Attention all members! The December membership meeting is being moved to the 10th and 1930 hours. The usual food will be provided at 1800 hours!
At approximately 1600 hours units from Beltsville and surrounding areas were alerted to the 11000 block of Cherry Hill Road. Initial units went on scene with a working fire and quickly requested a fire task force, bringing E343. While the engine was enroute, a second alarm was requested, bringing Truck34. Upon arrival, E343 stretched a backup line off of PE841 to assist with checking for extension and overhaul. Upon its arrival, Truck34 was assigned to help check for extension and overhaul. Units from 34 operated for approximately 1 hour before returning to service. This makes the 7th working fire the bomberos have operated on this month.
At approximately 0830 this morning, the bomberos were alerted to the 6600 block of 24th place for the reported house fire with people trapped. PE44 initially went on scene with nothing evident, but had smoke showing a short time later. E343 picked up their line, and stretched a backup line to the 2nd floor, where 44 had located a room off. Luckily, the elderly lady reported trapped was outside of the house at the time of fire department arrival. The fire was quickly knocked and 34 returned to service after about an hour and a half.
At approximately 0120 hours, truck 34 was alerted to respond as the 3rd due special service for the house fire in the area of Rhode Island ave and Bunker Hill road. Truck 34 arrived on scene to find units from engines 55 and 9 stretching lines to the 2nd floor to extinguish fire that had extended into the attic. Truck 34 established the RIT on side alpha, and operated for approximately 45 minutes before returning to service.
At approximately 0830 hours Truck 34 was alerted again to respond to the 1100 block of Ripley St in Montgomery County. Units arrived on scene to find a fire on the 13th floor being held in check by the sprinklers. Truck 34 established the RIT allong with units from MCFRS and returned to service shortly later.
Right around lunchtime, the Bombero Truck Company was alerted as the 2nd due truck for a reported house on fire. First arriving Engine 712 found a 2 story private dwelling with smoke showing from the front and the sound of ammunition exploding inside. Truck 34 positioned on the block facing Side Charlie and ran 5 ground ladders through the adjoining yards and over three fences. The interior crew entered the second floor over a ground ladder, conducted the primary search, and checked for extension, while the exterior crew performed horizontal ventilation. Engine 712 found a bedroom off on the first floor and got a quick knock on the fire. The Bomberos were held for about an hour before returning to Langley Park.
Just after 5am this morning, E341 and A348 were alerted to fill company 11, who was operating on a first due house fire in the 5200 block of palco pl. Upon arrival at station 11 the bomberos, along with E712, were specialed to complete a water supply in light of poor hydrant performance. E341 arrived on scene and completed a water supply. The three man engine crew advanced a 200′ 1-3/4″ line over a ladder to knock fire in a knee wall area on division 2. then withdrew the line to be assigned more hot spots on div 1. Unfortunately due to extreme hoarding conditions the victim was unable to be located until extensive overhaul was preformed.
On Thursday night, with both 343 and the Truck out of service for repairs, the Bomberos send five personnel (and the dog) over to Riverdale Heights to lend a hand with staffing. Both stations maintained staffed engine and ambulance crews for night. Ataround 5AM, 4th Battalion units were called out to a 2 story mixed-use building in College Park for a reported fire in the building, and arrived on scene with fire showing from the roof. This would bring Engine Co. 13 as the fourth due engine. Finding no line to pick up from the third due company, Engine Co. 13 laid an additional line from the next block over and positioned on the Alpha/Bravo corner of the fire building. The crew ran the 400′ preconnect into the exposure building and checked for extension, while the driver deployed a 24′ ground ladder and grabbed an additional water supply from Engine Co. 12. Needing an additional engine to pick up Engine 13′s line, the Bomberos de Langley Park were special called to the scene. Engine 341 completed the water supply and assisted the Truck Companies on the roof. All in all, the fire was extinguished quickly and the Engines from 13 and 34 were back to their respective first due areas within an hour.
At approximately 0600 hours this morning, company 34 was alerted to Riggs road at Drexel street for the reported personal injury accident with entrapment. The bomberos arrived on scene with medic 44 to find two patients, one priority 4 and one working trauma code. The working code was taken with Medic 44 and a member of squad 1 to MedStar Trauma Center in DC, all aboard ambulance 834. The units cleared at approximately 0700 hours and northbound Riggs road remained closed till earlier that afternoon for investigation by the police department. The trauma code would later succumb to their injuries.
Truck 34 was alerted to respond to a house fire on the 3200 block of sheperd street in Co. 55′s area as the 3rd due special service. Arriving units found heavy fire in a single family 2 story home. Upon arrival truck 34 established RIT, threw 2 ladders to side delta and vented windows as needed. Truck 34 was kept on scene for overhaul and all units were placed in service in approximately 4 hours.
Truck 34 was alerted to Montgomery County for a reported fire in a motel. Units arrived on scene with a working fire and requested the 2nd alarm. Truck 34 arrived on scene to find units from Montgomery getting a knock of a fire which started in a column on the first floor and spread to the top floor and roof. Truck 34 was ordered to the roof division to assist with checking for extension, and operated for 30 minutes before returning to service. The truck crew then enjoyed a nice meal of Chik-fil-A in downtown Silver Spring after the incident.