Monthly Archives: June 2011

PRESENTATIONS FROM SUBURBAN DEER MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP POSTED

The following is a repost from my Patriot LWM Blog:

The University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Office has posted all the presentations and information from last months “Suburban Deer Management: Options and Choices for Decision-Makers” of which Patriot Land & Wildlife President Joe Brown was a guest speaker. The Forestry Resources Website has all the information you could need when it comes to making an educated decision regarding your suburban deer management issues.

CLICK HERE FOR PRESENTATIONS

SPOKE TOO SOON: DID YOU CATCH A FIRE ON YOUR COMMUTE?

So I had some time after this AM’s fire as I waited on morning relief to put up a blog post. No sooner had I posted the story then a text came accross my phone for a box alarm for my brothers at Kentland. 4:20 am, quiet nieghborhood, I knew it was going to be off. Moments later my relief came in and I was out, out the door and just over the DC, MD line where the 15 volunteers from Kentland went on the scene with fire showing. Although its not always my prefered method, it was nice to watch the brothers at work without being activly involved.

Here is their story from Kentland 33: 

ENGINE COMPANY, SQUAD COMPANY AND TRUCK COMPANY 33 WITH FIRE SHOWING IN CHAPEL OAKS: 1411 EARLY OAKS LANE

At 0418 hours, the box alarm was transmitted for the house on fire in the area of 1410 Early Oaks Drive in Chapel Oaks, Maryland. The assignment consisted of Engine Companies 38, 8, 5 and 33, Truck Companies 33, 55 and Rescue Engine 33 (as the Squad Company). Engine Company, Squad Company and Truck Company 33 responded on the alarm with a total of 15 volunteers. Engine Company 38 was the first to arrive and reported a one-story, detached home with fire showing. Engine Company 33 was the next unit to arrive. The crew laid a secondary water supply from a hydrant at 1422 Early Oaks Lane and stretched the 250-foot pre-connect to cover side “C” of the structure. Once in position the OIC gave a detailed size-up to Fire Communications and the crew advanced into the basement to check for fire/smoke conditions. After this area of the home was cleared, the crew advanced to the first floor where they began extinguishing several rooms on fire. Truck Company and Squad Company 33 arrived simultaneously to perform the first and second due special service duties. Both crews began searches, ventilation and laddering all sides of the building. Companies spent nearly one-hour bringing this stubborn fire under control. Within an hour and a half, Command continued to hold Companies 38, 33 and 55. Volunteers from the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department operated for approx. 3 and a half hours before retuning to service. One fireman from Company 33 sustained minor injuries and was transported to a local trauma center. The Officers and Membership of the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. wish him a quick recovery. 

“SUMMER IN THE SECOND” – ANOTHER BUSY TOUR AT 17 TRUCK

Well this 24 hour tour had its share of excitement, from a special showing of Hangover 2 with the fellas, a police chase that ended too soon, Ambulance 30 getting passed by a PG police chase on the way to the hospital and rounding it all out with a first due fire. It’s apparent that the old adage about summer time in the Second Battalion may hold true for yet another year in a row. I am just going to keep holding on to that tiller wheel and see where it takes me. 

Here are just the 2 stories reposted from Engine 30s website. I have more helmet cam footage from this fire as well but I doubt time will allow that to make it to your screen anytime soon. So for now, enjoy the pics.

TRUCK 17 RUNS ONE OVERTURNED AND 2 TRAPPED AFTER POLICE CHASE ENDS IN SOUTHEAST

During the early afternoon hours Engine 19 was dispatched on the local alarm for an auto accident in the area of Randle Circle and Minnesota Ave. Southeast. Engine 19 arrived shortly after to find a police chase that ended with the dipper suspect t-boning another truck and putting it on its side. The suspect fled but they left behind a person trapped in each car. Engine 19 requested the rescue assignment bringing Truck 17, Rescue Squad 3 and others to the scene. Truck 17 arrived on scene an set up a safety perimeter and assisted with patient care as Squad 3 split their crews to free the victim in the car and stabilize the overturned truck. Once the door was removed from the car the crew took the roof off of the truck and removed that victim as well. Engine 19 stood by with a handline to support the extrication. Units picked up and returned to service a short time later.   
 
At 12:44 hrs units with the Second Battalion were alerted for a reported house on fire in the 4500 block of Grant St. NE. Engine 27 arrived to find a one story single family home with heavy fire showing and extension to the B-bravo exposure. As Engine 27 stretched their line to the fire building Truck 17’s crew laddered and quickly searched the exposure building, finding no immediate extension into the structure. Engine 30 reported to the rear and found a similar situation, stretching their line and getting water on the fire. Very early into the incident the fire building was deemed a defensive operation and larger lines were put into service by the crews of Engine 27, 30 and Truck 17 to knock down the bulk of the fire. Truck 17 put the ladder pipe in the air but the extra water was not needed as the fire was knocked down. Crews opened up the outer walls on the exposure building and finding only minor extension the incident was scaled back.  

“Aggressive Searches” Fire Engineering Talk Radio Episode 38 featuring Traditions Training

Episode 38 Fire Engineering Talk Radio

In case you missed it here is the latest episode of Fire Engineering Talk Radio featuring myself and the rest of the Traditions Training crew as we tackle the topic of “Aggressive Searches). Its always a fun time getting to chat with the brothers. Just ignore the porn star voice at the beginning and the rest should be semi-entertaining.

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ROOM OFF WITH PEOPLE TRAPPED FOR THE HEIGHTS: 5105 F STREET SOUTHEAST

The following is a repost from http://www.30Engine.com for the fire we had last tour. A bunch of interesting talking points came out of this fire so I will try to post some stuff up in the next week or so. My helmet cam footage as the Tillerman is pretty dark so I doubt I will have anything video related.

Fire Showing from Side C-Charlie

The East End Crew with Chief Del Balzo on what might be his last fire with DC

Story from 30 Engine:

Just after 2100 hrs units with the second and third battalion were alerted for the report of a building fire at 5105 F St. SE. Engine 30 arrived on the scene and reported a 3 story garden style apartment building with smoke showing from the roof area. Truck 17 arrived just behind them and were greeted by several residents stating that there were people trapped on the upper floors. As the Engine crew advanced the 200ft 1 1/2″ preconnected handline into the building Truck 17s crew worked to ladder the building and vent the structure. Interior crews located a room off in an apartment on the second floor (although labeled 102) and made quick work of it. Rescue Squad 3 removed one patient with smoke inhalation from a top floor apartment (labeled 204). Although a second alarm was requested it was quickly returned as the incident was deemed under control. Truck 17 with the help of Engine 30 and Engine 8 (RIT) threw 175′ of ground ladders to the building with Truck 16 and Engine 27 laddering the rear with additional ladders. Great job by all crews involved especially Battalion Fire Chief #2 Del Balzo who celebrated his retirement just that very afternoon with the fellas of East End.