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Saturday, July 12, 2014
At 16:33 hours, Tower 33 responded second due on the box, along with Volunteer Chief 33B Riley, to Bowie for a reported townhouse on fire. First arriving units reported fire showing, with extension to the Bravo exposure. Tower 33 was the first special service to arrive, and requested permission from Command to take over first due responsibilities. Having received the go ahead, the crew quickly went to work throwing multiple ground ladders, conducting a primary search, and cutting several holes in the roof. Due to the fire's extension, Command requested a second alarm, which brought Engine 331 to the scene. Due to first alarm engine companies' lack of progress, Command requested that all units evacuate the fire building so Tower 33 could darken the fire down with the Stang gun. Crews then re-entered the structure for some extensive overhaul the Engine and Tower returned back home at 1933 hours.
Monday, July 7, 2014
At 1337 hours, the box alarm was transmitted for the townhouse on fire in the area of the 1800 block of Tulip Avenue in Ritchie, Maryland. The assignment consisted of Engine Companies 37, 23, 8 and 46, Truck Company 26, Tower Ladder 33 and Rescue Engine 27. As companies responded toward the area, Fire Communications reported that they were receiving a few addresses all reporting smoke from a townhouse. WIthin minutes, Engine Company 37 arrived with a two-story, middle of the row, lightweight wood frame townhouse and smoke showing. Upon further investigation, it was found that the fire was located in the basement of the residence. As additional companies arrived, Chief 33 was assigned as the "Charlie" side Supervisor and Tower Ladder 33 was assigned rapid intervention duties. It took less than 10 minutes to extinguish the fire and assure there was no extension. Company 33 volunteers returned to service within 35 minutes.
Monday, July 7, 2014
Just four hours after the fire on 69th Place in Seat Pleasant, the Engine Company and Tower Ladder were responding to another reported fire. This time in the 1600 block of Willowood Court in Company 38's first due. The assignment consisted of Engine Companies 38, 33, 8 and 5, Truck Company 38, Tower Ladder 33 and Truck Company 9. Units from Companies 38 and 33 arrived within minutes to find a two-story, end of the row, lightweight wood frame townhouse and nothing showing. Upon further investigation, fire was found in the second floor bathroom with extension to the attic space. An additional "360" size-up, completed by Engine Company 33 revealed smoke showing from the eves on the "C" side. Companies quickly extinguished the fire and opened-up the second floor area to confine the extension. Within 20 minutes, Command held Companies 38 and 33 for the remainder of the incident.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Just before 2100 hours, box alarm 08-10 was transmitted for the house on fire in the 500 block of 69th Place, Seat Pleasant, Maryland. The alarm consisted of Engine Companies 8, 38, 33 and 26, Truck Company 38, Tower Ladder 33 and Truck Company 37. Within minutes, Engine Company No. 8 and Battalion Chief 1 arrived with a single-story, ordinary constructed single family home and smoke showing. Upon further investigation, fire was found venting from the rear basement level. Engine Company and Tower Ladder 33 arrived a short time later and went to work accordingly. The crew from the engine laid a secondary supply line, stretched an attack line to cover the rear and covered the first floor. The crew from the Tower Ladder entered the fire area, completed serches, opened-up, ventilated, placed several portable ladders, removed security bars on the "C" side and assisted Truck Company 37 with securing the utilities. The bulk of the fire was extinguished within 10 minutes and Command held Engine Company 8 and Tower Ladder 33 to overhaul. Units from the Kentland VFD cleared the scene within 90 minutes time.
Monday, June 30, 2014
In the afternoon hours, the box alarm was transmitted for smoke in the basement of a townhouse in the 6800 block of Hawthorne Street (Company 33's first due). Engine Company, Chief and Deputy Chief 33 responded on the run with a total of seven volunteers. The remainder of the assignment consisted of Engine Companies 28, 9 and 8, Truck Companies 37 and 26, Rescue Squad 6. Upon arrival of the units from Company 33, a size-up of a two-story, middle of the row, lightweight, wood frame townhouse and nothing showing was reported. The Engine Company from 33 arrived, laid a supply line in and stretched the front-bumper line to the front door. As this was being done, a size-up from the rear (to complete the "360" size-up) was transmitted with three-stories on the "Charlie" side, obstructed basement access and nothing showing. At this point, the lineman on Engine Company 33 opened the front door and smoke began issuing from the first floor. This was an obvious sign of a working fire and the hose team stretched in to locate the seat of the fire. Chief 33, the Incident Commander, made a correction in the initial size-up and advised incoming units of the conditions found. Engine Company 33 located fire in the basement level, made a direct attack and notified Command of ongoing C.A.N. reports. Additional companies arrived, performed truck company tasks and checked the "B1" and "D1" exposure units. Minimal extension was contained to the basement and the incident was scaled back after the initial accountability check. Deputy Chief 33 was assigned as the "Basement Division" Supervisor. Command requested an additional Engine and Truck Company on the alarm due to the number of understaffed units. The additional units were staged and released.
