December 05, 2013 - Around 2230 hours, the Hazmat Box was alerted to the 5400 block of Van Dusen Road in Company 10's area for a fire at an asphalt plant involving fuel tanks and tar pots. The assignment brought the Foam and Hazmat resources from Company 12. Once on scene, the foam unit set up for foam master stream operations and Chief 812 was assigned the Hazmat Group Supervisor. Foam 812 opened up with the foam monitor along with the assistance of Howard Tanker 11. Once the bulk of the fire was knocked down, the Hazmat Units started working to contain the runoff while Company 12 assisted Howard Tanker 11 extinguishing the remaining fire. The units from Company 12 operated for just under three hours before returning to service.
November 30, 2013 - Just before midnight, the Truck Company was on the street again for an apartment fire in the 6200 Block of Breezewood Drive in Company 14's first due. Crews arrived to find a fire in the kitchen of an apartment in a three story garden style apartment building. Truck 812's interior crew completed primaries and checked for extension on the floor above. The exterior crew laddered the building and ensured all points of egress were open. Truck 812's crew operated on the scene for about an hour before returning to service.
November 30, 2013 - Around 1600 hours, Truck 812 was alerted to the 11300 Block of Cherry Hill Road for a fire in the building. Paramedic Engine 841 arrived on scene to find nothing evident, however within minutes Chief 812 found smoke showing from the third floor in the rear. Truck 812 arrived and position in the rear of the address. The interior crews completed primary searches and then went to work opening up for the engine companies. The driver and exterior crew emptied the ladder bed and then went to the roof to assist Truck 814 with vertical ventilation. Chief 812 was the division three supervisor and the crews from Company 12 operated on the scene for just over an hour.
November 11, 2013 - Just as crews were wrapping up lunch, PSC struck the box for a fire in a townhouse in the 9500 Block of Muirkirk Road in Company 49's first due. Truck 812 arrived on the scene and established the RIT. Crews from Truck 812 provided additional ladders for egress for the crews that were working on the interior. Truck 812 operated on the scene for just under forty five minutes.
**Photo credit goes to Laurel Rescue Squad Company 49**
November 10, 2013 - Shortly after 0500 hours, Truck 812 was alerted as the second due truck to the 5200 block of Palco Place in Company 11's area for a report of a house fire with possible entrapment. Chief 812 arrived moments after Engine Company 11 who reported heavy fire showing from a single family dwelling and established the Palco Place Command. Truck 812 was the first truck company to arrive on scene. They positioned on Side A and the interior crew immediately head to the second floor to search for the trapped occupant. The outside crew laddered the house and made their way to the roof to open up. The inside crew was met with extreme hoarding conditions which made the search and fire attack extremely difficult. A female occupant was assisted out of the house shortly after arrival but unfortunately despite valiant efforts by crews, a male occupant perished in the fire. The fire took nearly one hour to be placed control due to conditions in the home. Truck 812 was held on the incident for eight hours before returning to service. The crew remained on scene assisting fire investigators and conducting a massive overhaul operation.
November 09, 2013 - Just before 0200 hours, Foam and Haz Mat Support Company 12 were alerted to the Outer Loop of the Capital Beltway for a report of an accident with entrapment and on fire. Units from Companies 37,23, and 27 arrived quickly and found the tractor portion of a tractor trailer truck on fire following an auto accident. Command requested Company 12 due to the leaking fuel tanks and the potential hazardous materials issues inside the trailer. Company 12 removed the fuel from what was left of the saddle tanks and ruled out any additional hazardous materials concerns. Company 12 operated on the scene for just under one hour before returning to service.
November 07, 2013 - Just before 0500 hours, units from Company 12 were alerted to the 7200 block of Baltimore Avenue for a report of smoke coming from the building. The engine and truck arrived within minutes and reported fire showing from the roof of a two story vacant commercial building. The outside crew deployed the aerial to the roof as well as a ground ladders for egress. The interior crew reported to division two where they encountered fire in the hallway, venting out a roof scuttle. The "can man" began to knock the fire at the top of the stairs so the rest of the crew could begin the primary search of division two. As the truck crew finished the primary search, the engine crew stretched the attack line and knocked down the remaining fire in the rear of the second floor. With no extension found and all searches negative, the units from Company 12 assisted investigators and were in service about two hours after dispatch. Chief 812 was on the scene and had the "Baltimore Avenue Command". A special thanks goes out to ZIPS Dry Cleaners who brought refreshments to the station this afternoon to thank us. We always love to see the support from the community we serve and it is much appreciated, THANK YOU!
October 12, 2013 - Just after 1630 hours, Engine and Truck 812 were alerted to 9300 block of Cherry Hill Road for an apartment on fire. Within minutes, Chief 812 arrived with Engine 811 to find a three story apartment garden building with fire showing from the second floor. Engine and Truck 812 arrived within minutes of Company 11. Engine 812 worked with Engine 811 to help stretch their line while Truck 812 completed the primary of the fire floor and helped check for extension. Crews from Company 12 operated on the scene for about two hours before being released.
**Photo was taken by Scott Beckwith (@scottibeckwith)**
October 07, 2013 - Around 0245 hours, Engine Company 12 was alerted to the Capital Beltway in the area of Baltimore Avenue for a personal injury accident with a report of one trapped. The engine was the first suppression unit to arrive and reported a two vehicle accident with one trapped. The lineman stretched a hose line to protect the patient and squad crew from Berwyn Heights Volunteer Fire Department while they freed the trapped passenger. Another Firefighter from the Engine Company drove the medic unit to the hospital. The engine company cleared in about thirty minutes.
September 20, 2013 - Just after 1500 hours, Truck 812 was alerted as the second due truck to the 5000 block of Edmonston Road in Company 9's first due for an apartment fire with children possibly trapped on the third floor. Engine 809 arrived on the scene to find a three story garden style apartment building with fire showing from the second floor. Truck 812 arrived and split their crew. The interior crew immediately went to the floor above in search of any trapped occupants. The exterior crew emptied the ladders bed and performed other exterior operations. Truck 812 operated on the scene for just over two hours before being released by command.