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Monday, October 26, 2015
An 0852 hour box alarm brought Engine 331 to the 1900 block of Dutch Village Drive this morning for a report of a "house on fire". Despite finding nothing evident initially from the two story, middle of the group home, Engine Company 33 gained access to the interior to discover a working fire on the second floor. Due to the speed of the engine company operations, only the first engine and truck were required to operate in the fire building; the assignment was quickly scaled back to Engine 331 and Truck 838 to await the investigators.
Saturday, October 24, 2015
At 0318 hours on October 24, 2015, Engine 331 and Tower Ladder 33 were dispatched to 6857 Farragut St in Company 30's first due for a reported house fire with people trapped. First arriving units went on scene with smoke showing from the alpha side of a single story duplex. Units from 33 reported to Side Charlie to find 2 stories including a walk out basement with fire showing from the top floor and extending to the Delta exposure. The Tower crew entered the basement of the Delta exposure to conduct searches and then made their way to the top floor, where they assisted an elderly female out of the home; the interior crew then opened up the top floor to find the attic fully involved. Engine Co 33 stretched the 250' pre connected line to side Charlie and made access into the basement; after clearing the basement, they made their way to the top floor and into the exposure building to extinguish the fire found by the Tower. Units operated for approximately one hour to bring the fire under control and complete overhaul.
Monday, October 19, 2015
At 1200 hours the box alarm was transmitted for the area of Campus Way South and Prince Place for an apartment building on fire. Engine 331 responded with 5 volunteers as the 2nd due engine. As units were checking the area, Truck and Chief 837 arrived at 182 Green Meadow Lane, several blocks away, to find a 4 story apartment complex with smoke and fire showing from the roof. Engine 331 arrived and stretched the "400" to the top floor and made access with Truck 37 to the fire apartment. With fire extending through the attic space, Command ordered a second alarm. The engine from 33 made access to the attic and extinguished the fire. Units worked for just over an hour to bring the fire under control and overhaul the building.
Monday, October 19, 2015
Engine 331 and Tower 33 took a morning trip to Seat Pleasant Drive for a house fire on Monday. Engine Co 33 (dispatched as the 3rd due engine) arrived 2nd but maintained 3rd due responsibilities, per the Kentland VFD SOP. Tower 33 was 1st due, and arrived same. Engine Co 5 (1st due) arrived with fire showing from side A, 1st floor. The engine from 33 laid out and stretched the 250’ preconnect to the rear, where they gave a side-c report, checked the basement (clear) and positioned line on 2nd floor and checked for extension. Tower 33 searched the 1st floor (negative) and was assigned Division 1.
Friday, October 16, 2015
Shortly after the official start of the new day, Saturday, October 17th, Engine 331 (3rd due) and Tower 33 (2nd due) were dispatched to 1001 Campus Way North for the townhouse on fire, with supplemental information of a fire on the second floor with a report from the home owner that an elderly woman was trapped in the bedroom upstairs. After a few minutes into the dispatch, first arriving companies were attempting to verify the address, as it did not correlate with the information being received. Knowing that this was the case, the units from 33 did not commit to the reported area and after getting an updated address of 10001 Campus Way South, were in great position to quickly adjust. Engine 331, assuming 1st due, laid out to side Alpha and reported a two-story, MOG townhouse with nothing showing and established command while Tower 33 also assumed 1st due responsibilities. As the Engine and Tower approached the front entrance, it was proven that they indeed had a fire on the second floor as well as verbal evidence that there was in fact someone still inside. As E331 advanced their hose line into an appropriate tactical vantage to allow the interior team from TL33 to move in and search, the fire was quickly extinguished and during a vigorous search for faint, muffled yells, a victim was found in a walk-in closet area off of the bedroom involved in fire. Meanwhile the exterior team of TL33 threw ladders for ventilation and VES efforts. Sergeant Mike Freeman, who located the victim, was assisted by Lieutenant Drew Evans in the removal of the victim to the care of awaiting EMS units out front. This certainly was a case where collectiveness and awareness while responding coupled with fluid, aggressive fire ground tactics resulted in a successful outcome.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
At 1543 hours Tower 33 was alerted for a report of smoke coming from a house on Box 9-25 (formerly Co 22's first due). Bladensburg's Engine 809 arrived to a 2 story house with smoke showing. The Tower arrived immediately after, and the inside crew conducted a primary search and assisted with locating the fire. The outside team threw several ground ladders secured the power and gas. The fire was located on the first floor, and was quickly knocked, but not before it had extended into the walls. Due to the fire being fueled by electricity crews stood by until Pepco arrived and secure the power at the meter. Crews operated for another hour, and Tower 33 returned home to Kentland.