Monday, June 30, 2014
As the "Independence Week 2014" began, crews at Company 33 were busy responding to several different incidents. The Squad Company responded to its first of two extrication incidents in the evening hours of June 29th. Chief 37 of the Ritchie Volunteer Fire Department arrived on Ritchie Road and reported a two-vehicle accident and people trapped in both. Squad Company 33 arrived, stabilized the two vehicles and proceeded with the extrication. One vehicle, an SUV only required a "door pop", while the sedan that was involved required the removal of doors and the roof. The extrication was completed within 10-minutes.The next afternoon, June 30th, just prior to running a first-due fire, Squad Company 33 was alerted to the inner-loop of I-495 at Pennsylvania Avenue. Engine Company 37 arrived on the scene of this accident and reported one driver trapped in a sedan. The Squad arrived a short time later, stabilized the vehicle and removed the driver side door to free the occupant.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
At 1348 hours, Engine 331 (with Chief emeritus Lehan at the wheel) and Tower 33 were dispatched for the reported house on fire. The Engine Co, dispatched 3rd due, arrived first, and assumed first due responsibilities, reporting a three story, end of the row townhouse, with smoke showing from side Alpha; the OIC's 360 further revealed fire showing from side Charlie. Crews from Company 33 made entry and discovered two rooms off on the third floor, quickly extinguishing the same. Tower 33's outside team threw several ladders and opened up the roof while the fire was knocked, and the company returned to service at 1610 hours.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Nine years ago today, the fire service lost a husband, father and friend. But, most of all they lost a teacher, mentor and role model. Over all they lost a great fireman. Peter B. Lund, retired Lieutenant F.D.N.Y., Past Chief Woodmere (New York) Fire Department and Active Member of the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. was killed in the line of duty while operating at a house fire in Long Island, NY. This tragedy sent a shock wave through our family. It has been 3,285 days since Pete left due to his untimely death. He is remembered each and everyday by the members that knew him. What he stood for is also passed on each and everyday to the new members that didn't. The Officers and Membership of the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. ask that everyone take a moment today and remember Pete Lund in your thoughts and prayers. We miss you, Lieutenant Vulcan "God of Fire".
President Aker operating on a first due
working fire as the "Jet Driver"
The Corporation of the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., has established a fund that is designed to assist its members with medical bills, etc. when they become ill, due to major illnesses, such as cancer. Some portions are covered by County insurance or an individuals personal insurance. However, there are several other expenses that are not. Unfortunately, it is speculated that due to the amount of incidents an active Kentland Volunteer Firefighter responds to, it is likely our number of members developing cancer, etc. will increase. Although our members receive NO compensation, it is estimated that an individual that joins the department at 18-years of age and continues as a live-in member for five years will respond to approx. 10,000 incidents, to include over 300 working fires... AS AN INDIVIDUAL! This is more than some individuals possibly do in an entire 25-year career as a firefighter.Attached is a link to donate to the fund. At the moment ALL proceeds are being utilized to help our Corporation President, Donald "Patch" Aker, Jr. He was diagnosed with esophageal cancer approx. three-months ago and is currently halfway through a chemo treatment cycle of 16-weeks. He is winning his battle, but his pockets are certainly taking a huge hit. As imagined, this illness was completely unexpected. To donate, please click on the "PayPal" link. The Officers and Membership of the Kentland VFD, Inc. appreciate your assistance with our brother!DONATION LINK-https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=UBY4LLFKXMMAN
Friday, June 13, 2014
Around 1200 hours, the box alarm was transmitted for the building on fire in the 6500 block of Annapolis Road, Landover Hills. Engine Company and Chief 33 responded on the alarm with a total of seven volunteers. Originally, Engine Company 33 was second due on the alarm. Truck Company 9 arrived as the first suppression unit and reported a one-story, strip shopping center and smoke from the roof. Engine Company 33 arrived and requested via Command to assume the first due engine responsibilities. Permission was granted and the crew laid a supply line in from the closest hydrant. After positioning the wagon, the crew stretched a pre-connected attack line into the reporting address. Upon further investigation, it was found that fire was involving a rear utility are of a dry cleaners with extension into the roof above. The crew extinguished the interior fire as Truck Company 9 began to open-up. Meanwhile on the roof, Chief 33 was assigned as the "roof" supervisor. Engine Company 55 and Truck Company 1 operated on the roofs exterior and along with Truck Company 9's outside team, opened-up the fire area of the roof. The fire was contained and extinguished within 10 minutes and the assignment was scaled back to Engine Company 33 and Truck Company 9 within 25 minutes.
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