On Friday evening just before 2000 hrs, units were dispatched to the 1100 block of Waterford Drive in our first due for the reported house fire with people trapped. Engine Company 37 arrived with fire showing from a 2 story split foyer single family dwelling. As the crew made entry, an elderly male was located in the foyer and quickly removed by the lineman and officer from engine 371 to the front yard where part of the crew started patient care as the others on the crew advanced the line to the upper portion of the house. Interior crews were met with fire in the living room, dining room and kitchen. As other companies arrived, they assisted with patient care as well as making sure the rest of the searches were negative. Interior crews reported the fire to be knocked down within 10 minutes. Command reported the removed occupant was being transported to the hospital as a priority-1 working code. The PGFD PIO later reported that the victim was breathing and upgraded to fair condition later in the evening from the hospital. Outstanding work by all crews on this incident to protect life and preserve property. Your professionalism and training shows on incidents like this.
Just a short twelve hours after being on the working apartment fire in Morningside, the truck was dispatched to 2645 Shadyside ave. in Company 17′s area for an apartment fire. The truck was dispatched as the second due truck arriving on side “C” the crew ladder the rear of the building before being assigned RIT. The crew gathered the RIT equipment and completed a 360 of the building. While completing the 360 the crew re-position or added ladders and removed any egress obstructions such as bars on windows. The remained on the scene for about an hour before returning to service.
In the early afternoon a box alarm was dispatched to 5627 Regency Park Ct. in Company 27′s area. Truck 37 was dispatched as the second due truck and arrived the same. The crew split into an inside and outside team. The inside team went to work performing searches and opening up for the engine crews. The outside crew went to work laddering side “C” of the building, then going to the roof to assist the first due truck with opening up the roof. The truck remained on the scene for just about two and a half hours performing overhaul before returning to service.
On Monday morning the engine was dispatched to 1000 Ritchie Rd for the AFA. Upon arrival, the crew found smoke showing from the delta side of the building and requested the box assignment for the building fire. The crew immediately stretched a hand line into the building and found large piles of trash on fire inside of the facility. This particular business is a recycling center and has a high level combustable materials such as cardboard being compacted on a 24 hour cycle. Two weeks ago we were at the same building for the structure fire after the compactor used to crush the cardboard caught fire. This building has also produced several AFA’s over the years and it would be very easy for this particular structure to be taken for granted and what you may find upon arrival. The crew was prepared and acted as a well prepared, knowledgable crew is supposed to. The fire was brought under control within minutes and units remained on the scene for about two hours performing overhaul.
At 12:18 am Truck 37 was alerted for the reported apartment fire at the well known high-rise apartment building at 3901 Suitland Rd. First arriving engine companies reported nothing evident from the street but soon there after found a kitchen fire in an apartment on the 5th floor of the building. Truck 37 was the first arriving special service and quickly went to work on the fire floor conducting searches and checking for extension. The fire was quickly controlled by the engine crew although extra units were added to the call to assist with ventilation of the building due to its size. Truck 37 returned to service in about an hour.
At 1314 hours Truck 37 was alerted for the house on fire in the 9200 Blk of Gary Lane in Springdale. While responding Battalion Chief 801 arrived and reported smoke and fire showing from the dwelling. Truck 37 was assigned the RIT duties upon arrival and immediately began setting up while the truck driver threw ladders to side bravo and charlie for means of egress. The truck returned to service in just under and hour.
A lengthy video of the incident and several other photos can be found at the website for the PGFD PIO Mark Brady at http://pgfdpio.blogspot.com/2014/10/springdale-house-fire-randy-lane.html
The membership of the Ritchie Volunteer Fire Department would like to take the time to remember the lives lost on this day 6 years ago as a result of the Trooper 2 crash. Trooper 2 while flying a mission from a crash scene in Waldorf, Maryland, crashed while transporting a patient to the trauma hospital in the Walker Mill Regional Park in our first due. That evening will long live on in the memories of the members who responded to the call. Ultimately three hero’s lost their lives as a result of the crash, and each year we will remember their sacrifice for helping others.
Just before 2030 hours, Engine 371 was alerted to the 2nd fire of the day in the 300 block of Harry S. Truman Drive. Due to the Engines location after clearing another call we were dispatched and arrived as the 1st due engine company. The Engine arrived on the scene to find a 2 sty middle of the row townhouse with smoke showing from the front door. The crew stretched the 200′ attack line to the seat of the fire located in the kitchen of the house and extinguished all visible fire. Crews operated on the scene for about an hour, checking for extension and ventilating the house before returning to service.
Just prior to 1pm, communications transmitted 3 beeps for a reported building fire at 1000 Ritchie Road in the first due. Engine 371 with 4 volunteers responded on the assignment and arrived to find smoke showing from a 1 story warehouse used by Waste Management as a processing facility. The engine quickly stretched the 400′ 1 1/2 attack line into the building and found a shredder machine on fire. The fire was quickly exinguished by Engine 371 while the special services on the scene were openning up and checking for extension. With no extension to any portions of the structure the building was natrually ventilate and the assignment was scaled back. Engine 371 returned to quarters about 2 hours later.
Just as the crew was stepping off the ladder truck from the District Heights house fire, the alerting system went for another box alarm at 1141 Largo rd. in Company 46′s area. Engine 371 arrived to find a 161 year old three story colonial style house, on the grounds of Riverdale Baptist, with smoke showing from the eves. The crew quickly stretched a 250′ preconnect to the the third floor were they found fire in the attic. Crews on the third floor worked quickly to open up the ceiling and extinguish the fire. The fire was accidental as workers were burning old paint off the exterior of the house. The engine remained on the scene for about two hours before returning to service.