July 10, 2014 - While leaving the station just before lunch, Chief 812 noticed a large amount of smoke coming across the road as he pulled onto Route one. Chief 812 quickly realized the fryer at McDonalds was running way too hot. The fryer was to the point it was on fire and running the duct work into the roof. The Chief requested the box be filled while a member who was also in the buggy ensured the building was evacuated and got a knock on the fire in the fryer with several extinguishers. Once other units arrived they worked from above and below to ensure the fire in the duct work was fully extinguished and there was no extension. Units from Company 12 operated for just under two hours before returning to service.
July 09, 2014 - Around noon, Truck 12 was alerted to the 5000 block of 38th Avenue in Company 55's area for a report of a house on fire. Units arrived to find a two story duplex with smoke showing from the roof line. Truck 812 responded as the third due special service on the call and upon arrival established the RIT on Side A while Chief 812 assumed the role of the Division 2 supervisor. Truck 812 operated on the scene for just under an hour before returning to service.
July 07, 2014 - Around 0330 on after already being up for several hours during the night on a transfer to Company 33, the Truck crew was again out of bed and on the road to the 1400 block of University Boulevard in Company 34's area for a report of a building fire. Units arrived on the scene with a corrected address and a single story bump out off of a garden style apartment building with smoke showing. Truck 812 arrived moments later and took a position on Side Charlie. The crew quickly went to work on the exterior performing horizontal ventilation by removing plywood over windows, laddering the building, and throwing the aerial to the exposure. The interior crew assisted in opening up for the engines who had found a fire in a vacant apartment. Units got a quick knock on the fire and Truck 812 remained on scene for about an hour to assist with providing lighting for the investigators. Chief 812 had command for the duration of the incident.
July 06, 2014 - In the early morning hours, the Engine, Ambulance and Medic Unit from Company 12 were alerted to the intersection of Hartwick Road and Baltimore Avenue for a report of a pedestrian struck. Units arrived to find one patient suffering from critical injuries after being struck by a suspected drunk driver who ran from the scene. Units worked together to provide life saving treatments to the patient but despite the best efforts of the crews on the scene the victim was pronounced deceased. Unfortunately, this is not the first incident of this type in the several block stretch of Route One that runs through downtown College Park. Unfortunately, there have been multiple fatal incidents involving pedestrians vs automobiles in this area within the last year. This serves as yet another unfortunate and sobering reminder to use extreme caution when driving and walking in this stretch of road especially in the early morning hours on weekend nights. This area is unusually very heavily congested with pedestrians between the hours of 10 PM-3 AM on weekend nights due to the proximity of the University and many of the local bars being in the area. The thoughts and prayers of the CPVFD go out to the victim of this incident and their family during this difficult time.
July 04, 2014 - Around 1800 hours, Truck 812 was alerted to the 7200 block of Morrison Drive in Company 35's area for a report of a shed on fire to the rear of a townhouse. While enroute, the box was filled out due to the smoke visible from the reported area. Units arrived to find a two story townhouse with a shed off to the rear, extending to a wood fence and the siding of the home. Truck 812 arrived and positioned in the rear on the next block and ran ground ladders to the rear while the interior crew reported to the bravo exposure to check for extension. With no extension found and the fire quickly knocked, command scaled back to hold one and one. The truck returned to service in just under an hour.
July 01, 2014 - Around 2215 hours, the Hazmat Company was requested to assist units on a tractor trailer fire on Interstate-495 in the area of Good Luck Road. The tractor trailer cab was fully involved on arrival with its saddle tanks compromised and leaking diesel fuel. The Hazmat and Foam Unit from Company 12 responded and were assisted by Hazmat Company 16 with pumping off more than 200 gallons of diesel fuel. The company operated for about an hour before returning to service.
July 01, 2014 - This past weekend members were granted the opportunity to train on the old Shriver Lab building on campus. The Shriver Lab Building is about to be demolished to make room for new construction. Members and our summer probies got plenty of invaluable hands-on training. This training was mostly on the order of roof operations, outside ventilation, and ladder practice. A big thank you to the University of Maryland and the project managers on this job for giving us this opportunity. Also thanks to the Berwyn Heights Volunteer Fire Dept & Rescue Squad, Inc. Truck Co. 14 for coming out and training with us. Members spent many hours of their weekend honing their skills and helping teach the new probies.
June 22, 2014 - Around 1328 hours Engine and Ambulance Company 12 were alerted to the 9600 block of Baltimore Avenue for a report of a personal injury accident with one on it's side. The units arrived to the same, with a second vehicle also involved and the vehicle on it's side smoking. The crew from the engine deployed an attack line and stood by while the ambulance evaluated one patient from the second vehicle involved. The occupants of the overturned vehicle self extricated prior to fire departments arrival in an attempt to flee the scene of an alleged robbery that occurred moments before. The ambulance transported one patient for an evaluation and the crew cleared in about 30 minutes. Chief 12 had command of the incident.
June 09, 2014 - Just after 1600 hours, the Truck Company was dispatched as the second due truck to the 6900 block of 18th Avenue for a report of a house on fire. Initial crews arrived on the scene to find a two story single family dwelling with fire showing from the second floor. Upon arrival, Truck 812's interior crew assisted with searches and opening up for the engine companies. The Truck Company operated on the scene for about two hours before returning to service.
**Photos courtesy of the Riverdale VFD**
June 09, 2014 - This past weekend, several members head up to Seaside Park, NJ for their 100th anniversary celebration and parade. This was quite the trek for the members, but due to our involvement with assisting their Department following Hurricane Sandy we made to trip to show our support. For those who do not know, several groups of members traveled to the extremely hard hit area in the week following Hurricane Sandy. This was done to assist the Seaside Park Volunteer Fire Company staff their station so that their members who had lost homes and all of their belongings could begin to get their lives back together. The parade weekend was capped off by finding out that the wagon was being awarded 1st place, best appearing engine company in attendance. Thanks again to our friends at the SPVFC for you hospitality and congratulations on this huge milestone in your history.