Morningside Volunteer Fire Department Inc.

Mothers Day Weekend Starts With House Fire

Saturday, May 9, 2015  In the early morning hours a Box Alarm was struck for a reported House On Fire in the 12100 blk. of Birchview Dr. in Company 25's area.  Engine Company 25 discovered a two (2) story, wood frame, detached, split-foyer, single family home with fire showing from Side-Alpha and Delta.

Rescue Engine 27 was dispatched 3rd Due on the Box Alarm and positioned on Side-Charlie, advanced an attack line and backed up Engine Co. 25 in the basement before being redeployed to the floor above.  The Rescue Engine had only recently returned to service from some mechanical repairs and already racked up an hour worth of pump time.  The Rescue Engine's crew also forced entry through a fence, vented horizontally, ran lights and raised a 24' ladder to the top floor of the home.  This fire came after a long day of runs and was only one of 5 runs after midnight for the Morningside Volunteers.



Rescue Squad Transfers to our Nation's Capital

Friday, May 1, 2015 1100 At approximately 11:00 AM on Friday, May 1st, Public Safety Communications alerted Rescue Squad 27 to transfer to the District of Columbia. All three DCFD Rescue Squads were committed to a parking garage collapse at the Watergate in Northwest.  Rescue Squad 27, with a full crew of 8 Firefighters and Officers, spent the day at the quarters of Rescue Squad 3, Engine Company 15, and Battalion Fire Chief 3 in Anacostia, also known as "Hell's Kitchen." They were joined by the crew of PGFD Engine 805. 

The Squad responded to two alarms during the transfer. The crew shared a meal with BFC 3 and completed some housework around the station before returning to Prince George's County early in the evening.



One Trapped on the Capital Beltway

Thursday, April 30, 2015 0300 In the early hours of Thursday, April 30th, after clearing the scene of a small fire in Clinton, PSC dispatched units to a Personal Injury Accident on the Outer Loop of the Capital Beltway in the area of Branch Avenue. Rescue Squad 27 arrived to find a car into the guardrail with people trapped, and immediately upgraded the assignment.

After stabilizing the vehicle, the Squad crew removed the passenger side doors and B-Post. Access to the patient was complicated by the position of the guardrail, so a rotary saw was used to cut away a section of the rail while the roof of the vehicle was being removed. The patient was then removed from the vehicle and handed over to awaiting EMS units for transport.



Two Trapped; One Ejected on Pennsylvania Ave

Monday, April 27, 2015 2200 Just before 2200 hours, the Rescue Squad was dispatched to a Personal Injury Accident with reported Entrapment on Pennsylvania Ave near Suitland Parkway. Engine 823 arrived first on scene and confirmed an overturned vehicle with two patients trapped and one ejected.  Due to the number of victims, Ambulance 827 was added to the assignment.

After stabilizing the vehicle, the Squad crew performed a B-Post removal of the passenger side, gaining access to the two trapped patients. The patients were removed and transported to a local trauma center. Ambulance 827, with the assistance of the Southern EMS Duty Officer for ALS care, treated and transported the ejected patient. Squad 827 cleared the scene after approximately 30 minutes after their arrival.



Engine Involved In Serious Accident

Sunday, April 26, 2015  On April 25, 2015 at approximately 2357 hours, Engine Company 27 while responding to a reported building fire was involved in a motor vehicle accident on northbound Branch Avenue in the area of Curtis Drive.  All seven (7) members that were on the apparatus were transported to area hospitals with minor injuries.  We are pleased to announce that all members were released from the hospital in only a few hours.

The Prince George’s County Fire and EMS Department (PGFD) owned the apparatus being operated by the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. at the time of the collision. We are thankful that no one involved in this incident was seriously injured.  Engine Company 27 was placed back in service this afternoon with another reserve apparatus from the PGFD.  Due to an ongoing investigation, we are unable to provide any further details or comments on this incident.  Please contact the Prince George’s County Fire and EMS Department for any further information.




One Trapped on the Suitland Parkway

Wednesday, April 22, 2015  At approximately 1145 hours, units were dispatched for a Personal Injury Accident with reported Entrapment along the southbound lanes of the Suitland Parkway, near Silver Hill Rd (Co. 29's area.) Rescue Squad 27 arrived first on the scene to find a vehicle down an embankment and on its side, with one person trapped in the car. 

The Rescue Squad crew quickly began stabilizing the vehicle using the Res-Q-Jack Super X strut system. Members then conducted a partial roof removal to gain access to the victim. The patient was extricated in minutes and carried up to the roadway via stokes basket to awaiting EMS units. Companies cleared the scene after approximately one hour.



House Fire with Rescues

Sunday, April 19, 2015 0700 At approximately 07:00, Public Safety Communications dispatched a Box Alarm for a reported House Fire with people trapped in the 9600 block of Small Dr, located in Company 25's area. Engine Co. 27 responded as the 2nd Due Engine with a crew of seven. Upon arrival, units encountered smoke coming from a two-story residence, with residents reporting several people still inside the structure.

Engine Co. 27 arrived on scene and deployed a 400-foot attack line to the structure to back up the first due engine company with their attack, allowing truck companies to quickly locate and rescue two victims from the second floor of the home. Both victims sustained non-life threatening injuries. Following significant overhaul of the residence, Engine 27 returned to service.

This was the third fire the Morningside Volunteers responded to over the course of the weekend.

My Fox DC: 2 children rescued from burning home in Clinton


Photo Courtesy of My Fox DC

Photo Courtesy of My Fox DC


2-Alarm Apartment Fire on Livingston

Photo Courtesy of PGFD FF Williams

Photo Courtesy of PGFD FF Williams

Sunday, April 19, 2015  Just after 0800 hrs., Engine Co. 27 was dispatched as the 4th Due Engine Company to a Box Alarm in the 5500 block of Livingston Terrace (in Co. 42's area) for a reported Apartment on Fire. Companies arrived to find fire showing from the third floor and roof of a three-story garden apartment building. Given the large body of fire on arrival, Battalion Chief 885 quickly requested a Second Alarm, bringing additional resources to the scene.

After securing a continuous water supply for the 3rd Due Engine, Engine Co. 27 was directed to complete a secondary search of the structure. The Engine crew later relieved companies operating in the fire apartment; conducting overhaul and extinguishing hotspots throughout the affected units. The main body of fire was knocked down within 15 minutes.



Rescue Squad Frees One Trapped on Pennsylvania Avenue

Saturday, April 11, 2015   In the early morning hours of Saturday, April 11th, Rescue Squad 27 was alerted to respond for a personal injury accident on Pennsylvania Avenue in the area of Suitland Parkway.  First arriving units found an overturned SUV with one patient trapped.  The Squad arrived on scene with a crew of five volunteers and quickly set to work stabilizing the vehicle, which had come to rest on its driver's side.  Members then removed the glass and sectioned the front portion of the vehicle's roof to free the trapped occupant.  This efficient operation was completed in less then ten minutes and the Rescue Squad was soon back in service and ready for the next run.



Rescue Squad 27 Extricates One During Morning Commute

Tuesday, April 7, 2015  On the morning of Thursday April 7th, Rescue Squad 27 was dispatched for a personal injury accident with the report of one trapped on the Outer Loop of the Capital Beltway.  The Squad arrived on scene with a crew of four volunteers, which made quick work of stabilizing the vehicle and removing the driver's door to free the patient.  The Rescue Squad returned to service within fifteen minutes of arriving on scene, ready for the next alarm.



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