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THE PASSING OF CURRENT PRESIDENT/ACTIVE FIREMAN DONALD I. ("PATCH") AKER, JR.

Monday, July 27, 2015  It is with the heaviest of hearts and the deepest of sympathies that the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., Companies 33 and 46 announce the untimely passing of Corporation President/Firefighter Donald I. (Patch") Aker, Jr. For the past year and a half, President Aker valiantly battled esophageal cancer. He lost that battle this afternoon while receiving treatment at Johns Hopkins University Hospital - Bayview Medical Center. 

"Patch" as he was known throughout the fire service joined the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., Company 33, in September of 1998. He received his "Life Member" status in the same month of 2008. During his continuous, uninterrupted service at Company 33, he attained the rank of Lieutenant and served in the prestigious position of Corporation President since 2008. Prior to being a member of the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., he was a member of the West Lanham Hills VFD, Company 28 and a member of the Prince George's County Fire Department's "High School Cadet" program. He was a life long resident of Prince George's County, Maryland, growing-up in New Carollton, attending Parkdale High School and currently resided in the City of Bowie.


For nearly 20-years, he worked as a dedicated employee with the Prince George's County Public Safety Communications. Serving in capacities as an Emergency Call Taker, Police Department Dispatcher, Fire Department Dispatcher and Training Director. 


As of the writing of this, arrangements are being planned and will be distributed to the public once they are available. The leadership of the department (KVFD) has established an "Incident Command" style of funeral management and will be coordinating all events, information exchange, etc. 


We ask that everyone keep the family, friends, co-wokers and fellow firemen of President Aker in your thoughts and prayers. This is a deep loss for not only the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., but the fire service as a whole.


- Tony Kelleher
  Chief 33


     



 

ENGINE COMPANY 2ND ARRIVING ON WEST LANHAM TWO ALARMER: 5426 85TH AVENUE

Friday, July 17, 2015  At 0856 hours Engine Company 33 (4 Men) was alerted to respond to 5426 85th Avenue (Co. 28's first due) for smoke in the building. While enroute, units were being told they were getting multiple calls and PGPD was on scene with a working fire. Engine Co 48 arrived, laying dual lines, and going on scene with fire showing from the rear and asked for the second alarm. The Engine from 33 pulled in behind them, laid a supply line as the 3rd due Engine, gave a side Charlie report of fire showing from the second and third floors, and stretched a 400' 1.5" to the rear, and up a 24' ladder off the Engine to Apartment 102. The crew quickly made their way up to apartments 201 and 202, where they extinguished the fire in those units. The second alarm was returned and Command held units from the 1st alarm; Engine 331 operated for a total of 2.5 hours.

     



 

ACCIDENT WITH REPORTED ENTRAPMENT AND EJECTION: MARTIN LUTHER KING JR HIGHWAY AND BARLOWE ROAD

Friday, July 17, 2015  In the late morning, Engine 331 was alerted for the motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Martin Luther King Hwy and Barlowe Rd. While units were responding, Communications upgraded the assignment to an accident with persons trapped and ejected. Engine 331 arrived forthwith, established Command; the engine crew immediately stretched a line and started to asses all vehicles involved and found a two car "T-bone" collision, with no one trapped and one victim partially ejected.  A total of 4 patients were involved, treated, and transported to local trauma centers. Engine 331 returned to service approximately 30 minutes later. 



   


 

ENGINE, PUMPER, AND EXCAVATOR 33 OPERATE AT CHAPEL OAKS WAREHOUSE FIRE: 1201 CLAYBRICK ROAD

Friday, July 17, 2015  At 1716 hours, Engine 331 and Engine 332 were alerted as the 3rd and 4th due engines, respectively, for a reported warehouse on fire in the 5800 block of Sheriff Road. Engine Co 38 (first due) arrived in the approximate location of the run and corrected the address to the 1200blk of Claybrick Road. After winding their way through the extensive industrial complex, Engine 381 arrived and found a large pile of building materials on fire inside the structure. All four engine companies on the initial alarm worked together to develop a water supply relay operation due to the building being so far off the road. Upon completing the water supply, E331's crew stretched the 400' line inside the building to back up 38's crew. With manual overhaul rendered impractical by the sheer size of the pile, a member from Engine 331's crew commandeered an excavator from the site (taking the term "special service" to a whole new level) and started to tear into the mound of debris so crews could hit hot spots. Foam Unit 12 also responded from College Park and flowed Class A foam for 15 min to extinguish all other hot spots before the scene was turned over to  the business owners and crews went ready. 

