Fire and Rescue in Silver Spring
November 15th, 2015- In the early afternoon hours of November 15th after a morning filled with Box Alarms and other multi-unit responses, the Engine and Rescue Engine from Morningside were back on the street, this time alerted for the report of fire in the terrace level of an apartment building in the 3800 block of Saint Barnabas Road. Crews from the Silver Hill Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene to find a 3 story, End of the Row, Ordinary Construction, ‘Garden Style’ apartment building with smoke showing. The Working Fire Dispatch was immediately sounded. Units from Company 27 arrived minutes later. The Engine Co. picked up Company 29’s supply hose while the Rescue Engine circled around the complex to lay out from a secondary hydrant and pull close to Side Charlie of the structure.
The Engine Co. backed up Company 29 while the Rescue Engine stretched the 400′ 1 3/4” pre-connected attack line to Side Charlie and made entry via a ground level apartment on that side of the structure. While stretching this attack line the Rescue Engine briefly assisted a citizen out from a ground level window on Side Alpha and handed the citizen over to awaiting EMS crews. The hydrant being utilized by Engine 29 was found to be damaged and in order to overcome this the driver from Rescue Engine 27 ran a short section of supply line to Engine 29. The Rescue Engine then supplied water to the fire ground for the remainder of the incident. Crews from Morningside assisted crews from Company 29 with extinguishment of a fire in a storage closet in the ‘terrace level’ of the apartment building. The fire was quickly brought under control. The Engine Co. and Rescue Engine crews quickly racked up and the companies were back in service ready to provide services to the citizens.