Morningside Volunteer Fire Department Inc.

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.



3-Alarm Fire in Company 37's Area

Monday, April 6, 2015  At approximately 1720 hours PSC transmitted a second alarm for a fire in the 8700 block of Ashwood Drive in Company 37's area.  Chief 27-A responded on the alarm and assisted at the command post. Command quickly requested a third alarm, as well as a foam assignment that included mutual aid from Andrews Air Force Base Fire Department.

Rescue Squad 27 assisted companies operating at the scene and returned to service around 2100 hours.


Photo courtesy of Paul Hawkins

Photo courtesy of Paul Hawkins


House Fire in 25's Area

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 1300 Just prior to 1300 hours, Public Safety Communications sounded a Box Alarm for a reported House Fire in the 12600 block of Lunan Rd in Clinton (Co. 25s area). The run brought the Rescue Squad as the 3rd Due Special Service, as well as Chief 27.

Units arrived to find a two-story, wood frame, detached, single-family home with fire showing from the first and second floors.  The Rescue Squad established the Rapid Intervention Crew and while performing a 360 assisted with deployment of ground ladders around the structure. Chief 27 assumed command of Division 1. This house fire was complicated by large holes in the floor at the top of the stairs to Division II, as a result the mode of attack was transitioned from defensive to offensive several times, before this well advanced fire could be extinguished.  Companies operated for approximately one hour before being released from the scene. 

Photo Courtesy of Paul Hawkins

Photo Courtesy of Paul Hawkins

Photo Courtesy of Paul Hawkins

Photo Courtesy of Paul Hawkins


First Due Fire and a Beltway Door-Pop

Tuesday, March 31, 2015  Morningside volunteers exhibited their versatility with a busy Tuesday morning on March 31st.  Just before 0700 the tones were sounded for a first due house fire in the 6500 Block of Clayton Lane Dr.  Engine Company 27 arrived on scene to find smoke showing from the Alpha Side of a single family home.  Upon forcing entry into the vacant home, crew members discovered a large hole burned through the floor several feet from the front door.  

The fire was quickly extinguished and the Engine returned to service after overhaul was completed.  Within an hour of the Engine returning to quarters, Rescue Squad 27 was dispatched for a personal injury accident on the Outer Loop of the Capital Beltway.  The Squad arrived on scene to find one occupant trapped in the vehicle.  The crew quickly stabilized the vehicle and removed the driver's door to free the patient.  

Morningside Volunteers are dedicated to serving the community with multiple apparatus and you can join them.  Email to schedule a ride along today.



Two Crews for a 29 House Fire

Monday, March 23, 2015 0030 Shortly after 12:30 AM a Box Alarm was sounded for a reported House on Fire on the 2800 block of Iverson St., in Company 29's area. The run brought Engine Company 27 (2nd Due) and the Rescue Squad (3rd Due) to the scene.    Units arrived to find a two-story townhouse with fire in the kitchen. Rescue Squad 27 was the first arriving Special Service and was given Division 2. Engine Co. 27 arrived as the 2nd Due Engine, advancing a 400-foot backup line to the front door. The Rescue Squad crew located fire inside the walls of the stairwell and opened up as Engine Co. 27 quickly extinguished the fire before both crews conducted an extensive overhaul of the second floor.



Everybody Goes...

Thursday, March 19, 2015  Shortly after 2045 hours a Rescue Local was sounded for a Motor Vehicle Accident with People Trapped on Branch Avenue in the area of the Naylor Road Metro Station. Company 27 responded with the balance of the assignment, consisting of the Rescue Squad, Engine Company and Ambulance and were updated while responding the incident also involved a Police Officer.

Crews arrived to find a critically injured patient trapped in a vehicle and went to work freeing them.  The victim was quickly freed but not before the roof had to be removed from the vehicle.  This incident was a result of a hit and run, fortunately the police later apprehended a suspect after a foot chase and with the assistance of a police helicopter.

However, when the dust settled a police officer was injured, another victim succumbed to their injuries and numerous vehicles were involved.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this tragedy. 


Image courtesy of WUSA9

Image courtesy of WUSA9


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