.gofundme.com/rescueengine33
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
At 5:03 this morning Engine 331, Engine 332 and Deputy Chief 33 responded to 7109 East Ridge Dr in the Columbia Park section of the first due for a reported house on fire. Company 33 arrived on the scene to find fire showing from a single story wood frame dwelling. As the Engines established their water supply and stretched attack lines, Deputy Chief 33 established command. The fire was knocked and all searches were competed with negative results. Company 33 performed overhaul and assisted investigators for approx 2 hours before returning to service.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
At 1715, hours, units from the Greater Landover area were dispatched for a building fire at 8740 Ashwood Drive. Rescue Engine 33 (operating as a Rescue Squad) responded to the scene with 5 personnel, a large column of smoke could be seen as soon as the crew left the station. The fire involved a large pile of building materials and several vehicles adjoining a large commercial building, prompting first due Engine Co 38 to request the second alarm upon arrival. Rescue Squad 33 arrived as the second special service and worked to position themselves on the C-charlie side per the SOPs. Noting the large volume of fire as the unit approached the rear of the buildings, the decision was made by the officer to position behind the Delta-1 exposure, upwind of the fire building and approximately 300' away from the edge of the fire area. The crew used saws to cut several chainlink gates and a fence to gain access to the area where the burning materials were being stored. Once in the rear, the OIC of Rescue Squad 33 gave returns (radio reports) on the conditions of the fire building and the multiple exposure buildings. Although there was some heat from the fire, the conditions in the storage yard were tenable. As other units began to arrive and worked to establish a water supply in the rear, the crew of the Rescue Squad was able to examine and report the conditions of the fire building and exposures. At approximately 8 minutes into the incident, the winds shifted towards the Charlie Side and conditions immediately deteriorated to near-zero visibility and high heat. As fire reached the pallets in the rear, the panels of foam-type insulation turned to a flaming, molten liquid and began to follow the path of the terrain, igniting everything it touched. Within seconds, what had been a tenable operating position in an open air environment became a rapidly advancing wall of fire, as pallet stack after pallet stack lit off. Recognizing the severity of the situation, the Squad OIC immediately made the call for the crew to evacuate the area, but the speed of the flowing "lava" was so great that the crew of the Rescue Squad became cut off from their exit. As the members attempted to make their way toward the hole they had minutes ago cut in the fence, the liquid enveloped their feet and legs, hardening to their gear and scalding their skin. The members used everything available to gain elevation from the liquid and remove themselves from the deteriorating wildfire-like scenario. Drawn by the contour of the land, the burning liquid reached the Rescue Squad, parked behind the exposure building, igniting the vehicle immediately upon contact; within a minute, the unit was fully involved in fire, despite the efforts of the crew to extinguish it. Unimpeded in its progress, the wall of flame continued to advance while the crew managed to escape the area to the location of Engine Company 28, several yards behind the Rescue Squad, where they were able to get water on their super-heated gear and re-initiate fire attack. However, mere moments later, the steadily advancing flame front reached the front of Company 28's Engine and it soon met the same fate as Rescue Squad 33. A short time later, a water supply for the rear was reestablished and the Rescue Squad crew worked with others to extinguish the flames. In total the fire went to three alarms before being brought under control.
Saturday, April 4, 2015
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Sunday, March 29, 2015
With a working fire going on in Company 19's first due Tower 33 took in a transfer to Company 18. At 2130 hours, Egine 331 and Squad 33, along with Chief 33A, were alerted for a "house" in the area of 11000 Herrington Court. While units were responding, Communications advised they were receiving several calls for a house on fire in the area, but were unsure of a corrected address. Within minutes, Ambulance 846 arrived on scene with a updated address of 306 Bennington Court, which is to the rear of the dispatched address, reporting that the 2 story detached dwelling had fire venting through the roof. Chief 33A arrived and established Command; Engine 331 arrived next and requested to take first due responsibilities. After the request was granted, Engine Co 33's crew stretched the 150' bumper line to the front door. Squad 33 arrived next, also taking over first due responsibilities, forced the front door for the Engine crew and threw several ladders. Upon entry, the crew encountered fire conditions throughout the second floor and Engine 331's lineman worked aggressively to quickly extinguish the same. Squad 33's crew assisted with opening up after the fire was knocked the and the assignment was scaled back to Company 33, who operated for several hours before returning to Kentland.
Sunday, March 29, 2015
At 0330 hours Rescue Engine 33 was alerted to the Capital Beltway for a 9-I with a report of one trapped. The Rescue Engine arrived first, and the OIC established Command, confirming one trapped in the vehicle, while the rest of the crew went to work stabilizing the vehicle. The victim was trapped by the guardrail, which had penetrated the passenger compartment and needed to be cut and removed to make access. Unfortunately, the victim was pronounced on scene after being extricated from the vehicle.
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Paramedic Ambulance 805 came upon a single vehicle accident in the area of the Addison Road Metro on Saturday night, bringing Rescue Engine 33 to cut the trapped victims out of an antique Oldsmobile sedan. The crew stabilized the vehicle, which had impacted a tree, and extricated the driver (Pri 4) and a child in a car seat (Pri 1). Volunteer Chief 8 had the Command.
Friday, March 27, 2015
Engine Company 33 (6 men) was dispatched as the 3rd due Engine to the 6100 Blk of Central Avenue. Engine Company 5 arrived on the scene with smoke coming from the roof of a 1 story house with a finished attic. Engine Company 33 arrived and stretched the 400 to the rear, gave a side Charlie report and made access. After clearing the basement division, and division one, Engine 33 made its way up to the attic and assisted 5 in extinguishing the attic. After 30 minutes the incident was scaled down to 2-2 and the Engine from 33 returned to service.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Engine 332, Engine 333, and Chief 33 responded with a total of 10 men to a house fire in Seat Pleasant this evening. The wagon was dispatched as the 3rd due engine, and the Rescue Engine as the 3rd due special service. Engine Co 33, on the air picking up some pizza for dinner, responded from Killmer Street and 202, and both units arrived as dispatched. Engine 332 laid 300' of
3", and 250' of 1.5" to the rear, gave a rear size up, then stretched
through the basement with negative searches and negative extension. The company then repositioned the line to the 2nd floor, where they checked for vertical extension and
ventilated. Rescue Engine 33 established RIT as ordered, while Chief 33 had Division 1. Both units worked for roughly 20 minutes before being placed in service. And none of the pizza was lost.
Sunday, March 22, 2015
At 1821 hours Engine 332 and Tower 33 were alerted for smoke coming from the building
in the area of 4810 Lawrence Street in Bladensburg. While enroute to the industrial park that contains this address, the units from company
33 notice a column of smoking from the the area. Within minutes, units
from Company 9 arrived to find two autos on fire inside of a building. Engine Co 33
established secondary water supply and stretched the 400 preconnect as
a back up line. Meanwhile, the Tower Ladder positioned on Side Alpha, in the event that
defensive operations became necessary. The crew from Tower 33 conducted a primary and secondary search and checked for extension. The assignment was
scaled back to Company 9 after all fire was knocked.
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