West Lanham Hills Volunteer Fire Department

West Lanham Hills Volunteer Fire Department
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Engine 481 and Truck 28 run House Fire 7626 Newburg Dr

Thursday, February 27, 2014  Just after 8:30pm the 48 Box was hit for a reported house fire in the 7600 Blk of NEWBURG DR. Engine 481, Truck 28, Chief 28, Chief 28A, and Chief 48B arrived with noting showing. Engine 481 pulled a line and opened the door to find the house full of smoke. A working fire was found in the basement and 48 made a quick knock while Truck 28 did a search and opened up. The assignment was held with WLHVFD units with in 30 mins. 7 residents and two dogs were displaced and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.



Truck 28 runs House Fire 8061 Springfield Rd

Sunday, February 23, 2014  Just after 4:30pm the Box alarm for a reported house fire was dispatched for 8061 Springfield Rd in Bowie sending Truck 28, Chief 28A, and Chief 48A to the scene. Units arrived reporting a 2 story single family dwelling with fire showing from the attic. Chief 48A arrived and established Command. Truck 28 went to the second floor and dropped the ceiling to give the engines access to extinguish the fire. The bulk of the fire was knocked with in 15 mins and the assignment was held with 2&2 after 30 mins. The cause of the fire is under investigation.    



Engine 484 and Truck 28 run Townhouse Fire 7738 Ora Court

Friday, February 14, 2014   Just before 12:30pm on Valentines day the box alarm for a reported kitchen on fire was in a townhouse was dispatched to the 7700 Blk of Ora Ct in Greenbelt sending Engine 484, Truck 28 and Chief 48A to the scene. Units arrived with smoke showing and reported a fire in the kitchen with extension. Truck 28 got ladders in place and checked exposers while Engine 484's crew checked the floor above and Chief 48A was assigned Safety. Units ceased the scene after about 45 mins.  



Remembering the crew on Engine 281, One year ago today

 Today January 30th 2014 marks the one year anniversary of of 281's crash on the Beltway at Rt 50 where four of our firefighters were injured. Three of the men are back to business and patiently waiting the return of Lt Ryan Emmons who is still going through rehab for his arm. 


The photo shows Ryan out hunting two weekends ago and being able to shoot three geese on his own. Ryan still has a good bit of healing road to travel but with his attitude and eagerness to be back on fire trucks, that time will fly by. 


Great job to everyone involved and please let Ryan know we still have his back and are thinking about him. 



House Fire - Engine 481 & Truck 28 run 15025 Northcote Ln

Tuesday, January 28, 2014  Just after 1:30pm the box alarm was dispatched for a reported house on fire in the 15000 Blk of Northcote Lane in Bowie. With Engine 48 transferred to station 16, this put them 1st due engine and arrived to find fire showing from a one story single family dwelling. Truck 28 operated as the 2nd due truck. The fire was under control and being held with 2&2 in just under one hour. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.  



Truck 28 runs House Fire 16600 Blk of Sylvan Dr

Saturday, January 25, 2014  Just after 9am Truck 28 and Engine 48 were dispatched to the 16600 Blk of Sylvan Dr. With closer units clearing other calls Engine 48 was placed in service. Prior to arrival, PSC reported the fire was the result of a domestic dispute and police were added to the call. Units arrived to find smoke showing and reported a working fire. Truck 28 went to work throwing ladders doing a search and opening out. The fire was placed under control really quick and he assignment was knocked down to 2&2. With the cold temperatures and long hose lays to establish a water supply all the crews did a fantastic job. The cause is still under investigation and no reported firefighter injuries. One resident was seen by EMS crews but not transported.



Chief 28 and Engine 281 run Veterans Pky at Rt 50 with one trapped

Friday, January 24, 2014  Engine 281 ran a crash with one trapped on Veterans Pky at Rt 50. Crews operated on the 3 car accident for 30 mins to free the trapped victim. Chief 28 was the Incident Commander. 



Viewing & Funeral info for James D Brooks

 VISITATION & VIEWING: Wednesday 1/22, 4 to 8 pm, Lee Funeral Home Clinton, with the traditional FD Memorial Service at 7 PM.  There will be a Masonic Service just prior to the FD service.

FUNERAL: A full Fire Department honors funeral service will be held at the First Baptist Church of Upper Marlboro,  7415 SW Crain Hy (southbound lanes, just north of Croom Rd), Thursday 1/23 at 10:00 am.  There will be a repast visitation immediately following in the Church hall.

Burial will be private at a later date.



28 First Due Truck to 9900 Blk of Franklin St

Saturday, January 18, 2014   Just after 10am the box alarm for a reported house on fire was dispatched for the 9900 Blk of Franklin St sending Truck 28 as first due truck, Chief 28, Chief 28A, and Chief 48A as the Northern Safety Officer. Units arrived to find a two story single family dwelling with heavy fire showing from the first floor extending to the second floor. Crews made quick work of the fire and started to open up and put out all the hot spots. The assignment was knocked to 2&2 after an hour and West Lanham Hills units cleared in 2 hours. 



Line of Duty Death

Thursday, January 16, 2014   Line of Duty Death Announcement 

 James "Doc" Brooks

It is with deepest regrets that the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department announces a Line of Duty Death (LODD).  James “Doc” Delbert Brooks, a 20-year volunteer member of the Department passed away on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, after suffering a medical emergency while on duty the previous week.  Doc Brooks, 62 years-old, was a resident of Camp Springs, Maryland.

On Monday, January 6, Brooks, a member of the Prince George’s Volunteer Marine Fire Rescue, was winterizing the boats and station in preparation of record low temperatures forecasted for the following day.  Shortly after midnight, while still at the Marina located in Fort Washington, he experienced difficulty breathing and called 911.  Firefighters and paramedics arrived to find Brooks in cardiac arrest and immediately began pre-hospital care.  He was transported to a nearby medical facility and subsequently relocated to Medstar at Washington Hospital Center in “critical” condition.

Doc Brooks was surrounded by his wife, family members, and colleagues throughout his time in the hospital.  Jan Demeritt, Deputy Chief of the Volunteer Marine Fire Rescue, also maintained a constant vigil and was at his bedside when he passed.  “On behalf of the Brooks family, I want to thank everyone for their continued support during this difficult time,” said Demeritt.

Prince George’s County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor stated, “This is indeed a dark time for the Department, in particular, the Volunteer Marine Fire Rescue, as we mourn the passing of a friend and colleague.  Brooks was concerned about how the cold weather would affect the rescue boats and the barge that serves as their station.  He wanted to ensure their readiness, in the event they were called to duty.”

A memorial service with full fire department honors is currently being planned.  Arrangements will be provided as soon as they are available.



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