Category Archives: Fires & Other Emergencies

ONE TRAPPED AND ONE PINNED IN 2 SEPARATE VEHICLES FOR THE RESCUE ENGINE

Driving the Rescue Engine

Story from Kentland33.com:

At 1233 hrs the rescue assignment was dispatched for the accident with one overturned on Central Avenue in the area of Garrett A Morgan Blvd. First arriving Engine 371 (Ritchie) arrived to find a multi-car accident with one overturned with a victim pinned inside and a second victim trapped in a separate vehicle approx 600 feet down the street. Due to the severity of the wreck and the resources required a second Rescue Squad was requested. Soon after Rescue Squad 33 arrived on the scene with 6 volunteers and went to work. With the amount of work to be done on separate vehicles the crews immediately split and began stabilization efforts on the over turned vehicle. Once this was completed half of the crew conducted a removal both drivers side doors and the B-post to remove the victim. While this was taking place utilizing the preconnected tools off the Rescue Engine, the second half of the crew made their way with the portable hydraulic tools to the other trapped victim. The crew removed the drivers side door of that vehicle to gain EMS crews access to the victim. With all extrication duties completed and both victims removed, the second Rescue Squad was returned to service prior to their arrival. The removed victims were transported by awaiting EMS personnel to area trauma centers and the Rescue Engine gathered their tools and returned to service.    

 RE Crew works on the overturned vehicle
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 B-post removal
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TOWER LADDER 33 TRANSFERS TO WASHINGTON, D.C. TRUCK COMPANY 16 AND ASSISTS ON 2ND ALARM FIRE

Driving the Tower Ladder as we specialed to DC.

Story from Kentland33.com:

Just after to 2200 hours, Prince George’s County Fire Communications contacted Kentland Station 33 and advised the members that Tower Ladder 33 was being requested to transfer to District of Columbia Fire Department Truck Company No. 16. The crew of five proceeded to Southeast Washington, D.C. Shortly there after and while en-route to the Irving Place firehouse, the Tower Ladder began to respond on miscellaneous emergencies. At 2258 hours, the Tower Ladder was special called to the fire ground at 1100 Martin Luther King Avenue, S.E. Upon arrival, Command advised Tower Ladder 33 to obtain a position in the front of the building. After completing this task, one of the DCFD Deputy Fire Chiefs was taken via “the bucket” to the roof area. Progress of the fire extinguishment was evaluated and the members stood fast for an additional assignment. Tower Ladder 33 remained on the scene for approx. one-hour before returning to service. The crew returned to Kentland at approx. 0030 hours. All photos are courtesy of retired District of Columbia Fire Department Dispatcher/Supervisor Elliot J. Goodman.

 COURTESY ELLIOT J. GOODMAN
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 COURTESY ELLIOT J. GOODMAN
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ROOM OFF IN A CENTRAL AVE APARTMENT BUILDING: 6814 CENTRAL AVE

Driving the Tower for a room off

Story from Kentland33.com:

Shortly before 1900 hrs units were alerted for a reported apartment fire with people trapped on the 3rd floor at 6814 Central Ave. in Seat Pleasant. Tower Ladder 33 responded as the 2nd due special service with 5 volunteers. The Engine and Rescue Squad from 8 (Seat Pleasant) arrived to find a 3 story in the front 4 stories in the rear garden apartment with smoke showing. As the crews made their way inside they found a room off in an apartment on the 2nd floor with heavy smoke conditions on the 3rd floor. Tower Ladder 33 arrived and took a position on the front of the building and was assigned to conduct a rapid primary search of the top floor for the reported victims. The outside team threw ladders as Engine 371 (Ritchie) had one occupant shelter in place on a rear balcony. The fire was quickly knocked down and all searches proved negative. The Tower crew ventilated the building and the assignment was scaled back to 2 and 2. The Tower crew returned to service within an hour.

 
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ENGINE COMPANY AND TOWER LADDER RUN FIRE FROM A SEAT PLEASANT HOUSE: 7110 FRESNO STREET

Wheelin the Tower Ladder for a Seat Pleasant House.

