While the Truck and the A Chief were finishing up on a fire in Company 46′s area, transfer companies along with companies clearing the fire noticed a large column of smoke just inside the beltway. Chief 37A was able to clear the fire in 46′s area to respond on the first due box. Shortly prior to the arrival of the A Chief the engine from 38 went on the scene with smoke and fire showing requesting a second alarm. First alarm units began setting up for heavy duty operations while also trying to determine what was on fire. It was determined that a storage yard full of roofing materials(foam, shingles, tar paper and tar pots) that were on fire along with a large storage type building. The fire was threatening a occupied building on side delta that was a separate business. Units took positions around this building in case there was extension. This is were the Rescue Engine from Kentland and the Engine from West Lanham Hills were positioned along with Truck 37 and Tower 20. At some point the burning materials turned into a burning flow similar to lava, which made its way towards the delta exposure where the units from 28 and 33 were positioned. The crews were able to keep the fire from extending to the building, unfortunately the apparatus were not as lucky. Thankfully all personnel escaped with only a couple minor injuries. The incident grew to three plus alarms including foam units.
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Just as dinner was being prepared PSC dropped the box for 3913 Southern Ave. in Company 17′s area for the reported apartment fire. First arriving units reported smoke showing from side A of the building. Truck 37 dispatched as the second due truck took a position on side C and had fire showing from a terrace level apartment. The crew split and went to work, the outside crew laddered the building and vented, while the inside crew searched the floor above and top floor along with checking for extension. Once the fire was knocked the crew helped overhaul the fire apartment and assisted investigations. The Truck returned to service about an hour and half later.
Just as the day was getting started a box was dispatched for the 6500 blk of Clayton Ln in company 27′s area for the reported house fire. First arriving units reported smoke showing from a one story single family home. Upon entering the house crews realized they had a basement fire. Truck 37 dispatched and arrived as the second due truck. The crew went to work laddering side C of the home, while also conducting a search on division 1 and checking for extension. The truck remained on the scene for about 40 mins before returning to service.
Just after 2130, Truck 37 was alerted as the 1st due truck company to the 11000 BLK of Harrington Court in Largo for a reported house on fire. While units from the 1st and 3rd Battalion were respond, the address was changed to the 300 BLK of Bennington Ct. Minutes later units arrived to find a 2 story single family dwelling with fire through the roof. The Working Fire Dispatch “WFD” was sounded and Chief 33A assumed the command. Due to Rescue Engine 33 being moved forward as the first arriving special service, Truck 37 who arrived at the same time split into an exterior and interior team to ensure ladder placement, and searches were complete. Members laddered the “C” side of the house and performed primary searches in the basement and first floor. Later during the incident the Truck was reassigned to division 2 to open up for the Engine Company. Units remained on the scene for about 2 hours before returning to service.
Saturday Night the membership joined together to Celebrate the 2015 Banquet and Awards Ceremony. Just like any department, members work hard day in and day out to provide the highest level of professional service to the Community. Here at Ritchie we go far beyond just doing that. The members not only staff the apparatus and maintain the station around the clock as volunteers, they become a family, brother and sisters together to build a bond so strong nothing can break it. This event is a way for the members to come together and reflect on the years past while relaxing and not worrying about the high demand of the job we perform each and everyday.
The Department also uses this time to recognize the Top 10 members who have responded to the most calls the previous year, as well as announce the Jason Coburn Most Promising New Member Award and the Joseph Humphrey Firefighter of the Year Award.
Firefighter of the Year – William Soehner
Most Promising New Member – Bryan Wright
Number 1 Runner – William Soehner
Number 2 Runner – Bryan Wright
Number 3 Runner – Randy O’Sullivan
Number 4 Runner – Kevin Cole
Number 5 Runner – Chris Wakefield
Number 6 Runner – Wynton Woodson
Number 7 Runner – Billy Kissinger
Number 8 Runner – John Maine
Number 9 Runner - Jamie Hayden
Number 10 Runner – Chris Wilson
We would also like to thank the banquet committee for putting this great event on for the membership, the Upper Marlboro VFD for hosting our event, and the Kentland VFD for staffing our station for the night.
The Ritchie Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a Recruitment and Retention open house on April 12, 2015 from 11am-4pm. We currently have vacancies in our bunk room for live-in members as well as recruiting non live-in firefighters and EMT’s , Out of state firefighters and EMT’s, and administrative membership. If you are interested, please attend our open house on April 12, 2015. Food and drinks will be provided.
It is with a very heavy heart that the officers and members of the Ritchie Volunteer Fire Department announce the untimely passing of Patricia Cunningham. Patricia was the daughter of past Chief and life member William Cunningham Sr and sister of current Deputy Chief William Cunningham Jr. The Cunningham family has been active at Ritchie for several decades, with many of the members growing up with Patricia as she spent her childhood years running around the firehouse like most of us in a fire department family. The thoughts and prayers of all of us are with the Cunningham family during this difficult time and we are all here for you if you need anything.
At this time, there have been no determinations made on any type of funeral service. As any arrangements are made, we will announce the wishes of the family if they choose to do so.
A GoFundMe account has been established to assist the family with burial costs. The link is below.
It is with the deepest of regret, that the Ritchie Volunteer Fire Department announce the Line of Duty Death of a Prince George’s County Police Officer early this morning. The Officer passed after being involved in a traffic accident in the 9400 block of Copernicus Drive, Lanham, MD. The officer has been identified as Officer Brennan Rabain, 26. Officer Rabain had been with the department for less than two years.
We ask everyone to keep the family, friends and fellow Police Officers in your thoughts and prayers.
Shortly before 7am on Saturday morning, Engine 372 was dispatched to the inner loop of the Capital Beltway prior to Ritchie Marlboro Rd for the reported MVC. Shortly after dispatch, the assignment was upgraded due to a report of people trapped in one of the vehicles. Chief 37B was the first arriving unit to the Inner Loop prior to Pennsylvania Ave where he encountered a two vehicle accident with one of the vehicles sitting on top of the other and the driver trapped in the vehicle that was on top of the other. Rescue Engine 33 arrived on the scene shortly after the Chief and immediately began stabilizing the vehicle for extrication. The crew from 33 was able to stabilize and extricate in about 20 minutes while the engine from 46 and 37 stood by for assistance and hand line protection. The driver in the vehicle that was extricated was transported with non-life threatening injuries while the 3 occupants in the other vehicle all refused treatment.