In case you missed it here is the Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio Traditions Training Tuesday where we talked about the fire at #87 Herrington Drive in PG County Maryland that put my friend Danny McGown in the burn center. Listen in as those who were there go over just what went down, step by step, and hopefully it will help you prepare incase you are placed in that position, God forbid.
Also, here is the Radio Transmissions from that fire:
Here is an interview that demonstrates the pure love of the job that helps bring the true spirit of the fire department back to light for me as it should for everyone else. You didnt hear any “we shouldn’t have been in theres'”, any bullshit about “victim survivability profiling” and you sure as shit didn’t hear any Monday morning quarterbacking about whether or not we should search vacant homes. To me it simply says, “It is what it is and we’d do it again”. These 2 men exemplify what it means to me to be a fireman and I’m proud to work in a department full of them. Watch and learn.
“I’m no hero, but I served in a company of them” – Major Dick Winters, Easy Company.
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.
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.
Memorial Day and it’s associated “weekend” means different things to different people. For me it has always been a combination of remembering those that made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom as well as about remembering those that made an impact in our lives and have since passed on. My life has been blessed to have been dotted with many influential people who helped shape my ideals and my outlook on life. From a young age it was instilled in me the importance of the sacrifice of those from the past, I’m sure I used to freak my parents out when at 10 year old I would rather go to Gettysburg or out back with a medal detector then to a movie. As a new father I try to do my best to give my son those same experiences that he will hopefully draw strength from later in life. Our first stop this weekend was to the secret resting spot of the hero for which my son gets his middle name, to visit “Uncle Kirk”. To see Kirks memorial video CLICK HERE.
Our next stop was down to the always amazing “Rolling Thunder” to honor Americas MIA and KIA. My 3 year old was so impressed with the display that he waved steady for over an hour, not an easy feat for a son with an attention span like mine. Here is a great video showing what determination and discipline looks like.
Memorial day brought a celebration at the Land of Kent where I got the special treat of a phone call from Afghanistan. One of Kentlands lost sons, Scott Motley, was checking in from an ocean away. A few good lucks and keep your head lows and he was off to serve again along side the rest of his brothers. Off to protect our right to cook hot dogs and visit the beach on this Memorial Day “weekend”. We are thankful for Scott and the rest of his Devil Dogs.
From there is was back to the BBQ and talks of those who are no longer with us. One of which being Mark “Mick” McKenzie, the man who took me under his wing, taught me the ropes of the special service life style, and helped me see the error in my flare covered helmet ways. Here is a little video I made awhile ago in his memory. CLICK HERE.
Almost as if Mick was listening, Rescue Engine 33, with me in the seat, got put on a Capitol Heights house fire with fire showing from the rear of the home. STORY HERE. After an hour or so of work we got to slide on back to the Kentland BBQ to finish honoring the fallen.
Its funny how when your younger you don’t quite understand the importance of certain people or their roll until their gone. There are more than a handful of people I wish I would have had more time to sit and talk with, sit and learn with. To learn about all they had done in their lives and knowledge they had to offer. One such individual was my Great-grandfather Forest “Mike” Mills, who just recently passed away in 2006. I remember his stories of serving in the engine room of the USS Enterprise during World War II, about the sounds the ship would make when an enemy bomber crashed just feet from the great carrier. I listened as a child listens, for the story and not the meaning. Little did I know until several years later that this “ship” was not just any ship, but instead the Big “E” was the most decorated ship of the entire war, fighting in some of the most famous battles in history. Battles that shaped the future of our great Nation and ensured a bright future for those left behind. I wish I had paid a little closer attention to those story’s now that he is gone.
So for those we remember, and those we wish we had more memories of, happy Memorial Day.
Well after 2 months of long nights surrounded by friends and a hard fought healing process, Firefighter Chucky Ryan has finally returned home from the burn center. Chucky was burned along with 4 other firefighters searching for victims during a house fire in Truck 17’s first due. His first stop? Rescue 3 to see the brothers of course. Here’s to a great guy who’s love for the job infects all those around him. Welcome Home Chucky, see you inside a burning southeast rowhome soon.
Here is a story from the DC Generals site about some time spent with Firefighter Chucky Ryan who was burned in a house fire in Truck 17’s first due. Chucky is a great guy and a hell of a fireman, it was truly a tough experience for me to spend the night in his ICU room and see him in so much pain. It brings back the reality of why the Generals play to raise money for the burn foundation. As a member of the DC Firefighters Burn Foundations Family Services Team I see first hand the great job this organization does for the family’s of our injured firefighters in their time of need. Watching the Royal Wedding from Chucky’s room and to sit alongside our Brave Hero was a truly humbling experience. Chucky still continues to recover, keep him in your prayers.
From the DC Generals:
As Firefighter Charles Ryan continues to undergo multiple surgery’s to repair the burns to his body, members of the District of Columbia Fire Department along with members of the DC FF Burn Foundation Family Services Unit sit constant watch over their injured brother. Among these vigilant volunteers are several players from the DC Generals Police and Fire Football Team. Showing again just how important raising money for the Burn Foundation is in this time of need. The Foundation helps provide rooms for family members, food for Chucky and his visitors, state of the art equipment for the burn unit at Washington Hospital Center and much more. Our prayers are with Firefighter Ryan on his long road to recovery.
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.
Was driving Truck 33 for this little thing.
Story from Kentland33.com:
At 0915 hours, box alarm 08-06 was transmitted for the townhouse on fire at 298 Possum Court. The assignment consisted of Engine Companies 8, 37, 38, 46, Truck Companies 26, 33 and Rescue Squad 6. First arriving Engine Company 8 reported a two-story, middle of the row, townhouse with smoke showing. Truck Company 33 responded on the run with a total of five volunteers. As the engine crews located a kitchen off on the first floor, Truck Company 33 arrived and split-up into two teams. The interior team initiated a search of the home and began opening-up. The outside crew placed portable ladders and ventilated. The fire was quickly contained and the assignment was scaled back quickly. Truck Company 33 was held and returned to service within one-hour.
TT Instructor Joe Brown created this video of operations at a first floor fire last tour with a civilian rescued from the second floor. While some of the video is dark, what should be emphasized in this situation is the communication between crews.
The rescue of a civilian is an exciting event. Our primary mission is to save lives and when a victim is located it can tend to draw others away from their tasks. You will notice in this video that when the victim is located, assistacne is given to the victim removal where needed but the other tasks continue, and when the victim is removed everyone get’s back to work. We must remember that a successful fireground results from a coordinated series of events — everyone has a job to do and must do it. If someone drops their task, the entire fireground falls apart.
At present, all accounts are that the victim is hospitalized and will make a full recovery. Job well done to the members of DCFD Engine 30 / Truck 17, Platoon #1!