October 19th, 2015- Company 27 began the day at around 0930 Hours when Prince George’s County Public Safety Communications rang out a Box Alarm for the reported ‘House on Fire’ in the 4800 BLK of Megan Drive in Company 25’s area. The Rescue Engine responded on the Box Alarm as 2nd due Engine Co. Company 25 arrived on scene of a two story, split-foyer, wood frame construction, single family dwelling with smoke showing. The ‘Working Fire Dispatch’ was immediately sounded. The Rescue Engine crew arrived on scene minutes later, secured Eng. C0. 25’s water supply, stretched the 400′ pre-connected attack line, and was put to work per command on Division 2. Crews found a chimney fire with extension into the dwelling and extinguished the same with major overhaul of the structure. The Rescue Engine crew racked up and was quickly back in service ready for the next call…
At around 1045 Hours Public Safety Communications sounded a Box Alarm ‘in the area of’ the 9700 BLK of Old Allentown Road in the ‘Friendly’ neighborhood of Company 32’s area for the reported of a ‘vacant’ house on fire. First arriving units found a one story, wood frame, single family dwelling with smoke showing. A small fire was found in the living room and was quickly extinguished and the call was held with 2 Engines and 2 Trucks.
At around 1200 Hours Prince George’s County Public Safety Communications began receiving multiple calls for ‘black smoke coming from the roof of an apartment building’ in the area of Prince George’s Community College. After the fire was located, first arriving units found a 4 story, wood frame, multi-family dwelling, with fire showing through the roof and extension into adjoining units. As the units on the initial Box Alarm went to work at the 100 BLK of Greenmeadow Drive, the 2nd Alarm was requested. As PSC sounded the 2nd alarm, the Rescue Squad was alerted to respond on the call. While en-route, smoke could be seen on the horizon from the Outer Loop of the Capitol Beltway and Pennsylvania Avenue. Once the Rescue Squad arrived on the scene, the crew staged with the rest of the 2nd Alarm units while the fire still burned and extended. After close to an hour the fire was brought under control and the units from the 2nd Alarm were released and the Rescue Squad returned home.
At 1500 Hours Company 27 was back on the road responding to another Box Alarm for a reported fire in a dwelling at the 6500 BLK of Eaglewing Lane in Company 21’s area. Engine Co. 21 was dispatched for a reported fire alarm at the residence, Public Safety Communications began receiving several calls for a fire in the same residence. This brought the Rescue Engine as the 3rd Engine Co. on the call. Engine Co. 21 arrived on the scene of a 2 story, wood frame, single family residence with fire showing. The ‘Working Fire Dispatch’ was sounded. The Rescue Engine secured a secondary water supply. The fire was quickly extinguished and the crew from the Rescue Engine picked up and was back in service ready for the next call.
Units from Prince George’s County and Volunteer units responded to 7 ‘Working Fires’ during this 24 hour period.
These were just some of the calls Company 27 responded to on the day as more Box Alarms, Street Alarms, and Rescue Locals were taken in by the Company.
4800 BLK Megan Drive:
Photos courtesy of member Steven Truesdell.
100 BLK Greenmeadow Drive:
Photos courtesy of Mark Brady.