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February 20, 2015 - The CPVFD is now accepting applications for the 2015 summer bunk room training program. The summer program at Station 12 provides those with or without previous firefighting experience with all the necessary equipment, certificate based training, and in-house training that is needed to become a riding member at the CPVFD. Once all of the training is completed, those riding members who are eligible will move into the Sackroom. The Sackroom the firehouse’s dormitory for full-time college students, and allows these students to be apart of a progressive fire department while regularly attending classes. All interested applicants should email cpvfd12@gmail.com to receive information and instructions on completing the next step in the process to starting the summer training program. You can check out our Facebook page, as well as our latest recruitment video to see Station 12 in action.

***Deadline for completed applications is February 20, 2015!***

Engine, Ambulance, and Chief Run First Due High Rise

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***

Truck Company runs Laurel House Fire

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.

Continued Progress on the Kitchen

February 06, 2015 - A lot of good progress the past few days on the kitchen! A new, custom pot rack was installed made from a re-purposed stokes basket, the ceiling work was completed along with installation of concealed sprinkler heads for a more finished look and the remaining electrical work was completed. Only a few more days of work remain before the project is complete and we are fully back up and running!

Truck Company and Chief Run Berwyn Heights House Fire

January 29, 2015 - Just after 0900 hours, PSC struck the box for a house fire in the 6200 Block of Seminole Street. Truck 812 was dispatched as the second due truck on the box. Within minutes, the crew from Company 14 arrived to find heavy smoke showing, which was quickly followed up with a report of fire showing. Truck 812's crew was assigned to assist with opening up and complete a thorough secondary search due to the victims out front when the crews initially pulled up which were removed by an off duty member of Company 11. The Truck remained on scene for just over an hour assisting with overhaul until placed in service by command.

***Photos Courtesy of the Branchville VFD***

The Kitchen Renovation Project is Well Underway!

January 25, 2015 - The kitchen renovation project is well underway at Station 12. Stay tuned for more pictures and information about the progress that is being made everyday. This kitchen upgrade well be a completely new kitchen and will be a welcome addition to the station.

Truck Company and Chief Run Lanham Second Alarm Apartment Fire

January 24, 2015 - With a few runs already in the book, Truck 812 was dispatched on the Fire Task Force to the 8400 Block of Greenbelt Road in Company 48's first due. Crews from the sixth battalion were initially dispatched for a report of an apartment on fire and quickly arrived to find a working fire in a terrace level apartment and a report of the resident still trapped. Truck 812 arrived just as the call was being upgraded to a full second alarm. The truck crew went to work helping to open up for the engine companies, throwing additional ladders, and working on additional searches. Truck 812 remained on scene for just over two hours before returning to service.

Truck and Chief Run Hyattsville House Fire

January 13, 2015 - Around noon, Truck 812 was alerted as the first due truck to the 3800 block of Oglethorpe Street in Company 1's area for a report of a house on fire. Units arrived to find a two story single family dwelling with smoke showing from all sides. Truck 812 arrived and sent a member to the roof as well as the interior to operate with Chief 812 as the division one supervisor. Units found a bedroom off with some extension to the knee walls. The truck completed the primary of division one and opened up for the engine company while the outside crew laddered, took the natural openings on the roof, and stood by to cut. The truck operated for about two hours before returning to service.

Truck and Ambulance Run Riverdale Heights House Fire

January 10, 2015 - Around 2230 hours, Truck 812 was alerted to the 6600 block of Chestnut Avenue in Company 13's area for numerous calls reporting a house on fire. Units arrived to find a two story single family home with heavy fire from an attached carport on the Bravo side of the structure with extension to the first floor, second floor, and the attic. The truck arrived and went to work as the second due truck performing a primary search of division two and opening up for Engine Company 9 to knock fire in the attic. Chief 812 was assigned safety during the incident and the Ambulance assisted with rehab. The truck operated for about two hours before returning to service.

Engine, Ambulance, and Chief Run First Due House Fire

January 03, 2015 - Around 0430 hours, Company 12 was alerted to the 7400 block of Dartmouth Avenue in Downtown College Park for a report of a house on fire. Engine 812 arrived moments later and reported a two story home with fire showing from the second floor. The engine secured their own water supply and stretched the 250' to the second floor via the front entrance while verifying with evacuated occupants that everyone was out. On division two, the crew was met with high heat and fire extending into the attic. After several minutes of an interior attack the crews were briefly evacuated to regroup and then resumed interior operations and completed extinguishment of the main fire rooms and attic. Chief 812 had the Dartmouth Ave nue Command and the units from Company 12 operated for just under three hours to assist the investigators and complete overhaul before returning to service.

***Photos courtesy of Stephanie Stullich***

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