We’re just a few days into the new year, and it’s already shaping up to be a busy one for the Bomberos. This past week, Company 34 ran two working fires in nearby areas in addition to protecting the citizens of Langley Park.
Shortly after 0430 on Saturday January 3rd, Company 34 was dispatched as the 4th due engine for a house fire on the 7400 block of Dartmouth Ave., in Company 12’s area. Crews arrived to find a 2-story home with heavy fire showing from the 2nd floor and the roof. Engine 34 completed the 3rd due engine’s water supply, then advanced the 400’ attack line to the second floor of the building via side Charlie to help extinguish the fire.
At 1240 on Wednesday January 7th, Company 34 was dispatched to another house fire, this time as the second due engine to the 1900 block of Oliver St. in Company 44’s area. Units arrived to find a duplex house with smoke showing from the 2nd floor and the eaves. Engine 34’s crew helped the first due engine advance their line to the second floor and stretched their own attack line to protect the first floor.
Strong work by all, especially our trusty FireCat!
The Chillum Adelphi Volunteer Fire Department will host a Fire Prevention Open on Sunday October 5th from 11am-3pm.
Come out for Fire Prevention information, fire fighter demonstrations, car seat checks and much more.
See you Sunday!
Recently the bomberos have been taking in a few daytime fires.
June 16th – 55 House Fire
At 1300 hours, Engine 834 was alerted to respond to the 7600 Block of 16th Avenue for a reported house fire. Engine 834 arrived on scene to find smoke showing from side alpha. Both Engine 834 and Truck 801 operated on the 1st floor to extinguish the fire.
June 9th – 44 House Fire
At 1600 hours, Engine 834 was alerted to respond to the 6900 Block of 18th Avenue in Co. 44s area for a reported house fire. With 44 being on a med local E834 arrived on scene to find a bedroom off with extension on the second floor. E834 834 operated with Tower 807 to extinguish the fire.
June 1st – 55 House Fire
At 1131 hours, Engine 834B was alerted to respond to the 4500 block of Russell Avenue in Co. 55s area for the reported house fire. First arriving units arrived on scene to find a single family home with smoke showing. Engine 834B arrived as third due Engine and completed a split lay. After completing the water supply they stretched a line to division 1 to assist the first arriving companies. After the fire was knocked the crew assisted with overhaul of division 1. Engine 834B operated on the scene for 90 minutes before being returning to service.
May 20th – 11 House Fire
At 13:30 hours, Engine 834B was alerted to respond to the 9000 block of Gettysburg Lane in Co. 11s area for a reported house on fire. First arriving units found a two story split level home with fire through the roof. Engine 834B arrived as the second engine and assisted with backing up the first line. The fire was quickly contained to division 2 and the attic area. The crew operated for a little over an hour before being placed in-service.
May 30th – 7 Apartment Fire
At 17:26 hours, Truck 834 was alerted to respond to 4410 Oglethorpe Street in Co. 7s area for a report of smoke on the sixth floor of an apartment building. Engine 801 located a kitchen fire on the sixth floor and requested the working fire dispatch. Truck 834 arrived and took a position on side charlie. The crew began checking the floor above and assisting Truck 814 with ventilation of the stairwells. After completing a primary on the floor above the crew went to the fire floor to assist first arriving companies. Truck 834 operated on the fire ground for a little under an hour before returning to service.
At approximately 3AM, truck 34 was alerted to the 6800 block of Westmoreland avenue for the reported house fire. Initial units from reported fire on the first and second floors. Truck 34 arrived on scene and immediately went to work after splitting their crew. The inside crew went up to the second floor to assist with searching, while the outside crew assisted with ladders and ventilation. The bomberos operated on scene for about 3 hours helping with the fire.
A few hours after clearing the fire on 38th St, Engine 343 and Chief 34B were alerted for the apartment fire in a standpiped midrise apartment building. First arriving Engine Co. 44 reported nothing evident, and began to investigate along with Truck 716. Units quickly located a kitchen fire, which was extinguished by Engine 702. Searches were negative and the fire was quickly placed under control with no extension to the upper floors. Chief 34B was the incident commander for the duration of the fire.
To start the day off, Truck 34 and surrounding 4th Battalion fire units were alerted for a house on fire with confirmed people trapped in the 5000 block of 38th Street. The ladder truck responded as the RIT truck, along with Chief 34B. First arriving units found an advanced fire on the first floor of the home and initiated an aggressive interior attack to support the primary searches. As Truck 34 arrived, Truck 9 was in the process of performing a Vent-Enter-Search tactic in the reported victim’s location, and two personnel from Truck 34 were requested to lend a hand while the remainder of the crew set up the RIT. The two members from 34 searches two bedrooms with negative results, while the other 5 crew members completed a 360 degree size up of the home, developed a rescue plan, and stood fast. The fire was extinguished with two lines in operation, and all searches remained negative. The Lieutenant from Engine 55 (first arriving) sustained burns to his ears, and we wish him a speedy recovery (especially since he is a former shift man at 34).
At approximately 0200hrs engine343 was alerted to the 8300 block of 15th avenue for a reported house fire. The engine company arrived on scene with smoke showing from the top of the roof. A line was taken to the attic where the fire was located and extinguished. The engine company operated for an hour and a half preforming overhaul and checking for hot spots before returning to service.
Around 6:45pm yesterday afternoon, the Bomberos de Langley Park were alerted for a routine service call in Montgomery County for a lock-out. While helping the citizen in need who couldn’t seem to find their keys, we also handed over the keys to our first due area as the house fire was dropped in the 2800 block of Curry Drive.
After clearing the service call, Engine 341 arrived just behind Engine Co. 11 and Truck 1 as units found a 2 story split level home with fire in the second floor. After securing the water supply, the Bomberos grabbed a line and advanced to the second floor to extinguish the fire with Co. 11. Searches were negative and units were returned after significant overhaul.
Another busy year in the park! With over 7,000 runs this year we’ve managed to scrape together some footage from calls over the past year.
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The stats are in!
The Chillum-Adelphi VFD responded to 7,016 incidents in 2013. 5,026 of these incidents were in our first due.
Engine Co.: 2,368
Truck Co.: 500
We are looking forward to a busy 2014 in The Park! Don’t forget to schedule a ride along and come join the action!