November 30, 2014 - At around 0600 hours, Foam and Hazmat Company 12 were special called along with Hazmat Company 16 to a personal injury accident on East Bound Route 50 at Landover Road for a tanker truck off the roadway and down an embankment. Units arrived and assisted with recon of the tanker and tractor to determine how much product had leaked and control any contamination in the creek at the bottom of the embankment. The units from Companies 12 and 16 determined the tanker had not been compromised and controlled the remaining diesel from the tractor's ruptured saddle tanks. MDE was special called to the scene to assist with offloading the trailer of it's several thousand gallons of gasoline and diesel so it could be brought back onto the road. Units assisted MDE setting up for the pump off operation once the offload tanker arrived on the scene and deployed a foam line as a precaution during the pump off operation. The units from Company 12 operated for about six hours before returning to service.
November 27, 2014 - Just before dinner, Truck 812 was dispatched to the intersection of Ash Road and Powder Mill Road for a report of a house on fire. Units from Company 31 arrived to find a two story single family dwelling with smoke showing. Crews found a fire on the second floor. Upon arrival Truck 812’s interior crew completed the primaries of the second floor while the exterior crew threw ladders and handled the ventilation. Command held Truck 812 for about ninety minutes to assist the investigators.
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November 16, 2014 - Shortly before 2100 hours, Truck 812 was alerted to the 9500 block of 48th Avenue for a report of a house on fire. Chief 812 was first to arrive and reported a single story, single family with smoke showing and established the 48th Avenue Command. The Truck arrived shortly after and went to work searching the interior of the home, laddering the house, and assisting with opening the roof. The interior crew located a working fire in a back bedroom originating in a wood stove, extending to the walls and roof area. The can man from Truck 812 got quick knock on the fire while the line was brought in and the extension was mopped up. Command held the Truck for ventilation and overhaul and units cleared in about an hour and a half.
November 04, 2014 - Around 1545 hours, Truck 812 was alerted to the 8600 block of Greenbelt Road for a report of smoke in the hallway. Units initially arrived to find nothing evident but quickly reported heavy smoke on the terrace level and a possible working fire. Truck 812 arrived and positioned on the Bravo exposure due to no apparatus access to the rear of the fire building. The exterior crew went to work getting ladders to the rear and roof and stood by in case vertical ventilation was needed. Engine Company 48 reported a fire in the laundry room knocked by the sprinkler with smoke conditions remaining in the building. The interior crew gave a size-up from the rear and entered and reported to division one as the supervisor per command. The crew forced entry to the apartment above the fire, completed a primary search and verified there was no extension. The truck operated for just under an hour before returning to service.
November 03, 2014 - The CPVFD would like to wish a huge congrats to PGFD Captain Dan Hughes on his final shift after working for thirty years. From Medic 8 (now known as Medic 12) to EMS Duty Officer, you were always a huge asset to our department. Best of luck with all of your future endeavors. Thanks Capt!
November 02, 2014 - At around 0240 hours,Truck Company 12 was alerted to the area of University Boulevard and Riggs Road for a report of the "Family Dollar" on fire. Units arrived with smoke showing and an exterior fire extending to the interior as well as the roof of the store. Chief 812 arrived and established the University Boulevard Command and requested the second alarm as a precaution. Truck 812 arrived and positioned and set up for ladder pipe operations per command while the crew split with the interior crew completing part of the primary search and the exterior crew reporting to the roof to assist with opening up. The truck operated for approximately an hour and a half before returning to service.
October 30, 2014 - Around 2330hours, Truck 812 was alerted as the third due truck to the 1000 block of Merrimac Drive in Company 34's area for numerous calls reporting a vacant house on fire. Units arrived to find a 1.5 story single family with heavy fire showing from the rear. As units stretched on the fire and overcame some water supply obstacles Truck 812 arrived and established the RIT on side A of the structure. Truck 812's driver was temporarily assigned as the incident scene safety officer and the rest of the crew ensured the structure was opened up on the exterior and crews had adequate means of egress. The Truck remained on the scene for about one hour before returning to service.
October 25, 2014 - The CPVFD would like to wish a big congratulations to Chief Corrigan and his bride Megan on their marriage. We could not have asked for a better day to celebrate! A special thanks to Chillum-Adelphi Volunteer Fire Department for their assistance with the ladder arch in front of the Memorial Chapel.
October 18, 2014 - This year's University of Maryland homecoming weekend was another busy one in the books for Company 12 capped off by a great Terps win! Units from Company 12 logged 49 unit responses on Saturday alone with many more and still counting for Sunday including a shooting in the first due and a brush fire on University Boulevard taken in by Engine 812 and Foam 812 for additional water. Through the weekend crews maintained staffing on multiple ambulances (3 during game time) and multiple suppression crews as well as an additional career staffed Paramedic Ambulance to provide additional ALS service during the game.
October 14, 2014 - It is with deep sadness that the CPVFD announces the passing of Professor John L. Bryan, Life Member of the College Park Volunteer Fire Department and founding Professor of the Fire Protection Engineering Department at the University of Maryland. Professor Bryan's accomplishments were vast, well beyond his years of dedicated service to the CPVFD. Professor Bryan not only taught many of our members in the classroom, but also out in the field on the rigs putting into practice all that he taught, turning out some of the best, most influential fire protection engineers in the business. Professor Bryan's name and accomplishments will forever live on with the CPVFD in the official name of the Sackroom, the John L. Bryan Fire Service Dormitory.