Saturday, November 2, 2013
November 1, 2013 Our VOLUNTEERS continue to do what they said couldn't be done. We have complete 9 years of service as an all VOLUNTEER station, running Engine Company, Truck Company and BLS Ambulance Service without any understaffed or failed responses.
That is 3,285 Days or 78,840 hours or 4,730,400 Minutes. They said it wouldn't last a month, while all this time later (however you want to pick it) we continue to proudly prove them wrong.
Over these 9 years, this has been made possible by some of the most dedicated, caring people in life I have ever met. Our live-in program carries the blunt of task, supported by a number of non live-ins. We have seen many come and many go, some have moved on in life while others have joined other companies. We've had many make it over these years and a fair share that didn't.
It hasn't been all peaches and cream, it has even cost some their relationships, but in the end most if not all, would not have traded the experiences, training, knowledge and life long friendships they gained for anything.
To the younger members and potential members, you have every right to hold your head up high. But.... never forget, that you have very larges shoes to fill. You will not only be responsible for getting out the door, you will be challenged to survival. Your survival will depend on you. Hopefully, as you come up through the ranks, expanding upon members and good leadership, you will take the company the next stretch of 9 years. That will mark the 100th anniversary of our Department.
We got this! Thank You for getting us here, now let's take us the next 9. We are strong and we are proud, we are Bladensburg!
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Just after 1600 hours, units were alerted to the 3500 block of Kenilworth Avenue for the accident with one trapped. The Engine and Ambulance from 9 arrived on the scene of a two car crash with one driver trapped. The crews from 9 started patient care, while Squad 33 popped the door to free the trapped occupant. A total of four patients were transported to local hospital. Company cleared at 1645 hours and Chief 9B had the Kenilworth Avenue command.
Friday, October 18, 2013
At 0830 hours, Engine 94 and Ambulance 98 were alerted to the 6100 block of Landover Road for the accident with one trapped. Units from 9 arrived on the scene and confirmed the same. While the crew started working on patients, Squad 33 arrived and took the drivers door to remove the patient. Two patients were packaged up and transported to PG Hospital.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
After many months of planning and hard work, the new 2013 Pierce "Truck 9" has arrived to it's home on Edmonston Road. With several weeks of mounting tools, drivers training and radio installation scheduled, the new girl should go in service sometime in December. We thank Pierce Salesman Randy Schwartz for all his hard work through out the project.
Friday, October 4, 2013
Just before 1030 hours, Truck 9 and units from the 1st Battalion were alerted to 7009 East Forest Road for the house on fire. Engine and Tower 33 arrived on the scene of a two story single with heavy smoke showing. With those two units pushing in on the first floor, Engine 38 and Truck 9 went to division two to open up and complete searches. The exterior crew handled utilities and threw four ground ladders.Units on the scene worked for 10 minutes to have all fire knocked and searches completed. After 30 minutes of work, Command held the units from 33 and 9 for overhaul. Cause of the fire was careless cooking.
Monday, September 30, 2013
Just before 1100 hours, the guys were finishing up the daily duties, when the box alarm was sounded for the house on fire near 32nd street and Sheppard Street in Mt. Rainer. Units from Bladensburg arrived on the scene at 3200 Sheppard Street, finding a two story single, with fire showing from the "B and C" sides on division one.The Wagon crew stretched a line towards the front door, while the Truck crew forced entry and started a search. The interior crews were met with fire coming down the hallway and a room off in the rear. Exterior Truck crews from Companies 9 and 1 threw 7 ground ladders and secured the utilities. Engine 94 had the fire knocked with-in 5 minutes after arrival. Crews worked for another 60 minutes opening up and assisting the 1500 cars. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Units from Bladensburg cleared the scene around 1300 hours.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
With 20 runs logged in the book from midnight to 1100 hours in the morning, we knew the rest of the day would stay busy. Around 1300 hours, the Wagon, Truck and the Ambulance headed to the Marina for Port Towns Day. With the men getting set up, the day would be short lived there. With a fire working on the south side, the Ladder Truck was sent to Company 26 for the fill. While running several other calls, at 1500 hours the Wagon was alerted first due to 5028 Edmonston Road for the apartment on fire. Engine 94 with 6 men arrived on the scene of a three story front and rear garden apartment with heavy fire showing from sides B and C.The wagon crew stretched a line in the building and found a unit off on the second floor. The bar man forced entry and the crew was met with fire in the hallway. Lineman Wendt pushed in and had the fire knocked down in less than four minutes after arrival. Crews from Company 9 and 1 operated in the fire unit and other units worked in the exposure units beside and above. Command (Chief 9) held units from 9,1,7 and 12 for overhaul and assisting the 1500 cars. The cause was electrical and units cleared the scene around 1745 hours.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Since February when the contract was signed with Pierce Mfg. for the new Ladder Truck, the crews at Bladensburg have been waiting for our new rig. Well we are less than a week away from completion. The 6 man inspection crew goes to Wisconsin next week for the final visit. After the inspection, we are thinking the new Truck should arrive at the Edmonston Road house before the 1st of October.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
At 1932 hours, Engine 94 was alerted first due to 3001 Hospital Drive for the boiler room on fire. Ambulance 26 was at the Hospital and advised smoke showing. Engine 94 arrived on the scene of a 80x100 boiler room, with smoke showing from three sides. The six man crew stretched two lines in side "D" of the structure to locate the fire. With additional units arriving on the scene, the fire was located in three transformers on Division two. With no access to that portion of the building from the interior, Engine 33 stretched a line to the rear and stood fast until the electric was confirmed off. Once Pepco ensured the power was off, crews had the fire out with in 10 minutes. Crews would spend another hour cooling the surrounding areas involved and ventilation. Units started clearing the scene around 2200 hours. Power remained out at the hospital for an additional 20 hours.
Monday, September 2, 2013
Just after lunch, the two crews were finishing up the daily duties and checks, when units from the City of Alexandria were alerted to 801 South Pickett Street for the building on fire. Units arrived on the scene of a large warehouse with smoke showing. About 20 minutes passed and the guys were planning out dinner for the evening, when the sign boards were scrolling "Engine to Alexandria". Engine 94 loaded up and made the 15 minute response. A thick black column of smoke could be seen the entire trip into Virginia. Engines 9,24 and 42 arrived in staging and reported to the staging officer for assignment.Crews had several ladder trucks and towers set up going heavy duty. About 30 minutes into staging, Engine 94 along with Alexandria Truck 204 were deployed to the rear of the building to set up ladder pipe operations. Crews from 9 and 204 placed the truck in a garden apartment complex 50 feet from the building and went to work. In all, crews had the fire darkened down in less than two hours. After clearing the scene at 1600 hours, Engine 94 filled Engine 208 for an hour before returning back to the County.
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