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Feb
23
2015

ENGINE RESPONDS TO KETTERING HOUSE FIRE

Engine 371 was dispatched as the 3rd due engine on the reported house fire and arrived as such. Engine 371 secured their own hydrant and stretched the 400 ft. attack line into the basement on side Charlie of the structure.  Once the basement was cleared, the crew was moved tho the fire floor to assist with extinguishment and check for extension. The engine from Company 46 made quick work of a kitchen fire and limited any extension and  Command scaled the incident down to “1 and 1″. Chief 37A had the interior division and Chief 37 had side Charlie.

Feb
16
2015

ENGINE RUNS GLACIER AVE HOUSE FIRE

AT 1622 hrs, the assignment was sounded for the reported bedroom on fire in the 700 block of Glacier Ave in Capital Heights bringing Engine 371 and Chief 37B. While enroute, the Engine from 5 arrived on scene and reported fire showing from side Bravo. 371 arrived and took the 3rd due responsibilites, laying a line and stretching a 400ft attack line to the rear of the home where they were instructed by command to hold their position. The initial attack crews made quick work of the fire, clearing the Engine and the B-Chief 30 minutes later.

Feb
10
2015

ENGINE RUNS TRUCK FIRE AT BULK MAIL

As the Engine was returning from a first due street alarm, PSC dispatched them for the reported truck on fire at the bulk mail facility. Engine 371 arrived to find a box truck with the engine compartment and cab well involved.  The crew made quick work of the fire and returned to service in a little over thirty minutes.

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Jan
16
2015

TRUCK RESPONDS ON FRIDAY MORNING HOUSE FIRE

Just around 11am on Friday morning, neighbors called in for smoke coming from the roof of a home in the 9100 block of Dangerfield Rd in Company 25′s area (Clinton). Truck 32 was the first arriving unit and reported a one story single family dwelling with fire showing from sides Alpha and Charlie of the home. The crew from Truck 32 and Engine 29 made a quick knock on the fire while Truck 37 was assigned RIT alongside the truck crew from Waldorf (Charles County), working together clearing windows, securing utilities and setup RIT on side Alpha before going back in service about 45 minutes later.

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Jan
12
2015

MONDAY AFTERNOON FIRE FOR TRUCK

Just after noon, Truck 37 and Chief 37B took in a call for a reported townhouse on fire in the 7000 Blk of Marbury Court in District Heights. Engine company 26 reported a 2 story middle of the row townhouse with smoke showing from the second floor. Truck 37 arrived and took a position side alpha, the crew split into the usual inside and outside crews. Outside crews threw 2 16′ ladders and a 24, and vented the second floor windows side A. The interior crew was met at the top of the steps with fire, with the engine from 26 putting a quick knock on the fire the primary searches were conducted. Two dogs were found in the house, unfortunately the puppy on the fire floor perished, but the male dog in the basement survived. Chief 37b had interior and the crews picked up and were back in service in just over and hour.

 

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Jan
10
2015

2ND FIRE OF THE DAY FOR THE TRUCK CREW

Right after lunch, Truck 37 was alerted to Palmer Rd for the apartment fire. Later that evening around 1900 hrs, the Truck crew was left with little time to let their dinner settle before being alerted to the 3800 Blk of Clark St. in company 17′s area for the reported house on fire. First arriving units reported smoke showing from the front door of the single family dwelling. First arriving engine crews were faced with mechanical issues as well as a dead hydrant allowing this fire to grow rapidly from the smoke showing status to fire showing from several windows within a few minutes. Truck 37 was alerted as the 3rd due special service on the run and arrived in that position, immediately setting up and preparing to handle all RIT responsibilities. The crew completed a 360 of the structure clearing windows and gaining additional access from the exterior of the building.

 

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Jan
10
2015

TRUCK RESPONDS ON 2ND ALARM TO PALMER RD

Just after noon on Saturday,  PSC began receiving multiple calls for a reported apartment building on fire in the 900 blk of Palmer Road in Oxon Hill. Engine Company 47 arrived to the reported location to find fire showing from the roof of a 3 story garden style apartment building. The  2nd alarm was quickly requested with the lengthy history of fires in this particular complex and what the crews know about their area and how to deal with them. Truck 37 along with the A and B Chief responded with a total of 6. Company 37 arrived and staged for a few minutes, eventually being sent to the delta exposure to check the attic and do a quick search, both with negative results. Command redeployed the truck to the fire apartment for overhaul before returning to service in just under 45 minutes.

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Jan
2
2015

TRUCK RESPONDS TO FIRST FIRE OF 2015

Just before 8pm on Friday evening, the box alarm was sounded for the reported house on fire in the area of Southbound Crain Highway and Mitchellville Road, with PSC receiving multiple calls for this incident, Truck 37 was alerted to respond along with the A and B Chief. Truck 43 was first to arrive reporting fire showing from a 1 story brick home with a basement with Engine company 16 arrived laying a line and stretched a pre-connect attack line. Truck 37 arrived and began performing duties such as running lights to the rear and removing the wood from the windows on side Charlie as this structure appeared to be vacant. A water supply issue held crews up from making an interior attack, but the issue was quickly resolved and a coordinated interior attack was made. Engine company 16 and Truck 37 made entry, performed searches and hit hot spots. Company 37 picked up and cleared the incident in just under 2 hours.

 

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Dec
25
2014

SECOND FIRE ON CHRISTMAS DAY

As Christmas started to come to an end, PSC dispatched a box to 3405 Pearl Dr. in Company 29′s area.  Truck 37 was dispatched as the first due truck on the box.  The truck arrived behind the Engine from 26, who arrived with fire showing from a terrace level apartment.  The truck crew split into the usual inside and outside teams.  The inside team searched all four terrace level apartments (negative) along with opening up for the engine company.  The outside crew laddered the building and controlled utilities.  Once it was confirmed that there was no extension to upper apartments command scaled the incident back to 26 and 37.  The truck was on the scene for just under an hour.

Dec
25
2014

CHRISTMAS MORNING FIRE FOR THE TRUCK

The silence of Christmas morning was broken around 2:15 AM after multiple calls came pouring in for “The House on Fire, Across From…”. Truck 37 was alerted to the house on fire in the 900 Block of Booker Dr. in Capitol Heights as the second due special service. Shortly after leaving the station, units were informed that one of the two occupants of the home was still trapped inside and first arriving units came back with a return of a home well involved. Truck 37 arrived as the first due special service to heavy fire on the A/B side of the structure and the crew went to work completing the first due special service responsibilities of laddering the structure, while gaining access to the home for the attempted rescue. Interior and exterior crews faced an added hazard of electrical lines draping the home. Despite the efforts of the crews on the scene, the homeowner was found deceased in the home. We send our thoughts and prayers to those involved and affected.

 

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