Morningside Volunteer Fire Department Inc.

Engine & Squad Back to Shamrock Ave for Another Fire

Saturday, November 22, 2014  Just before 0200 hours this morning a Box Alarm was sounded for a reported House Fire in the 1500 block of Shamrock Ave.  The run brought Engine Co. 27 as the 3rd Due Engine Company and the Rescue Squad as the 3rd Due Special Service.  The Rescue Squad arrived shortly after Company 26 and was tasked with assisting companies operating inside as the Engine Company laid out and assumed their position due.  

Units arrived to find a two (2) story, detached, wood frame, single family home with a basement and fire showing from the basement windows on side Bravo, Charlier and Delta. Before being redeployed the crew from Rescue Squad 27 located a family pet in the basement and removed the same while conducting a Primary Search on the entire structure.  The Engine Company's line was directed to Side Alpha and into the front door as the 1st Due Company went to the basement.  It was quickly discovered that the fire had extended from the basement to the attic via void spaces.  This put the squad to work opening up Division I and getting access to variety of different void spaces.  

After a thirty minute fight, the fire was cut off and extinguished.  An extensive amount of overhaul and work for the special services brought additional companies on the Special Alarm.  After operating for over two (2) hours the Engine Company and Rescue Squad picked up and returned to service.  This was only one of many runs that Company 27 responded to overnight while providing dedicated staffing for the Engine Company, Rescue Squad and two (2) BLS Ambulances.  We would like to thank Janet Demeritt of Company 57 for allowing us to use Ambulance 899 as Ambulance 827B.



The Next Engine Company 27 Placed In-Service

Friday, November 14, 2014  This afternoon the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. placed the next Engine Company 27 in service, a 2001 Spartan Luverne Pumper that was recently purchased from the Allentown Road Volunteer Fire Department (ARVFD).  The pumper replaces our current pumper, which was a 1990 Pierce Arrow Pumper that suffered a catastrophic mechanical engine failure, which resulted in it being removed for service.

We are excited to be able to continue this life saving service that we desperately need in our community.  Furthermore, we commend the Town of Morningside for continuing to build our partnership and providing funds for us to rehab this unit and ensure it can last into the future.  We are currently in the process of soliciting bids for the work and look forward to being able to revitalize this great piece of apparatus.  Anyone who wants to submit an offer for our current 1990 Pierce Pumper, "as is", please email Mike Poetker at

New Engine Co. 27 - 2001 Spartan Luverne

New Engine Co. 27 - 2001 Spartan Luverne


Another Fire for the Engine Company

Tuesday, November 11, 2014  Shortly after 0300 hours the bells went off for a reported "House On Fire" on Marlboro Pike in the area of Shamrock Ave. in Company 26's area.  Engine Company 27 responded and arrived as the 3rd Due Engine Company as units discovered a one story, wood frame, cape-cod style, detached single family home with fire showing from side charlie.  

After laying out and deploying the 400 foot preconnected attack line to the rear of the structure, command redirected Engine Co. 27 to Side Alpha to work with Truck 829 and Battalion Chief 1.  The structure was determined to be vacant, boarded up and had bars on the windows and doors.  Once opened up Engine Company 27 was deployed to Division I to knock down the visible fire.  As crews pressed into the structure, it proved to be unstable and they were withdrawn. An exterior attack was commenced with lots of opening up and overhaul.  

Engine Co. 27 racked-up two (2) hours of pump time before returning to service.  All crews worked together well and the incident was mitigated with no reported injuries.  This was only one of many runs that Company 27 responded to that night and was yet another long night for the members of Company 27 - the Ambulance with a dedicated crew responded to multiple other runs during this incident.

View from Engine 27's location

View from Engine 27's location

400 off of the County reserve and swiftly deployed

400 off of the County reserve and
      swiftly deployed


More Work for the Rescue Squad

Thursday, June 5, 2014  Rescue Squad 27 was dispatched to Suitland Parkway in the area of Naylor Road for a reported motor vehicle accident. As units from Companies 27 and 29 approached the scene PSC advised that US Park Police are reporting a person trapped, the assignment was upgraded and the Rescue Squad went to work. 

Moments later, the Prince George's County Fire Chief having been in the area arrived on scene and established command. This allowed the companies to focus on their tasks and the patient was quickly extricated under the protection of Engine Co. 29s hose line and turned over to awaiting EMS crews. 



Special Alarm - Rescue Squad 27

Saturday, May 24, 2014  Shortly before midnight Rescue Squad 27 was Special Alarmed to Brooks Drive in the area of Suitland High School to assist Company 26 with a victim trapped in an overturned vehicle.  The Squad stabilized the vehicle and quickly extricated the single victim by removing the passengers door. This was one of many runs that Rescue Squad 27 responded to in only a few hours.



