Friday, November 15, 2013
Just hours after Company 27 cleared a 1st Due house fire behind the station a Box Alarm was struck of a reported apartment on fire in Company 26s area. Engine Co. 27, Rescue Squad 27 and Chief 27 (as the Southern Division Chief) responded and assumed first due, discovering a 3-story end of the row apartment building with fire showing from the top floor.With the building being occupied and potential for fire spread a precautionary 2nd Alarm was sounded by command. Company 27 went to work pushing in the apartment and advancing up it's interior stairs to the top floor. The fire was quickly knocked down by the Engine Company and the Squad went to work opening up and searching on the top floor. The fire was quickly contained and crews did a great job holding the fire in check and evacuating the residents of the apartment building. This was a long night for the members of Company 27 and was only 1 of 5 fires that Company 27 responded to in 36 hours.
Friday, November 15, 2013
After a monumental Special Meeting the Engine Company was dispatched on an investigation of smoke in the area of the 6500 blk. of Woodland Rd. Engine Co. 27 quickly located the source as a single family, wood frame, detached, vacant dwelling with smoke showing from Side-Alpha. While filling the assignment the company went to work. A fire was located on the 1st floor and the basement and quickly extinguished. Companies were hampered by involved electrical service and a good amount of opening up had to be done as a result. This was the beginning to a long night for the multiple crews of Company 27. Chief 27 was in command of the incident.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Units from the 5th and 3rd Battalion's were alerted for a house fire in company 47's area. PSC dispatched a Box Alarm to 1200 blk of Fortside Roadway in the Fort Foote Neighborhood.Rescue Squad 27 and Chief 27 were clearing a call on Hil-Mar Drive and responded on the 47 house as the 3rd Due Special Service.E821 arrived on scene of a 2 Story Split Foyer with Smoke Showing from side Alpha. They made quick work of the deck fire that had already extended into the attic space of the home.Rescue Squad 27 arrived on scene and assumed Rapid Intervention Duties as crews were already operating on the interior.Rescue Squad and Chief 27 cleared in about an hour.Engine 272 was held on its previous call and cleared shortly after. E272 ran multiple other calls while the Squad was out.
Pictures Courtesy of Mark Brady, PIO
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Just before midnight, Rescue Squad 27 was alerted to respond to the intersection of Woodyard Rd. and Lantern La. for the collapse investigation. While enroute, PSC advised units responding that County Police were on scene and had a vehicle that struck a house, with the driver trapped and the vehicle possibly on fire. With this new information received, a box alarm assignment was soon filled, adding Engine Co. 27 on the run as the second due engine. The Rescue Squad arrived on scene just seconds after the first arriving Engine Company of a one and a half story Cape Cod-which had been converted into a daycare-with an attached garage, confirming a vehicle into the structure with smoke showing. A small engine fire broke out as a result, but was subsequently kept in check by police officers. The Squad crew made entry, controlled utilities, and ventilated the structure, while Engine Company 27 stood fast on Side Alpha per command. Company 27 units were soon released by command after about 45 minutes.
Monday, November 11, 2013
November 11, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Michael J. White, Sr. Fire ChiefEmail: PIO@MorningsideVFD27.comThe
membership of the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department (MVFD) has once again
reaffirmed their commitment to Community Service and Public Safety by
partnering with the Prince Georges County Fire/EMS Department (PGFD) to fully
staff the Morningside Fire Station and the Ambulance that is housed there with
Volunteer Personnel. The PGFD career
personnel currently assigned to the Morningside Fire Station will be available
for reassignment to other stations that require additional staffing assistance.
monumental commitment by the membership of the MVFD does not come lightly and after
careful analysis of volunteer participation and service demand has been
whole-heartedly welcomed into the organization.
The expansion in service will ensure that the Town of Morningside and
the surrounding communities will have timely access to EMS Transport Services
and has been spearheaded by Fire Chief Michael J. White, Sr. and President
David G. Hansen. The Department hopes to
finalize details with all parties affected soon and this new service model
should be rolled out for deployment prior to the end of the calendar year. The MVFD‘s commitment to this community is
unparalleled and the department will be one of a few elite Volunteer Companies
in Prince Georges County that provides 100% Volunteer Staffing.
Saturday, November 9, 2013 0730 hours
Rescue Squad 27, along with other units from the 3rd Battalion were alerted to a reported House Fire in the 2900 blk of Walters Lane in Company 26 First Due.Units quickly arrived on scene to find a ordinary Cape Cod style home with a huge unusual addition attach to side Charlie with Smoke and Fire Showing. The addition was twice the size of the original home.E26 arrived on scene and advanced an attack line to the home. As they made entry, according to witnesses, appeared to be some sort of flashover pushing the crews backwards. The crew members from 26 sustained injuries and were transported to area hospitals for treatment and evaluation.It is reported that all firefighters are in good condition at the time of this release and the Membership of Morningside are praying for their speedy recovery.Rescue Squad 27 conducted searches and assisted as directed by the IC.Squad cleared in about 4 hours.
