Saturday, February 8, 2014
Last night the members of the Morningside Volunteer Fire Dept. celebrated our annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony at the Fire Station. We were able to offer our active members the night off thanks to the generosity of the "Senior" members of the Department and the support of Company 56/57 who assisted us in staffing the Ambulance. A big thanks to them for their support.After a nice dinner and swearing in of this years Administrative and Operational Officers, we dove into the awards. We were able to give the Kenneth Michael Hedrick Memorial Award this year to the crew of Rescue Squad 27 and Engine Co. 272 for affecting the rescue of a civilian on Alice Avenue. This is one of the most prestigious awards of the MVFD and was presented to the recipients by Kenny's parents Les and Cathy Hedrick. Congrats to all and here is the list of awards and this years officers.Administrative Officers: President - Dave Hansen, Vice President - Charlie Phillips, BOD - Les Hedrick, BOD - Dave Fuller, BOD - Charlie Phillips, BOD - Michael Poetker, Treasurer - Jamie Hansen, and Secretary - Lisa McKlveenOperational Officers: Fire Chief - Michael White, Sr., Assistant Chief - Michael Poetker, Deputy Chief - Stephen Truesdell, Station Captain - Michael Williams, Engine Captain - Dave Riley, Station Lieutenant - Michael Stout, Squad Lieutenant - Joey Goldberg, Engine Lieutenant - Michael Mavaddat, Sergeant - Phil Tran, Sergeant - Pat Canino2013 Rookie of the Year: Joey Goldberg2013 Firefighter of the Year: Patrick Canino2013 Fire Chiefs Award: Michael Stout2013 Presidents Award: Lisa McKlveen2013 KMH Memorial Award: Stephen Truesdell, Michael Williams, Joey Goldberg, Michael Mavaddat, Mark Shayne, Patrick Canino, Ryan Kelly, Ronnie Martin, Patrick Wise, Brandon Howell, Mike OlszewskiSpecial thanks to Blueline Security Services for sponsoring our Department's banquet and providing other items for us, such as Dewalt Batteries for the apparatus. We are proud to partner with them to serve the public. This was the 3rd year they have sponsored our banquet and we cant thank them enough.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Today marks 1 - Month Strong as a 100% Volunteer Station 100% of the Time. We have built some pretty impressive stats over the past 4 - weeks. We have turned out on 429 Runs and logged over 3,600 man hours of participation. This equates to an average of more than 16 runs per day. This would not be possible without the commitment of our outstanding Membership, they are proud to serve you and we are proud of them. No matter what story is in the news, how severe the weather, or how controversial the times, we are here providing this outstanding service. We look forward to many more successful months to come...Want to be apart of a 100% Volunteer Department that is constantly improving? Contact us today to join us tomorrow. Recruitment@MorningsideVFD27.com
MVFD 100% Volunteer Trailer - Movie Coming 2/14
Thursday, January 23, 2014
As the morning rush was about to get underway, Rescue Squad 27 was alerted to respond to the intersection of Ritchie-Marlboro & Brown Rds. for a personal injury accident with a report of entrapment. First arriving companies reported an accident involving a total of 3 vehicles, with one requiring extrication. After the vehicle was stabilized, the Squad crew performed a total driver's side removal of both doors and the "B" post, allowing for the patient to be easily accessed and handed over to awaiting EMS personnel. Rescue Squad 27 cleared the call in just under an hour.
MORNINGSIDE 100% VOLUNTEER 100% OF THE TIME
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
We are still responding to run after run and staffing the station with All Volunteer Personnel. The members have been working on a new full length video and below is a quick glimpse of Morningside and the calls we handle day in and day out. Stay tuned and look for the new Movie to be released in February 2014.Want to join the action, contact us today. Recruitment@MorningsideVFD27.com The saga continues...
Sunday, January 12, 2014
On this day in 1992 we lost our friend, our son and our brother in the Line of Duty. Kenneth Michael Hedrick died while operating on a fire ground on Walls Lane in our First Due. Kenny had performed in the highest traditions of the Fire Department, perishing just minutes after he rescued a seven year old boy from the fire.We will never forget Kenny or his actions that fateful day. He is a hero and to honor his memory the Members of the Morningside Volunteer Fire Dept. will continue to train and perform in the highest traditions of the fire service everyday just as he did. It seems that this year is even more striking with the Department's recent transition to a 100% Volunteer Staffed station, though no year is easier than the other. This will be a painful day for those who knew Kenny personally and also for the ones that honor his actions, stay strong and send your thoughts and prayers to all those affected by this tragedy. We love you Kenny, Cathy and Les.
