Just before 0700 on Sunday morning, Engine 343 and the ambulance were alerted for a routine vehicle accident at the intersection of Riggs Rd and Hughes Rd. While en route, communications advised that they were now receiving reports of occupants trapped and were upgrading the assignment, bringing Battalion Chief 4 (Verlaque) and Chief 34 (Aldridge), as well as Squad 14, chief 14, 14A, and 14B.
Engine 343 arrived on scene and confirmed a vehicle into a tree with two patients trapped and unconscious. Initial patient care was started and a protection handline was stretched as Squad 14 arrived and began extrication. One patient was removed as a priority 1 trauma and the other as a cardiac arrest. All patients were transported within 15 minutes and units returned to service.
At 2020 hours on 5/16/2013, just after clearing a fire alarm in Montgomery County, Truck 34 was alerted as the first due truck for the apartment fire in the 2700 block of Webster Street in Company 55′s first due. As Truck 34 responded, Engine 55 went onscene with smoke showing and began to extinguish a set fire found in a closet with extension into the hallway on a second floor apartment. Truck 34 arrived onscene, performed a primary search of the second floor, threw ladders, ventilated, and opened up to check for extension. As companies arrived, a tenant jumped from the second floor and was cared for by EMS units onscene. Companies cleared a few hours later.
At 1608 hours on 5/14/2013, Engine 343 was alerted for the apartment fire at 1836 Metzerott Rd. Upon arrival, the crew found smoke showing from the 8th floor of a 20-story highrise building and immediately started the second alarm. While ascending the stairs to the 8th floor, units began reporting fire showing from the 8th floor balcony which appeared to be extending to the 9th floor. As E343 stretched a line from the standpipe riser, Truck 12 arrived onscene, forced the apartment door on the 8th floor, and found a fire on the balcony with minor extension inside. E343 and Truck 12 extinguished the small fire. Other units, including those from the second alarm, were used to evacuate the building, conduct searches, and check for extension.
At 1255, the box alarm was dropped for 8245 New Hampshire Avenue for the reported house on fire. Truck 34 responded on the box (from Co.844) with 4 personnel, arrived at the corrected address of 8243, and reported light smoke showing. Upon forcing entry into the residence, the Truck’s crew encountered a fully involved kitchen with minor extension into the hall way. Truck 34′s interior crew performed a primary and secondary search of the first floor and assisted E44 with ltheir line while the exterior crew threw ground ladders to sides A and B and secured the utilities. E44 and TK34 made quick work of the fire, and command held 2 & 2. Units cleared at 1445 hours.
With the Truck out of service for maintenance, the Engine Company has been especially busy, including this daytime fire in Silver Spring. First arriving units found heavy fire showing from the top floor of this multiple dwelling and immediately sounded the second alarm. With multiple rescues being made by Truck 716 and the initial lines being advanced, the first alarm companies had their hands full! Great job by the initial units as they held this difficult fire to the apartment of origin while simultaneously making numerous rescues. This makes the 4th fire for Company 34 in the past 11 days.
Just before 0800, 4th Battalion fire companies were alerted for a reported fire in the apartment on Dean Drive in Hyattsville. First arriving units reported a 2 in the front, 4 in the rear garden style apartment house with nothing evident. Engine 343, dispatched 4th due, picked up 44′s line at the entrance to the rear parking lot and stood by for an update.
While staging in the rear, Engine Co. 44′s officer noticed a small amount of smoke issuing from the top floor of the apartment building. As additional attack lines were deployed, Engine Co. 1 located a fire in the kitchen of a lower-level unit and began extinguishment. Engine 343, checking for extension above the fire, advanced a 400′ attack line over a ground ladder on Side Charlie, forced two apartment doors, and checked for extension in the pipe chase area above the seat of the fire. Units were back in service in about an hour.
In the afternoon hours, the Bombero Engine Company was alerted to a possible outside fire in the 1400 block of Kanawha St. As the officer dismounted the wagon to investigate, a large group of locals were pointing to the group of apartments down the street. As the wagon re-positioned, the officer made an attempt to cut behind the adjoining unit to quickly access the updated location.
Thwarted by a wrought iron fence, but undeterred, Tony “Marathon Man” Wallach started the jog up the street to rejoin the wagon crew just as communications was calling back to report that they now had multiple calls of an apartment fire with people trapped.
Despite the initial bad address, Engine 343 deployed the 400′ preconnect, forced their way into the apartment and had the small fire knocked down prior to the arrival of other companies. All searches turned up negative and all units were back in the house in less than an hour.
On March 22, Truck 34 was alerted for the apartment fire just across the PG / Montgomery County line. Arriving as the second due special service, Truck 34 positioned on side Charlie, and split crews into two teams. The interior team made entry and performed a primary search above the fire, while the exterior team deployed five portable ladders to the rear of the building and handled horizontal ventilation.
One civilian was rescued by first arriving units, and the fire escalated to a second alarm before being declared “under control”.
The Officers and Members of the Chillum-Adelphi Volunteer Fire Department are proud to announce that we have once again been awarded a SAFER Grant to support volunteer recruitment and retention! The CAVFD has been awarded $103,500 that will be used to support various initiatives designed to bolster our volunteer ranks, including the continuation of our tuition reimbursement program! We look forward the CAVFD continuing to increase its number of volunteer members and provide additional services to Langley Park and its surrounding areas. Last but not least, we would like to offer congratulations to the Morningside VFD, Co. 27, who was also awarded a SAFER grant last week.
Late last night, Engine Company 28 was involved in a serious accident on the Capital Beltway. Initial reports are stating that the wagon was struck by a tractor trailer. All four members of the company were transported to area trauma centers, one of whom was in critical condition at the time of transport.
On behalf of the Officers and Members of the CAVFD, we would like to offer our thoughts and prayers to the West Lanham Hills VFD, and are wishing a fast and complete recovery to all of the affected members.