Engine Goes To 29 Second Alarm

August 22, 2015 – Minutes after 1100 hours calls began to flood into PSC advising that a house was on fire in the 4200 blk. of Apple Orchard Lane in Company 29’s area.  Engine Co. 27 responded as the second due engine company on the alarm.

Units arrived to discover a three story, end of the row townhouse with smoke and fire showing from the roof and too floor.  Engine Company 27 picked up 29’s line and advanced the 400′ pre-connected attack line to back them up in the fire building.  The fire had already extended to the Delta 1 exposure and a Second Alarm was sounded.  Companies worked to gain access to the well progressed fire and before it was over a total of five occupancies were effected by the fire.  During the fire the additional lines were pulled off of Engine Co. 27 and the wagon truly demonstrated its capabilities on this fire.  Chief 27A assisted at the Command Post and was able to keep the fire ground running smoothly.

Unfortunately, during this incident debris fell from the roof of the structure and landed directly on a firefighter from another station.  That firefighter was transported to Shock Trauma via helicopter and later released.  We wish them the best of luck.

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Image courtesy of Paulwall Hawkins


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Conditions On Arrival – Image courtesy of Paulwall Hawkins
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Image courtesy of Paulwall Hawkins



Another Serious Accident On Suitland Parkway

August 19, 2015 – At 1900 hours a Rescue Local was dispatched for a personal injury accident with entrapment on Suitland Parkway at Naylor Road in Company 29’s are.  Unit arrived to find three victims trapped in two separate vehicles.  Due to the magnitude of the crash, DCFD Rescue Squad 3 was added to the call.

Rescue Squad 27 focused on the most severely injured driver that was pinned under the dash of a vehicle.  After freeing the driver, the crew of the Rescue Squad assisted Rescue 3 with the extrication effort of the second vehicle.  The units worked seamlessly together and this complicated scene was managed quickly.  The US Park Police Helicopter was requested to the scene and landed while the extrication effort was underway on the second vehicle.




Squad Free’s 2 On Suitland Parkway

August 16, 2015 – Shortly after midnight a Rescue Local was sounded for Suitland Parkway in the area of Silver Hill Road for a personal injury accident with reported entrapment.  Company 27 was redirected from a Medical Local to respond with the Rescue Squad on the alarm and located the accident on Suitland Parkway in the area of Meadowview Drive.

The Squad discovered a two vehicle accident with a total of four patients.  Two patients were in critical condition with life threatening conditions.  The doors were quickly removed to gain access to the patients and the fully staffed Rescue Squad crew split up to provide attendants and drivers to the EMS units.  Unfortunately, two of the victims succumb to their injuries.  Thoughts and prayers to those affected by these tragic events.


Engine Operates At Ritchie 2nd Alarm

August 13, 2015 – At 20:35 hours a Box Alarm was sounded for a reported Building Fire at 1000 Ritchie Road in Company 37’s area.  Engine Company 27 operated as the 4th Due Engine Company on the initial alarm and units reported a large column of smoke from the building on arrival.  The incident involved an extremely large recycling/trash transfer and packaging facility.  The incident escalated to a Fire Task Force and eventually the balance of the Second Alarm with numerous Special Alarms after that.

Engine Co. 27 picked up Engine Co. 805’s – 4″ supply line on Ritchie Drive and quickly moved up to aide them and Tower 33 operating in the rear.  Companies located a well advanced fire in and around machinery in the building and put a temporary knock on the fire.  As the fuel load was rather large and difficult to access, eventually heavy duty devices were utilized and Tower 33’s monitor nozzle was put in service to bring the fire under control.  After a coordinated effort and additional resources such as College Park VFD Foam Unit 12 and Air Boats from PG, Charles and Montgomery Counties were called to the scene the fire was brought under control.  In the end there was only one way to finish the giant hotspots of smoldering molten plastic that constantly flared up – pull it apart.  Personnel utilized equipment that was on site to pull apart the burning piles of trash and extinguish the fire.

Engine Company 27 operated for 6.5 hours before returning to service, racking up 4 hours of pump time and multiple air cylinders per member.  Job well done by the companies working together led to a successful effort in bringing this incident under control.  A fire watch was maintained over night.

While Engine Company 27 operated on this alarm, transfer companies operated on a Townhouse Fire in our 1st Due on Sunset Lane.  DCFD Engine Co. 32 and Truck 9 were the first arriving units and located a fire in the kitchen of the home that extended into the walls and ceiling.  Fairfax and other PGFD units also operated on the scene, Chief 29B had the Sunset Lane Command.

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Engine Goes 3rd Due on 29 House Fire

August 10, 2015 – Just after noon PSC sounded a Box Alarm for a reported “House On Fire” in the 1900 blk. of Gaither Street in Company 29’s area.  Units arrived to discover a detached, one story, wood frame, single family home with fire showing.

Engine Company 27 responded and operated as the 3rd Due Engine Company.  After laying a supply line they advanced the 400′ preconnect to the Charlie Side of the residence and confirmed there was no fire in the basement.  The fire in a room was quickly knocked down by Engine Co. 29 and the assignment was scaled back.  This was the first fire for the recently rehabbed Engine Co. 27.