Category Archives: Other Things Fire Department


So in what has become an extremely successful tradition over the years, the GWU Chi Omega Firefighter Challege has raised tens of thousands of dollars in the name of the DC Firefighters Burn Foundation. The weekend long event features prepaired skits, a field day and much more. Normally the videos are filmed at some preppy station up in Northwest DC, but this year the brave young lads made a trip East of the River to visit the fellas of 30 Engine and 17 Truck. Here is the result…..


After much anticipation on my part I am proud to announce my honored participation in the new Fire Engineering Blog Network. The network is being towted by Fire Engineering as “Some of the Fire Service’s Best Minds Offer Advice and Opinion”. I am honored to be a part of this great group of bloggers; guys Ray McCormack, Mark Gregory, Ricky Riley, Gabriel Angemi and more. There should be a fresh faced version of the blog in May so bare that in mind as you look it over. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Helmet Cam Training Video: Removing Window Mounted AC Units During Ventilation

Another old video blog available both on the Traditions Training and Fire Engineering Blog sites.

Here is the latest in our “Voiceover Training Tips Video Series” straight from the fireground to your computer screen. In this video Traditions Training Instructor Joe Brown takes us through some of his thoughts and actions when approaching a window mounted air conditioning unit during ventilation. The fire is on the second floor of a 2-story brick end-of-the-row home, Joe is part of the Outside Vent Team on DCFD Truck 17 and his actions are in conjunction with the Interior Search Team and Suppression Teams. As you watch the video think about what your actions may have been and how they might vary with different building constructions in your District. Leave us some feedback and open some discussion at your firehouse kitchen table or computer screen. As always, stay safe out there.


As should always be the case when a brave brother makes the ultimate sacrifice, every effort was made to get up to Bridgeport to honor a former Kentland Fireman and Hero Lt. Steven Velasquez. It was a wonderfully sad but well done service and he will be greatly missed.

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Nearly 100 firefighters from the immediate Prince George’s County area attended the funeral services for Lieutenant Steven Velasquez and Fireman Michel Baik of the Bridgeport, Connecticut Fire Department. The services were held back-to-back in the vicinity of the downtown area. Thousands of firefighters traveled from all points of the North American Continent to assure a proper send off and pay their respects. Fire uniforms were seen from as far away as Seattle, Washington, Dallas, Texas and Calgary (Alberta), Canada. Members from the Prince George’s County Fire Department, Kentland Volunteer Fire Department and other volunteer departments from within Prince George’s County, Maryland were positioned front and center, next to the Bridgeport Fire Department contingent during the send off for Lieutenant Steven Velasquez. This was an honor and the members of the various departments in attendance would like to thank those individuals involved in the organizational process for the service. We will never forget the sacrifice by our fallen brothers. May they rest easy and their families feel no pain.


Had a fun time organizing and running the Volleyball Tournament. Good times!

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At 0900 hrs many brave soles ventured with squinted eyes down to the Castle in the Sand on 37th St. in Ocean City for the 4th Annual Kentland Beach Volleyball Tournament. The event hosted 14 teams from around the State and more to do battle on the sanded surface. The event featured drink specials, the girls of Bacardi, a Dunk Tank sponsored by the Police and Firemen’s Insurance Associations and door prizes from Dragon Fire Gloves, Firehouse Dolls and Bacardi. A great time was had by all with LaPlata once again taking home the 1st place standing. 2nd place went to the fellas from Martinsburg, West Virginia making their first appearance in the games. 3rd place was taken home by the team from Bladensburg and associates. Securing their place in tournament history was Kent Island VFD for taking home the coveted “Dead Ass Last” trophy. Thanks to all who came out and set your calendars now for June 21st, 2011 for the 5th annual games, which is already shaping up to be the biggest yet. See you there and be safe till then. Be sure to vist the Kentland Facebook page to see more pictures from the event and add your own.  

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TT Instructors Receive Awards for Valor

As seen on the Traditions Training Blog:

Congratulations are in order for Traditions Training instructor Joe Brown, who was recognized last week for his role in rescuing Prince George’s County firefighter Daniel McGown.  Brown (left), a Captain with the Kentland Vol. Fire Department, was the officer of Rescue Engine 33 operating at a house fire in April 2009.  While performing a search, he heard an activated PASS device and quickly located FF McGown at the entrance to the fire room, who was unconscious and without a face piece.  Brown quickly transmitted a MAYDAY, packaged FF McGown, and removed him to a window where other members of RE-833 assisted in utilizing a “Denver Drill” style maneuver Lito take him out the window. Last week, Capt. Brown was awarded a Gold Medal of Valor by the Prince George’s County Fire Department for his actions at this incident.

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Tony Kelleher (right), also a TT instructor, is the Chief of Kentland and received a bronze medal of valor for his actions as the incident commander in managing and coordinating the rescue effort and the house fire simultaneously. Thankfully, despite life threatining injuries, FF McGown has made a full recovery and is back on the job.

This succuessful rescue is another testement to the value of a constant COMBAT READY attitude and excellent training.

Well done, men! You make us proud!

Link to PGFD Story on the Awards & Incident

Link to Kentland VFD Story on the Fire


The April issue of Fire Engineering sporting a nostalgic cover in celebration of the history of the “National Fireman’s Journal” also referenced 2 members from the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department. In the article “The Two-Team Truck Company”  Kentland Volunteer Nick Martin looks at maximizing efficiency and accomplishing essential truck company tasks during the attack phase of a structural fire in true Kentland fashion.

This issue also contains Tower Ladder Captain Joe Browns nomination for the prestigious 2010 Ray Downey Courage & Valor Award. Captain Brown was nominated for his actions during the rescue of an unconscious fellow firefighter during a 2009 house fire.

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