Horrific Accident Involving PGPD

Thursday, May 22, 2014  Around 0900 hours while Prince George's County Police Officers were clearing a traffic stop on Pennsylvania Avenue in the area of Walters Lane an out of control vehicle struck three (3) parked police cruisers and came to rest on top of a police officer in a drainage ditch.  Rescue Squad 27 arrived and rapidly extricated the trapped officer via the Hurst Spreaders, Ground Plate and cribbing.  Once free'd the officer was turned over to awaiting EMS units for airlift to a Trauma Center.  

The Members of the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department wish to extend their thoughts and prayers to all those affected by these events - especially to the Officer, his family and his colleagues.  We are proud that we could perform in this time of need and help another member of our public safety family.



Morningside Rescue Days

Saturday, May 10, 2014  Mothers Day weekend isn't the most desirable time to conduct a training exercise, but with multiple other time constraints in place it was the only available weekend.  So, the 1st Annual Morningside Rescue Days Training was held and appears to have been a great success.  Over 50 people came together for 2 days and cut up over 25 cars in an event that benefitted the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.  We were proud that over $1,000 was raised and donated to the Foundation in the name of our Fallen Brothers - Michael McCarthy and Kenneth "Kenny" Hedrick.  Mr. and Mrs. Hedrick (Les and Cathy to so many) were on hand to receive the donation on behalf of the Foundation and we thank them for their time and commitment to helping others in their darkest hour.

Mr. Isaac Frazier from Tactical Advantage Training, LLC. was on hand to provide some great nationally recognized instruction and the support staff was just as knowledgable. Attendees were afforded the opportunity to work with some of the latest Holmatro, Hurst and Amkus Rescue Tools available in situations that are as close as you can get to real life. This hands on training event focused on putting you in the position to use your skills, build new ones and see some awesome techniques.  With some great sponsors and partners the event went off without a hitch and we would like to thank the following sponsors and partners for their support of our event:

  • Berwyn Heights Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad
  • Blueline Security Services
  • Chesapeake Fire & Rescue Equipment
  • Holmatro Rescue Tools
  • Mikes Mustang Shop 
  • Marlboro Towing
  • ALBAN CAT - Upper Marlboro
  • Paul Davis Fire Restoration
  • Heavenly Ham
  • Miller & Long Concrete
  • Clark Construction



Morningside Days - Tactical Extrication Class

Monday, April 21, 2014  The Morningside Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a two (2) day training event that features Tactical Training Advantages, LLC's Tactical Extrication Program.  The class has many great features and is mainly a hands on practical skills class as we have over 20 cars to work with in the class.

The proceeds from this event are to benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in the name of our fallen brother "Kenny" Hedrick.  We are excited to be able to host this event and are even offering housing assistance at the fire station as well as a chance to get a taste of life at Morningside, which is one of the busiest all volunteer departments in the area as well as one of the Busiest Rescue Companies.  Register at and please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.



Squad Rescues Child From Escalator

Thursday, April 17, 2014  Shortly before 2100 hours Rescue Squad 27 was alerted to the Iverson Mall area of Company 29s area for a child with his hand stuck in an escalator.  Upon the crews arrival they confirmed that the child's hand was stuck in the return side of the escalator and a massive rescue effort was launched.  After over two hours of work to disassemble the escalator, the child was freed and turned over to awaiting EMS crews.

We are happy to report that the victim was released from the hospital the following day. Job well done by all personnel on scene.   



One Trapped On Pennsylvania Avenue

Tuesday, March 18, 2014  While Volunteers were in the process of relieving each other to cover the afternoon and evening shifts a Rescue Local was struck for a motor vehicle accident on Pennsylvania Avenue in the area of Woodyard Road in Company 23's area.  As the Rescue Engine was approaching the scene they were returned by Ambulance 823 who had a located an accident in the median just prior to Woodyard Rd.  Just minutes later Engine 823 located an overturned box truck with the driver pinned inside and requested the assignment be filled.

Rescue Engine 27 as the Rescue Squad arrived just moments after the assignment was requested.  The crews discovered a box truck on its side, down the embankment and against a tree, with the driver pinned under the steering wheel.  The vehicle was quickly stabilized and secured via chain back to a nearby guardrail as the crews gained access to the patient. The roof and the steering wheel had to be removed in order to free the occupant and where in close contact with the patient as the extrication effort was conducted.  The occupant was quickly freed and packaged prior to the arrival of an EMS Unit.  Once the unit arrived patient care was turned over and the Rescue Engine was back on the street, only to respond on three more back to back runs before returning to quarters.



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