Picture Courtesy of Paul Wall
Squad 27 Crew cleaning up
Friday, November 8, 2013
Engine 26 and A26 came across an accident with one trapped at Silver Hill Road and Alpine Drive on their way to a shooting on Walker Mill Road. This alerted Rescue Squad 27 and other units to the call.Rescue Squad 27 responded to find a a T-Bone accident with one occupant trapped. Using Hurst Spreaders, Hurst Cutters and Combo Tools, the occupant was freed in about 10 minutes taking both doors and B-Post on the Drivers Side.Rescue Squad 27 cleared in about 30 minutes and ready for the next call.
Engine and Rescue Squad Crew
Thursday, November 7, 2013
"Shortly after engine company 272 cleared a box alarm in company 42's local alarm area at Livingston Terrace, units were alerted to the 2100 block of Alice avenue on Box alarm 42-15.Engine 272 was dispatched as the third due engine company. Rescue Squad 27 was dispatched as Second Due Special Service.Having just cleared the previous alarm E272 & SQ27 was already within 3 minute response of the address. E272 arrived on scene and gave the report, Side Alpha, three story garden style apartment, with a hydrant in front 2105 Alice Ave, Nothing evident from the street. The crew stretched the 200' 1" 3/4 attack line and made entry into the fire building. residents advised the crew that the fire was in apartment 203, as the crew forced entry into the fire apartment FF/EMT Olszewski found a victim within 2 feet of the doorway, at this time the engine company switched from fire attack to rescue and removal of victims, FF/EMT's Kelly, Olszewski and Sgt. Mavaddat worked together to remove the victim from the fire apartment, Captain Truesdell, Sgt Goldberg, FF/EMT Martin and FF/EMT Canino assisted the Engine crew in removing the victim. Lt. Shayne evacuated two other victims through the interior stairwell from an adjacent apartment. Both crews from 27 after removing the victim began searching for the seat of the fire, with smoke continuing to bank to the floor crews found a room and contents fire and made quick work of it. Crews worked together to ventilate and overhaul the fire apartment and cleared the call shortly after investigators had concluded their work.Incident Commander: Michael J. White Sr. - Chief 27 / Southern Division ChiefENGINE CREW:
Picture Courtesy PGPIO
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 1030 hrs
Engine 272 and units of the 3rd Battalion was alerted for a reported Apartment Fire in the 6400 blk of Pennsylvania Ave. Engine 826 out of position on a Career Day presentation on Marlboro Pike advised that E272 would be first arriving.First Arriving Units threw ground ladders to assist occupants from their balcony'sE272 arrived to find a 2 story apartment house with Fire Showing from the 2nd Floor. Units began to stretch lines to the second floor. With the assistance of TK829, the crew force entry and pushed back the fire in the original fire apartment. Despite the push, the fire extended into the attic area forcing the IC to request a Second Alarm.E272 cleared a little before 1500 hrs. No injuries were reported.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
We support the Prince George's County Volunteer Fire Rescue Association (PGCVFRA) and we are proud that they support us. We are all fighting to ensure that the citizens receive the highest level of service they deserve via the most cost effective model, the Combination Fire Department. Recently the Leadership of the PGCVFRA testified about the challenging situation facing the Volunteers that serve the community. Below is the testimony.Public Input Hearing at the Sports Complex with the County Executive 10-28-13Introduction Pete Mellits, PGCVFRA President & Asst. Chief, Bowie VFDand Dave McGill, PGCVFRA Vice President & Chief, Seat Pleasant VFD"On behalf of the County volunteers, we are here this evening to express our concerns with the delivery of EMS and fire suppression services throughout the County.At 4 fire stations (8,11,17,28), the career staffing was removed from the stations; which makes the stations unavailable and/or limited in responding, due to volunteers being at work during the day. Which is the basis for the advent of the career EMT/firefighter.At the the Morningside station, along with other stations within the County, where the combination of volunteer and career personnel working together has worked well......this is being threatened by the County Fire Chief's office forcing additional career staffing where it is not needed.......whereas, there are other locations that need the career staffing. In the Morningside situation, raising the ambulance to an all response medic unit, providing ALS service......which the call volume supports this change, will resolve the current issues and allow cooler heads to prevail.The root of these recent efforts by the County Fire Chief's office is driven by a recent Collective Bargaining Agreement, recently executed with atypical career staffing requirements, which is normally seen in all career departments........not in a combination (volunteer & career) department, which is what our Department is. The staffing stipulated does not take the volunteers into consideration. Current NFPA standards, NFPA 1710 (all career) vs 1720 (all volunteer), which were/are referred to during the negotiations, do not apply to our County........neither actually apply.To achieve the staffing mandated levels by the Agreement noted above, given there is not enough existing staffing to fulfill these Agreement mandates, the County Fire Chief's office is essentially "robbing Peter to pay Paul".......removing station staffing completely, thus increasing daytime and potentially evening response times to the station areas that lost their career staffing.Aside from removal of staff, the personnel are paid overtime to satisfy the Agreement and those costs, in the millions, are well over their budgeted amounts. The extra costs to the taxpayer, outside of the budget, is alarming and does not need to be.We are here to ask you, County Executive Baker; to help us help you and freeze the changes pending, so that all of the stakeholders can come to agreements that create a win-win for all......primarily the County citizen."Chief Pete Mellits, PresidentPrince George's County VolunteerFire Rescue Association
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