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Here is a good one, just got back into the station as the Rescue Engine was on the air. First Due house fire and the Rescue’s pump was busted. Brought the Mini-pumper for the fellas and they knocked her down very nicely.

Below story as seen on Kentland 33:

As early signs of tropical storm Nicole made their way through the DC Metro area, the volunteers from Kentland answered several calls aboard the Rescue Squad before heading over to Barlow Rd for fuel. As the 6th gallon made it’s way into the tank, the crew along with other units from surrounding areas were alerted for a investigation of a chimney at 2205 Matthew Henson Ave, just blocks from their location. The Rescue Squad responded with 5 volunteers and arrived to find a 1 story duplex with smoke showing from the rear and attic area, passing command. With no crew in quarters for an Engine company the Squad crew immediately worked to complete a primary search, position ladders without venting and hold the fire in check as long as possible with water cans. With the on scene report communications upgraded the assignment. Just moments later, Mini-Pumper 33 and Chief 33arrived on scene, establishing the Matthew Henson Command. Members from the Mini-Pumper and Rescue Squad 33 advanced the 1 ½ attack line from the mini-pumper into the home, knocking down all visible fire in the back rooms and porch area. With fire extending into the attic the crew worked quickly to pull ceilings and knock down any remaining fire in the space. As other units arrived they went to work opening up the roof and void spaces and deploying back up lines, stopping the fires extension. With the fire under control the assignment was scaled back to the units from Kentland to assist the investigators. After overhaul units returned to service.        

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Coming back to Kentland from a dinner out I get a text message alert for a house fire on East Forest Road. I was only a few streets away, pulled up to find the back of the house off. Got dressed in my throw down set of gear from the bed of my truck (don’t leave home without it;) ) and went in with 9 when they got there curtesy of the wagon drivers facepiece and pack. Good times.

Story from Kentland

Just before midnight, a box alarm was transmitted for the house on fire at 8403 Oglethorpe Street in East Lanham, Maryland. Engine Company and Truck Company 33 responded on that alarm with 10 volunteers. The Engine from 33 arrived to assume the 3rd due Engine Company responsibilities, laid a supply line in and staged per Command. As units were released, an additional box alarm was transmitted for 7213 East Forest Road in Company 33’s first due. Since units from 33 were still assigned to the initial box alarm, they were not originally due on the East Forest Road run. Crews quickly readied themselves and requested to respond on the first due alarm. Permission was granted and companies headed back to Kentland. Knowing that the Engine Company would be unable to arrive first, the OIC prepared to be placed 3rd due. Within minutes first arriving units reported a two-story “double” with fire in the rear. Truck Company 33 was the first arriving special service and operated accordingly. The interior crew began a search of the fire address and opened-up in the process. The outside crew placed portable ladders and ventilated sides “A” and “B”. Engine Company 33 arrived and completed the third due Engine Company responsibilities, laying a secondary supply line and advancing an attack line to the rear. Once in the rear, the crew assisted with extinguishment, checked for a basement entrance and made entry into the exposure. The crew advanced to the second floor and found extension in the roof area and pipe chase. All visible fire was knocked down within 15 minutes. Within 30 minutes, Command held Companies 33, 9 and 8. All members returned to service within two and a half hours.

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Believe it or not I was driving the Engine for this one.

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As units from Kentland 33 cleared a box alarm ( 1735 hours) at 5800 Annapolis Road in Bladensburg, an additional box alarm was transmitted for the house on fire and people trapped at 11005 Mount Lubentia Way in Company 46’s area (Kentland #2). Engine Company and Chief 33 responded on the run with a total of six volunteers. Engine Company 33 was alerted as the second due Engine Company. Engine Company 46 arrived within minutes to find a two-story, detached, home with smoke showing. Chief 33 arrived as the crew was stretching an attack line and established the “Mount Lubentia Way” Command. Engine Company 33 arrived just after Truck Company 37 and secured Engine Company 46’s supply line. The crew aboard Engine Company 33 stretched the 250-foot pre-connect and proceeded in to back-up Engine Company 46. Fire was found in the kitchen area and quickly extinguished by the first due engine. Engine Company 33’s crew re-positioned their attack line to the second floor and checked for vertical extension. With negative results, Chief 33 scaled the incident back to Engine Companies 46, 33 and Truck Company 37. Volunteers from Kentland 33 returned to service within an hour.

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Driving the Rescue Squad.

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Just before 0400 hours, the box alarm was transmitted for the house on fire at 7752 Burnside Road, in the Palmer Park section of Kentland. Engine Company, Truck Company and Squad Company 33 responded (first due) on the run with 14 volunteers. Initial phone calls to fire communications reported fire coming from the rear of the dispatched address. Engine Company 33, the first to arrive, reported a two-story “triple” with fire showing in the rear and their own hydrant. The crew stretched the front-bumper pre-connect and made their way into the front entrance of 7752. Upon investigation, it was found that the rear porch area was fully involved and beginning to extend to the adjoining homes. After quickly getting water, the bulk of the fire was knocked down. Truck Company 33 began to open-up the effected areas as Rescue Squad 33 performed a thorough search of the fire address. Prior to additional units arriving on the scene, Command held the incident with Company 33 units. Six residents were displaced and the Fire Investigations Bureau was alerted to the run. Kentland Volunteers operated for approx. one-hour before picking-up and returning to service.

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Here is a video and fire that I had to edit (see if you can find what I added) in response to the overwhelming amount of cowards gracing todays internet impersonating firemen. I was driving the truck on this one so I didn’t get much, but the fellas that did sure did it well. FIRES ARE SUPPOSED TO GO OUT!! THATS OUR JOB!

Story as seen on

Around midnight, the box alarm was transmitted for the house on fire in the 4600 block of Davis Avenue in Boulevard Heights, Maryland. This assignment brought Truck Company and Chief 33 with seven volunteers. Duty Chief 800 was the first fire department unit to arrive and reported fire showing “from pretty much everywhere”. Rescue Squad 27, Truck Company 37 and Engine Companies 26 and 8 arrived next and went to work. Chief 33 arrived seconds later and was assigned to work with the crews on division one. Two hand lines were positioned on side “A” and an aggressive, coordinated attack was carried out to quickly extinguish the fire. Truck Company 33 arrived as this was being carried out and assumed the Rapid Intervention duties. The crew placed portable ladders, assured egress points and developed a rescue plan for the home. Volunteers from Kentland operated for approx. 35 minutes before the incident was scaled back.

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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.


Wheelin the Tower Ladder for a Seat Pleasant House.

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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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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

Fire on Southern Ave. New Helmet Cam Training Video

Here is another helmet cam training video. This one is from a first due fire on Southern Ave. The blog can also be found on the Traditions Training Blog.

Last week, prior to leaving for FDIC, an interactive discussion began on the Traditions Training facebook page based on a single picture, one moment in time. The picture was placed with a scenario and the readers were asked to give their thoughts and approaches to the scene. The picture was actually a freeze frame from Traditions Training instructor Joe Browns helmet cam footage from a fire that occurred earlier that same day. The below video is that helmet cam footage coupled with voice over training tips to help viewers identify with what is taking place. We have received a lot of positive feed back from Joe’s last video (found here) and how it has helped viewers’ better train and prepare for that next fire. We are pleased to be able to bring you another installment in the never ending process of becoming better firefighters.    

This video is filmed from point of view of DCFD 17 Truck’s outside vent man (OVM) position on a 2 story middle of the row home with fire on the second floor. For more detailed information on the fire visit Please feel free to share your thoughts, tips and comments with us in the comments section. Stay safe and enjoy.      


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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