Monday, September 21, 2015
A fire in the Town of Cheverly (formerly the first due area of Tuxedo-Cheverly, Station 22, but redivided between Companies 9, 38, and 33 after the closing of the firehouse in 2010) brought a full first alarm assignment to Box 9-24 on Sunday evening. Engine 331 (3rd due engine) and Tower Ladder 33 (2nd due truck) were dispatched to a report of a house on fire with a man fleeing on foot in the 3200 block of Cheverly Avenue. Chief 9 (Bladensburg VFD) arrived first and gave the return of a working fire on the second floor of a residential apartment over a garage at 3017 Cheverly Ave (this type of structure is commonly referred to as a "Carriage House" and can present some unique operational challenges on a box alarm). Engine 331 laid out from Cheverly and Inwood, assumed first due responsibilities and stretched the 250' 1.5" line and extinguished the fire. Companies 33 and 9 operated for a short while there after. The fire was contained to the living area on the second floor of the structure.
Saturday, September 19, 2015
While returning from a box alarm in Company 37's area, Tower 33 was alerted as the first due special service for a house fire at 3806 Endicott Place in Company 6's first due. On the air with the rescue squad, Squad 6 arrived on scene with a two-story house and fire showing through the roof. Tower 33 arrived behind Engine 28 (1st due engine) and was assigned the second due special service position by command. The OIC gave a report from the rear and had fire showing on all floors on the exterior, extending into the interior of the basement and first floor. The tower crew split (interior/exterior) with the interior team conducting primary searches of the basement and 1st floor (both negative - one dog removed), while the exterior team placed portable ladders to all sides and horizontally ventilated the second floor.After the bulk of the fire in the attic was knocked down, the tower crew re-postioned with members opening up and checking for extension on the 1st and 2nd floors. To complete overhaul and final wet-down after all of the fire was extinguished via the interior, the tower bucket was placed in service flowing a length of 1.5", as well as the Stang monitor.
Friday, September 18, 2015
Last evening, members from the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. gathered at the annual Prince George's County Volunteer Fire/Rescue Association (County) Convention, hosted by the Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department (Company 7). This particular night, of the week long event was to honor members for their outstanding service and dedication to the communities served. Individuals from several departments, to include the Berwyn Heights VFD, Branchville VFD, Beltsville VFD, Laurel VFD and many others received recognition.The last award of the ceremony is always the prestigious "Firefighter of the Year" award. This year, the honor was bestowed upon President Donald I. Aker, Jr. posthumously. The nomination read, in-part:"He certainly has a long list of achievements as an administrative member, but some of his most notable achievements were that of his everyday influence as a firefighter. His greatest moments were that of shadowing young firefighters and drivers. He strived to make sure that the future of the fire service was properly prepared. It was not uncommon for him to be in the center of a late night talk or drill during the 3 AM hour. He always believed that by better preparing our young members, it would provide for a more solid organization in the years to come.In December of 2013, President Aker was faced with the toughest battle of his life. He was diagnosed with (Stage 4) Esophageal Cancer and the outcome was certainly bleak. However, this hurdle didn’t stop him from being the firefighter that he had come to be. In-fact it magnified his desire to be better than he had been prior. Even when he was at his sickest moments, he would still find the energy to talk to the firefighters staffing Company 33. Giving them advice or just a (much needed) person to talk to."The award was accepted by President Aker's parents, Donald Sr. and Ruth Aker. All of the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. members that were present stood with the Aker family in support. President Aker's accomplishments and achievements will never be forgotten and will continue to be in the forefront of the progressive fire service for decades to come.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Engine 331 was dispatched and to a house fire, with a report of occupants trapped this afternoon. With a column of smoke clearly visible as they approached the Palmer Park neighborhood, the company laid out, and arrived to find a two story, end of the row "Kentland Triple" with fire showing from the 2nd floor. While extinguishing the fire, Engine 331's crew simultaneously conducted searches of the top floor, which proved to be negative despite the initial reports of entrapment. The fire was extinguished, overhauled, and crews operated for approximately 2.5 hours after a lengthy investigation for cause and origin.
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