Story from Kentland33.com:

At 1803 hrs units were alerted for a report of fire on the 2nd floor of a house at 7110 Fresno St. in Seat Pleasant. Engine 331 (4th Due Engine) and Tower Ladder 33 (2nd Due Special service) responded with 11 volunteers on the run. A short time later the Engine and Rescue Squad from Seat Pleasant (8) arrived to find a 1 ½ story single family home with smoke showing from the second floor. Soon after, Company 33 arrived with Engine 331 assuming the 3rd due responsibilities and stretching the 400’ 1 ½” attack line to side “C” Charlie. Tower Ladder 33’s crew went to work performing both interior and exterior duties simultaneously. Engine 331’s crew advanced the line to give a basement report and stretched up the interior stairs to back up Engine 81’s crew. Tower 33’s interior crew made their way through the basement also then up to the second floor to assist in the primary search and opening up. The exterior team threw multiple ladders, ventilated horizontally and opened up the roof. Crews found fire throughout the 2nd floor and aggressively knocked it down, opening up the knee walls and stopping any further extension. After 10 minutes the assignment was scaled back to the units from 8 and 33 to assist the investigators. Company 33 operated for just over an hour before returning to service.

 
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HOUSE FIRE WITH A FIREFIGHTER DOWN IN KETTERING: #87 HERRINGTON DRIVE

Just after 0200 hours, the box alarm was transmitted for the house on fire at #87 Herrington Drive in the Kettering section of Largo, Maryland. The assignment consisted of Engine Companies 46, 37, 33 and 8, Truck Companies 5, 26 and Rescue Squad 33. Engine 331, Rescue Squad 33, Chief 33 and Chief 33A responded on the run with a total of 11 volunteers. Engine Company 46 arrived within minutes to find an auto on fire with extension to a two-story home…

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Side C- Charlie of Herrington Drive

KENTLAND VOLUNTEERS RUN FATAL FIRE AND RESCUE CHILD IN LANDOVER HILLS

As seen on Kentland 33.com:

Just after 0200 hours, Prince Georges Fire Communications began to receive 911 calls reporting that a house was on fire on Fairwood Road near Cooper Lane in Landover Hills. Within seconds, the Box Alarm was struck out including Engines 301, 332, Res. Eng. 33 and Engine 92, Tower 33, Truck 28 and Truck 9. After the initial alarm was sounded more calls came flooding in about the house fire, communications came back and advised now reporting numerous persons trapped. Engine 301 arrived and reported heavy fire showing and confirmed that people were trapped. Units from Kentland arrived right behind the Engine from 30 and rapidly went to work. Tower Ladder 33 (with 6 Volunteers) arrived as E30 was stretching the initial attack line. Firefighter Joe Brown (barman TW33) entered the heavily involved living room (from the front door) without protection of a hoseline and made his way to the rear bedroom area. Just after FF Brown entered the structure the fire enveloped the doorway and extended down the hall removing the firefighter�s primary egress. Unable to enter the structure from the front, the remaining Tower Ladder crew took ladders to the rear to gain access to the trapped occupants. After a quick sweep, FF Brown located an unconscious 6 year old child in a rear bedroom. The outside vent crew from the Tower Ladder threw a 24-foot ladder to the same area that Firefighter Brown had located the victim. Firefighter Brown took out the window and handed the child out to Tower Ladder 33 Firefighter James Carpenter and Lt. Roger Steger. The child was then rushed to EMS personnel. As that rescue took place the crew from Engine 332 advanced their 400-foot preconnect to the front door while the Rescue Engine pulled a back up line. The crew quickly made entry and knocked down the heavy fire conditions in the home and protected firefighters searching for occupants in the rear bedrooms. During the fire, another child was found in the original fire room and pronounced priority 4 (D.O.A.). Two other occupants (one child and one adult) were also seriously injured. Chief 33 (Mattison) as Battalion Chief 1 had the Command. The fire is still under investigation and as of the time this article was published, the rescued 6 year old is still alive but in critical condition. Our thoughts and prayers are with the child and his family.  View a local news story about this incident here. Command : Command

 
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