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The following is a repost from 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.



On Wednesday, April 27th, 2011, Prince George’s County Maryland held its 34th annual Public Safety Luncheon to honor the County’s Police, Sheriff, Fire/EMS, Corrections and Homeland Security members. The event was hosted by County Executive Rushern L. Baker III and MC’d by Wisdom Martin and Paul Wagner of Fox 5 news DC. Among the honored recipients were Joe Brown, a Volunteer Captain with the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department and Tony Kelleher, the Chief of Kentland. Joe received a Silver Medal of Valor and Tony received a Bronze Medal of Valor for there actions at an apartment fire on April 26th, 2010. 

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Driving the Tower for a room off

Story from

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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