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ENGINE 331 FIRST DUE WITH FIRE SHOWING

Sunday, May 8, 2016   After a busy afternoon of running calls including an auto fire on route 50, multiple accidents, and a couple of box alarms, Public Safety Communications alerted Engine Company 33 along with other units to the 1800 block of Dutch Village Drive for reports of a house on fire. Engine Company 33 arrived on scene to find a two story middle of the row townhouse with smoke showing from side Charlie. The crew stretched the Kentland Bumper Line to side alpha while the officer completed his 360 of the home. On side Charlie the officer found an attached shed on fire quickly extending up to the balcony and first floor of the home. Engine Company 33's crew stretched inside and extinuished the fire on the first floor then moved through the basement to the exterior to extinguish the attached shed and rear balconies. Units operated on scene for approximately 1 hour before returning to service.  

   


 

ENGINE 331, TOWER 33 ON THE 2ND ALARM OF FIRE: 5054 SILVER HILL COURT

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 1024hrs  As the engine and tower crew were wrapping up from a fire in company 38's first due PSC dispatched an apartment fire at 5054 Silver Hill Ct. As first alarm units were responding in PSC advised them they had the sheriffs department on scene reporting smoke coming from the building with possible people trapped. Units went on scene with smoke showing from a 3 story garden style apartment and command requested the 2nd alarm be transmitted. This brought Engine 331 and Tower 33 in as first due engine and first due special. The engine company arrived, assisted in completing water supplies and stretched a handline to the first floor directly above the fire to open up and extinguish fire that had extended. When the tower arrived they reported to side C of the building and set up the tower to gain access to top floor apartments and the roof, as well as threw multiple ground ladders. Once the exterior work was completed the crew reported to the second floor to complete searches and check for extension. The crews worked for approximately 45 minutes before being released by command. 

     



 

ENGINE, TOWER, B CHIEF ON THE 38 BOX: 6318 MOROCCO STREET

Wednesday, April 20, 2016   At 0946hrs on April 20, 2016 the box alarm was transmitted for the area of Martin Luther King Jr Highway and Carrington Ave for reports of a house on fire. Engine 331, Tower 33, and Chief 33B responded with 11 volunteers. As units began investigating the area of dispatch Engine 331 noticed smoke coming from the rear of a house in the 6300 block of Morocco Street. With the first due engine on another street investigating Engine 331 assumed first due and laid out 3 inch supply line to the home with the tower right behind them. Crews went on scene to find a 2 story duplex with smoke showing from the rear. The engine officer completed a 360 of the home and found smoke coming from a rear addition. The engine crew stretched the Kentland Bumper Line and the tower began forcing entry to the home and throwing ground ladders. Once crews made access and stretched inside fire was found in the rear addition. Crews quickly extinguished the fire, completed searches, and overhauled the structure. The assignment was held with the Kentland companies for a final wet down and to assist investigations. Chief 33B had command of the incident. 

     



 

2ND DUE SPECIAL TO 46'S AREA: 855 SAINT MICHAELS DRIVE

Sunday, April 17, 2016  The initial box alarm was transmitted for the 800 block of Saint Michael's at 1606 hours in company 46's first due. Tower Ladder 33 was the second due truck company (responsible for the rear of the building). Companies arrived with fire showing and quickly requested a "Task Force Alarm", bringing two additional engine companies and one additional rescue company. Fire extended into the attic space and the exposures before being brought under control. Tower 33 operated of approximately 1 hour before returning to service.



   


 

TOWER 33 AS THE SEARCH COMPANY ON BOULEVARD HEIGHTS HOUSE: 1602 OPUS AVENUE

Monday, April 4, 2016  Tower Ladder 33 was dispatched shortly after 0330 to a reported house fire in Boulevard Heights (Co 17) with 5 volunteers. Engine Co 26 arrived to find a 2 story detached single family dwelling under construction with fire showing. Tower Ladder 33 split into two crews and searched throughout the structure, completing primaries and secondaries and reporting same prior to being released by Command.

   


 

TOWER GOES FIRST DUE TO GLEN DALE HOUSE: 4005 CLEARY COURT

Sunday, April 3, 2016   On Sunday afternoon, Tower 33 was dispatched to a house fire and arrived as the 1st due special service. The fire occurred in a garage attached to a single family dwelling, with attached solar panels. Tower 33 operated with 6 volunteers for approximately an hour opening up and conducting searches throughout the house.


