West Lanham Hills Volunteer Fire Department

West Lanham Hills Volunteer Fire Department
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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.



Engine 48 and Truck 28 run House Fire 12600 Blk Chalice Ct

Saturday, January 11, 2014   Just after 11pm Engine 18 was dispatched first due on the street alarm to the 12600 Blk of Chalice Ct for an investigation of smoke in the kitchen of a house. Units arrived to find a 2 story house with nothing showing and when they opened the front door the crew was met with smoke and fire coming down the hall. The box alarm was filled putting Truck 28, Engine 48, and Chief 48A on the road. Crews made a quick knock and opened up and completed searches. WLHVFD units cleared the scene in under 30 mins. 



Truck 28 runs 4300blk of Parliament Pl

Saturday, January 11, 2014  just after midnight to start out our Saturday the box alarm was struck for the 4300blk of Parliament Pl for a reported building fire sending Truck 28 to the scene. Units arrived to find smoke showing and discovered a small fire in the building. Truck 28 laddered the building and assisted with searches and ventilation. The fire was ruled accidental and units cleared the scene in about one hour. 



Engine 281 runs Industrial Accident 4200 Blk Ellin Rd

Wednesday, January 8, 2014   Just after 1pm Engine 281 was dispatched for an injured person at Ellin and Emerson Pl. They arrived to find a male entwined in a industrial drill and started a medic unit. The victim was freed and sent via medic unit to a near by trauma center. 




Saturday, January 4, 2014  At 8:30pm the 28 box was struck for the 5600 Blk of Whitefield Chapel Rd for a reported building fire sending Engine 281 first due, Engine 481 second due, Chief 28, Chief 28A, and Chief 48A to the scene. Engine 281 arrived with a 3 story garden style apartment with nothing showing and established Command. Engine 281 found a fire in a second floor apartment. As crews opened up they found fire in the walls extending to the unit above and the crew in the rear reported smoke showing from the cockloft area. Chief 48A arrived and assumed Command and requested the fire task force due to the extreme cold and possible extension to the adjoining units. The fire was quickly contained and everything opened up. Chief 28 operated on the fire floor with Engine 281 and Chief 28A operated on the floor above with Engine 481. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire was from a malfunctioning vent fan.  Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the residents that were displaced and get them out of the weather. West Lanham Hills units cleared the scene just after 2 hours.

This fire gave WLHVFD the first working fire of 2014 for PGFD with Clinton having the second fire of the year just one hour later. 



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