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Thursday, August 27, 2015
At approximately 0030 hours, the box alarm was transmitted for the apartment on fire in the 4400 block of 68th Place in Landover Hills, Maryland. Engine Company 33 responded as the 3rd and 4th due engine companies on the assignment, along with Deputy Chief 33. While enroute, Public Safety Communications (9-1-1) reported numerous phone calls and people trapped. Moments later, first due Engine Company 30 reported a three-story, ordinary constructed garden apartment building and fire showing from the stairwell/roof soffit. Upon arrival in the rear of the address (side "C"), Engine Company 33, responding with two class "A" pumpers began advancing two long length pre-connects. While doing so, it was noticed that people were trapped, immediately adjacent to the fire area. Due to the topography of the area, the building was in fact four (4) stories on side "C". The only readily available ladders, due to no access for an aerial device and additional units still responding were 28', 24' and 14' in length. None of which were capable of reaching four stories to the occupants. In a split second decision, the members from Truck Company 28 (West Lanham Hills) placed the longest ladder to the floor below (28' ladder). Then members from Engine Company 33 ascended the 28' ladder with a 14' roof ladder (with the roof hooks deployed) and scaled (pompier style) to the fourth (4th) floor balcony. Once with the trapped occupants, the Engine Company 33 firefighter sent one occupant down the completely vertical 14' ladder to members awaiting at the top of the 28' ladder. While this was being done, the two other occupants awaiting rescue utilized the tending firefighters SCBA mask to breath in the smoke filled area. Simultaneously, the two attack lines were still being stretched to assist with extinguishment. In all, three occupants were safely removed from the IDLH and evaluated by EMS.This type of "plan-B" tactic is taught to our members as a part of the Kentland VFD Rookie Book and has been successful in rescuing civilians on a few separate occasions where there wasn't a ladder tall enough to reach the upper floors of a multi-family/high occupancy building.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Engine 331 was dispatched for a report of smoke in the house with an alarm sounding. Engine Company 33 arrived on scene, and reported to side Charlie as 3rd due engine Once in the rear, they gave a size up to indicate to Command that there was a fire on the 2nd floor of a split foyer house. As the OIC forced entry to side C, the company advanced the 400' preconnect through the ground floor and up. Kentland 33 operated on scene for approximately 45 minutes before returning to service.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
At 2333 hrs Engine 332 was dispatched as the 3rd due engine for the 38 house fire assignment. Hearing the box alarm dispatched as they were clearing an AFA in the first due Engine 331 and the Tower Ladder quickly requested with BC881 to run the assignment in 38's area and were added to the run as the 4th due engine and 2nd due truck. Eninge 332 arrived and established a water supply, with E331 arriving shortly after and securing the same. Both engines from 33 stretched to the rear of the house and found smoke showing from the basement. Tower 33 assisted E381 with opening up while E332 hydraulically ventilated the basement. The incident was scaled back after about 30 min and all units from 33 returned to service.
Sunday, August 9, 2015
Originally dispatched as the 4th due Engine Company for a house on fire in the rear of #12 Bayou Avenue, Engine 331 wound up assuming 3rd due responsibilities and covering the rear. After coming in from the adjacent street and entering the yard over a ground ladder, the Engine Company cleared the basement and advanced up to extinguish the rear porch that was on fire. The attack line from 33 was then moved inside so the crew could cover any potential extension. Units operated for approx. 1 hr before returning to service.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
At 0659 hrs, units from Company 33 were dispatched to the area of Balsamtree Drive and Kolb Street for a report of smoke coming from the house. Engine Company 33 and Tower Ladder 33 responded with 9 volunteers. Company 38 arrived in scene and confirmed a vacant 1 story single family dwelling with smoke showing. Engine 331 arrived, laid a supply line as the third due engine and stretched the 250' preconnect to Side Charlie to report conditions and enter the structure to assist in extinguishing the fire. Tower Ladder 33 (first due special service) went to work conducting searches and opening up the attic area where the bulk of fire was located. Companies went ready after operating for just over 60 minutes.
Friday, July 31, 2015
At 1100 hours, the box alarm was transmitted for 7217 East Forest Road in the neighborhood behind the firehouse. The Engine Company from Kentland responded into the first due with 7 volunteers and arrived to find a two story, wood frame duplex with smoke and fire showing from the first and second floors. The members stretched two pre-connected 1.5" hand lines and quickly extinguished all fire on the interior, as well as extension to the exterior siding. Units operated for a couple of hours to mop up and overhaul the house. During this fire, the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department was operating using Engine 92 from the Bladensburg Volunteer Fire Department, and we send our sincerest thanks to them for letting us use equipment in a time of need.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Engine 331 & Tower 33 were dispatched as the 2nd due engine (changed to 3rd due after Co 28 was added to the run) and the 2nd due truck to this Thursday evening fire. Chief 33 established Command, and assigned Chief 33A to be the Division II Supervisor. Engine 331 laid out 400' of 3" and stretched the 400' 1.5" attack line to the rear and through the basement. Tower 33's crew threw 92' of ground ladders, and conducted primaries throughout the house and a secondary on the 2nd floor.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Donald I. ("Patch") Aker, Jr.Viewing Services-Sunday August 2nd, 2015Evans Funeral Home16000 Annapolis RoadBowie, Maryland1500 hours to 1700 hoursand 1900 hours to 2100 hours(Fire Department Memorial Service at 1900 hours)Funeral Services-Monday August 3rd, 2015Knights of Columbus6111 Columbian WayBowie, Maryland1200 hours with Re-Pass to followContacts-Attending ApparatusChief Tim Clark at (301)830-0102Attending Pipes/Drums BandsFF Mike Elston at email@example.comAttending Honor GuardsLt Kevin Kane at firstname.lastname@example.orgAttending VIP/Dignitaries FF Richie Green at email@example.com
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
In our time of need, one of the many groups to step up and help has been the District of Columbia Fire Department's Engine 6 and Truck 4, the "Big" House. We are proud to count the men and women of the DCFD in our extended fire department family, and would like to thank them for providing tonight's delicious meal, as well as all of the other departments who have reached out in the last few days.
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
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