Monthly Archives: September 2010

MINI PUMPER GETS IT DONE ON A PALMER PARK HOUSE FIRE: 2205 MATTHEW HENSON AVE

Here is a good one, just got back into the station as the Rescue Engine was on the air. First Due house fire and the Rescue’s pump was busted. Brought the Mini-pumper for the fellas and they knocked her down very nicely.

Below story as seen on Kentland 33:

As early signs of tropical storm Nicole made their way through the DC Metro area, the volunteers from Kentland answered several calls aboard the Rescue Squad before heading over to Barlow Rd for fuel. As the 6th gallon made it’s way into the tank, the crew along with other units from surrounding areas were alerted for a investigation of a chimney at 2205 Matthew Henson Ave, just blocks from their location. The Rescue Squad responded with 5 volunteers and arrived to find a 1 story duplex with smoke showing from the rear and attic area, passing command. With no crew in quarters for an Engine company the Squad crew immediately worked to complete a primary search, position ladders without venting and hold the fire in check as long as possible with water cans. With the on scene report communications upgraded the assignment. Just moments later, Mini-Pumper 33 and Chief 33arrived on scene, establishing the Matthew Henson Command. Members from the Mini-Pumper and Rescue Squad 33 advanced the 1 ½ attack line from the mini-pumper into the home, knocking down all visible fire in the back rooms and porch area. With fire extending into the attic the crew worked quickly to pull ceilings and knock down any remaining fire in the space. As other units arrived they went to work opening up the roof and void spaces and deploying back up lines, stopping the fires extension. With the fire under control the assignment was scaled back to the units from Kentland to assist the investigators. After overhaul units returned to service.        

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SILVERADO FIRST ARRIVING TO A FIRST DUE FIRE: 7213 EAST FOREST ROAD

Coming back to Kentland from a dinner out I get a text message alert for a house fire on East Forest Road. I was only a few streets away, pulled up to find the back of the house off. Got dressed in my throw down set of gear from the bed of my truck (don’t leave home without it;) ) and went in with 9 when they got there curtesy of the wagon drivers facepiece and pack. Good times.

Story from Kentland 33.com:

Just before midnight, a box alarm was transmitted for the house on fire at 8403 Oglethorpe Street in East Lanham, Maryland. Engine Company and Truck Company 33 responded on that alarm with 10 volunteers. The Engine from 33 arrived to assume the 3rd due Engine Company responsibilities, laid a supply line in and staged per Command. As units were released, an additional box alarm was transmitted for 7213 East Forest Road in Company 33’s first due. Since units from 33 were still assigned to the initial box alarm, they were not originally due on the East Forest Road run. Crews quickly readied themselves and requested to respond on the first due alarm. Permission was granted and companies headed back to Kentland. Knowing that the Engine Company would be unable to arrive first, the OIC prepared to be placed 3rd due. Within minutes first arriving units reported a two-story “double” with fire in the rear. Truck Company 33 was the first arriving special service and operated accordingly. The interior crew began a search of the fire address and opened-up in the process. The outside crew placed portable ladders and ventilated sides “A” and “B”. Engine Company 33 arrived and completed the third due Engine Company responsibilities, laying a secondary supply line and advancing an attack line to the rear. Once in the rear, the crew assisted with extinguishment, checked for a basement entrance and made entry into the exposure. The crew advanced to the second floor and found extension in the roof area and pipe chase. All visible fire was knocked down within 15 minutes. Within 30 minutes, Command held Companies 33, 9 and 8. All members returned to service within two and a half hours.

 
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ENGINE COMPANY AND CHIEF 33 ON A LARGO HOUSE FIRE: 11005 MOUNT LUBENTIA WAY

Believe it or not I was driving the Engine for this one.

Story from Kentland33.com

As units from Kentland 33 cleared a box alarm ( 1735 hours) at 5800 Annapolis Road in Bladensburg, an additional box alarm was transmitted for the house on fire and people trapped at 11005 Mount Lubentia Way in Company 46’s area (Kentland #2). Engine Company and Chief 33 responded on the run with a total of six volunteers. Engine Company 33 was alerted as the second due Engine Company. Engine Company 46 arrived within minutes to find a two-story, detached, home with smoke showing. Chief 33 arrived as the crew was stretching an attack line and established the “Mount Lubentia Way” Command. Engine Company 33 arrived just after Truck Company 37 and secured Engine Company 46’s supply line. The crew aboard Engine Company 33 stretched the 250-foot pre-connect and proceeded in to back-up Engine Company 46. Fire was found in the kitchen area and quickly extinguished by the first due engine. Engine Company 33’s crew re-positioned their attack line to the second floor and checked for vertical extension. With negative results, Chief 33 scaled the incident back to Engine Companies 46, 33 and Truck Company 37. Volunteers from Kentland 33 returned to service within an hour.

