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.
Attention all members, our annual awards and officer installation banquet will be held on March 28, 2015 at Marlboro VFD 14815 Pratt St Upper Marlboro MD 20772. Please contact any member of the banquet committee for any further information.
Just before the evening rush hour, Engine Company 37 was dispatched for the reported house on fire in the 7200 Block of Nimitz Dr in District Heights. First arriving units from company 26 reported fire coming from the rear of the home, but a quick walk around of the structure showed that this appeared to be the porch on fire in the rear. The Engine from 37 arrived and took position in the rear, extinguishing the bulk of the fire on the outside while Company 26 took the interior of the home and assured no further extension. Engine 372 helped check for extension after extinguishing the fire outside and returned to service about 45 minutes later.
The officers and members of the Ritchie Volunteer Fire Department are saddened to announce the passing of former member and past Vice President Louis Felton Sr. Mr. Felton dedicated most of his life to the fire service while not only volunteering and holding offices at Ritchie VFD, Morningside VFD and Capitol Heights VFD, Mr. Felton was also retired from the Prince Georges County Fire Department and was inducted into the Prince Georges County Hall of Fame in 2003. Mr. Felton’s son, Louis Felton Jr., was also a member of the Ritchie Volunteer Fire Department holding several offices through the years and they both served the Ritchie community proudly in the time they spent with us. Mr. Felton was present at our 50th anniversary celebration in June last year and we were thrilled to be able to see him again after so many years. We offer our deepest sympathies to the Felton family in this difficult time and will continue to offer our support for anything you may need, just the way you did in your years of dedication to us.
The funeral arrangements are as follows:
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
2:00pm to 4:00pm and 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Fire Department Service at 7:00pm
Lee Funeral Home
6633 Old Alexandria Ferry Rd
Clinton, MD 20735
Thursday, March 12, 2015 11:30am
Lee Funeral Home
6633 Old Alexandria Ferry Rd
Clinton, MD 20735
1:00pm Veteran’s Cemetery
11301 Crain Hwy
Cheltenham, MD 20623
On Saturday February 28, 2015, Engine Company 37 was alerted for a street alarm for the investigation of a furnace. Engine 372 arrived on the scene of a two-story single family dwelling with nothing evident. The crew pulled the 250ft pre-connect to the front door and met with the homeowner. The homeowner advised they had just had the furnace worked on and when they turned it on they started smelling smoke after having it on for about an hour. The crew located the furnace and noticed smoke pushing from around the floor joist in the ceiling so Engine 372 officer advised command to have the truck company come in and start opening the ceiling. Fire was found in the ceiling and command requested to fill the box for the working fire. Engine 372 and Tower 33 started to open up and located the fire in the ceiling area and in the walls of the back bathroom. The outside crew reported fire coming from side Charlie near where the bathroom was and started to open up from the outside as well. The crew from Engine 372 knocked the fire down and crews overhauled the bathroom checking for extension while the crews worked on the outside of the house. Command held companies 37, 33, 46, and 20 while we finished up.