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.
Shortly before lunch a house fire was called into PSC at 6809 Kipling pkwy in Company 26′s area. A fire inspector was on the scene and reported a working fire in a one story single family home. Truck 37 dispatched and arrived as the first due special service. The crew split into two teams, the outside team throwing ladders, venting and controlling utilities. The inside team conducted searches (negative) and opened up for the engine companies. The truck remained on the scene for a couple hours assisting the investigators before returning to service.
Shortly before 9am, units were dispatched for smoke in the house. Upon arrival, company 27 found a two story single family home with light smoke showing from side A. During the completion of the 360, smoke was found coming from the basement of the home. The working fire dispatch was sounded as companies began to go to work. Truck 37 arrived and performed the second due responsibilities, laddering the rear of the home and performing search’s. After crews made a complete knock on the fire, lighting was provided in the basement for overhaul. Company 37 Operated on scene for just under an hour before returning to service.
Photo’s by Morningside VFD.
After operating on a Riverdale two alarm fire just two days prior, Truck 37 was on the move yet again. Multiple call’s came pouring in late Friday afternoon for a house on fire as well as a column of smoke in the area of 57th Ave in Company 9′s (Bladensburg) first due. First arriving unit’s arrived on scene with smoke showing from side A and heavy fire showing from side C of multiple lighweight contruction townhome’s. The second alarm was requested shortly after when the fire began to spread into the cockloft. Truck 37, w/4 volunteer’s, was dispatched as second due truck on the second alarm. Per Command, TK37 worked in the Delta Exposure with Company 33, where they conducted searches and opened up to exstinguish the fire that had spread into the unit. The source of the fire was contributed to a grill on the balcony of one of the homes. Company 37 operated for over 2 hours before returning to service.
Around 11am Wednesday Morning, The box assignment was dispatched for the apartment on fire in the 6800 block of Riverdale Rd. (Company 13). Worker’s in a utility room accidently ignighted a fire that spread through the pipe chase and wall’s of the complex. First arriving unit’s found heavy smoke showing from side A and C of the structure. While company 28 operated on scene, Truck 37 was instructed to transfer to their station to fill in. While enroute to the transfer, the second alarm was transmitted bringing Truck 37 to the scene. Once on scene, the crew was assigned to Division 1 to conduct a secondary search and open up for the engine companies. An hour after the first due companies arrived, the fire was completely exstinguished. Company 37 went back in service shortly after.
Several months ago during a Chick-Fil-A fundraiser, we were approached by a neighbor who expressed great interest in the fire service, and had many questions about fire safety. After speaking with her for about an hour, she introduced herself as Michelle Brown, the International Director of Santiago for MERCY Worldwide. Ms. Brown described the work she was doing in Santiago, Chili to help improve the living conditions and life safety at a local orphanage. We were humbled to offer Ms. Brown our support with her missions. We provided her literature, advise, and more importantly smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to help improve the living conditions at the orphanage.
This past Friday, we received a surprise visit from Ms. Brown, who just returned from Santiago, Chili after spending several months at the orphanage. She spoke with membership about all the progress MERCY Worldwide has made, and how they installed the smoke and carbon dioxide detectors in critical life safety areas. She was able to implement safety education programs for the staff, and practice fire escape procedures. She also expressed her thanks for our support, and how grateful everyone truly is for ours.
For more information on the efforts of Ms. Brown and MERCY Worldwide please visit www.mercyworldwide.org
The Ritchie Volunteer Fire Department is excited to announce that we have been selected by the Home Depot Foundation as a recipient of the 2014 Community Impact Grant program. We have been awarded $8,500 to help facelift one of the most important areas of any firehouse; the kitchen. Not only does this provide much needed updates to our station, it helps promote a better environment for the Volunteer membership, while helping take a financial burden off the department. The Capitol Heights Home Depot has proven time and time again to be valued supporters of the community, and this truly shows how much they care. We are also grateful for the amount of time the Home Depot Team has put into helping us successfully obtain this grant, from the multiple station visits to helping with paperwork, we really appreciate it.
Since we have been awarded the grant, we have been finalizing the particulars of the project which will include a complete kitchen remodel, new flooring throughout our hallway and sitting area, painting, and appliances. We are anticipating the work to begin in the near future, which will happen similar to an HGTV weekend warrior project, with both members of the Home Depot Team and Ritchie completing the work.
Stay tuned for more information on project timelines and pictures.
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