At around 10pm on Sunday evening, Truck 37 along with other first and third battalion companies where alerted to the house fire with a report of people trapped in the 4400 Blk of Arnold Rd in Suitland. Truck 37 was alerted as the second due special service on the call reporting to side charlie on arrival, throwing ladders to the charlie and delta sides of the home and completing searches. Interior crews where met with difficult living conditions making an aggressive attack difficult. The fire eventually got through the roof causing and evacuation of the home. No injuries where reported on this incident.
A little after 11pm on Friday evening, A child called his mother and told her their house was on fire. The called 911 which brought the assignment to the 11600 Blk of Marjorie Dr with Truck 37 as the second due special service. While enroute, PSC advised the child may still be trapped inside of the house. Before arriving, Truck 37 was told they would need to assume the first due special service responsibilities. Engine Company 46 arrived on scene with fire showing from side Alpha and Charlie of a two story single family home. Truck 37 arrived shortly after and began its first due responsibilities with the outside crew throwing ladders and venting sides Alpha and Charlie while the interior crews conducted searches which proved negative. After concluding the search, the crew began to open up for the engine companies as the fire had spread from the first floor into the attic space and through the roof. Truck 37 remained on the scene for a little over 2 hours before returning to service.
While families across the Country were enjoying the festivities of Thanksgiving, membership of the Ritchie Volunteer Fire Department spent the day together as a family; staffing multiple pieces of apparatus, cooking breakfast and dinner and enjoying the day. Between the staffed Engine, Truck, and Mini Pumper, the membership had a steady day of runs with multiple street alarms, box alarms, medicals, and service calls. While the day was steady, it began to slow down for us right around 4 O’clock to enjoy our meal as a family but things quickly changed.
Just after dinner, members were starting house clean up when the Engine Company was alerted to the Beltway for a car accident on the Inner Loop near Branch Ave. This area of the beltway isn’t typically covered by Ritchie but because of a box alarm that came out just prior to the run in the South end of the County, many units were out of position. While the Engine was clearing the accident, PSC requested the location of several units and advised them to “standby to copy”. While this was happening the station was alerted for the truck to respond on the same box alarm that was being dispatched for the other units.
PSC sounded the 3 beeps bringing units to Good Hope Ave in Company 29′s area for a reported building on fire with people trapped. The initial assignment didn’t include the Engine Company but because of their close location, they requested to run the assignment, and were assigned as the 1st due Engine while the truck was alerted as the 2nd due truck. A couple of minutes later, Truck 26 arrived on the scene and advised they had smoke showing from the 2nd floor balcony with people jumping to safety. Moments later Engine 372 (837B, 1989 Seagrave) arrived on the scene, dropping a line at the driveway for the second due engine. The crew swiftly deployed their standpipe racks to the second floor, where the truck crew advised of the location of the fire. While the Engine Company overcame challenges with the standpipe system, Company 23 joined 37 with their line and both crews advanced down the hallway. At the fire apartment, crews were met at the door with fire conditions and both crews advanced their lines into the apartment, beating back the fire. While crews were making the push, several loud explosions occurred inside the apartment, forcing the crews to retreat back into the hallway. Once the scene stabilized, the crews made another push back into the apartment and extinguished the remaining fire on division 2.
While the Engine Company was operating, Truck 37 was put to work on side alpha. Truck 37 was 2nd due, and would normally take a side charlie position but was redeployed to side alpha to assist with multiple rescues from balconies, while the interior crew was sent to assist with occupants trapped in their apartments in and above the fire floor. Command requested the 2nd alarm for additional assistance on the scene, and ultimately requested the 3rd alarm for manpower. Both the Engine and Truck operated on the scene for several hours before returning to service.
While we were operating on the fire ground, Assistant Chief Bernard was back at the station working in Charles County Engine 2, and Tower 7 as they were transferred to our station. They ran multiple calls including back to back box alarms while we were out. Thank you for the fill in.
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While members were sleeping well after a busy day, the assignment was started just before 0200 for a house on fire in the 1500 block of Shamrock Ave. Initial units on the scene advised a working fire with fire on multiple floors. Due to other companies staffing multiple crews, Truck 37 wasn’t on the initial alarm, but was alerted to transfer to Co. 26 to back fill. Just as the bay door was opening, command requested an additional special service to the scene to assist with opening up the building. Truck 37 was added to the assigned and responded to the scene. While on the scene the truck provided assistance opening the building for the engine to fully extinguish the fire. The truck remained on the scene for a couple of hours before returning.
While members were just finishing up lunch and preparing to start working on the several ongoing station projects, the house bells rang alerting Truck 37 as the 2nd due truck company to the 3400 block of Little Hill Lane in Morningside for a house fire. Initial units on the scene reported smoke showing from the top floor. Upon further investigation, units on the scene found a small fire in a bedroom on the 2nd floor. The fire was quickly extinguished and the truck companies opened up for the engine company. Truck 37 was placed in service a short time later.
While returning the Truck was alerted to transfer to Co. 32′s area while units were operating on a working house fire. Moments after turning the truck around to head south, command requested the fire task force, adding Truck 837 to the assignment. Due to the trucks location at the time of the assignment and having other units closer to the area the truck was placed back on the transfer to Co. 32. While on the transfer the truck responded on several other calls before returning home for dinner time.
While members were cleaning up from dinner and finishing station details, the truck was alerted 1st due to the 300 blk of Harry S. Truman Drive for a reported townhouse on fire. While responding PSC advised there was several calls advising a possible basement fire. Upon arrival of both PE846 and Truck 37, units had smoke showing from the rear basement door and front door. While the Engine from 46 was stretching the line, Truck 37 forced entry, as well as deployed all the ladders on the truck, and began ventilation. Interior crews located a fire in the laundry room which was quickly extinguished. Units spent about an hour on the scene before returning to service.
Just after the crew had cleaned up from breakfast the box alarm was dispatched for the reported house fire at 411 Xenia Ave. in Company 5′s area. First arriving units found fire in a bedroom on the second floor. Engine 372 arrived and stretched a back up line and helped check for extension. The incident was scaled back and the engine returned to service in about 40 minutes.
As the crew was getting ready for dinner, the box alarm was dispatched for a reported house on fire. Units arrived to find a working basement fire at 2903 Parkland Dr. in Company 26′s area. Truck 37 arrived as dispatched as the second due truck. The crew split into two teams. The outside team laddered the house, vented and controlled utilities. The inside crew searched the floors above the fire and checked for extension. The Truck remained on the scene for just under an hour before returning to service.
Just as the crew was cleaning up from lunch an accident was dispatched for the outer loop of the beltway and Ritchie Marlboro rd. with reported people trapped. Engine 371 and Chief 37B arrived to find a collision between a semi truck and SUV. The crew went to work assessing the scene and found that there was no one trapped, but there was one trauma patient. Once a transport unit arrived the crew went to work assisting the HAZMAT unit with off loading the fuel from the ruptured saddle tank. The Engine remained on the scene for over an hour and half before returning to service.
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.