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Mar18678
Apr9842
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Total721298
 
 
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201387
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201178
201095
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SMOKE DETECTOR ALERTS FAMILY TO TWO ALARM FIRE

Thursday, April 10, 2014  During the early hour's of April 8th, Company 37 was dispatched for the basement fire in Kettering (Company 46's first due). Engine 372 arrived as second engine, with Truck 37 as the first special service. Both unites arrived on scene to find a two in the front, three in the rear, middle of the row town home with smoke showing from side A. The engine company laid a supply line, and stretched a 500ft line to side C where they had fire showing from the basement up through the roof. Simotainiously, the truck crew began to ladder the fire building, exposures, and headed in to search the basement and division one of the structure. The second alarm was sounded, when it was discovered the fire had spread to exposure D through the attic space. The Engine company was redeployed to division two of the exposure to knock down the fire. Company 37 operated on scene for over three hours before returning to the station.

     



 

SMOKE SHOWING FROM ABANDONED DISTRICT HEIGHTS HOME

Wednesday, March 26, 2014  As the incoming morning crews were conducting apparatus and equipment check's, the box alarm was sounded for the house fire in District Heights. With no exact address for the house, the intersection of Burgess PL/Burgress Dr. was given as the closest location. First arriving units gave a report of an abandoned home, with smoke and fire showing from side Charlie. Due to the visible deteriorating conditions of the home, the decision was made for an exterior attack to be executed. Truck 37 arrived second due with ladder's to side Charlie and began to ventilate the structure as the engine companies began the exterior attack. After operating on scene for nearly 15 minutes, Command instructed Truck 37 to establish RIT, as the engine crews began to enter the structure for a final knock on the fire. The fire scene was scaled back in just under an hour. This incident marked the 6th working fire incident in four day's for Company 37.

 

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TRUCK RUNS 46 HOUSE WITH FIRE SHOWING

Tuesday, March 25, 2014  Just five hour's removed from wrapping operations up on Jordan Park Blvd; the truck was at it again in Company 46's area. PE 846 arrived on scene to find fire showing from side alpha of a two story home. Truck 37 arrived shortly thereafter with four volunteer's and began its first due responsibilities. With the exterior crew throwing ground ladder's and securing utilities, the interior crew headed inside to conduct searches and open up for the engine company. Searches of the home proved negative of any occupants, and the engine companies had the fire knocked and under control within 20 minutes. The cause of the fire was attributed to a space heater in the bedroom of the home.



     



 

FIRST DUE TRUCK AT FORESTVILLE HOUSE FIRE W/ COLLAPSE

Tuesday, March 25, 2014  Just as members were calling it a night, the box alarm was dispatched for a house on fire at 7815 Jordan Park Blvd. (Company 23’s area). Washington Gas was performing maintenance work in the area when they noticed flames coming from a newly renovated home. First arriving units were met with heavy fire and smoke showing from the second story of a single family home. Truck 37 assumed it’s duties as first arriving truck by throwing ground ladders, beginning to search and opening up for the engine companies inside.  After operating inside the structure briefly, the evacuation tones were sounded. Soon after evacuating the structure, the second level of the home collapsed. Crew’s operating on the scene switched to a defensive fire attack to extinguish the remaining fire. Truck 37 operated on scene for just over two hours before returning back to quarters.

     



 

FIRE TASK-FORCE IN LANDOVER

Monday, March 24, 2014  During the early afternoon hours Monday, multiple calls came pouring in for a house on fire in Landover, Company 33's (Kentland) first due. First arriving unit's on scene reported smoke showing from all sides of a semi-detached home. As unit's began operating, the crew at the station listened to radio transmission of the fire ground. While crew's began  getting a knock on the flames, it was discovered that the fire had made its way into the attic space. After 15 minutes of operation, the fire task-force was sounded with Engine 371 as first due engine. Upon arrival, the engine laid a supply line, pulled the cross lay attack line and staged as RIT in front of the structure. Companies operated for approximately two hours before returning back to service.



     



 

SMOKE DETECTOR ALERTS FAMILY TO HOUSE FIRE

Sunday, March 23, 2014 

Sunday morning as the previous evenings’ crew was being relieved and information was being exchanged over coffee, Truck 37 was alerted for a house on fire at 11902 Pleasant Prospect Rd. in the Woodmore section of Company 6 (Springdale) area.  Units arrived, reporting smoke showing from the front and fire showing in the rear.  Truck 37, dispatched as the second due truck, arrived taking a position in the rear.  The four man crew split into two teams, the interior team controlling utilities and conducting searches of the home while the outside team placed ground ladders to windows and the aerial ladder and roof ladders to the roof to assist with ventilation and extinguishment of fire that had extended into an attic space and the roof.  Truck 37 operated for 2 hours before returning to service.



     



 

ENGINE RUNS 8 HOUSE W/PEOPLE TRAPPED

Tuesday, March 18, 2014  The quiet of a normal weekday afternoon, suddenly changed around 1:30pm Tuesday.  Paramedic ambulance 838 was heading back to quarters when they noticed a column of smoke coming from a house in the 600 block of Field St. in Seat Pleasant. The crew alerted dispatch of heavy fire showing from the A/B side of the structure with people trapped. Engine 371 hit the street with five volunteers and arrived third due as dispatched. Upon arrival the crew stretched the 400 to the rear of the structure. Originally assigned to the basement division, we were told to head to division two of the structure.  While in division two, Company 37 worked with Company 9 in making sure the fire was extinguished and there was no further extension.  The occupants of the house were all accounted for, with two being transported to a burn unit for minor burns and smoke inhalation.  Company 37 operated for nearly an hour and a half before packing up and returning to service.



   


 

ENGINE RUNS 48 HOUSE FIRE ON THE TASK FORCE

Sunday, March 16, 2014   Just after lunch two working fires were dispatched in the county.  The crew from 37 had just returned from running a box when Engine 371 was transferred to company 48, they were operating at house fire on Adrian St. in their first due.  While on the way to 48 Adrian Dr. command requested a fire task force bringing Engine 371 to the scene.  The engine assisted units on the scene for 1 hour 30 minutes before returning to service.

   


 

TRUCK RUNS 23 HOUSE

Friday, March 14, 2014   Shortly before 1100 hours the box was dispatched for the reported house on fire at 7100 Beltz Dr. in company 23's area.  The engine from 23 arrived with fire showing from the first floor.  Truck 37 was the second due truck, the outside team laddered side C of the house while the inside crew went to the floor above conducted searches and check for extension on division 2 which turned up negative.  Once the fire was under control the crew assisted companies on the first floor with overhaul.  The truck returned to service about two hours later.

   


 

TRUCK TAKES IN 17 HOUSE

Friday, March 7, 2014   Shortly before 0300 hours the box alarm was dispatched for a reported apartment fire on Ewing ave in company 17's area.  Shortly after first arriving companies reported a working house at 2523 Ewing Ave. to the rear of the apartments.  Truck 37 as the second due truck laddered side C and D of the house and conducted searches on the floor above which proved to be negative.  The fire was confined to the first floor and craw space.  Truck 37 remained on the scene for two hours before returning to service assisting with overhaul.

   


 
 
 

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