     



 

TOWER 33 2ND DUE ON 20 HOUSE: 16901 SWANSON ROAD

Monday, June 29, 2015  At 1628 Tower 33 (4 men) was alerted to respond as the second due special service for smoke inside the home at 16901 Swanson road (Co. 20's first due). Engine Co. 20 arrived to find a 2-story single family dwelling with smoke showing form the second floor. Command advised Tower 33 to go past the main driveway and use the neighbor's driveway in hopes that it would lead to side "C" charlie. With no such luck, Tower 33 parked in front of the neighbor's house and began the 2500+ foot trek to the house. The crew of 4 carried irons, hooks, and 3 ladders (16', 20',24'). Once at the house the members were told to standby outside. The crew took out windows on all 4 sides of the house while placing ground ladders on sides A,B, and C. The Driver from Tower 33 went to the roof and let command know they had fire in the attic. Command sent the crew from 33 inside to open up so crews could extinguish the fire. Due to hoarding conditions the Tower crew performed extensive overhaul to the house. The crew operated for 3 hours and 10 minutes before they returned to service. 


     



 

SPECIAL ALARM BRINGS TOWER 33 TO RIVERDALE: 4410 OGLETHORPE STREET

Sunday, June 21, 2015  At 0035 Tower 33 (4 Men) was added on a special alarm to 4410 Oglethorpe Street (Co.7's First Due) where crews were operation with a stairwell that was struck by lightning on the roof and was on fire of an 8story building. Tower 33 arrived on scene and was asked to bring a 24' extension ladder to the roof. Two members of the crew climbed up Truck 14 with the ladder as the other 2 checked every floor for smoke conditions. After clearing floors 1-8 these members met back up with the rest of the crew and assisted units with overhaul operations on the roof. Tower 33 operated for 1hour and 15 minuteds before retuning to service.

   


 

TOWER 3RD DUE ON CAPITOL HEIGHTS HOUSE FIRE: 933 CLOVIS AVENUE

Sunday, June 21, 2015  At 0358 Tower 33 (5 men) was alerted to respond as the third due special service to 933 Colvis Avenue (Co. 5's First Due) for the reported house on fire. Engine Co. 5 arrived on scene of a 1 story single family house with fire in the rear of the house. Two engines and a truck operated as the rest of the units staged. Tower 33 returned to service at 0413 hours when they were immediately put on a 55 box which ended up being a false call.

   


 

TOWER LADDER 33 OPERATES ON A 3RD ALARM BUILDING FIRE IN FORESTVILLE, MARYLAND: 9200 BLOCK OF MARLBORO PIKE

Wednesday, June 17, 2015  Just after 0330 hours, units were dispatched on box alarm 23-05 for the reported building on fire in the 9200 block of Marlboro Pike. Engine Company No. 23 arrived within a short time to find a one-story (200 x 150) restaurant/lounge and smoke showing. Due to the volume of fire present, a second alarm was transmitted, bringing Tower Ladder 33 with five volunteers. Upon their arrival, Tower Ladder 33 gained a position on the "Alpha" side and began assisting with roof operations. After approximately 15 minutes, crews were evacuated from the building and heavy duty (master stream) devices were utilized to continue with extinguishment operations. Tower Ladder 33 operated in this mode for approx. one-hour before the bulk of the fire was suppressed. Companies remained on the scene performing overhaul and extinguishing hot spots until 1000 hours. 





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REMEMBERING LIEUTENANT PETER B. LUND - 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS LODD

Sunday, June 14, 2015  Ten 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 3650 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".

     



 

TOWER HANDLES RIT DUTIES AT 55 HOUSE: 3423 40TH PLACE

Wednesday, June 10, 2015  Tower Ladder 33 was alerted on this late spring evening for the report of a house fire in the Cottage City section of PG County. Bladensburg VFD and Hyattsville VFD crews arrived first and reported nothing evident at 3423 40th Place. Upon further investigation, a small fire was discovered burning on the second floor of the 2 story single family home. Dispatched as third due special service & arriving in that same position, the Tower crew assumed RIC responsibilities. Quick knock down prevented further damage to the home or any others in the tight knit community, and residents thanked members on the scene for the fast response & swift actions that prevented a significant blaze.

   


 
 
 

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