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Wednesday, June 5, 2013
During the mid to late afternoon hours on June 5th, fire departments across the DC Metropolitan area started listening in on a major fire in DC, which eventually became a 4 alarm fire. While several units were operating on the fire, and command was being established, Ritchie was alerted to relocate the Wagon into the quarters of DC Engine 18.
Ritchie which was already up staffed with 2 crews were able to keep a 2nd crew to staff the Pumper and Ladder Truck for any additional calls in the our response area. While the Wagon was on the transfer, the crew took in 4 calls and staffed station 18 for about 8 hours before returning home.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
While units in the South were operating on a working fire in 21's area, members at 37 were catching up on sleep....until the bells started sounding, this time bring Truck 837 to the 8900 blk of Loughran Terr on the fire task force.
Upon the arrival of the truck, command requested them to assist with opening up the building on all 3 levels which were still well involved with fire. The truck spent about an hour opening up the 3rd floor allowing the engine companies to hit the hot spots. Truck operated for about 2 hours before returning to service.
Courtesy of Morningside
Courtesy of Morningside
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Just prior to 1530, the bells rang for a reported explosion and fire at the Home Depot in the 1st due. Engine 371 hit the street with 4 volunteers, arriving at the Home Depot with light smoke showing from side alpha. Several by-standards were waving the Wagon in, advising there was a fire in the alpha/bravo corner of the building. The crew stretched the 400' 1.5" attack line to that area finding a wall of fire. The crew made quick work of the fire, containing it to the area of origin. Several incoming units completed a primary search of the large building which was heavily charged with thick black smoke. Because of the size of the building, command requested the 2nd alarm assignment to assist with operations. Units spent approximately 3 hours on scene before returning to service.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Just after 1800 hours, the assignment was started for a house on fire in the 400 block of Clovis Avenue. Engine 371 with 5 personnel responded on the assignment as the 2nd due engine company. Upon arrival the crew stretched the 400' 1.5" attack line, making the basement steps finding a room on fire in the basement. After a quick knock down the crew returned to the 1st floor to check for extension. With the fire quickly under control, command held the assignment with 2 engines and 2 trucks to clean up. Engine 371 operated for about 90 minutes before returning to service.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
At 1630 hours on the dot, the assignment was started for a house fire on Cedarleaf Ave in the Seat Pleasant neighborhood, this one bringing E372 as the 4th due Engine company. Units arrived to find a 2 story single family dwelling with smoke and fire showing. E372 arrived, picking up the 3rd due engine companies line and stretching the "650" attack line to the 2nd floor, extinguishing fire there and in the cock loft. Units operated for a couple hours on the scene before returning to service.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Shortly after 1400 hrs PSC dispatched a box alarm to the
1000 Iago Ave. for the a reported house on fire. The engine from 5 arrived on scene and
reported a working fire. Engine 372 was
dispatched as the third due engine and arrived the same. As the engine was pulling into the block
command reported fire from side Charlie with possible extension into the
basement. The engine secured its own
hydrant and the crew stretched the 250' 1 1/2" to the rear of the house
and extinguished the same. The engine
remained on scene for about an hour before returning to service.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Just prior to Noon and approximately 3 hours after crews returned from the mulch fire, the box alarm was transmitted for a reported house on fire in 26's (District Heights) first due on Anton Drive. Upon arrival of Engine 5 (Capitol Heights), they reported a 2 story split level with smoke showing from the roof. Truck 37 arriving as the 1st due special service, quickly split into 2 teams, interior team completed a primary search and started opening up for the engine company, while the exterior team laddered the house and cleared windows. The fire, which had started in the kitchen, was held to the main fire floor with no extension. Crews operated for about 1 hour before returning to service.
Dedicated Truck Crew #nosleep, Courtesy
of Paul Hawkins
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Just after 2000 hours, the local alarm was started for an outside fire at 2001 Ritchie Marlboro Road (Ritchie Land Reclamation). While the truck crew was returning from a box alarm, Mini Pumper 37 responded on the call. Upon the arrival of the Mini Pumper, it was quickly determined this was much more then an outside fire. A very large pile of mulch chips was discovered to be involved in fire. Crews were also forced to deal with Mother Nature as she provided steady winds and a drop in temparature. The fire quickly progressed to become a large scale incident.
Multiple jurisdictions and agencies were called, and after 12 long hours the incident was considered under control and scaled back.
The Ritchie Volunteers would like to thank everyone who assisted us in this battle. We greatly appreciate all the support of our local fire departments, ladies axillary, and Anne Arundel Alarmers.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Around 1730, while the members of Ritchie were setting up the night crews, the assignment was sounded for a reported house fire on Daimler Dr in Seat Pleasant. Truck 37 with 6 volunteers hit the street as the 1st due truck company and arrived to find a working fire. Members took their assigned responsibilities, laddering the A, B, and C side of the house, conduct primary searches of the fire floor, and open up for the Engine. Crews made quick work of a kitchen fire with minimal extension. Members operated for about 1 hour before returning to service for what would be the start of a busy night.
Friday, April 12, 2013
On April 12th, 2013, after several months with Truck 37 under going repairs and modernization, old Truck 12 (College Park) was placed in service as Truck 37. With the County's purchase of 2 new aerial trucks, which were placed in service in the begining of April, the County was able to back fill our open truck spot.
After preparing the truck for a couple of days prior to going in service, Reserve Truck 37 was placed in service around 1700 hours on April 12th. Approximately 1 hour later it was dispatched on its first fire located in 29's (Silver Hill) area.
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