February 15, 2014 - The CPVFD is now accepting applications for the 2014 Summer Bunkwing Program! This unique and exciting experience allows new members to live at the firehouse during the summer, complete necessary Firefighter I and EMT classes, and participate in daily probationary training to become qualified to ride by the fall semester. After completing the summer program, you will be a qualified riding member and full-time students will have the opportunity to move into the Sackroom for the fall semester. All interested applicants should email us at email@example.com to receive information and ask questions about the process. Don't pass up the opportunity to be a part of the ultimate college firefighting experience! Check out our Facebook page for the newest recruitment video! www.facebook.com/cpvfd12
**Deadline for completed applications is FEBRUARY 16, 2014**
February 07, 2014 - Around 1900 hours Truck 812 was alerted as the second due truck to the 2800 block of Curry Drive in Company 34's first due for a report of a house fire. Chief 812A arrived and reported a two story split level with fire showing from the rear and established the Curry Drive Command. Truck 812 arrived moments later and went to work. The interior team entered and helped complete a primary search of the second floor and open up for the engine companies. The ladders team laddered sides C and D and the vent crew assisted with roof ventilation. Crews encountered fire on the second floor with some extension into the attic portion of the home. The truck operated for about an hour and a half before returning to service. This picture was taken from a video that was filmed by Lieutenant Curran's helmet camera. The full video can be seen at www.facebook.com/cpvfd12.
February 03, 2014 - Around 0200 hours, the box was struck for the 6000 block of 43rd Street in Company 1's first due for smoke coming from the floor of the attic in a house. Units located a small electrical fire in between the ceiling on the second floor of the home and floor of the attic. Truck 812 arrived as the first due truck and assisted in opening up the area. The engine Company stood by at the secondary water source. The units operated for just under an hour before returning to service.
January 29, 2014 - Around 1900 hours, units were alerted to the 400 block of Compton Avenue in Company 49's area for numerous calls reporting a townhouse on fire. First arriving units found an end of the row town-home with heavy fire on all floors in the rear, extending to the Bravo exposure. Company 12 was almost immediately transferred with the Engine, Truck, and Ambulance to Company 10. While enroute to Company 10 on the transfer, command struck the second alarm bringing Truck and Engine 812 into the scene. The engine company went right into the scene per command and picked up Engine 811's supply line while the crew reported to side A, quickly made up a hand line with the standpipe racks and stood by. The truck was called into the scene moments later and assisted with laddering the B1 and B2 exposures in both the front and rear. Command released the units from Company 12 after about one hour.
January 28, 2014 - Around 1715 hours, Engine Company 12 was alerted as the first due engine for a report of a house fire in the 6900 block of Oak Ridge Road in Company 7's area for a report of a house fire. The pumper was on the air driver training at the time and was also added to the call as the second due engine company. In all the wagon, pumper, ambulance, Chief and B Chief responded on the call with a total of 14 volunteers. Chief 812B (acting) was the first arriving unit and reported light smoke showing from the attic of a two story single family dwelling and established the Oak Ridge Command. Engine 812 and 812B arrived and stretched a line to division two where they found a fire in the void space between the second floor and attic space with some minor extension into the knee walls in the rear. With the assistance of Truck 801, the units from Company 12 quickly knocked the fire and ensured there was no further extension. Chief 812 was the division two supervisor and Ambulance 812 stood by for the duration of the incident. The units operated for approximately one hour before returning to service.
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January 25, 2014 - Around 1645 hours, Truck 812 was alerted on the second alarm for a working townhouse fire. The reported location was in the 12100 block of Sweet Clover Drive in Montgomery County Company 15's first due. Upon arrival, Chief was immediately put to work as the Side Charlie Supervisor. The truck staged for a few minutes before being requested to Side A of the fire building. The crew was deployed into Exposure D to ensure there was no extension. The crew assisted with opening up and no extension was found due to intact firewalls and a quick knock by the first alarm units. The truck operated for about one hour before returning to service.
January 17, 2014 - Please join us for the Annual College Park Volunteer Fire Department Golf Tournament on Friday, April 18, 2014. We will have a great day of golf at the beautiful Cross Creek Golf Club (http://www.crosscreekgolfclub.net/). The event will include a 4-person Captains Choice / Scramble, food, beverages, and dinner/award reception. The day will surely provide you with a fun atmosphere as you play golf with fellow supporters and members of the College Park VFD. The tournament will be best ball, with a tee-time of 1:00 p.m. on April 18, 2014, which is a Friday. Alumni, the tournament date is conveniently the weekend of our annual department banquet; It will be a great opportunity to meet up with past friends, members, and family of the CPVFD. Register now and remember to invite your friends to play. If you wish to be a sponsor, you may register under the "Sponsor" portion of the aforementioned website, or contact the CPVFD. Thank you for your support of the CPVFD. Visit back often for more information and be sure to visit our website at www.cpvfd.org or call (301)901-9112. Please visit http://www.golfdigestplanner.com/24930-CPVFD14/ to register for the tournament!
January 17, 2014 - Just after 0200 hours, the Wagon, Ambulance, and Medic Unit from Company 12 were alerted to the 7300 Block of Baltimore Avenue for a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle. Crews arrived to find an adult male who was struck by a vehicle that had fled the scene. The patient was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Attached is a picture of the alleged striking vehicle. If you have any information regarding this vehicle below, please call the Prince George's County Police Department at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).
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January 04, 2014 - Around 1315 hours, Truck 812 was alerted to the 10400 block of Rhode Island Avenue in Company 31's area for multiple calls reporting a car wash on fire. A large column of smoke was seen as the truck headed north on Route one and first arriving units reported smoke showing with a fire in one of the bays. The truck arrived and positioned in the rear as units were getting a knock on a relatively small fire involving some siding like material on the walls of the car wash and some of the wash equipment itself. The truck laddered the roof and checked the roof for any extension. The truck was held for an extra few minutes but with little overhaul to be done the truck went in service in about a half hour. The fire was determined to be accidental in nature.
December 23, 2013 - Shortly before 0900 hours the Ambulance and Medic Unit were alerted for a possible heart attack at College Avenue and Baltimore Avenue. While en route the units were supplemented that the patient was on the construction site for the new Book Exchange Apartments and Truck 812 was alerted to the call. Chief 812 also responded and upon arrival located two patients, one outside the site with shortness of breath and a second adult male in the middle of the construction site stuck in waist deep mud unable to free himself. Chief 812 established command and requested the Technical Rescue resources from Companies 14 and 6. When Company 14 arrived they utilized ground ladders from Truck 812 to descend into the site and built a platform out of their plywood and backboards from the EMS units to access the patient. After approximately twenty minutes of digging, the patient was freed from the mud and removed to grade level. Both patients were evaluated by the EMS units on the scene and refused any additional treatment or transport. Units cleared the scene at approximately 1100 hours after extensive cleanup of equipment.