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FIRE WEEKEND CONTINUES WITH THE ENGINE AND SQUAD COMPANY ON A BLADENSBURG COMMERCIAL BUILDING: 5214 MONROE PLACE

Riding the seat of the Squad

Story from Kentland33.com:

For the third time in 15 hours, units from Kentland 33 were responding to a working fire. This time reports were coming in for the building on fire at 5214 Monroe Place in Bladensburg, Maryland. Engine and Squad Company 33 responded on the run with 10 volunteers. First arriving Engine and Truck Company 9 reported a two-story, commercial building with smoke showing from the roof. As those crews began to stretch a line and open-up, Rescue Squad 33 arrived and was put to work as the second special service company per command. Crews located fire in the piping duct(s) of a laundry facility with extension to a 75 foot x 75 foot section of flat roof. Engine Company 33 arrived as the fourth due engine and reverse laid the 400-foot pre-connect, utilizing the “Detroit” bundle. The wagon driver secured his own water supply as the crew checked sides “C” and “D”. After this was accomplished, the crew scaled Truck Company 9’s aerial and positioned the handline to back-up Engine Company 9 on the roof. Both engine crews worked together to hit stubborn hot spots as the special services continued to expose the involved roof. After approx. 30-minutes, Command held Companies 9 and 33 to finish-up. Kentland Volunteers returned to service within 90 minutes.

 
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VIDEO ON HOW TO PUT OUT A FIRE: A HOUSE IN BOULEVARD HEIGHTS: 4604 DAVIS AVENUE:

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 Kentland33.com:

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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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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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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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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4TH ANNUAL KENTLAND BEACH VOLLEYBALL A SUCCESS: GOOD TIMES AND GOOD FUN WITH GREAT FRIENDS

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

Story from Kentland33.com:

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

KENTLAND VOLUNTEERS FEATURED IN APRILS FIRE ENGINEERING

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. http://www.kentland33.com/news/fullstory/newsid/83967

 
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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…

To read the rest of this story CLICK HERE

Side C- Charlie of Herrington Drive