 
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ENGINE COMPANY, TRUCK COMPANY AND SQUAD COMPANY 33 ON A FIRST DUE FIRE:7752 BURNSIDE ROAD

Driving the Rescue Squad.

Story from Kentland33.com:

Just before 0400 hours, the box alarm was transmitted for the house on fire at 7752 Burnside Road, in the Palmer Park section of Kentland. Engine Company, Truck Company and Squad Company 33 responded (first due) on the run with 14 volunteers. Initial phone calls to fire communications reported fire coming from the rear of the dispatched address. Engine Company 33, the first to arrive, reported a two-story “triple” with fire showing in the rear and their own hydrant. The crew stretched the front-bumper pre-connect and made their way into the front entrance of 7752. Upon investigation, it was found that the rear porch area was fully involved and beginning to extend to the adjoining homes. After quickly getting water, the bulk of the fire was knocked down. Truck Company 33 began to open-up the effected areas as Rescue Squad 33 performed a thorough search of the fire address. Prior to additional units arriving on the scene, Command held the incident with Company 33 units. Six residents were displaced and the Fire Investigations Bureau was alerted to the run. Kentland Volunteers operated for approx. one-hour before picking-up and returning to service.

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FIRE WEEKEND CONTINUES WITH THE ENGINE AND SQUAD COMPANY ON A BLADENSBURG COMMERCIAL BUILDING: 5214 MONROE PLACE

Riding the seat of the Squad

Story from Kentland33.com:

For the third time in 15 hours, units from Kentland 33 were responding to a working fire. This time reports were coming in for the building on fire at 5214 Monroe Place in Bladensburg, Maryland. Engine and Squad Company 33 responded on the run with 10 volunteers. First arriving Engine and Truck Company 9 reported a two-story, commercial building with smoke showing from the roof. As those crews began to stretch a line and open-up, Rescue Squad 33 arrived and was put to work as the second special service company per command. Crews located fire in the piping duct(s) of a laundry facility with extension to a 75 foot x 75 foot section of flat roof. Engine Company 33 arrived as the fourth due engine and reverse laid the 400-foot pre-connect, utilizing the “Detroit” bundle. The wagon driver secured his own water supply as the crew checked sides “C” and “D”. After this was accomplished, the crew scaled Truck Company 9’s aerial and positioned the handline to back-up Engine Company 9 on the roof. Both engine crews worked together to hit stubborn hot spots as the special services continued to expose the involved roof. After approx. 30-minutes, Command held Companies 9 and 33 to finish-up. Kentland Volunteers returned to service within 90 minutes.

 
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VIDEO ON HOW TO PUT OUT A FIRE: A HOUSE IN BOULEVARD HEIGHTS: 4604 DAVIS AVENUE:

Here is a video and fire that I had to edit (see if you can find what I added) in response to the overwhelming amount of cowards gracing todays internet impersonating firemen. I was driving the truck on this one so I didn’t get much, but the fellas that did sure did it well. FIRES ARE SUPPOSED TO GO OUT!! THATS OUR JOB!

Story as seen on Kentland33.com:

Around midnight, the box alarm was transmitted for the house on fire in the 4600 block of Davis Avenue in Boulevard Heights, Maryland. This assignment brought Truck Company and Chief 33 with seven volunteers. Duty Chief 800 was the first fire department unit to arrive and reported fire showing “from pretty much everywhere”. Rescue Squad 27, Truck Company 37 and Engine Companies 26 and 8 arrived next and went to work. Chief 33 arrived seconds later and was assigned to work with the crews on division one. Two hand lines were positioned on side “A” and an aggressive, coordinated attack was carried out to quickly extinguish the fire. Truck Company 33 arrived as this was being carried out and assumed the Rapid Intervention duties. The crew placed portable ladders, assured egress points and developed a rescue plan for the home. Volunteers from Kentland operated for approx. 35 minutes before the incident was scaled back.

 
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