November 26, 2015 - Thanksgiving is a special time of year. It is a time for us to reflect and be thankful for what we have. As usual, some members have made the sacrifice to staff the station so others can spend the holiday with their families. To them, we are truly grateful and thankful. From us to you, stay safe and have a happy thanksgiving!
*Photo credit to Paul Combs*
November 26, 2015 - Thursday November 19th, 2015 was the start of a busy game day weekend for members of the CPVFD. Members started staffing the station at 1500 and continued to staff it until 0700 on Monday. During this time, members staffed multiple suppression crews as well as EMS crews. The station responded to a total of 65 incidents with 72 unit responses over this time. In between calls, members found time to clean the station and apparatus, participate in driver training, and even enjoy a family dinner.
Pictured below are photos from driver training that took place on Saturday, November 21st, 2015. FF/EMT-P Ryan Crowell completed his drafting training on E121, while FF/EMT-B Derek Post and FF/EMT-B Michael Bochey completed evolutions on Foam 12.
On Sunday, November 22nd, 2015, the CPVFD hosted local companies for a joint drill with Maryland State Police (MSP). The aviation crew landed their unit and oriented members to its functions and capabilities.
May 09, 2015 - Just after 2030 hours, Truck 812 was dispatched to the 2100 Block of Guilford Road in Company 34's area for a report of an apartment on fire with people trapped. Engine 834 arrived to find a garden apartment building with fire showing from the top floor. Within minutes, Truck 812 arrived and went to work with Engine 834 and Truck 814 conducting primary searches as well as helping to open up. Crews quickly located a mother and her daughter in an adjacent apartment and were removed via Truck 812's ground ladders and turned over to EMS for care. Truck and Chief 812 operated on the scene for about three hours before returning to service.
April 28, 2015 - As a result of the civil disturbances in Baltimore City, College Park VFD Engine 812 was dispatched in the early morning hours as part of a multiple unit task force. After sorting out the logistical issues, Engine 812 was assigned to Engine 5's quarters for the remainder of their time in Baltimore.
**The CPVFD would like to thank the residents of the City of Baltimore and the members of the Baltimore Fire Department for their incredible hospitality during an extremely trying time.**
April 06, 2015 - Just before dinner, crews from the Ritchie area were dispatched to the 8700 Ashwood Drive for a building fire. Crews quickly arrived to find a fire at the dispatched address that was quickly spreading to other parts of the building as well as the woods to the rear of the address. Foam and Haz Mat Support Company 12 were dispatched early on and quickly were put to work knocking down the fires in the extremely flammable materials within the building. Unfortunately, during the incident an engine from the West Lanham Hills Volunteer Fire Department and a Rescue Engine from the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department were destroyed. Several members were also burned as a result of the rapid growth of the fire. The College Park VFD would like to wish these members a speedy recovery.
March 10, 2015 - Around 1015 hours, units from Company 12 were alerted to Southbound I-95 in the area of 198 for a report of an overturned tractor trailer. As units were enroute, PSC advised they were receiving reports of a fuel tanker overturned and leaking in the roadway and upgraded the assignment to a full haz-mat box alarm. First arriving units encountered a tanker hauling bio-diesel overturned and leaking a significant amount of product onto the roadway. Chief 812 and Chief 812B arrived on the scene just behind the initial units and were assigned operations and haz-mat group supervisor respectively. The initial suppression units worked quickly to create a dam to prevent the leaking product from advancing any further and protecting storm drains. The haz-mat unit from Company 12 arrived and quickly worked to don PPE and make entry with Chief 812 to plug the compromised tank and stop the leak. A secondary hole in the tank was located but could not be accessed due to the position of the tanker so additional damming efforts were undertaken while MDE arrived and began to offload the product into a second waiting tanker. Units from Company 12 operated for about four hours before returning to service.
February 20, 2015 - A great photo of "The Goose" from John Floyd II. Here, Truck 12 is seen operating on a second alarm fire on Main Street in Laurel during the early 1980's. Until many other area departments purchased ladder trucks in the 1990's, it was routine for Truck 12 to take the relatively long (but fast) trek up Route 1 North on almost all box alarms in Laurel.
***photo by J. D. Floyd II, Royal Blue Ltd. archives***
February 12, 2015 - Just as the crew was finished cleaning the station, the box was dropped in Company 55's first due for a report of a house on fire with people possible trapped. First arriving units arrived quickly to find a single family home well involved with extension to both exposures. The truck crew and established the Rapid Intervention Team and worked to ensure that ladders were thrown and that all egress points were available. Crews worked for several hours to ensure that all fire was knocked and all searches were negative.
February 07, 2015 - Around 0145 hours, Engine Company 12 was alerted for an automatic fire alarm in a high-rise in the 8200 block of Baltimore Avenue. Just after dispatch, PSC upgraded the call to a box alarm for smoke on the upper floors of the occupied high-rise. The engine arrived on scene and reported to the upper floors where smoke was being reported on 11 and 12. The crew made it as far as division 7 when they encountered moderate smoke conditions in the hallway and smoke from the trash room. Units on the box worked together to locate and extinguish the fire in the trash room, ensure the safety of all occupants, and ventilate the entire building. Chief 812 had the Baltimore Avenue Command and the Engine Company operated for approximately two hours before returning to service.
***Photo Courtesy of www.bvfco11.com***
February 06, 2015 - Around 1940 hours, Truck 812 was alerted as the third due truck for a report of smoke coming from a house in the 500 block of Clay's Lane in Company 10's area. Units arrived and reported heavy smoke from the attic and eaves of a two story single family dwelling. Truck 812 arrived and established RIT while securing utilities to the home as well as assisting with laddering and providing lighting on side C. Chief 812 was assigned the role of safety officer for the duration of the incident. Truck 812 operated for just under an hour before returning to service.