   


 

TOWER RUNS FORRESTVILLE HOUSE: 5005 ROBLEE DRIVE

Friday, April 1, 2016  At 1215 hours Tower 33 was dispatched as the second due special service to the 5000 blk of Roblee Dr (23's first due) first arriving units when on scene with smoke showing from the eves. On arrival Tower 33 was directed to stage, but after multiple failed transmissions and several E.I activations command request the crew from 33 to enter the structure and provide an update of units operating. The Officer from 33 advised command all was well on the interior and the tower crew was redirect to conducting a secondary on the top floor. Secondary proved negative and the tower crew was able to locate fire in the attic and relayed the information to division two supervisor who was quickly able to get a line on the fire. The incident was scaled back to 1-1 and the Tower was ready for service. 

   


 

TOWER LADDER 33 ON THE TASK FORCE ALARM: 9900 BLK GREENBELT ROAD

Wednesday, March 9, 2016  Tower Ladder 33 was dispatched on the task force alarm to for the apartment fire in the 9900 block of Good Luck Road. First alarm units found fire showing and several occupants trapped on their balconies. Truck Companies No. 12 (College Park) and 14 (Berwyn Heights) pulled a number of the trapped occupants to safety via ground ladders. 

Tower Ladder 33's crew operated on the first floor, opening up, searching and assisting with extinguishment. When the tower arrived on scene they made their way to side charlie and positioned the tower to make use of the aerial as their were multiple reports of people trapped while the rest of the crew went to work inside the building and throwing multiple ground ladders.

     
Photo by Kevin Hodges

Photo by Kevin Hodges

Photo by PGFD Chief Bashoor

Photo by PGFD Chief Bashoor



 

EMERGENCY SERVICE AWARDS

Friday, March 4, 2016  Members from Company 33 were recognized for two separate incidents involving the rescue of trapped occupants at working fires.

The first incident occurred on August 27th, 2015 at an apartment building fire in Landover Hills, Maryland on 68th Place. Members used ingenuity when scaling the rear of a four-story apartment building to reach a trapped family. Members recognized with an Emergency Services Award for this incident are:

Engine Company No. 33 (E331)
Captain John Fitzpatrick
Sergeant Timothy Jones
Fireman William Patelis
Fireman Christopher Richards

Engine Company No. 33 (E332)
Sergeant Mike Freeman
Sergeant Cameron McKay
Fireman Kevin Stapleton
Fireman Gaetano Leone

Deputy Chief 33 (Chief 33A)
Deputy Chief Roger Steger

The second incident occurred on October 17th, 2015 at a townhouse fire on Campus Way South in Largo, Maryland. Members found a female occupant, semi-conscious in the fire room and removed her to awaiting EMS personnel. The female survived. Members recognized with an Emergency Services Award for this incident are: 

Engine Company No. 33 (E331)
Fireman Christopher Rutter
Fireman Richard Green,Jr.
Fireman Anthony Rhode
Fireman Kyle Halm

Tower Ladder No. 33
Fireman Nicholas Martin
Lieutenant Andrew Evans
Fireman Layne Bynum
Sergeant Michael Freeman
Fireman David (DJ) Jones




     



 

TOWER BACK TO 46'S FIRST DUE: 10200 BLK CAMPUS WAY SOUTH

Thursday, March 3, 2016   The crew staffing the firehouse were in the middle of apparatus checks when they were alerted to respond on the tower to company 46's first due for the 3rd time in as many days. This time for reports of smoke coming from the roof of a home. The tower responded as the first due truck on the box with 6 volunteers. Paramedic Engine 846 arrived on the scene and reported a 2 story middle of the row townhouse with nothing evident. The officer of 846 completed a 360 of the home and reported he had smoke showing from the walk out basement in the rear and advised all units would be going to work. The tower arrived on scene and set up on side alpha. The interior crew worked their way inside to back up Paramedic Engine 846 and open up for them. The exterior crew began throwing ladders and ventilating the structure as the tower was being set up in case roof operations needed to be initiated. A fire was found in a basement laundry room. Crews quickly extinguished the fire and checked for extension. Once the all clear was given the crew returned to service. 

   


 
 
 

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