Monday, January 6, 2014
Just after 2230 hours 911 calls started coming into PSC advising that a vehicle had left the roadway and struck a building in the area of Marlboro Pike and Regency Parkway. Engine Company 26 arrived first to discover that a vehicle had left the roadway and struck their former quarters on Marlboro Pike, pinning the driver inside and injuring another occupant.Rescue Squad 27 and the A-Chief arrived shortly after and went to work sizing up the scene and executing a rescue plan. It was quickly determined that the only way to access the patient was to enter through the cargo module and cut the back of the cab off to get to the victim. After stabilizing the vehicle the crew began to cut through the front of the storage module, remove part of the vehicles rear wall, section and lift the roof off of the victim, remove the upper portion of the drivers seat and finally ram the dash off the victim after making a series of cuts to weaken the dash enough to lift. This effort was somewhat complicated as the displaced bricks and other masonry components from the structure were on top of the vehicle and the victim and needed to be carefully removed. The squad emptied its tool boxes utilizing the air cart, air chisels, sawzall, circular saws, the KL32 Spreaders, MOC II Cutters, MOC Combi-Tool, Rams and extensions, tons of lights and other miscellaneous hand tools. The victim was freed in around 30 minutes and the scene was left with the PGFD Technical Rescue Team 806 to handle. Job well done by all personnel operating on the scene in an extreme weather environment and in a potentially unstable structure. Want to learn your equipment and how to use it to its limits? Contact us today. We don't just train, we execute!. Recruitment@MorningsideVFD27.com
Saturday, January 4, 2014
At 2137 hrs. just minutes after clearing the Suitland Pkwy. accident scene, a box alarm was dropped for a house on fire at 7706 Canberra Pl. in Clinton. First arriving units reported "smoke & fire showing" from a 2-story, split foyer dwelling. With an active fire going in the basement and making its way into the upper floor of the home, a Task Force Alarm was sounded, bringing Rescue Squad 27 and Chief 27A on the run. The squad crew arrived on the scene and per command was ordered to extend a secondary attack line into the structure to deal with fire conditions on the upper floor. Chief 27A was assigned the basement division, while Chief 27 assisted with command. With the bulk of the fire knocked, command scaled back the incident and Company 27 returned to service an hour later.
Saturday, January 4, 2014
As the members were sitting down and enjoying their dinner, the scrollboard in the station suddenly lit up and alerted Rescue Squad 27 and Chief 27A to respond to the area of Suitland Pkwy. & Forestville Rd. for a personal injury accident. Chief 27A advised PSC and units responding that the location was going to be "Inbound" Suitland Pkwy. north of Forestville. Units arrived on scene and found a vehicle that had run completely off the road and into a drainage ditch. With the lone occupant of the vehicle already self-extricated, and due to slippery and icy terrain, a stokes basket and rope system was quickly constructed and deployed to remove the patient up the steep icy slope. Once on level ground, the patient was turned over to awaiting EMS personnel for transport to a local hospital. Rescue Squad and Chief 27A cleared the call within the hour.
Friday, December 27, 2013
In the middle of our daily afternoon apparatus checks, Box-21-04 was sounded for 3122 Brinkley Rd. for a reported apartment fire, bringing Engine Co. 27 (utilizing our Rescue Engine) as the 3rd due engine company. First arriving units reported fire through the roof of a 3-story garden style apartment building used as condominiums, and instantaneously requested a second alarm. Engine Company 27 soon arrived on the scene, laid out from a secondary hydrant, and took up a position in the rear. Crews in the rear (E27/TK29) worked together to get a 35' ground ladder in place and advance a 250' 2" attack line up the ladder.The crews then joined forces to get a good knock on the fire and prevented it from spreading to adjacent buildings via the cockloft. With the bulk of the fire now suppressed, command soon scaled back the incident. Company 27 racked up and was back in service after logging in about 2 1/2 hours worth of work. Chief 27B was also on the run as well.
Photo Credit: DCFD Off Duty FF Dominic
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
With the company already very busy taking in several calls for service on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Christmas Night was no exception as Rescue Squad, Ambulance, & Chief 27 (Responding as the Southern Division Chief) were dispatched to 14901 Rolling Meadows Lane in the Croom section of Upper Marlboro for a house "on fire." First arriving units reported a single-story, single-family dwelling with heavy fire showing from an attached garage and beginning to make its way through the house. Due to this being a non-hydrant area, a water supply task force was quickly dispatched. Chief 27, as the Southern Division Chief soon arrived and established the command, just as Rescue Squad 27 arrived on scene and was granted first due responsibilities. Crews attempted to mount an interior attack, but due to heavy fire conditions and water supply issues, command advised PSC to sound the evacuation tones and have all personnel evacuate the structure. Once a successful water supply was established, crews were then sent back inside to extinguish the stubborn blaze, which by then had now vented through the roof of the structure.The bulk of the initial assignment remained on the scene for several hours due to extensive overhaul and to quell numerous hot spots. Company 27 units returned to service roughly 3 1/2 hours after the initial dispatch.
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